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Young dancer Bridget Derville-Teer was eliminated from the competition Monday during the "academy" portion of the reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox.
Two judges said they didn't connect with her contemporary performance, while one felt it wasn't very crisp.
Said Derville-Teer: "It's sad it's come to this. This has been the best few days of my life."
Derville-Teer is a recent graduate of Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, and she trains in Newberg and teaches in Hillsboro.
Derville-Teer called it "the best experience of my life," and says she was told to come back to try again on the show.
"I got to show them my self-choreographed solo, and perform in the hip hop, ballroom and contemporary rounds," she says. "I was beyond devastated when I was cut in the contemporary round.
"Being on this show was a dream come true and hopefully next year I can go all the way to the live shows. The best part of my week was getting to partner with amazing dancers and learn from so many choreographers. I also loved showing them who I am as an artist. I will come back."
The famous alternative band that calls Portland home, Portugal. The Man, plans to promote mental health advocacy while touring Oregon this summer.
They'll bring the "Keep Oregon Well: Mental Health Matters" movement to concerts at McMenamins Edgefield, Aug. 24-25, Jacksonville on Aug. 30 and Bend on Aug. 31. (The Edgefield shows are unfortunately sold out).
"Mental health is personal for our band," says John Gourley, lead singer. 'We all have days where we feel happy and well, and days where we don't — and, contrary to popular belief, this is actually a completely normal part of the human experience."
"Keep Oregon Well" is a public advocacy campaign and social movement co-founded by fellow Portland-based musician Logan Lynn and Trillium Group CEO Kim Scott. It's designed to reduce the stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community and educate people on mental health.
There'll be a "Keep Oregon Well" booth set up at the band's Oregon concerts. For more: www.KeepOregonWell.com.
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