LIMA — “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist Kent Boyd told the 50 or so bright faces staring back at him to smile. Even if they couldn’t keep up with every move, or if they made a mistake in their routine, smile.
“That shows me that you want to be here and you care. That’s the most important thing in an audition,” Boyd said.
The Botkins native who gained nationwide fame over the summer on the hit Fox dancing show was in Lima Tuesday to teach two classes of students from Lyn Mulcahy’s dance academy.
“I’m excited to meet him because he seems like a super kid, but I’m just so thrilled for these kids. They followed him all summer and they’re just so excited,” Mulcahy said.
The owner of Lyn’s Academy of Dance in Elida expected as many as 200 students to show up at St. Charles school to see Boyd and practice a little choreography. Mulcahy said one of her instructors is good friends with Boyd and was able to bring him up for the class. She split the classes with girls age 8 to 12 in the first group and 13 and up in the second, allowing Boyd to adjust the material by age.
With the first group he led stretches, walking the floor giving pointers. Then, piece by piece, he added parts to a routine, counting off the steps, “and we go five, six, seven tap eight.”
For the girls, it was pretty close to a dream come true.
“I was all giggly,” 12-year-old Autumn Corwin said. “I was excited.”
Boyd, who in November finished his “So You Think You Can Dance” tour, said he’s home spending the holidays with his family and teaching a few workshops.
Could Corwin keep up with Boyd’s fast feet?
“Not really,” she said. “Pretty close though.”
Soon, Boyd will move to Los Angeles. He’s hoping to capitalize on opportunities that opened up with his presence on the show. Recently he was on Disney’s “Shake it Up,” and his manager has suggested he audition for upcoming Disney television roles.
“Dance is always there, but I’m going to try this new thing and see how it goes,” he said.
Since the show went on the air, Boyd said he’s had a few people tell him his dancing pushed them into the art.
“It’s cool to be somebody’s inspiration,” he said.