Last night was the finale of â€˜So You Think You Can Dance Canadaâ€™ which featured two Ukrainians in the top four. In the end there could only be one winner and former Shumka dance Denys Drozdyuk took home the top prize:
In the end, it was the Ukrainian from Toronto rather than the Ukrainian from Edmonton who won the title of Canadaâ€™s Favourite Dancer in Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. After tabulating more than 1.5 million votes from across Canada, Denys Drozdyuk was declared the winner Sunday night. Edmontonâ€™s Jeff Mortensen came third.
Earlier this week, the 22-year-old told his mother Susan he felt he had already won. She was in the Toronto studio for the live finale, as was his dad Finn and a handful of other family members. Dozens of family and friends descended on a northwest Edmonton restaurant to watch it all unfold on TV, and to celebrate what has been an incredible journey for the one-time Shumka Dancer, who last season never made it past the Top 40 of the popular show.
Mortensen said he remembered watching the first season of the American version of the show while he was still with Shumka, the venerable Edmonton Ukrainian dance troupe. At the time, he says, he had never taken a class in ballet, or jazz or hip-hop.
â€œBut I thought to myself: â€˜You could do that,â€™â€ recalls Mortensen.
He could, and he did.
You can watch the final moments below: