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Fort Worth's Joshua Allen is 'America's Favorite Dancer'

Fort Worth native Joshua Allen took home $250,000 and the title of America's Favorite Dancer Thursday night during the Season 4 finale of the reality show competition So You Think You Can Dance.

Allen, who performed consistently well in various genres of dance, seemed overwhelmed at the win.With tears in his eyes, he said, "Never let anybody tell you can't do anything ... You can always go for it. The sky is the limit."

Here's a quick look back at the season.

How he won: The 19-year-old Fort Worth native has been a judge favorite all along. He's consistently wowed them - and the audience - with his ability to move easily between styles and remain graceful even with his athletic build. He garnered nearly universally positive praise.

Back story: The self-proclaimed hip-hop dancer, who won Debbie Allen's notice at a local audition for Pepito's when he was 6, auditioned in Dallas and made it to the semi-finals in Las Vegas, where he was chosen to be one of the 20 finalists who would appear on the television show.

Allen started street dancing as a child, taking over the sidelines during Pee Wee football to show the crowd his Michael Jackson moves, and then managed dance lessons by earning scholarships to intensive workshops and from the Fort Worth Ballet or doing chores around the studio. He taught classes for free at Bedford's Rhythm Nation Studio.

Memorable moment: During this week's finale, Allen danced a Russian-style piece with a fellow male dancer. Allen impressed the judges with hisjumping ability — the young man seems to hang in the air — and technical skills. During Thursday night's show, he and Katee Shean performed an encore of their debut dance, a touching hip-hop routine about a military man telling his girlfriend he'd been called to war.

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