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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Alum Serge Onik Dead at Age 33

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Tragic news has surfaced surrounding dancer and choreographer, Serge Onik. The So You Think You Can Dance star is best known for competing on the show’s eleventh season. Following the competition, Onik has also worked closely with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on choreography for Dancing with the Stars. At this time, the cause of death has not been disclosed. Today however, Onik’s family announced the funeral information on his Instagram story.

“He was an amazing dancer with a huge heart and he touched the lives of everyone who met him,” Jim Keith, president of The Movement Talent Agency, shared. “He will be truly missed. This is a sad day for us at the agency and for the dance community as a whole. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this time.”

Host and reporter Kristyn Burtt also expressed condolences for her good friend on social media.

“My heart is broken. 💔 Besides being such an incredible talent, you were a great friend. You will be so missed, @sergeonik 🙏🏻.”

Serge Onik’s Dancing Career

The Ukraine native moved to the United States when he was three years old. Specializing in Latin Ballroom, Onik competed on So You Think You Can Dance on season 11. He became a fan favorite during the competition and made it to the top 14 before being eliminated. His time in the competition launched his professional career, and he went on to be a choreographer for Dancing with the Stars.

Onik later appeared in a number of television series, including Marvel’s Agent Carter, Fox’s Bones, and Jane the Virgin on the CW. Additionally, he starred alongside Kirstie Alley in her 100 Days of Dance campaign and web series in 2012.

Most recently, the dancer appeared in Lin-Manuel’s movie adaptation of In The Heights. The film premiered earlier this summer. Onik shared his excitement about taking part in the film on Instagram.

“I mean it’s for literally 2 seconds but I’ve never been more honored to be part of a project, for a few reasons,” he wrote. “It’s such a privilege to be part of a movie that represents the cultures and peoples and dance genre that basically raised me and I owe my whole everything to. Working with this choreo team aka the dream team.”

This story will be updated as details are released and the cause of death is announced.

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