Immediately following his season 14 victory on Monday, Sept. 25, the 19-year-old dancer from Irvine began fielding questions about where he’ll go and what he’ll do next.
The short answer is he doesn’t know.
“I don’t like thinking about the future too much. I’m trying to stay present and immerse myself in the moment,” Ishimoto said.
But if his performance history is any indication, Ishimoto is up for anything.
He started as a hip-hop dancer, performed on Broadway, competed in an international ballet competition and appeared in a music video for Sia.
“I want to do it all. I’ve never seen a dancer do it all,” said Ishimoto who was billed as contemporary dancer on “So You Think You Can Dance” when really he has experience in many styles.
“I think of this show as a stepping stone. A new bridge that I have made,” said Ishimoto.
When host Cat Deeley announced him as “America’s Favorite Dancer” over runner-up Koine Iwasaki, Ishimoto mentioned that he was looking forward to using his win as a platform to spread a message to other dancers like him.
“I feel like I wasn’t born to be a dancer and it took a lot of hard work and a certain attitude and I feel like it’s telling other people that it is possible,” Ishimoto said. “It…