Feel-good reality show So You Think You Can Dance announced its top 20 contestants last week, and a hunky local dancer, Daniel Baker, is in the group. A native Australian, Baker moved to S.F. and took up dance to maintain his visa. He's classically trained in ballet (although in his cute Aussie accent, it sounds like he's calling himself a "belly dancer"). He wowed judges at his audition in Dallas, and managed to fight his way through the week-long trials in Las Vegas to the top 20. Now, he'll compete for a cash prize and the title of "America's Favorite Dancer."
This year, Baker will have a better shot at winning than past male contestants: the rules have changed to allow one male and one female winner, instead of a single finalist of either gender. Hopefully he has what it takes to win -- he's put his career at SF Ballet on hold to compete on the show.
Check out his fog-drenched, cable car-specked audition video, in which he gushes about his love for San Francisco and the art of dance:
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