Rockledge's Peralta dances on
Hal Boedeker | Sentinel Television Critic
Posted June 20, 2007
The pressure of performing on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance is relentless, said finalist Jessi Peralta, who grew up in Rockledge. Last week, she had to go to the hospital for severe dehydration.
"I feel fine now," Peralta, 25, said Tuesday. "It's nonstop. We have a curfew. We can't go out after the show. We're like in lockdown."
Oh, but what a place to be. Peralta is among the 18 finalists who will perform at 8 tonight on WOFL-Channel 35. Two more dancers will be ejected in the results show at 9 p.m. Thursday.
"Winning the show would open a lot of opportunities to do bigger jobs, to travel, to do this for a living," Peralta said. "I still have to have a 40-hour day job."
Peralta, who lives in Valley Village, Calif., has taken a leave from her job at an upscale bowling alley. She has danced at the Apollo in front of President Clinton and performed with Kevin Federline in a Nationwide Insurance commercial that played during the Super Bowl. So You Think You Can Dance has given her the greatest exposure.
"It's a great opportunity for dancers to get recognition," Peralta said. "We're always in the background. We have a shorter shelf life. We have to portray a story without speaking, which I believe can be more difficult. I say this on behalf of all the kids: We want people to appreciate us."
Picture with other dancer's from Nationwide commercial: