Deloch to appear on So You Think You Can Dance

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Professional dancer and Gonzales, Louisiana native Matthew Deloch performs an impressive move.

Young, professional dancer Matthew Deloch, of Gonzales, La. trained hard in 2018-19 to recuperate from a knee injury and once again tryout for the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance.

The first time he tried out was two years ago. Unfortunately, he was cut in the fourth round of the academy, which was the "ballroom round" he said.

A spokesperson from the TV show reached out to the Weekly Citizen last week to set up a teleconference with Deloch, who will be featured in the Monday, June 3 audition episode airing at 8 p.m. on FOX.

He said he was auditioning, but he could not say if he makes it past Monday night. He is in Gonzales for the summer, hanging with family before returning to school at PACE University in New York this fall.

"I flew to L.A. for the auditions in March," Deloch said. "It's the solo that I've prepared for months and months and months."

He said that the past year was filled with work that he feels has paid off. Deloch said he hurt his knee in rehearsal for one of his shows last year.

"Durning one of the runs, my knee just gave out," he said. "I tore my meniscus in my right knee."

But Deloch, 20, said today he feels one hundred percent more confident.

"After my knee surgery I had to do rehab and lots and lots of work to get back to my full ability."

Deloch said his career as a dancer is rewarding. He said getting paid to dance is great because it does not feel like work to do what he loves.

During the So You Think You Can Dance audition, Deloch spent a week in Los Angeles, Calif. He said he had a chance to explore a little in between auditioning.

"It never ceases to be an amazing time in L.A.," he said. "I love the vibe in L.A. just as much as I do New York City. Those are my two favorite cities."

Deloch will be in Louisiana until the end of August. He performed at last year's Dancing for a Cause fundraiser for the Arc of East Ascension. He said he was not sure if he was performing at the event again next month, but that last year he was asked on a short notice.

"Last year they didn't ask me until like two weeks before, so there still could be a possibility," he said.

He will be teaching at three different, local studios while he is staying in Gonzales for the summer: Center Stage Performing Arts Academy (Gonzales, Louisiana), Tari's School of Dance (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), and De Frances Academy of Dance (Baton Rouge/Prairieville, Louisiana).

From the official press release: "Hosted by Cat Deeley, the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns with an all-new season on Monday, June 3. Joining fan favorites Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judging table for auditions and the Academy rounds are Emmy Award-nominee Laurieann Gibson, Lady Gaga’s longtime choreographer and creative director, and Emmy Award-winner and SYTYCD alum Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval.

"The dance competition series spotlights highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 who compete in contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more to secure their place in the SYTYCD studio, competing each week for America’s votes. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale."