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‘9-1-1’ Star Ryan Guzman Pays Tribute to Late Friend tWitch With a Dance Video

So you think you can dance star tWitch may be no longer with us, but his spirit still inspires others to dance.

On Sunday, Ryan Guzman, who currently stars 9-1-1 as Eddie Diaz, posted a video to his Instagram of him banging and locking and dancing in his living room. Guzman called the moment a tribute to Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who he befriended while working on the 2012 film. Step up: revolution and 2014 Step up: all-in.

Guzman also opened up about his own complicated feelings about calling tWitch a friend. The dancer died by suicide in December 2022.

Ryan Guzman; twitching.

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“Thanks, Twitch!” Guzman wrote alongside the video. “You changed my life without getting the right feedback from me. I have felt imposter syndrome to the nth degree because I called you a brother but was no longer involved in your life, and that fact has changed the definition of connection changed for me. Now I want to connect deeply with those I love. I show all my sides and not just the positive ones. Without you I wouldn’t have made that leap. I know your spirit is still there and that your essence still lives on in the hearts of many.”

Although Guzman danced in the Get up movies, he wasn’t a dancer by profession – and he admitted in the post that he had been afraid of dancing for years since the movies were made. “A quick confession,” he continued. “Since Get upI’ve been so afraid to dance. Out of fear of being judged on principle, I played a professional dancer in a movie and was held to a dance standard that I could not maintain.”

He credits his relationship with tWitch for getting him dancing again. “It was Twitches (sic) voice in my head reminding me to get out of my head and dance for fun,” he concluded. “Laugh at yourself. Be crazy. Screw it. But most of all, be vulnerable and feel the music. In honor of you, Twitch, I danced for the first time in a long time and let go of the fear. God bless you, brother.”

Guzman’s Eddie has had an eventful season 9-1-1, from a loyal friend to Buck (Oliver Friend) through his coming out journey to his own relationship developments with Marisol (Edy Ganem). He recently told Entertainment Weekly that he hopes to continue seeing his character’s growth in season 7.

“With Marisol and Eddie, their relationship is growing stronger, but there are so many traumatic moments that Eddie still hasn’t had to answer for himself in his own past,” he said. “So how that plays into this current moment is a balancing act. And what I’d like to see is him handle it with ease, but that doesn’t make for great TV. So yeah, he’s just as likely to be a mess. ” as he was – as we all are, actually.”

Maybe he can dance it off.

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