At the end of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 10, it was the smallest and cutest couple on the show — Du-shant “Fik-shun” Stegall and Amy Yakima — who were the winners.
We talked to the two dancers on the day after the finale. Check out what they had to say in this interview!
How does it feel to have won “So You Think You Can Dance” this season?
Fik-shun: It feels good! It still has that surreal feeling like it didn’t really happen. Like, we know it happened. But we just feel really good about it! That’s what got me up today really early.
Amy: I still can’t believe it. I don’t think I’ll ever believe it. It just feels like it’s just still going … There’s really no words. I’m speechless, actually.
Was there ever a point in the competition when you let yourself think that you could win?
Fik-shun: Not really. I feel like, during the weeks, you have so many other things to focus on than winning — like your routine, your choreography, your performing. Once you stop focusing on that, when you put your head elsewhere, you check out. You always try to give the best performances, so you’re always going — just week after week — performance by performance and dance by dance. So we never really had that thought like, “OK, we’re going to win this” or “I’m going to win this.” That wouldn’t be the right place to put your head in a competition.
Was there any week or dance style that was particularly difficult or a potential stumbling block?
Fik-shun: Even after the Top 10 and dancing with the All-Stars, for some reason I kept pulling ballroom, so … yeah. Every time that happened, we were definitely like, “Shoot.” We knew it wasn’t going to be easy … There’s so much technique, and it’s so far out of our comfort zones that even with being with ballroom dancers, we knew it was going to be tricky.
What was your favorite dance of all?
Amy: There’s so many! Dancing with Travis Wall was just a dream come true. I don’t think, he hasn’t been on the show for — he said five years since he last danced on the show. I just felt really honored to be on the stage with him. I’ve followed him since I was little and I’ve always looked up to him, so to dance with him was really, truly something special. I have so many others!
Fik-shun: I would have to say mine was dancing with tWitch. I’ve always seen him in movies and stuff, and I’ve always looked up to him and what he does. I didn’t even really know that he started on “So You Think You Can Dance” until I started getting into it after I auditioned. Then I realized, “Oh snap! He was a part of this amazing family.” So getting a chance to dance with him — especially for a finale — that was really the icing on the cake for me. It just completed my journey on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
How has it been since your big wins?
Fik-shun: Today has been pretty non-stop. We woke up and had interviews. We got to go on a talk show. I bumped into …
Amy: We ran into Debbie Allen!
Fik-shun: We ran into Debbie Allen. We ran into Alfonso Ribeiro from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Which was really cool, because I watch that show all the time. The “Carlton” is one of my favorite dances to do for fun!
What comes next now that “SYTYCD” is over?
Amy: We both have kind of a skeleton of where we want to go in the dance industry. I think we both want to go commercially first. But we don’t have exact plans. The dance world is constantly changing, auditions are constantly adding or changed. When the tour ends, I think we both want to get started immediately. We want to get into the industry. It’s the beginning — so we have to start over. That’s how the dance world works, and we’re ready to start.
What was your favorite part of being on the show?
Fik-shun: I think my favorite part has to be the journey in all. Learning how to partner for the first time and having to do so much partner work — and finding out that I wasn’t as bad as I thought I was going to be … I mean, that’s partially thanks to my partner, Amy. I feel like I’ve really grown. I can take so much from this. It’s so much knowledge. It took me a summer to learn this when it would have taken me a year if I hadn’t been on “So You Think You Can Dance.” It was really amazing to be able to grow and have a journey on this show.
Amy: There’s not just one thing that I will remember. There’s so many that you can’t narrow it down to one!
Both Amy and Fik-shun will join the rest of the “SYTYCD” Top 10 on tour this year. Beginning Oct. 1, the dance tour will hit 42 cities. Click here for more information.