Yakima is a "hometown girl" and has no shortage of supporters in Northville. Mary Beth Yakima, Amy's mom, thanked, on her Facebook page, the loyal family, friends and fans who voted without fail every Tuesday.
Dancing has been a part of Yakima's life since she was 3 years old, continuing during school — when she was on Northville High School's dance team — and after.
Mary Beth Yakima said she took her daughter to dance class during her work break.
"I would take her for an hour to dance and then take her back to daycare," she said.
When the family moved to Northville when Amy was in kindergarten, she continued to attend classes at Noretta Dunworth School of Dance in Dearborn, Yakima said.
Amy has been dancing for 16 years. So You Think You Can Dance isn't the first opportunity she's had to work with dancers from around the country.
Mary Beth Yakima said she traveled last year to 17 cities in the West Coast Dance Explosion as an assistant to a dance instructor.
"That was a great growth year for her," Amy's mother said. "I think it was a great experience for her to do that. So when she auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance, it gave her stronger foundation for the show."