Let’s play a round of the Association Game. We’ll throw out a name and match it with the best descriptor. Michael Phelps? Swimmer. Dwight Howard? Laker. Jean-Claude Van Damme? Wash-up. How about Lynhthy Nguyen? Cutie. True, but that’s not it. Abs of steel? Closer. Quippy? Only if you know her. Dancer? Bingo. And no, we’re not talking the kind that works poles or snatches Andrew Jackson notes. Lynhthy’s a bona fide trained dancer with moves better than Mick Jagger. Not to mention more rhythm than that horrible, horrible Maroon 5 song.
DSPORT: So, Miss Dancing Queen, how did you end up so "ABBA"?
Lynhthy: I believe it all started in the womb when other kids were kicking in the fetal position, I was performing battement--French for ballet kick. My parents said I danced everywhere I went as a toddler so as soon as I turned four, they enrolled me in dance class. I come from an entertainment background; my mom was a successful Vietnamese singer/actress, my sister was also a singer, and my oldest brother was an actor who was in the O.G. 21 Jump Street with Johnny Depp. For my Viet pride people out there, my mom and sister were in Paris by Night.
DSPORT: Your family is like the Vietnamese Baldwins... sans the overweight old white guys. What was your first public performance?
Lynhthy: I was three and it was at a Buddhist temple - Chua Hue Hoang - in Garden Grove, California. After my mom sang her songs, she brought me up on stage, asked me a few questions, guided me through a Vietnamese song about a cat, and had me do a little dancing. I was a hit! At least that’s what I think. [laughter]
DSPORT: Is there anyone you'd like to challenge to a dance battle?
Lynhthy: Justin Timberlake, but not battle. I just want to dance with him. No talking necessary. His “My Love” video? Oww!
DSPORT: Darn, must have missed that one on TRL. As a former member of the pep squad in high school, can you please explain what function the pom-pom serves?
Lynhthy: Those little ‘pom-poms’ are attention whores! And it’s spelled with an ‘n’, as in pom-pons. It’s French. Wee-er! Wee-er! I’m the grammar police. [laughter]
DSPORT: Okay, Ms. Officer, what's this CADC thing on your record from University of California at Irvine?
Lynhthy: CADC stands for Chinese Association Dance Crew and it’s a collegiate hip-hop team I was on. It was my first family in college; they’ll always have my heart. I met a lot of the Kaba Modern dancers as well through that and I am friends with some of the original "Kaba 6" that were on ABDC’s Season 1.
DSPORT: What was your major in college?
Lynhthy: Cognitive Sciences.
DSPORT: That sounds serious. What do you look for in a guy that you want to get serious with.
Lynhthy: Wit, ambition, passion, good grammar, spontaneity, compatibility, someone that can dance and does all the small things that matter most! And a hot bod doesn’t hurt! [laughs] Ultimately, I want a secure man-slash-best friend who understands all my quirks and can make me laugh.
DSPORT: So, what you're saying is you want it all. When it comes to food, are you just as eclectic?
Lynhthy: Absolutely, you should have it all! [laughter] I’m a health nut so I do have some dietary restrictions. I’m a pescatarian and a Whole Foods addict. I’m also super into organic stuff too, like beyond belief. I'm such a hippie.
DSPORT: They say you are what you eat. As a pescatarian, what fish would you be? Please don't say stinky tuna.
Lynhthy: Miso salmon or sea bass. Get it? ‘Me so.’ Sorry, I like to amuse myself. [laughter]
DSPORT: Are you still pursuing dance, post-college?
Lynhthy: Yes, I signed with Bloc Talent Agency in LA last year and they’re the best freaking agents, ever! Bloc has sent me work and auditions in TV/film, music videos and commercials. I’m a resident performer at AV Nightclub in Hollywood where we do ballet, aerial hoop/lyra, plus aerial bottle drops! I also dance at Lure Hollywood. I also try to take classes such as contemporary-jazz or ballet whenever possible. I’m a dance machine.
DSPORT: What's your most memorable gig?
Lynhthy: Hot Import Nights Guam in 2008! HIN LA was the first show I ever attended and I went to audition to be one of their Official Dancers. I was such a noob, like ‘one photo shoot with non-photoshopped images’ new. Next thing you know, I’m being flown to Guam and there’s a huge print of me on a tour bus with huge names like Christine Mendoza, Misa Campo and Justene Jaro. I remember I kept thinking, “Who am I right now?” [laughter]
DSPORT: You're double-jointed. Have you ever used your flexible super power for evil, dare we say, naughty evil?
Lynhthy: I'm definitely naughty, but nice too. Feel free to use that for your pull-quote. [laughter]
DSPORT: Oh, you bet we will. If you had to hang up your dancing shoes, what would you do next?
Lynhthy: Try to preserve them with some cellophane since I’m Asian and we do that with our remote controls. Oh wait, you didn’t mean literally? [laughter] I will dance ‘til I die, but I am aware your body can only take so much physical stress, so that’s why I’m pursuing it right now. I aspire to be sort of a petite Asian Oprah. Either that or a ninja.
DSPORT: Our vote is for the latter. Lastly, tell us something most people don't know about you.
Lynhthy: I don’t like wearing bras, I like capturing “ugly face” photos and most people probably don’t know just how grateful I am in general as a person. I’m actually pretty insecure despite the constant self-promotion. After all, I did just talk about myself this entire time. [laughter] You have to put on this front that you’re über-confident when you’re in entertainment. With that said, I want to express my deepest gratitude to my friends and family who continued believing in me even when I no longer believed in myself. I would not have had these opportunities without everyone’s support thus far. I love you all so much. Also, thank you, readers, for taking the time and having the interest to read this. I am eternally humbled.