Credit: Mathieu Young/FOX Photo: Melinda Sullivan

Season 7 finalist Melinda Sullivan is tapping her way straight to the top. Currently, she’s rehearsing for the Vancouver International Tap Festival with Jason Samuels Smith’s tap company A.C.G.I.

After stints on television, soap operas, and Broadway, Melinda is happy to be back to the basics and simply “making music with [her] feet while making pictures with [her] body.” A.C.G.I.’s show features live music and some hardcore tap dancing. “It’s definitely a unique experience — it’s different than what people think of as ‘a tap show," Melinda explains.

Melinda stayed in the competition longer than any other past SYTYCD tappers. She auditioned for the show on a whim. “I never really watched the show … But I had moved out to L.A. from New York and my friend was auditioning and said, ‘Will you come with me? I don’t want to audition by myself.'" The rest is history!

A.C.G.I. performs at the Vancouver International Tap Festival this Friday, September 2, 2011.