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Boscawen teen wows judges in ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ competition

  • Eddie Hoyt smiles as judges react to his audition for So You Think You Can Dance.  Courtesy

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Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Eddie Hoyt struggled with his identity while he was growing up in Boscawen. He wanted to come out as gay, but his sexuality conflicted with his religion. 

Dancing was one thing that kept Hoyt grounded, he said. 

“Dancing is the only way I express myself and I can be myself,” Hoyt said before his audition for the TV show So You Think You Can Dance, which aired Monday night. “That’s why this is so important to me.”  

Hoyt, 18, was the last performer on the Los Angeles auditions of the dance competition show, which airs on the Fox network. 

His tap piece brought long- time judge Nigel Lythgoe to his feet, and an enthusiastic round of applause from the other three judges, including High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens and famed hip-hop dancer tWitch. 

“I’m so happy – that was a joy to watch,” tWitch said. “I wish I could be as good as that.” 

The episode ended with tWitch and Hoyt competing in a dance battle on stage, with tWitch hip- hop dancing and Hoyt tapping. 

Hoyt, who trained for 12 years as a tap dancer at Creative Steps in Franklin, will be moving on to the next round of the show, where he will compete with other dancers from across America for a spot in the final 10 dancers.

“I’m feeling many emotions, really. I’m excited, thrilled, and a little stressed,” Hoyt said in an interview on the show. “It’s definitely the biggest performance I’ve ever done. In New Hampshire, we don’t really have opportunities like this.”