Provo dancer takes second chance on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

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Jensen Arnold is looking for redemption on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Last year, Arnold auditioned for the dance competition TV show, but didn’t make it past The Academy. Now a year later, Arnold has returned with a new conviction to succeed.

“I’ve been working really hard on being true to myself and showing my personality, and I feel that I’m ready,” Arnold said on Monday night’s show.

The 20-year-old ballroom dancer from Provo, Utah  advanced through the first two days of “The Academy,” which involved a solo performance, hip-hop routine and ballroom routine. Arnold flew through the first two days, with judge Nigel Lythgoe calling her “vivacious.” Her only criticism came from Lythgoe who said she was sometimes “heavy footed” in her moves.

Out of the 70 dancers who made it to The Academy, Jensen was one of 41 who advanced to the final days of the competitive workshop. The professional judges — Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Vanessa Hudgens — narrow down the 70 dancers to the top 20 dancers, 10 guys and 10 girls. Those dancers advance to the live performances where the audience will vote on their favorite dancers.

On the next episode of SYTYCD, the remaining 41 dancers will participate in a contemporary routine and group performance on the final two days of The Academy.

Arnold is the younger sister of Lindsay Arnold, a season 9 competitor who made it to the Top 8. In 2013, Lindsay Arnold joined “Dancing With the Stars” as a professional dancer.

“I’m ready this year to step out of her shadow and be Jensen,” Jensen Arnold said on the show.

The competition continues on Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. on Fox.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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