A Leesburg teenager is set for his television debut tonight.
Thirteen-year-old Lucas Marinetto, a rising eighth grader, will appear on “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” today at 8 p.m. on FOX.
A spin-off of “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Next Generation” focuses on younger competitors. In tonight’s episode, young dancers between the ages of 8 and 13 who are skilled in various dance styles such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation and breaking, will audition in New York City.
The young dancers selected during auditions by judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will then move on to battle it out at “The Academy” in Los Angeles. During “The Academy” round, which begins airing next Monday, June 20, the SYTYCD AllStars meet the young dancers and decide which 10 contestants will earn a spot to be their partner.
Lucas, a tap dancer who studies at Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn, was encouraged to audition for the show by a teacher at his dance school. He said the audition, which was filmed in March, was very exciting and he enjoyed meeting the other young competitors. While he is not able to reveal the results of the audition, he did say that Lythgoe called him “one of the best tap dancers [he’s] ever seen.”