Studies and television don’t usually mix, but at the University of Bridgeport (UB), faculty, staff, and students will officially tune into the final round of America’s Got Talent” next week to cheer for alumnus Kenichi Ebina.

Ebina, a self-taught dancer who integrates music, special effects, and mime into exacting and super-charged dance routines, is one of six finalists vying for AGT’s $1 million grand prize and his own show in Las Vegas.

Ebina earned an Associates of Arts in General Studies from the University in 1998 and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications in 2000.

His latest performance on NBC’s hit reality show on September 10 earned him a standing ovation from judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howard Stern, and Howie Mandel.

“It is so exciting! This is huge!” said Dean of Students Edina Oestreicher. “Ebina started a dance group in the late ’90s called Soul Beat. This is one of the first places he got his start performing all over campus. He won awards at our International Festival and he’s an incredibly dynamic, talented young man. You knew he’d make it big. He had that kind of talent, even 15 years ago.”

The America’s Got Talent Viewing Parties will be held at Cox Student Center during the final acts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 17 and again on Wednesday, September 18 at 9 p.m., when the AGT winner is announced.

The parties are open to the campus community and refreshments will be served.
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