By Kristyn Burtt

It’s been 10 summers since Audrey Case hit the So You Think You Can Dance stage where she was a part of the cast of Season 9. It’s hard to believe how fast time flew by — and at the same time — how long it took the now-28-year-old to become an All-Star. That dream finally came true in the penultimate episode of Season 17, where she danced alongside contestant Keaton Kermode to Robert Roldan’s choreography. 

It wasn’t easy to get here though, as a current cast member of Derek Hough’s No Limit show in Las Vegas, Case had to run it by her boss to see if appearing on SYTYCD was even possible. “I talked to Derek ahead of time to ask if it was even possible if I was able to do this. He said, ‘I think we can make it work.’ I told him I would only miss one show, which was the day of the taping,” she explained. “They thankfully worked around the schedule.” Of course, she had to fly back and forth to Vegas in between dry blocking and the shoot day because Hough’s show needed her. “It’s a little tricky because we don’t have understudies, so Kailyn Rogers learned my track for the trio for the night I’m out of the show,” Case added. 

Since they can only have one cast member out at a time, Chase Haley Bowden, whose choreography was featured in the same episode, had to hustle back to Las Vegas to perform with Hough. (He was also a part of the July 27 episode, where he watched his trio performed by Beau Harmon, Ralyn Johnson, and Carter Williams.) Even though they couldn’t celebrate their So You Think You Can Dance success together, Case believes that they “helped each other out” to become part of the 17th season. “I did Chase’s So You Think submission for choreography [earlier in the year] and that’s why I think I’m here right now.”

She continued, “I am so grateful. This was a dream for me. I’ve been wanting this since I was on So You Think. I’ve wanted to be an All-Star, but it’s been 10 years… and I thought that ship had sailed, to be honest. I have Robert to thank for that.” For those of you who are So You Think You Can Dance connoisseurs, you may be wondering why Case considers this her first All-Star run when she performed in Season 14 with contestant Logan Hernandez. She explained, “I was a last-minute fill-in for Tyce (Diorio) when Allison [Holker] hurt her shoulder, but that was so different than this experience. It was scary. This time I was mentally prepared.”

The whole night was a magical one for Case, who was reflective about her 10 years since she appeared on the Television City stage — and she knew exactly what she would love to tell her 18-year-old self. “I was such a different human back then. I was so scared of everything and worried about getting sent home. It was my dream to be on the show. It was all I cared about,” she recalled. “I wish I could go back in time and tell myself, ‘You’re doing great. Enjoy this moment because this is the only time you’re going to be able to do something like this. You are going to have a great career and it’s all going to work out.’” And indeed it has. 

Photo: Michael Becker/FOX

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