SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Top 20 contestant Jim Nowakowski (26) is a part of Team Stage on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Mondays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. @2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brooklin Rosenstock/FOX

SYTYCD Season 12 Episode 3 – Los Angeles Auditions

Jim Nowakowski- 25- Rochester, NY- Team Stage – He was born with a cleft palate, but he felt beautiful when he was a dancer. He’s a ballet dancer. His parents couldn’t be there today to support him. Awww. He’s got really strong legs, but his arms tend to dip a bit in his spins. He’s really strong though, and incredibly masculine. Great control. Fantastic dancer. Standing ovation. Ballet is making a comeback this year. Nigel says he reminds him of Alex Wong. He says it was an absolute joy to watch him. Nigel says Jim is one of the best dancers ever on the show. Paula says his balance is unlike anything she’s ever seen. Jason wonders how many hours a day it takes to be a dancer like him. He dances 8 hours a day. Damn. Jason drops a technical term, and Nigel sends him through to Vegas.

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