Student Snapshot: Joel Cardenas
SAC student tries out for 'America's Got Talent'
Joel Cardenas has years of dance experience under his belt
so he wasn’t that nervous about an
audition for “America’s Got Talent” (AGT)
held Jan. 12-13.
The San Antonio College dance major heard about the
auditions at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, secured a front -of-the-line
pass, and put together a jazz routine to
“Lucky Strike” by Maroon 5 for his audition. Then he waited three hours
for his shot at stardom. His performance for one of the show’s producer was
filmed and in addition, he was asked about his
“I’ve been on a lot of auditions; I don’t take it too
personally,” he said. Cardenas, 21, hopes to hear back from AGT producers by the
end of February.
A native of Seguin, Cardenas graduated from Seguin High
School. He spent summers in New York City with the American Ballet Theater and
trained with the Joffrey Ballet School.
He also has taken classes at the Broadway Dance Center.
When he isn’t attending classes at SAC, Cardenas works at
the Studio of Dance & Cheer in New Braunfels. He teaches classes in jazz, ballet,
contemporary and evolution. He has also
choreographed routines for various high school dance teams.
Asked about his favorite dancer, Cardenas cites Nick Lazzarini,
winner of season one of “So You Think You Can Dance.” For the past two years Cardenas has performed
as the Nutcracker Prince in Ballet New Braunfel’s production of “The Nutcracker.”
After graduation Cardenas hopes to transfer to Texas State
University and complete his bachelor’s degree in Dance – with teaching being his
In the meantime, he waits for the callback from “America’s
Got Talent.” Being a full-time student at SAC should keep him on his toes.
Photo: Joel Cardenas is photographed Jan. 17, 2013, in the dance studio in the Candler PE Center at San Antonio College.