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Artistic Expression Runs in the Family

RMU Prof. Michael DiLauro’s granddaughter, Amelia Lowe, thinks she can dance. And so far, America agrees.

Amelia is one of the top contenders on Fox’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance?” And her grandfather could not be more proud.

“How can you not be proud?” says DiLauro, an award-winning filmmaker and director of RMU’s Academic Media Center. “I’m texting my votes in ’til I fall asleep on the couch, trying to help her win.”

Even if Amelia doesn’t win, she will still end up in the top eight, which means she will go on the show’s national tour. “Just the notoriety of everything…it’s a huge break for her,” adds DiLauro.

Amelia, who has been dancing since she was three years old, has been taking the entire experience in stride. According to DiLauro, her favorite part of the show is the fact that she gets to work with nationally known choreographers. In fact, after her audition in Las Vegas, renowned choreographer Nigel Lythgoe, one of the regular judges and the producer of the show, invited Amelia to a benefit honoring the Broadway performer Tommy Tune.

“She has a sense of maturity about it,” says DiLauro. “She isn’t star struck like most people would be. Amelia recognizes this as a huge opportunity to get her name and style out in front of a national audience. I’m just happy she has this opportunity.”

Written by Tras Watts, RMU senior, Communication major, and PR & Marketing assistant

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