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Vegas Week: Part One

First off let me just start out by saying that the next round of auditions are back in Las Vegas, besides Vegas Week is more fun to say. With the format change I was somewhat unsure as to what to expect from this week. I do like that they kept the teams separated and it seemed to allow the dancers a little more time to rest…well if they were actually able too. Travis and tWitch join the judges to see their team for the first time. While they don’t have a say in who stays or goes, they can offer the judges there input.

ROUND 1: One minute solos.
One minute really isn’t enough time to really show what you got, so the dancers needed to have their A game ready. The static thing going on with the sound while trying to watch this first part.

ROUND 2: Choreography

Team Stage is up first and they get to learn a contemporary piece from their own mentor Travis Wall. Since it was Travis’s choreography, he seemed to act more as a judge.

Team Street takes on the choreography of Jamal Sims. Here’s where things get a little rough. Many of the street dancers are freestyle and have never tried to learn choreography. So the first round was almost a blood bath…well for the guys anyways. The girls out shined many of the guys and began to agree with tWitch, that his team could be made up of all girls, Nigel, definitely lit a fire under them with some tough love.

Round 3:

Team Stage had an hour to learn a tough Broadway routine from “On The Town” choreographer Josh Bergasse. Things start to fall apart for team stage. We also saw the first injury to take a dancer out of the competition and that’s just heartbreaking.

Team Street worked with one of my favorites Dave Scott. A much better day that the first. Loved seeing tWitch being a mentor and helping the contestants ease their nerves, and it’s also fun to watch his reactions while watching the dancers.

At the end of part one 36 Stage, 38 Street dancers remain. Next week we continue with the last two rounds, which includes the dreaded group round.By the end of the episode the top 20 will be revealed.

June 30, 2015 I Written By

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.

New York Auditions

New York wraps up the first round of auditions, before Vegas week. Thankfully, there was some more diversity in which auditions we saw. Even saw a few of the bad auditions, not sure why I thought the breaker ballet guy was going to be good.  We were treated with a little preview of Vegas week. Even with the format change, Vegas is still going to be an intense week.

STAGE 30

Alexia Meyer: Great dancer. What I loved about her was her musicality. She had movements that went with certain beats of the song.

Ryan Raffloer: His mom forced him to dance, too funny. Great solo for a ballroom dancer. Definitely, saw the Dmitry reference and maybe the attitude of Neil Haskell.

Darious Drooh: Loved seeing him and he friend dance the choreography from Paula’s Cold Hearted Snake music video.

STREET 21

Virgil Gaston: His smile did remind me of FikShun. He has also put in a lot of work since his audition in season 8. I can see him in the top 10 stage dancers.

Korey Cleveland: Honestly, even though I thought he was good, I really want to see him give that 90 day chip to Nigel.

Justin Ballasy: The first example of a style that could go towards either street or stage. Justin is an amazing tapper/hoofer but I agree with the judges that he need to work on his musicality.

 

Final total of dancers moving on to Vegas 219. Street: 105  Stage: 114

Side note: Great to see an update on season 11 winner Ricky. I tried to spot him at the Tony Awards but had no luck.

June 22, 2015 I Written By

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.

Los Angeles Auditions

So tonight’s episode we are given a little more information for Vegas week. Team Stage will face choreography from Sonya, Josh Vergas, and Travis Wall. Team Street will face choreography from Dave Scott, Jamal Sims, and Nappy Tabs.

So Nigel stated last week that the LA auditions were some of the best auditions ever…well for this season at least. He wasn’t wrong the show started off strong but sort of lost steam for me. This episode was heavy on Team Street side of the auditions that we got to see. We did get to see some of team stage but most were lost in the montages. Seriously, wish the producers would show an equal amount from each team.

So I started to write down my standout but I decided I just wanted to enjoy the show. I love seeing SYTYCD Alumni at the auditions. Also love seeing familiar faces return for another chance, in particular, Jaja. If she isn’t in the top 20 this year, I may throw something at my tv. So moving on to Vegas were 29 Stage dancers and 24 Street dancers.

 

Team Stage: 84 Team Street: 84

June 15, 2015 I Written By

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.

Detroit Auditions

Tonight’s auditions took us to the motor city; Detroit, MI.  I felt like Jason was starting to feel a little bit more comfortable in the judging role. Detroit seemed to lack stage dancers, there were a few but the auditions were mainly street dancers. Team Stage had 12 dancers make it to Vegas and Team Street had 23 dancer move on to the next round. Who were your standouts? Here are mine.

STAGE

Christine Shepard, Brooke Fong, Kelsey Rose Young and Gabby Diaz

STREET

Kenya Sutton (Queen of Detroit), Samantha Reyes (Sam I Am), Roydell Shannon and BamBam (how cute was he)

 

Total Dancers through to Vegas: Team Stage: 55   Team Street: 60

Next week is the LA Auditions and from the preview I am excited to see all of the talent the LA has to offer.

June 8, 2015 I Written By

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.

Season 12 Starts Tomorrow

Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance starts tomorrow night! So, with that being said you can either watch live or set your DVRs to record. I you do record the show be sure to press play before the week is up. I have learn from several celebrities on twitter the sooner you press play the better the ratings are for the show.

I’ll be watching the show on east coast time and I might tweet some thoughts. Feel free to tweet me you favorite dancers or moments of the night. My twitter handle is @Amanda_516.

May 31, 2015 I Written By

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.

Ladies: Magic Mike XXL Trailer ft. Twitch

So Twitch being in the sequel to Magic Mike isn’t new news, but it seems that I forgot to post about it. He made the announcement on the Ellen Show and also revealed that he had to get waxed for the part. So Ellen offered not only to be there to support him but let it happen on her show.

The first official trailer was released the other day. While the primary focus is on Channing Tatum, we do get a glimpse of Twitch in the movie. Also I do believe the Channing and Twitch have a dance scene together, which in my opinion may be the showstopper  for this movie. I just hope that the story line is better than the first. So enjoy the trailer and look for the movie in the theatre on July 1st.

February 8, 2015 I Written By

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.

SYTYCD on Ellen

In case anyone missed it, the Top 6 from Season 11 were on Ellen this week. Such a fun dance to “Uptown Funk”. Also love that Twitch is there as the guest DJ as well.

January 28, 2015 I Written By

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.

Mary Murphy’s Gone from SYTYCD and SYTYCD 2015 Audition Cities

Thanks to Amanda for covering the new judges for SYTYCD 2015 (Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul and for sharing the dates of the tryouts in New York City. Amanda wasn’t sure what was going to happen with Mary, but it seems clear that Mary Murphy is gone from SYTYCD. Personally, I didn’t hate Mary as a judge when she came back the second time, but I still thought she didn’t offer much value. It felt far too manufactured and forced. So, I’m glad for the change. You can also see that Mary’s gone since they’ve posted a picture of Nigel, Jason and Paula at the judges table.

We all know that SYTYCD was renewed with changes to the format. I think we’re all interested to see how Stage Dancers versus Street Dancers is going to work out. I’m personally excited by the idea. I never felt like it was fair that the street dancers always got sent home when they couldn’t do the other styles as well. The street dancers’ solos were usually better than the stage dancer solos (especially ballroom).

Speaking of ballroom. I’m still interested to see how ballroom fits into the new format. I assume they’ll be considered stage dancers. Although, what if some street salsa dancer comes on the show? Will they be put in the street category instead of stage? That would be fun to see. Although, I still think SYTYCD doesn’t do ballroom dancers justice when they don’t allow them to dance with a partner. It’s just not the same.

Long story short, I’m excited for the new season. I think it’s a fresh new take while still having the dancing and choreography we love. In fact, I think this could really expand the type of choreography we get on the show.

Here are the dates and locations of the SYTYCD 2015 auditions:
Dallas, Texas
Saturday, Feb. 14
Southern Methodist University

Detroit, Mich.
Sunday, Feb. 22
Fillmore Detroit

Memphis, Tenn.
Sunday, March 8
Orpheum Theatre

Los Angeles, Calif.
Sunday, March 15
Orpheum Theatre

So You Think You Can Dance season 12 premieres on Fox in May.

Also, as you might have noticed, we’ve all been pretty busy lately with our day jobs. If there are some of you that are interested in blogging about SYTYCD, we’d love to bring on a few new bloggers. Just drop us a note on our contact us page about why you’d like to blog and what you think you could bring to the table.

January 27, 2015 I Written By

Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?

New Judges for Season 12

Today SYTYCD announced that two new judges will be joining Nigel at the Judges table for the new season. Joining Nigel will be Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul. I’m feel okay with these two as judges. I enjoyed Jason on the show last season, as for Paula, I’m surprised it has taken them this long to get her to be on the show as more that a guest judge.

However, I’m not sure what this means for Mary or any of the other judges. They really didn’t go into that much detail other just state the facts of Jason and Paula’s careers and achievements. The format (Stage vs Street) seems to be part the reason for adding new judges, which makes sense. I sent a tweet out to Nigel to see if we will see any of the other regular judge this season but I haven’t heard back just yet. I think we will see some of our favorite guest judges during the season and maybe some of the choreographers being a judge. When it come to the street dancing I would like to see Chris Scott as a judge.

You can find the article on the SYTYCD Facebook page or over at the Fox website. Also the dates for the auditions are listed and they begin this weekend in New York.

January 22, 2015 I Written By

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.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Renewal!!

We posted previously about Nigel’s somewhat cryptic tweet about whether So You Think You can Dance would be renewed and return for SYTYCD Season 12. The good news today is that Fox announced the renewal and return of So You Think You Can Dance for Season 12.

As part of the renewal, the show is going through some major changes. Here’s the details of those changes:

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams – the STAGE dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the STREET dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team’s All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 – 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers – remain. When the competition goes “live,” the Top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the Season Finale. Who will win…a dancer from the stage or the street?

This sounds like it could be a very good change. I (and I think Nigel) was always upset when an amazing street dancer was sent home from the show because they didn’t have skills in the other styles of dance. This sounds like it will give them an opportunity to stick around much longer. Plus, we should see a new level of choreography on the show as the choreographers can go nuts with their skills. My only caution would be that the choreographers think more about the art of creating something amazing versus just trying to showcase the dancers skills.

I do hope they’ll have some cross over dancing where we can see some b-boys doing contemporary and some ballroom dancers doing Krump. Oh wait. The announcement doesn’t list ballroom anywhere. Does that mean that ballroom will not be part of the new season or are they just grouped with the trained styles? That will be interesting to see. It would be a shame if Nigel included his beloved Tap and shutout ballroom.

What do you think of this new season?

November 17, 2014 I Written By

Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?