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How Has SYTYCD Has Made Dance More Accessible? – Reality Rocks Panelists Reponses

I’m back with a video I recorded at the Reality Rocks Expo in LA. This was part of the SYTYCD Panel at the expo and provided some interesting answers to how SYTYCD has made dance more accessible.

The guy who was helping me at this event was surprised that middle america might not know about Krump. He grew up in LA, so I guess he’d known about it forever. I definitely didn’t know about Krump until I first saw it on SYTYCD. So, I guess I was part of the middle america that’s referred to in the video.

More videos on their way. I’ll try and post one a day until I run out of the videos. A nice way to get ready for th new season of SYTYCD.

April 28, 2011 I Written By

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

Updates from SYTYCD Dancers at Reality Rocks Expo

As I mentioned and I posted some pictures, I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Reality Rocks Expo in LA. The highlight of the event was of course the chance to see, hear and talk with a number of the dancers from SYTYCD. Over the next couple weeks as we get ready for the premiere of SYTYCD, I’ll post the videos I did of the event.

My apologies for the shaky camera (I should have brought the tripod), and I didn’t spend much time editing the video either. Not to mention, it wasn’t ideal video conditions. Those things aside, I still think that many of you will really enjoy these videos. You might even get a chance to see me on camera in a few places.

First up is a video that I’m sure you’re all going to enjoy. It’s basically each of the SYTYCD dancers that were on the panel talking about what they’ve been doing since the show. My apologies to Chelsea Traille for not starting the recording when she was talking. I was still trying to figure out which parts to tape. Now on to the SYTYCD updates! I hope you enjoy.

April 22, 2011 I Written By

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

So You Think You Can Dance Pictures at Reality Rocks Expo

I had a really great time this weekend at the Reality Rocks Expo. I’d have to say that the So You Think You Can Dance panel, dancing, and interviews were far and away the highlight of the event for me. I got a ton of interesting takeaways, unexpected comments and just an overall update on a bunch of the SYTYCD dancers.

Plus, I think I have a new love affair with Lauren Gottlieb. Not a real love affair, just an I’m totally awed by her greatness love affair. Although, I think I’ll save that for a future Ode to Lauren Gottlieb post.

I’m still getting all the video together and seeing what’s good and what’s not so good. Until then, here’s some of the pictures my trust cameraman Mark (Thanks Mark!) took of the SYTYCD dancers. Just click on the picture to see the larger image (and a second time for the really large image).

More videos from Reality Rocks to come!

April 12, 2011 I Written By

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

SYTYCD at Realit Rocks Expo (I’ll be there…will you?)

I’m so excited, because tomorrow I’m headed to LA to attend the Reality Rocks Expo. I think it’s going to be a pretty crazy event. However, the best part of the event will likely be seeing the SYTYCD All Stars perform and getting a chance to interview them.

Here’s who they have planning to attend the event: LAUREN FRODERMAN (Season 7 winner), KUPONO AWEAU (Season 5 finalist), KENT BOYD (Season 7 finalist), COMFORT FEDOKE (Season 4 finalist
and an All-Star), LAUREN GOTTLIEB (Season 3 finalist and an All-Star), CHELSEA TRAILLE (Season 4 finalist), and WILL WINGFIELD (Season 4 finalist). Which ones should I be sure to interview? I’m Thinking Lauren, Kupono, Lauren and Kent are my favorites from that list. If you have questions you think I should ask, share them also.

Looks like they’re doing a SYTYCD Q&A panel, Interactive Fan Dance Tutorial, and Autograph Session. We’ll see if I’m brave enough to do the Interactive Fan Dance tutorial. I’m definitely not worthy, but I’m not against making a fool of myself. We’ll see what it’s like when I get there. Either way I’ll be bringing back some video coverage of the event.

Ok, here’s the full press release about So You Think You Can Dance at the Reality Rocks Expo in LA:


“So You Think You Can Dance” Stars Join Previously Announced Talent, Including Nick Cannon, DeAnna Pappas, Audrina Patridge, Eric Roberts, Karina Smirnoff, stars from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “Project Runway,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Food Network, Cooking Channel, Bravo and Much More

LOS ANGELES…March 24, 2011— Stars from the hit FOX series So You Think You Can Dance will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn some special dance moves from some of the series’ past dancers and all stars at the inaugural Reality Rocks Expo, the ultimate reality TV experience, about the fans, for the fans and by the fans, April 9-10, 2011.  These So You Think You Can Dance stars join what is already a star-studded cast of reality TV favorites that includes previously announced Nick Cannon, Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, DeAnna Pappas, Audrina Patridge, Eric Roberts, Karina Smirnoff, and previous contestants and cast members from American IdolKeeping Up with the  Kardashians, Project Runway, The Real WorldSurvivor, The Amazing RaceRuPaul’s Drag Race, and top shows from Food NetworkCooking Channel and Bravo.  The Reality Rocks Expo will feature two jam-packed days filled with previews of brandnew television shows, meet &greets with fanfavorite reality TV stars and  insightful panel discussions, as well as a special VIP Awards program for the Reality Rocks Fan Awards honoring fans’ favorite talent and programs, when the expo comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center April 9th10th, 2011.  For an updated list of scheduled events and to purchase tickets starting at $35 for a one-day pass or $65 for a two-day pass to the Reality Rocks Expo, visit

On Saturday, April 9th, the stars of So You Think You Can Dance will create an intimate interactive experience with fans attending Reality Rocks, when they choreograph a special dance that fans will then have the chance to perform.  Additionally, the talent will participate in a panel discussion and audience Q&A about their experience on So You Think You Can Dance, moderated by Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music managing editor andSo You Think You Can Dance fan.  The panel will be followed by a special meet & greet and autograph session for fans.  Among the So You Think You Can Dance stars expected are Kūpono Aweau (Season 5 finalist), Kent Boyd (Season 7 finalist), Comfort Fedoke (Season 4 finalist and an AllStar), Lauren Froderman (Season 7 winner), Lauren Gottlieb (Season 3 finalist and an AllStar), Chelsea Traille (Season 4 finalist), and Will Wingfield (Season 4 finalist).  Hosted by Cat Deeley, and featuring judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, the hit dance competition series inspires and amazes viewers as dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.  Season 8 of America’s favorite summer series will premiere Thursday, May 26th (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

With over 400 reality shows broadcast into houses across America in the last year, Reality Rocks Expo™ offers a forum for fans to deliver their fiercest devotion yet. More than just a popularity contest, fans themselves are encouraged to participate and voice their opinions on their favorite shows through their fan pages on  The second round of voting is now up for the Reality Rocks Fan Awards at and features nominees from Dog the Bounty Hunter to Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars, Cake Boss, Teen Mom, Chopped, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Iron Chef and Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

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April 7, 2011 I Written By

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

SYTYCD Alumni is America’s Best Dance Crew newest judge

I came across an article on In case you haven’t heard ABDC is coming back for a sixth season and there is a new judge on the panel. SYTYCD season 3 and ABDC season 3 alum Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval has joined the judging panel. He will be taking Omarion place joining JC Chasez and Lil’ Mama. I am really excited for Dominic, I think he will be a great addition to the show and should be intresting to see a different side of Dominic. He might just be the breath of fresh air the show needs because in my opinion after Shane Sparks stepped down a judge, the show was just lacking something and Omarion was not the best choice. But that is my opinion. Here is was producer and American Idol judge Randy Jackson had to say:
“I am so happy that D-Trix is joining the panel having been a part of one of the greatest dance crews ever. He’s going to be one of the best people to give the crews advice because he’s been there; we couldn’t have anyone better qualified.”

*again thanks to wet paint for this info.

March 31, 2011 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 UK Season 2 Episode 1 Music

Hi everybody. I’ve just had a chance to watch last week’s premiere episode of SYTYCD UK Season 2. The auditions are always tough to grab the music from, but I’ll do my best. Please write us in the comments if you have music to add. The episode is currently available on the BBC’s website and will be available for 5 more days. So watch it now!

Intro: ?

The line: Example’s “Kickstarts” – Kickstarts - Kickstarts - EP and a rap song with lyrics that include “let’s go/let’s go.”

Nigel’s intro: 2 Pac’s “California Love” – California Love - The Very Best of Death Row

Arlene’s intro: Instrumental of Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” – Ain't That a Kick In the Head - Dino - The Essential Dean Martin

Sisco’s intro: Mark Ronson’s “Bang Bang Bang” – Bang Bang Bang - Record Collection (Deluxe Version)

Louise’s intro: Something with a heavy beat and “s-s-sexy” in the lyrics.

Quick montage of dancers while explaining the process: Something instrumental, perhaps Vitamin String Quartet. It builds into a familiar pop song, just can’t put my finger on it. Help?

Matt Flint intro: Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” – Forget You - F**k You - Deluxe Single

Matt Flint’s tap dance audition: Etta James “In the Basement” – In the Basement, pt. 1 (Single) - Etta James - Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection

Stephanie Powell’s samba audition: Robin Thicke’s “Everything I Can’t Have” –Everything I Can't Have - The Evolution of Robin Thicke (Deluxe Edition)

Stephanie goes through: Florence & the Machine’s “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Lungs

Shanelle and her mother Cordelle in line dancing with Cat: Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” – Crazy In Love - Dangerously In Love

Shanelle & Cordelle dancing in the hallway: Buster Poindexter’s “HOT! HOT! HOT!” – Hot Hot Hot (Radio Edit) - Dance Vault Remixes: Buster Poindexter & His Banshees Of Blue - Hot Hot Hot - EP

Shanelle & Cordelle’s audition: Alexandra Burke’s “Don’t Make Me Start Without You”

Yes to Shanelle for choreography, no to Cordelle: an instrumental section of The Script’s “Breakeven” – Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) - The Script

Katie Love’s intro: Mika’s “Love Today” – Love Today (Live from Parc des Princes) - The Boy Who Knew Too Much (Deluxe Version)

Katie Love’s audition: Pink’s “Dear Mr. President” – Dear Mr. President - The People Speak (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

Katie Love moves on: Ke$ha’s “Your Love Is My Drug” – Your Love Is My Drug - Animal

Tomasz Wisniewski’s intro: Black Eyed Peas’s “The Time (Dirty Bit)” – The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Beginning (Deluxe Version)

Tomasz’s audition: David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland’s “When Love Takes Over” – When Love Takes Over (Blame Remix) - Now! That's What I Call Dance Imports

Tomasz head’s out: Something with a lyric that sounds like “we will not be famous.” Suggestions?

Cat dances with contestants in line: Alexandra Burke’s “Broken Heels”

Kirsty Swain intro: Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” – Relax - Bang!...The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Kirsty Swain’s audition: Janet Jackson’s “Make Me” – Make Me - Number Ones

Judges arguing montage: Black Eyed Peas’s “Shut Up” – Shut Up - Elephunk

Paige Smith intro: Something instrumental, maybe a piece of “Make You Feel My Love”?

Paige Smith audition: Shontelle’s “Impossible” – Impossible (Main) - No Gravity

Paige goes through: Owl City’s “Fireflies” – Fireflies - Ocean Eyes

Intro to choreography: Kelly Rowland’s “Work” – Work - Ms. Kelly

Choreography: Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” – Dynamite - Rokstarr

Paolo Debernardi intro: Michael Jackson’s “Bad” – Bad - null

Paolo’s audition: Kenny Loggins’s “Footloose” – Footloose - Footloose (15th Anniversary Collectors' Edition)

Paolo gets cut: Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” – Beat It (Restored Version) - Thriller (25th Anniversary, Zombie Cover)

Bad dancing montage: ?

Charlotte Scally intro: David Guetta and Rihanna’s “Who’s That Chick” – Who's That Chick? (feat. Rihanna) [Single Version] - Who's That Chick? (feat. Rihanna) [Single Version] - Single

Charlotte’s audition: David Guetta ft. Fergie “No Getting Over” – Gettin' Over You (feat. Fergie & LMFAO) - One More Love

Hip hop montage: Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hurray” – Hip Hop Hooray - Greatest Hits: Naughty's Nicest

Rithy Pereira’s audition: The Ranger$’s “I’m a Monster” – I'm a Monster - Jerkin' Is a Habit, Vol. 1

Andres and Hannah audition: salsa music? help?

Andres and Hanna are split up: Boys II Men’s “End of the Road” – End of the Road - Legacy - The Greatest Hits Collection (Deluxe Edition)

This first episode was so awesome. Can’t wait for the next one! Make sure you catch it before it leaves BBC’s website.

March 29, 2011 I Written By


Hi everybody. I’m back after a little tiny break and I hope everybody’s doing great!

Guess what else is back?! SYTYCD!

The UK version returns on March 23rd and Nigel is going to commute every week from the US for American Idol to Britain for SYTYCD UK. I loved last season, I’m really excited that I don’t have much longer to wait for Series 2.

Our own US version of SYTYCD returns May 26th. I’ve read that Mary Murphy may have to tame her Tamale Train a bit after her throat surgery. It’ll be interesting to see if John will like the quieter Mary better.

Anybody else excited to know when we’ll get our SYTYCD fixes again?

March 14, 2011 I Written By

SYTYCD Dancers Were Featured in House Number

If you did not catch last Monday nights episode of House. Mia Michaels choreographed the ‘Come On Get Happy’ number which featured dancers Allison, Dominic, Martha, Noelle & Billy (sorry if I missed anybody else that’s all I got from the closing credits). You can see the video of the performance below. Just a word of warning if you have not seen this episode it does contain spoilers

The episode will be shownin Australia 21st March, 2011

March 8, 2011 I Written By

Happy Valentine’s Day

From Dominic to Lauren. In case many of you don’t follow Dominic and Lauren on twitter may not know that they have been dating. So I saw that Dominic recently post a link to his youtube channel. It is a video that he made for her for Valentine’s Day, I thought it was sweet and wanted to share it.

“Valentine’s Day is coming up.. and I didn’t know what to get for my gf Lauren.. so I thought I would be cheap and make a video for her. I got so inspired by my friend JR Aquino’s (check him out.. brilliant singer/songwriter) new song “Handle with Care”.. So with the inspiration from both him and My Beautiful Girlfriend… I came up with this.. and big thanks to Ryan and Jason for all the help…. hope you enjoy!” ~D-Trix

February 14, 2011 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.

“Burn the Floor” heats up Chicago during the SNOWPOCALYPSE

As they say in the performing arts world: “The Show Must Go On” The Show Must Go On - Queen: Greatest Hits I & II

There were predictions hitting towards two feet of snow in parts of Chicagoland but a call to Broadway in Chicago confirmed what most businesses, stores and restaurants would not do in downtown Chicago… the show was open and was going to go on as scheduled. Granted, considering how quickly the temperature rose during the first number of the show “Ballroom Beat” (YouTube clip) this came as little surprise to those in attendance. When the first beats of the African rhythm filled the auditorium, you knew it was going to be hot. Dancers appeared throughout the auditorium, in the balcony, in the aisles… dancing and shaking to the rhythms before jumping onto the stage for an amazing opening number.

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February 2, 2011 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)