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This Dancer's Emotional Contemporary Routine Brought The 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judges To Their Feet

It's a dream come true for the teenager.

The So You Think You Can Dance judges have seen some amazing auditions so far this season. Some have even earned standing ovations. On Monday night, 19-year-old Koine Iwasaki added herself to that list with her stunning contemporary routine.

The audition itself was a dream come true for the Florida teen, who told the Sun-Sentinel that she's been watching the show since the second season and danced almost seven days a week to be ready to try out when she reached 18 — the show's youngest eligible age.

Iwasaki and her family immigrated to the United States from Japan when she was 2 years old. As they faced language barriers in a new country, dance became an outlet for Iwasaki. "It was mostly because it was something that I didn't have to speak. I could just watch and do," she told the publication, adding, "Dance is like my first language."

She spoke that language loud and clear during her audition. Iwasaki performed to "Make Me (Cry)" by Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth, and imbued the performance with incredible emotion and powerful, acrobatic movements.

The routine earned a standing ovation from the judges and members of the audience, and Vanessa Hudgens even said the end of the performance gave her chills. So it came as no surprise that the young dancer made it through to the next round in Las Vegas.


Watch the entire routine in the video below:

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