So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation — Camila Schwarz

SoFlo dancer is getting to show off her talent ahead of the season premiere of a reality dance show. This 12-year-old is from Miami, and she’s being featured on the current season of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

This year there’s a twist: The contestants will be young — between the ages of 8 and 13 — and this local girl hopes to make it two wins in a row for South Florida.

FOX’s 13th season of “So You Think You Can Dance” is getting younger, giving 8-to-13-year-old dancers a chance to show off their talents.

It’s a dream come true for one South Florida dancer.

Camila Schwarz: “When I got the news that kids can try out now, I was like, ‘I have to do this. This could be a big dream.'”

Camila Schwarz flew to Los Angeles for the first audition, and she made it through.

Camila Schwarz: “I got a Golden ticket, and I was so happy.”

She tells 7News it was nerve-wracking, but she shook off the nerves. And she was excited to impress returning judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo.

The judges say the first audition already proves the competition is tough.

Paula Abdul: “Well, I can tell you right now, we’ve never put so many contestants through as we are today here in L.A. It’s one after another, and it’s astonishing to see how well they’re being trained and disciplined in their dance styles. It’s incredible; we’re seeing amazing talent.”

Jason Derulo: “And how well they take, um, take the notes.”

And when it comes to critiquing these young dancers, Nigel says they can handle it.

Nigel Lythgoe: “These kids are so accustomed to competitions, it’s almost easier to judge them and give them quite harsh criticisms, too. They take it really well.”

Nineteen-year-old Miami native Gaby Diaz won last year, and Camila watched every step of her journey. She hopes she will make South Florida proud this year.

Camila Schwarz: “I want to get far.”

“So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” airs Mondays at 8 p.m., right here on WSVN.

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