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Backstage at the So You Think You Can Dance 100th Episode

I don’t think that this video will be anything to amazing for fans of So You Think You Can Dance, but it is a nice behind the scenes look at So You Think You Can Dance. Cat does have an interesting backstage ritual. Mary fans will also like to hear about her scream (not me). There is also a few nice moments with Kayla and Brandon, Joshua Allen, and Benji Schwimmer.

July 28, 2009 I Written By

Just call me Charlie…but where are my angels?

SYTYCD All Stars

Alright Fox, you listening? Good…

So You Think You Can Dance All Stars! Similar to Survivor’s All Stars season, this would have the top 4 of the first five seasons going head to head in an automatic Top Top 20. 🙂

Imagine:

Season 1: Nick, Melody, Jamile and Ashle

Season 2: Benji, Travis, Donyelle and Heidi

Season 3: Sabra, Danny, Neil and Lacey

Season 4: Josh, Twitch, Katee and Courtney

Season 5: Jeanine, Ade, Kayla and Evan (my own imaginary, for the moment, top 4)

Dream couples anyone? Oh the routines we’d see!! Who would you love to come back that wasn’t in the top 4 of their season? Personally, for me, I’d really love to see Chelsie, Kherington and Mark from Season 4. Lauren, Kameron, Hok and Pasha from Season 3 (my first season). Caitlin, Randi and Paris from this season dancing with the all stars from seasons past.

You hearing me? Fox? Fans? Dancers? Okay, let’s do it. 🙂

July 27, 2009 I Written By

Newest SYTYCD-a-holic

My wife just gave birth to our third child: Micah David Lynn. He was 7lbs. 8oz. and was 19.5 inches. Right after being born he was wggling all over. I think he’s a born dancer and the newest member of the Pure SYTYCD family:
Baby SYTYCD-a-holic

I think I better by him this SYTYCD-a-holic onesie. Only seems fitting.

Also, don’t be surprised if we’re a little slow this week.

July 26, 2009 I Written By

Just call me Charlie…but where are my angels?

Wade Robson and Amanda Robson Discuss SYTYCD Choreography

This is a really cool video of Wade Robson and his wife Amanda Robson discussing the process they go through for creating a routine on So You Think You Can Dance. I think this is one of the most insightful videos I’ve seen on what the choreographers on SYTYCD do to get a routine ready. I also really love how Wade and his wife work together to make it happen.

July 25, 2009 I Written By

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So You Think You Can Dance Tour Tickets on Sale

Just wanted to remind people that the So You Think You Can Dance Tour tickets are now officially on sale. You can see all the list of So You Think You Can Dance tour dates and locations or go directly to Ticketmaster to buy your tickets.

I’ll be going to the So You Think You Can Dance Las Vegas tour stop. If anyone is also planning to go in Las Vegas, let me know. Maybe we could do a dinner before the show or something. Could be kind of fun if someone’s interested.

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Just call me Charlie…but where are my angels?

My So You Think You Can Dance 100 Episode Thoughts

I must admit that I’ve been reminiscing about the 100th episode and enjoying the whole experience thoroughly. My list of past So You Think You Can Dance routines (only the amazing ones) was my favorite part so go check it out.

Now on to thoughts about tonight’s show. Plus, tonight I’m including some videos. It seemed the right thing to do in honor of the 100th episode.

I must admit that I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard that Jason and Janette were going home. Don’t ask me why, but I just had a feeling that Kayla and Brandon were going to make it through. That said, figuring out who’s going to be in the bottom 2 is so hard. Week to week it changes depending on their partners and the routines they get.

Now about Jason and Brandon…
With that said, I’ve kind of not liked Jason this whole time. He just never really clicked for me. As I watched the recap of his best moments I decided that I think it was the producers fault that we didn’t really get to know Jason. Everyone’s loved how he was the first one to hug whoever was safe. I also noticed when I think it was Kayla was safe, she went over and Brandon didn’t even acknowledge her, but Jason reached out to greet her. I think we missed this side of Jason and I think I would have liked him better had they shown more of that side of Jason on the show.

At the end of the day, I would have been very happy if Brandon had been sent home and Jason stayed. However, when I was watching it, I was surprised that I had kind of turned around to almost liking Jason. Plus, Brandon just has never been right for me. Tonight Brandon proved in his solo that he’s an amazing dancer. I’m just afraid he’s an amazing solo dancer and not very good in partnering.

Think back on Brandon’s dances. I can’t think of one moment where I can say that Brandon totally connected with his partner. The only one that comes to mind is in the Vegas auditions when Brandon and Natalie did that Sonya routine before Natalie was sent home. For me, Brandon just fails to connect with his partner. Yesterday hit that home when I saw no chemistry between Brandon and Jeanine. Add in something about his head (some people say it’s his big neck) and let’s just say I’m not a huge fan. Although, I will be excited to see Brandon’s solo next week.

While we’re on the boys….
Evan is unique. He has a Benji like following. However, it doesn’t feel quite as strong and it does seem to be waning. Plus, Benji had very few people that wanted him gone. Evan isn’t so lucky. I’ll be a bit surprised if Evan makes the top 4. I think the tide is turning for those not called Kasprzaktivists.

What can I say about Ade? It’s the pick. It’s the pick. Definitely a possible dark horse. He surprised me out of the chute with a few good routines with Melissa and some great choreography. I don’t see him winning it all, but won’t be surprised if he wins the top boy prize (assuming they do that again this year).

Now my dear Janette…
I must admit that I like Miami. However, I’m going to stick with the tweet I sent as they announced the girls “I’ll be very sad if Kayla or Jeanine goes home.” Janette will be missed. Some people suggested to me that it might be an Allison-ed. I don’t think it’s quite the same. In fact, it’s probably closer to a Kherington-ed. Allison was a GREAT (and probably still is) technical dancer who was sent home too early because she probably lacked in the personality department a little (or at least it wasn’t shown). Kherington was kind of the opposite. Solid technically, but oozed personality. Janette is definitely more like Kherington. Do I dare admit that Brandon’s popularity was keeping Janette on the show? Hmm…Miami will certainly be missed.

Seems like a lot of people are unhappy that Melissa is still there. As I watched her during the announcements I couldn’t help but think that if Melissa was a 21 year old girl, she’d have never made it to the top 20. I can’t think of really any dancer before Melissa that has embodied the more mature dancer this way. It’s been a nice storyline that I’ve enjoyed this season. It’s crazy to think that the “naughty ballerina” is now the “mature dancer.” I will admit that Melissa was a bit lucky to have gotten a couple Impressive routines at the start of the show and then of course yesterday’s Tyce piece. I’ve liked Melissa a lot, but it will be a sad finale if it doesn’t include both Kayla and Jeanine for me.

Speaking of Kayla and Jeanine…
Kayla has become my favorite dancer. Yesterday I couldn’t take my eyes off her as she danced. Plus, little pieces of her personality have really started to show through for me as the season progresses. Maybe it’s just her smile. Kayla does seem to be enjoying herself more as the season progresses. Yes I’ve become a real fan.

Jeanine has been the surprise of the show for me. She was hidden in the shadow of Phillip to start, but ever since that broadway routine she’s stood out to me. Even her less than stellar Waltz her face still had that star quality for me.

Of course, just don’t make me choose between Kayla and Jeanine.

Now I promised you videos. Read more..

July 23, 2009 I Written By

Just call me Charlie…but where are my angels?

Wade Robson Joins Ramalma Performance on SYTYCD 100th Episode

Man, Wade Robson has that amazing star quality in his dancing as well as his choreography. I couldn’t take my eyes off Wade Robson in this performance of Ramalama. Plus, the dancers from So You Think You Can Dance season 2 are awesome. Check out the video of “Ramalama (Bang Bang)” RĂłisĂ­n Murphy - Ruby Blue - Ramalama (Bang Bang) sung by RĂłisĂ­n Murphy and choreographed by Wade Robson:

This I think is probably the highlight of the 100th So You Think You Can Dance episode.

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Just call me Charlie…but where are my angels?

So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 Results Show Songs – 100th Episode

Time again for everyone’s favorite list of music. Yes, we’re talking about the So You Think You Can Dance music. SYTYCD reaching 100 episodes is awesome. The biggest sadness is that they only went 1 hour instead of 2. Also, make sure you check out the SYTYCD 100th episode discussion thread.

Group dance: “One” Company - A Chorus Line - One – A Chorus Line (Contemporary; Choreographer: Mia Michaels)
Musical guest: “Get Happy” Judy Garland - Judy Garland's Greatest Hits Live - Get Happy — Judy Garland Tribute by Katie Holmes

Guest dancers:
“The Chairman’s Waltz” John Williams - Memoirs of a Geisha - The Chairman's Waltz from Memoirs of a Geisha — Jaimie Goodwin & Hokuto “Hok” Konishi (Choreographer:Wade Robson)
Calling You” – Celine Dion — Travis Wall & Heidi Groskreutz (Choreographer:Mia Michaels)
“Ramalama (Bang Bang)” RĂłisĂ­n Murphy - Ruby Blue - Ramalama (Bang Bang) — RĂłisĂ­n Murphy (Choreographer: Wade Robson)

Solo Music:
Kayla Radomski: “The Moment I Said It” Imogen Heap - Speak for Yourself - The Moment I Said It—Imogen Heap
Jason Glover: “…Slowdance On the Inside” Taking Back Sunday - Where You Want to Be - ...Slowdance On the Inside—Taking Back Sunday
Janette Manrara: “Seduces Me” CĂ©line Dion - Falling Into You - Seduces Me—Celine Dion
Brandon Bryant: “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Colorblind - Ain't Nothing Wrong With That—Robert Randolph and the Family Band

The female dancer’s elimination montage is to the song “Already Gone” Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted - Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
The male dancer’s elimination montage is to the song “On Your Own” Green River Ordinance - Out of My Hands - On Your Own by Green River Ordinance

Montage for Previous Seasons
“Four Seasons” Candida Thompson, Henk Rubingh, Jan Jansen, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Liz Kenny, Maarten Jansen & Stacey Watton - Vivaldi: the Four Seasons Etc - The Four Seasons: Violin Concerto in E Major, RV 269, "Spring": I. Allegro (not sure exactly which movement) by Vivaldi
Light & Day The Polyphonic Spree - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - Light and Day by The Polyphonic Spree

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So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 Become 6 Discussion Thread

It’s that time again. Everyones time to complain cheer discuss why their favorite (or least favorite) dancer was kicked off on tonight’s SYTYCD results show. Also, a time to revel in SYTYCD turning 100. 100 episodes of happiness. Well for the most part.

Also, just a reminder that tomorrow is the presale for the So You Think You Can Dance 2009 Tour tickets. I’d appreciate fans of Pure SYTYCD clicking through the link above to buy their tickets on Ticketmaster. It’s the same price as going to Ticketmaster directly, but Pure SYTYCD gets a commission if you click through this site. Always nice to have a little extra income to keep the lights on and take my wife out to dinner.

Thanks and let the discussion begin!! I think all I’ll have to say is…HEIDI!! Woot!!

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Just call me Charlie…but where are my angels?

So many different opinions…here are mine

My opinion about last nights show (July 22). I just had to write what I was feeling.

As long as been watching SYTYCD, Tyce’s breast cancer routine was had been the most emotional routine yet. I’ll admit that it didn’t make me cry till it cut to the judges and by the time Mia started talking I was welling up. I have two Aunts that are breast cancer survivors…so I was able to connect with the dance. After reading so many comments on this site about who loved it, liked it, and those who didn’t care for it, I got to thinking. I can’t help but to think that part of Tyce’s back story on why he choreographed this number seemed to be edited. Unlike Mia’s Time that she did for her father, her concept was clear. It caught me off guard to see Nigel so moved by the routine…it feels like the judges may have known the entire back story as to why Tyce wanted to choreograph such an emotionally driven dance. To say the he only choreographed this routine just to get an Emmy nomination…that’s taking it too far.

I think it’s really hard to judge the emotionally driven dances. True this is a talent competition but in reality it’s about finding America’s favorite dancer not who has the most talent or training. If it was about that we would have a whole new list of winner’s. For example Travis would have won and not Benji. Also I think Will would have gotten farther than the top 8 last year or for that matter Katee may have been the top female but I thought she should have won last year. I even thought Twitch could have won it too. My reason behind that is that I watched Twitch when he was on the Wade Robson project and he has improved so much since then. But that’s just my opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I may have reacted differently if I was there to see it performed live. I thought it was well performed by Melissa and Ade. Maybe there was something lacking but I don’t know what that might have been. It will be one of the routine’s that will always be talked about.

On a side note Shane’s hip hop was my actual favorite routine of the night. I thought it was very inventive…his best since the transformer hip hop with Pasha and Lauren. Jason and Kayla were both great. That choke hold at the end was just wow…lol…that’s all I could say after the performance ended. I haven’t been truly impressed by Kayla since her initial audition; don’t get me wrong I think she is a great dancer. Her solo last night was her best one by far…I can only watch her leg extensions so much…we all know that it’s her best feature and it has been used it all of her choreographed dances. Last night solo showed what else she could do. Last night show wasn’t the best top 8 they’ve had, but those things happen.

In the end I have learned to look at the show objectively, I’m still going to love dance at the end of the day. There is always going to be those dances we all love, dances we don’t, and dances that just fall in the middle. It’s also about finding America’s favorite dancer, so if you have a favorite, vote for them and then complain if you don’t like the outcome.

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Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.