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October 3, 2013

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WEEKLY Q&A What's your go-to order? My favorite thing is the White Gummi, no peach juice, with lemonade and some peaches added. It's so good. Speaking of blenders, your dancing is like every street style smashed into one. Popping, waving, floor work, isolations, robotics, animation—as much stuff as I can learn I like to put it into my own mix of styles. That's the whole idea of SYTYCD. > HEIGHTENED REALITY Fik-Shun got his dance name from a friend who said: "... some of what you do doesn't look real, like your bones don't look like they're connected." PULP FIK-SHUN He owned Strip sidewalks. Then he won So You Think You Can Dance. Now he's sharing his uncontrollable booty shake with the world You get the name when you see Fik-Shun's body move, bones like liquid, feet that never quite hit the ground. It is unreal. But when he's not in the spotlight, he's an incredibly real 18-year-old named DuShaunt Stegall whose training amounts to spontaneous street performances on the Strip. Dynamic, charismatic and deadly precise, he's hot off winning So You Think You Can Dance and started touring with the show this month. Weekly caught him between rehearsals to talk about his roots, the Vegas talent pool and what it feels like to have Ricki Lake following him on Twitter. You grew up in Kansas, but Vegas would love to claim you. I've lived in Vegas since I was 12. … I always danced in Kansas, but nobody really dances in Kansas. So once I got here and realized there was so much more talent, it made me just want to go even harder. … Vegas is the perfect spot for versatility and if you just want to see something different. I feel like it'll always have something where you're like, whoa, I haven't seen that before. You took dance at Las Vegas Academy for two years, but your skills are rooted in street performing. Who got you into it? Dyetral Fletcher, a friend who went to seventh grade with me and ended up being my street-performing partner. ... To me, he was the best dancer I'd ever seen in person, so in my mind I just had a goal that I wanted to be as good as him, or better. Did you make good money? At first we had no speaker of our own, and there was this huge bar truck that would just play random hip-hop songs. So we would dance and make big crowds around this bar truck … make about $200 a night dancing for about five hours. We saved up and got our own speaker … then saved up again and bought an even bigger speaker, and we started making a good $300 to $400 every three hours. … I was using that to pay all my bills. Now that you're famous, I'm guessing we won't catch you on the street. I'm really, truly in love with street performing. So there's just no way I can keep myself off the Strip if I come back to Vegas. … When I'm away from it for too long my skills get rusty. We would do it almost every night, back to back, even if we were tired, we were sore. We would dance through the pain. What did you guys do on the sidewalk? It was different from many Did you connect with any of the judges? I feel like Nigel would always give me good constructive criticism. … It was an eye opener for me. I never want to just get by on one thing. I like to have the best of all worlds. That attitude helped you win the show, and you're headlining its tour. Have you met any celebrities? I got to meet Ciara for a minute. Ricki Lake follows me on Twitter. She messaged me and was telling me how she's a fan and liked what I did, and I was just like, "I'm a fan. What are you talking about?" So, what's the story with your signature booty shake? I don't know why I like to shake my butt so much. It's weird. But it just happens. I don't even think about it. A certain part of the song will come … my butt starts to move, and then it's over. Chicks dig ballroom dancing, too. In that case, ballroom classes from here on out. (laughs) –Erin Ryan What about your job at Jamba Juice? Technically, I'm still employed. They told me if I ever want to come back and work some hours I can. Who knows? For more of our interview with Fik-Shun, visit lasvegasweekly.com. "I always danced in Kansas, but nobody really dances in Kansas. So once I got here and realized there was so much more talent, it made me just want to go even harder." PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY FOX shows you see on the Strip because a lot of them are choreographed, always the same thing. We just played songs that we liked, and we would freestyle. It was my first time trying out, and honestly it was so spur of the moment because I was going to audition for something else, but I missed the deadline. I don't know why I was thinking like this, but I was thinking I was so old, like, "I'm 18. I have to do something with my life." SYTYCD auditions kept popping up. … I was like, "Hopefully I get to the audition round so they'll show my solo on TV," and that was going to be it for me. 14 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM OCTOBER 3–9, 2013 14_Q&A_20131003.indd 14 10/2/13 1:16 PM

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