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young_ferguson1_na.jpgDespite injuring his ankle during Wednesday's finale of "So You Think You Can Dance," Russell Ferguson is feeling no pain.

"I'm good," he said a few hours after winning the Fox reality show and limping away with $250,000. "It's a little sprained. I'll just need to stay off it for awhile."

The 20-year-old krumper hails from Roxbury and studied at City Lights and Boston Arts Academy, which paid tribute to "America's Favorite Dancer" during today's opening of the Winterfest Jazz Concert at Berklee. Duggan Hill, founder of City Lights, told us he's received calls from dozens of former students who watched Ferguson wow the show's judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Adam Shankman.

"Russell's got a serious shot to have a decent career now," said Hill, who has refrained from calling Ferguson. "It must be madness for him right now."

Because Ferguson didn't know what to expect going into the competition, he had modest expectations.

"I have a strong faith and I just made sure I kept my head up and didn't think about the end," he said. "There were definitely things thrown at me that I wasn't prepared for - the ballroom, the jive, a lot of the contemporary moves - but I just kept working."

Ferguson's proud parents were in LA for the finale, and were stunned when their son was declared the sixth-season winner of "SYTYCD."

"My mom was, like, speechless," he said, laughing. "She cried, but she breaks down all the time."

So what's next? Ferguson said he'd like to be "more and more famous," and maybe attempt an acting career. But in the meantime, he's determined to stay focused.

"I'm definitely driven by god and inspired by my parents," he said.

And the money? What's he got planned for his newfound wealth?

"Obviously, Christmas is going to be lovely," said Ferguson, who'll be back in Boston for the holidays. "But most of it's going to hit the bank. I'm just going to take my time, invest it, and make sure it keeps growing."


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