Meet the N.J. ballroom dancer competing on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Growing up in Ocean Township, Cole Mills played football and lacrosse. He would also skip class to go surfing. Later, as a student at Montclair State University, he joined the rugby team.
The Monmouth County teen considered himself a jack-of-all-trades kind of athlete. His extracurriculars alone would probably qualify him for such a title.
But he was also a national ballroom dancing champion. For 15 years, Mills, now 25, specialized in Latin DanceSport, racking up wins at more than 25 national competitions.
On Monday, Mills will face his latest challenge as a competitor on “So You Think You Can Dance.” The experienced dancer has made it past the audition period to the Fox show’s “academy” segment, joining fellow New Jersey dancer Emily Carr, 18, from Springfield, in the competition.