Sabra Johnson

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Sabra Johnson

Born

7/29/1987, Netherlands

Birth Name

Sabra Elise Johnson

Gender

Female
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Sabra Johnson is a dancer from Roy, Utah, and the latest winner of the reality show, So You Think You Can Dance. Originally born in the Netherlands, she moved to Germany as a baby and lived there for nine years. She then moved to the United States, and…more

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  • Trivia

    • Sabra taught classes at the Broadway Dance Center in December 2007 through January 2008.

    • In August of 2008, Sabra will be touring Australia with Kameron Bink, her fellow contestant on So You Think You Can Dance.

    • As of 2008, Sabra is currently traveling with the New York City Dance Alliance NYCDA).

    • Sabra enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, however she lists her favorite artists as Ben Harper, David Gray, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Incubus, Coldplay, Jewel, Jimmy Eat World, Sarah MacLachlan, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Moby, The Used, The Beatle, Queen, CCR, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Matchbox 20, Foo Fighters, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Boys 2 Men, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.

    • Sabra's favorite books are God-Shaped Hole, A Million Little Pieces, Lovely Bones, and Invisible Monsters.

    • Sabra's favorite television shows are Friends, Ellen DeGeneres, Elimidate, Flavor of Love, and Rock of Love.

    • Sabra's favorite movies are Orange County, Slackers, Ace Ventura, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Butterfly Effect, Apocalypse, Pan's Labyrinth, and Moulin Rouge.

    • Sabra's partners while on So You Think You Can Dance? include Dominic Sandoval, Neil Haskell, Danny Tidwell, Pasha Kovalev, Lacey Schwimmer, and Kameron Bink.

    • After completing her high school studies, Sabra moved from Roy, UT to Las Vegas and became a dance instructor.

    • Sabra was a go-go dancer for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

    • Prior to auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance, Sabra planned on becoming a dancer for a cruise liner.

    • During her stint on So You Think You Can Dance, Sabra had only seen the bottom three once. She was one of the bottom three girls on the first week of the show.

    • Before dancing, Sabra originally wanted to be a design artist. She gave up that dream when she could not afford school.

    • While on So You Think You Can Dance, Sabra cited fellow contestant Jaimie Goodwin as her toughest competition, and as the dancer to whom she raised her standards to.

    • While on So You Think You Can Dance, Sabra's favorite choreographers were Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin.

    • Although Sabra loves to study different languages and has lived in other countries, English is the only language she speaks.

    • Sabra enjoys watching movies in her spare time, along with traveling.

    • Sabra cites a weekend workshop in Park City, UT as her most memorable dance experience. That was when she realized that she wanted to dance for the rest of her life.

    • Sabra's favorite professional dancer is Roderick George.

    • Sabra enjoys sewing as a hobby.

    • Shortly before she auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance, Sabra had just began her fourth year as a trained dancer.

    • Sabra's formal training consists of jazz, ballet, contemporary, and gymnastics, with some experience in hip-hop, modern dance, tap, and theater.

    • Sabra's favorite style of dancing is contemporary.

    • Sabra was the first female winner of So You Think You Can Dance.

  • Quotes

    • Sabra: (To her fans) Thank you. Thank you for everything. Thank you for giving this to me, that's so great, I feel so grateful and so lucky. In such a short period of time you know, it was really short-lived, but it was just so amazing, and so amazing to be there and do that and to know that people who don't even know what dance is really, you know they've never taken a dance class, watch and enjoy it that much.

    • Sabra: (When asked about her motivation for auditioning for SYTYCD) Mostly because I haven't been dancing that long and so unlike everybody else I haven't gotten the chance to work with so many choreographers, and you know a lot of people knew each other when they came on to the show and I didn't know anybody. I figured it'd be such a great way to open up my career because I'm out of a studio and no one's there to baby me anymore. It's such a great way for everybody to see you and see what you can do and just to see what as a dancer I can do.

    • Sabra: (When asked about her training habits) Oh jeez, I danced every day. I was living in Las Vegas and I was at a studio there. I moved down there and I was teaching at first, and then she offered me a spot on the team so I took it. I taught them and I danced with them so it was kind of awkward at first but it was fun. They're like my family and I just danced everyday and I would take all sorts of different classes outside of the studio all the time in every single thing I possibly could. You know you can learn something from everything you do so, I mean it's really just dedication you know.

    • Sabra: I had a friend that you know, she just danced and I had seen her and she's just so great, she's amazing, and I just knew it was something that I wanted to do you know, every time I saw somebody dance it's something that I wanted to do.

    • Sabra: Tony Meredith and Melanie [LaPatin] are like my favorite people! I got to work four times with them, so I got to know them. They've done absolutely everything in ballroom, and they're just amazing. They were always so much fun and just helped so much. I loved Mia [Michaels]. I never got to work with her directly, but she's one of my favorite people ever. Wade [Robson] — I didn't know him at all before the show. When you're put in a room with him, that energy — it's great.

    • Sabra: (About adapting to reality tv rules) That was new to me. I was in Disney's High School Musical, but just in the background. It was new, having to speak for [myself]. You know, I always have a lot to say, but [the producers] tell you, ''Okay, put that into three words'' and ''Make yourself look interesting.'' And you know, it's a popularity contest, and I hate to ever, ever be fake. Toward the end, I kept thinking, I don't ever want to put off the impression that I'm not being myself. It was hard, and then it got even harder, trying to always stay the same person and not change just because of the situation.

    • Sabra: (When asked about being exhausted from SYTYCD) We worked so hard. People know it's hard and we keep telling them, but no one understands. It's just rehearsal after rehearsal after rehearsal, on summer days. It was just 14 to 15-hour days with half-hour breaks. It was really hard, but I think that was part of the test.

    • Sabra: I feel ridiculous. It's so overwhelming and so surreal just to think that, first of all, I'm a girl, and, second of all, I'm from this little, tiny town in the middle of nowhere and I didn't know anything coming into this, honestly... it's amazing.

    • Sabra: This puts me exactly where I need to be — almost ahead of the game. I haven't had the chance to work with a lot of choreographers. Now I can pay the rent. Now I can pay for dance classes. Now I don't have to work three jobs just to try to do that. It's more than I could've asked for.

    • Sabra: (Referring to her win on SYTYCD, and the lack of time given to show her response) I know, I felt so bad because even the studio audience…I just wished I could've thanked them all but I just remember thinking I wanted to hug everybody around me, and that was the Top 20, I love them. But it would be so great if I could meet everybody, obviously that's millions of people. That's so crazy, but it would be great to be able to meet everybody and say thank you because they just gave that to me. I'm so grateful.

    • Sabra: For right now, the smart way to use this pedestal is to travel and do teaching and shows, but my goal as a dancer is to be in a contemporary ballet company. I have a long way to go and I still have to work really, really hard for that. They are the most amazing people and that's why we don't see them on the show because they all have jobs right now.

    • Sabra: You have to work so hard for it. I definitely had a lot of help, and somebody who believed in me. But it is persistence. I was always taking classes. You just have to keep working hard and something good will come out of it if it is what you really want.

    • Sabra: (Referring to So You Think You Can Dance) I was content. I was excited to find out what was going to happen. It was definitely a 50/50 chance. I was standing next to Danny, the most brilliant dancer in the world. I didn't know if I was going to lose to him because of that. I was OK with anything. I was happy to be there and standing next to Danny.

    • Sabra: (Referring to her audition for So You Think You Can Dance) I remember getting a callback and I couldn't eat or sleep for the next few days. When I got in and was going to Vegas, it all suddenly sunk in. But I didn't have any expectations.

    • Sabra: (Referring to her win on So You Think You Can Dance) I can't take the smile off my face, and it's hurting so bad!

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