Southsider Voice correspondent
No matter how the final vote turns out tonight, Franklin Township dancer Valerie Rockey already is a winner on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Rockey, her family, area supporters and her new national fans know it, too.
She will be joined by parents John and Debbie Rockey in Los Angeles for the final show.
She plans to return home for a few days next week before departing on a 70-city tour with the top 10 dancers from this season’s show.
In a profile interview on the final four show, she said she wants to be remembered as “the tap dance girl.” No doubt about that.
Rockey showed her many dancing skills in three dances Aug. 27: a high-energy African jazz routine with Ricky Ubela that opened the show, a unique Bollywood routine with Jessica Richens and an emotional and dramatic dance with Zack Everhart in which she acted blind.
She also did a brief all-star tap dance in her signature red tap shoes.
“We did it,” Rockey tweeted after the final four show. “Zack and I are making some SYTYCD history with two tappers in the top four.”
Judge Mary Murphy alluded to Rockey’s hometown background by commenting, “You started dancing in a studio in a garage and look where you are now.”
She began dancing as a 3-year-old, danced for years at Tippy Toes Dance Academy, attended Indiana University for a year but then moved to California to study her passion.
In one of her tweets last week, she stated, “No matter what is in front of us, God is behind us.”
Indeed, a bright future awaits her – regardless of tonight’s outcome.