Cole Horibe
Season Season 9
Birth date August 26, 1985
Hometown Honolulu, Hawaii
So You Think You Can Dance Profile
Genre Martial Arts Fusion
Partner(s) Lindsay Arnold
Anya Garnis (all-star)
Allison Holker (all-star)
Melanie Moore (all-star)
Eliana Girard
Placement Top 6
All-Star Profile

Cole Horibe was a contestant on season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance. His genre is martial arts fusion. He was eliminated on September 5, 2012.


Cole was born and raised in Honolulu. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. After dancing for three years in high school, he quit dancing, believing he had relatively little talent in dance (as opposed to martial arts) and continued to train in various martial arts and studied acting - his career aspiration. Having studied martial arts for most of his life, Cole incorporates a martial arts flavor into his choreography - a dance style which he calls "Martial Arts Fusion." His sister Cara Horibe is a member of the dance troupe Fanny Pak, which performed in contention on the television show America's Best Dance Crew. Cole's been trained in jazz, hip-hop, ballet, modern, and ballroom.

So You Think You Can DanceEdit

Cole first auditioned for season 9 in Los Angeles, California.

Main article: Season 9 performances

Meet the Top 20 (June 27, 2012)Edit

Cole is sent in to hear the news of whether he made it through to the Top 20 or not. Mary tells him that they don't think they've ever seen anyone like him in this competition. She then tells him that he's in the Top 20. He dances a Martial Arts/Stepping/Animation routine with Brandon Mitchell and Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer. The piece was danced to "Revolve" by Nathan Lanier and choreographed by Christopher Scott. Mary praises the trio and tells them that they definitely "hit that out of the ballpark" with the routine.

Week 1 (July 11, 2012)Edit

In the package, the dancers must describe themselves in nine seconds. Cole is paired up with Lindsay Arnold and assigned a paso doble by Jason Gilkison to "Unstoppable" by E.S. Posthumus. The pair received a standing ovation from the judges. Guest judge Kenny Ortega thought this routine was mesmerizing, electrifying, and two of the most fantastic routines he has ever seen on the show (the other being Audrey and Matthew's contemporary performed right before this routine). Mary praises Jason Gilkison, telling him that that was the best paso doble he's ever choreographed on this show. She also praises Lindsay and Cole, telling them that if the both of them keep this up, they will be unstoppable through out the competition. She tells Cole that even though he came as a Martial Artist, that was pure paso doble, with beautiful shape and beautiful paso doble. Nigel asks Cole what other styles he's been trained in, where Cole replies that he's had training in jazz, hip-hop, a little bit of ballet, modern, and ballroom. Nigel then proceeds to tell him that that was the best paso doble he's ever seen any boy do on the show.

Week 2 (July 18, 2012)Edit

Cole and partner Lindsay danced a hip-hop by Christopher Scott to "Teeth" by Lady Gaga. Nigel praises Cole, telling him he had great characterization. Mary tells Cole that he did a great job of staying in character. Guest judge Adam Shankman also agrees with Nigel and Mary on Cole's character. After the routine, Cole stayed in character throughout the judgement and at one point, the judges told him he's taking it too far. Mary tells Cole that he is so versatile, nailing the routine every single week.

During the results, Cole was announced safe due to his paso doble in Week 1.

Week 3 (July 25, 2012)Edit

In the package, the dancers must reveal something America doesn't know about their partners. Cole and partner Lindsay danced a contemporary by Mandy Moore to "Wild Horses" by Charlotte Martin. Nigel praises Mandy for the beautiful routine and the Lighting team for their work in the routine. He praises Cole, telling him he is meticulously neat and tidy in all of his movements and calls him a genius.

During the results, Cole was announced safe due to his hip-hop in Week 2.

Week 4 (August 15, 2012)Edit

In the package, the dancers must share their favorite moments from the show. Cole shares that his favorite moment was when Mark Kanemura made it into the Top 20 of Season 4. This week's theme required dancers to perform past routines by Mia Michaels. Cole and partner Lindsay danced a contemporary to "Gravity", which was originally performed by Kayla Radomski and Kupono Aweau in Season 5. Guest judge Billy Trevitt praises the couple, telling them he was very, very impressed with their performance. Mary also praises Cole and Lindsay, telling them that this was the best routine of the night and came the closest to topping the original. Nigel admits that he had been a little disappointed with the past performances, but tells them that in this business, dancers use the same choreography all the time. He then tells Cole and Lindsay that they've come out on top. Nigel is also impressed by Cole, telling him that when Kupono performed it, he was more sinister, but when Cole performed it, he was more emotionless and chilling.

During the results, Cole was announced safe due to his contemporary in Week 3.

Week 5 (August 22, 2012)Edit

Week 6 (August 29, 2012)Edit

Week 7 (September 5, 2012)Edit





Cole Horibe - SYTYCD Season 9 (L.A04:30

Cole Horibe - SYTYCD Season 9 (L.A. Auditions)

L.A. Audition

Brandon Mitchell, Cole Horibe, Cyrus Spencer -- Meet The Top 20 -- So You Think You Can Dance01:53

Brandon Mitchell, Cole Horibe, Cyrus Spencer -- Meet The Top 20 -- So You Think You Can Dance

Meet the Top 20 - Christopher Scott Martial Arts, Stepping, Animation w/ Brandon, Cyrus

Lindsay & Cole - Paso Doble02:06

Lindsay & Cole - Paso Doble

Top 20 - Jason Gilkison Paso Doble w/ Lindsay

Lindsay & Cole - Hip Hop01:53

Lindsay & Cole - Hip Hop

Top 20 - Christopher Scott Hip-hop w/ Lindsay

Lindsay & Cole - Contemporary02:04

Lindsay & Cole - Contemporary

Top 16 - Mandy Moore Contemporary w/ Lindsay

Lindsay & Cole - Contemporary (Mia)02:01

Lindsay & Cole - Contemporary (Mia)

Top 14 - Mia Michaels Contemporary w/ Lindsay

Cole (with Anya) - Cha Cha01:50

Cole (with Anya) - Cha Cha

Top 10 - Dmitry Chaplin Cha-cha-cha w/ Anya

Cole (with Allison) - Contemporary02:04

Cole (with Allison) - Contemporary

Top 8 - Sonya Tayeh Contemporary w/ Allison

Cole Solo 101:27

Cole Solo 1

Top 8 - Martial Arts solo

Cole (with Melanie) - Jazz01:49

Cole (with Melanie) - Jazz

Top 6 - Sonya Tayeh Jazz w/ Melanie

Eliana & Cole - Contemporary02:11

Eliana & Cole - Contemporary

Top 6 - Mia Michaels Contemporary w/ Eliana

Cole Solo 200:59

Cole Solo 2

Top 6 - Martial Arts solo


  • Cole is a descendant from the famous 47 Ronin Samurai.
  • He not only takes his dancing seriously, but he also takes his acting very seriously.
  • He, along with Chehon and Cyrus, have a hand gesture signifying that all their names start with the letter C. They call themselves "Cx3".

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