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Utah dancers making moves on ‘SYTYCD’

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Posted at 7:26 PM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 00:42:02-04

PROVO, Utah – Three Utahns were among the top 20 finalists on the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance,” and their friends and family back home are cheering them on.

Jenna Johnson, 18, is from Provo, and her friends and family said this ballroom dancer is living her dream.

Tammy Johnson is Jenna's mother, and she said her daughter has received tremendous local support.

"It's just so wonderful to see the support that has been shown to Jenna and to our family," she said. "Centerstage Performing Arts Academy is where Jenna trained, and they have just jumped in and been so supportive there and also just our friends and family everywhere have just really rallied together to support us."

Lisa Lindsay is Johnson’s cousin, and she said it’s exciting to see her on TV.

"Being able to watch her perform and seeing the things she's been doing, it makes me happy and excited for her, and I just love watching her dance,” she said.

Tessley Platt has danced with Johnson in the past, and she said the contestant is an example for others to follow.

"Jenna being on the show is such a big deal,” she said. “I'm so excited for her. She's such an amazing example. She's just inspiring, and every time she dances she gives 115 percent."

Two other Utahns, Brittany Cherry and Malece Miller, were also in the top 20. Cherry was eliminated from the show Tuesday night.