Fox’s SYTYCD is Knee deep in the middle of an exciting and eventful Season 16. The Top Ten Finalists have been revealed and I had the chance to catch up with one of the five female top ten finalists, Pint Size Powerhouse Mariah Russell. We talked about what it means to her, to be on this season of SYTYCD, advice to young girls wanting to dance and much more. 

Mariah said of her experience so far 

“It’s Truly A Dream Come True; I never thought I would make it this far, I am still in Shock”.

Mariah is from Nashville, TN where she not only has the city rooting for her but her family. Mariah stated that when her Mom found out she advanced to the top ten, she screamed and ran around the house. Talk About Excited!!!! Nothing Like Having the support of your loved ones during a once in a lifetime experience such as this. 

I asked Mariah What has been the most challenging part of this process and Mariah stated that “

Ballroom Dance has been the most challenging part thus far; due to not been trained in that style of dance. But Mariah isn’t let that stop her from reaching the top. 

On the advice she would give to girls watching at home in there small towns and wondering how can I ever make it to that stage 

“Never Let Anyone Tell You Can’t Do It, no matter how big or small You Can Do It.

You Just Have To Fight For Your Life and Your Dreams”. 

Mariah said her passion for dance, a positive mind set, and ultimately hard work are what keep her going in the grueling completion.

Be sure to watch Mariah Rip the SYTYCD Stage Monday Nights; Only On Fox. Check Your Local Listings For Time Slots.