Who Is Jaja Vankova Of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 12?

Jaja Vankova is one of the dancers who will be competing for a spot on Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance. She tried out for Season 11 and definitely had a solid fan base, and word has it she’s headed back to the show to try again. Will she make it into the Top 20 this time around? Fans hope so and have a hunch this could be her year. What do SYTYCD viewers need to know about Jaja?

This dancer is 23-years-old and she was born Jana Vankova. Now going by “Jaja,” Vankova is originally from the Czech Republic. She now lives in California and specializes in animation and Krump. Jaja is dating a fellow dancer named Lil Machine, and they post sweet photos and messages to and about one another on social media frequently.

Not only did Vankova try out for Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, stunning the judges and Stephen “tWitch” Boss in particular, she had a small part in the 2014 movie Step Up All In. As many fans know, Boss was also in that film.

This season on SYTYCD, the format has been tweaked a bit, and many suspect this will work in Vankova’s favor. Instead of a Top 20 made up of 10 guys and 10 ladies, with a mix of genre specialties, there will be 10 dancers on Team Street and 10 dancers on Team Stage.

Travis Wall will be heading up Team Stage while tWitch will head up Team Street. Does this give Vankova an advantage? Some would say it gives her an opportunity to showcase what she can really do and keep her from getting lost in the crowd as may have been the case last season.

Vankova has been dancing since her early teen years, and she performed with a crew named Out of Bounds back in the Czech Republic in 2006. She started out doing hip hop and moved on to tackle other street styles as well. Reports indicate that she did quite well back home in her early years of dancing. In 2010, she auditioned to join a new dance crew in Houston, Texas, called I.aM.mE. The group’s name was said to stand for inspire, motivate, and energize.

The group I.aM.mE won America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6 in 2011 and they’ve gone on to perform in a number of television spots, including the New Year’s Eve show for MTV in 2012 and a 2012 episode of Shake It Up. Both Phillip “Pacman” Chbeeb and Emilio Dosal from the group have been involved with So You Think You Can Dance as well.

According to the latest So You Think You Can Dance spoilers from the Idol Forums, Jaja is back in the mix this season, and this may be her chance to shine. Does she make it onto tWitch’s Team Street? SYTYCD spoilers indicate that she does indeed.

Could Jaja Vankova win So You Think You Can Dance Season 12? Fans are anxious to see her get a chance to tackle the live shows if indeed she makes it past the Green Mile, and everybody will be seeing much more of this dancer quite soon.

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