UCI’s Hannahlei Cabanilla is Crowned ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 15 Winner

The 18-year-old snags the winning title!

Our very own Anteater, Hannahlei Cabanilla, has been crowned America’s Favorite Dancer on Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. Cabanilla has been battling it out for weeks, competing against some of America’s most talented male and female dancers. She has danced her heart out every Monday night, and not only the judges, but America could see her brilliant talent.

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Since the age of two, Hannahlei has been dancing and capturing the attention of teachers and scouts everywhere. Growing up she trained extensively with OCPAA, The Orange County Performing Arts Academy, and now is a dance instructor on their faculty team. At Canyon High School, she shined and represented her Comanches on the Song team. Now at UCI, she continues her journey as a Dance major proudly representing our school.

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After winning ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, Cabanilla appeared bright and early on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ to be interviewed on her experiences on the dance competition show. Kelly Ripa announced to the audience that Cabanilla has won $250,000 in prize money. She then proceeded to ask Hannahlei what she will do with her winnings. In response, Cabanilla tells her, “I’m gonna take my parents on a trip…(because) they have been supporting me since I was two years old!” Both she and her parents deserve to take a trip after these intense last few weeks, not to mention the lifetime of extreme dancing

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The 18-year-old star will continue to shine on the stage as she dances on ‘So You Think You Can Dance Live 2018’ Tour. She, alongside the top ten contestants of the show, will be traveling and performing across the country- very, very exciting! You can get your tickets here to see Hanalei live in action.

From all of us Anteaters, we are incredibly proud of you Hannahlei!​

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