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Stage dancer Gaby Diaz named 'America's Favorite Dancer' on the season 12 finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

by jmaloni

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Tue, Sep 15th 2015 09:00 am

Monday night, "So You Think You Can Dance" came to a thrilling conclusion when stage dancer Gaby Diaz was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX.

Diaz, 19, from Miami, received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the chance to dance with Jennifer Lopez at her upcoming Las Vegas residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort.

Diaz also will join the rest of the top 10 for the "So You Think You Can Dance" season 12 live tour, which kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas. Ticket information and more details are available at www.fox.com/dance.

"Being named 'America's Favorite Dancer' is a dream come true," Diaz said. "Knowing that so many people have appreciated my effort and enjoyed my work is the ultimate compliment, leaving me feeling very accomplished and proud of the work we all have done on this show."

"This has been one of the most exciting weeks of my life, ever," added Emmy Award-winning Stage Team coach Travis Wall. "The dancer I believed in so much won this for Team Stage and herself. She is the perfect representation for 'SYTYCD' - on and off the stage. I didn't know how it was going to end up, but I'm so happy with the results. I'm so proud of her!" 

Fellow finalists Hailee Payne, Virgil Gadson and Jana "Jaja" Vankova were eliminated as host Cat Deeley revealed the voting results.

In addition to naming "America's Favorite Dancer," the season 12 finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" featured a performance by Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Wall, as well as performances by this season's top 20 dancers - including a special performance by the top 20 that was choreographed by Christopher Scott and a performance by the top 10 with 10 all-stars, choreographed by Nick Florez and RJ Durell. Also featured were special performances by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo, hip-hop dance crew Academy of Villains, and all-star Cyrus Spencer performing with 10-year-old hip-hop dance prodigy Phoenix Lil'Mini.

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