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SYTYCD Season 10: Top 16 (Now 14) Performances – Music List

Top 16 Group Dance
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey and Peter Chu
Song: “New World”—The Irrepressibles New World - Nude

SOLOS
Makenzie Dustman: “Claire de Lune”—Laura Sullivan Claire de Lune: - Piano Solos
Alan Bersten: “Return of the King”—X-Ray Dog
Curtis Holland: “Used To Love U”—John Legend Used to Love U - Get Lifted / Once Again
Mariah Spears: “Set It Off”—Kardinal Official feat. The Clipse
Dorian ‘BluPrint’ Hector: “Illusion of Choice”—Gramatik Illusion of Choice - #Digitalfreedom

Alexis & Nico
Style: Jive
Choreographer: Toni Meredith & Melanie LaPatin
Song: “Mayhem” – Imelda May Mayhem - Mayhem

Jenna & Tucker
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: “Hangin By A Thread” – Jann Arden Hangin' by a Thread - Happy?

Mariah & Blu-Print
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Brian Friedman
Song: “Fall into the Sky” – Zedd & Lucky Date feat. Ellie Goulding Fall Into the Sky (feat. Ellie Goulding) - Clarity

Malece & Alan
Style: Hip-hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: “Bassline”—Chris Brown Bassline - Fortune (Deluxe Version)

Hayley & Curtis
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Dee Caspery
Song: “Don’t Let Go Yet” (Radio Edit)—David J. Roch Don't Let Go Yet (Radio Edit) - Don't Let Go Yet (Radio Edit) - Single

Amy & Fik-Shun
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
Song: “Under the Bridge” (Sous le port) from The Triplets of Belleville Under the Bridge (Sous le pont) - The Triplets of Belleville (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

Makenzie & Paul
Style: Hip-hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: “Pretty Lil’ Heart” – Robin Thicke feat Lil’ Wayne Pretty Lil' Heart (feat. Lil Wayne) - Love After War (Deluxe Version)

Jasmine & Aaron
Style: Quickstep
Choreographer: Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin
Song: “Pencil Full of Lead” – Paolo Lutini Pencil Full of Lead - Sunny Side Up (Bonus Track Version)

July 23, 2013 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... =)

SYTYCD Season 10: Top 20 Performances – Music List

Here is the music for the Top 20 Performances! I will show the Group Routine first then the partners are after the break:
Top 20 Group Routine including Judges and Choreographers
Choreographer: NappyTabs
Song: Puttin on the Ritz: Herb Alpert Puttin' On the Ritz - Puttin' On the Ritz - Single
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June 25, 2013 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... =)

SPOILERS! SYTYCD Top 20!!!

Much like in last week’s post about spoilers for who made it through the end of Vegas Callbacks. Today is probably one of the most anticipated episodes of the season as the Top 20 is revealed.

Like last week, OMGDance has provided some spoilers as to whom could be in the Top 20

Nigel has mentioned a few times this season that Ballroom and Hip Hop is strong this season. Based off of last week’s spoilers there were three ballroom dancers that made it to the end of Vegas Callbacks and only one that we know of to be a hip-hop related dancers (there might be others, but none that we are able to discern based on the episodes seen).

If you look at the Top 20 Dance Style Breakdown page the season with the most hip-hop related dancers (this is including popping, locking, etc):
- Season One: 3 male / 1 female and 1 male breaker
- Season Two: 3 male / 2 female
- Season Three: 2 male / 1 female and 2 male breakers / 1 female breaker
- Season Four: 2 male / 1 female and 1 male breaker
- Season Five: 2 male
- Season Six: 2 male and 1 male breaker and 1 male krumper
- Season Seven: 1 male breaker
- Season Eight: 2 male and 2 male breakers
Just looking at the above list some of the hip-hop related strongest seasons occurred in the first four seasons of the series and then Seasons Six and Eight.

However, whenever Nigel and Co. talk about hip-hop dancers that have come onto the show they always go back to Twitch and Comfort both from Season Four. If they talk about strong breakers they tend to look at either Dominic from Season 3, Jonathan “Legacy” Perez from Season 6, or Jose Ruiz from Season 7.
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June 27, 2012 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... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Music and Initial Thoughts: Meet the Top 20!!!

Hello all! I am running a little late, so I might miss a song or two from the beginning of the episode. So I would really appreciate your help in finding the music from tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Meet the Top 20 episode. As you know, we’ve been listing all of the SYTYCD music ever since SYTYCD season 2. We hope to do the same this season.

In the comments below please list any and all songs that you happen to pick up, and any songs that you’d like me to specifically find and within twenty-four hours from the show I’ll update this post with the songs that I was able to catch. Please attempt to be as specific as possible as to where the music came from during the episode so I would know not to look for it and move on to the next piece of music.

The more songs that you guys are able to find, the more time I will have in finding the songs that you are unable to find.

Thank you so much for your help!

UPDATE 1: All songs updated with initial thoughts.
UPDATE 2: Updated the Top 20 Dance Style Breakdown and Top 20 Show Trivia pages
UPDATE 3: Added Poll

- Marianya

Wow I love these Meet the Top 20 Dancers routines… I really wished this was brought in for the earlier seasons, but you know what better late than never. First off… here is a poll, choose all the dances that you enjoyed from tonight’s show!

Beyond the break is more information about the dances from today’s show.
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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... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Las Vegas Callbacks Thoughts

Now that the Vegas Callbacks have aired it was difficult to know for sure who made it to the end and who is left for the final cut that would air next week. The spoilers show only up to 30 dancers made it to the end of callbacks but according to the show 35 actually made it to the end of the Vegas Callbacks. Although the majority (if not all) of the spoilers seem to be correct it would still be difficult to see who actually made it. Nigel keeps insisting that we have some really strong hip hop and ballroom dancers this year and yet the only ones that we know of in the Ballroom genre are Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold… while the ones in the hip hop genre is Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer… Interesting. Anyway let’s move on with the program.

Las Vegas Callbacks started out with 181 dancers who were invited back. As John mentioned earlier: What we see on television isn’t exactly what happens, sure everyone starts with a solo but in between sessions the dancers actually get a chance to learn more about what to expect in the dance industry. How to survive… this is truly an educational experience for anyone lucky enough to get a chance to be invited to be a part of the Vegas Callbacks experience.

DAY ONE VEGAS CALLBACKS: OPENING SOLOS
Sometimes the first solo is an advancement of what they showed in the city auditions, or it is a chance for the dancers to show more than what they displayed in the city auditions. Take Janelle Issis the belly dancer for example…
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June 21, 2012 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... =)

SPOILERS!!! SYTYCD Season 9 Las Vegas Callbacks

OMGDance, who are known for their consistent spoilers particularly via Vegas Callbacks have posted a list of dancers that have made it to Vegas Callbacks but have been cut prior to the Green Mile as well as a list of dancers that have possibly made it to the Green Mile. No Top 20 here, as dancers were probably still waiting for the call from producers for that particular piece of info. Keep in mind that this post was originally created back on June 6th.

IdolForums has also been known to be fairly consistent with their spoilers and someone even posted a list of the Top 15 guys and Top 15 girls from the end of Vegas Callbacks.

After the break when you compare the two lists you can see that there are some plausible discrepancies since these are indeed spoilers and rumors of the kind we won’t actually know who is in the Top 30 before the Green Mile / Meet the Top 20 episode coming next week. So please take the following lists with a grain of salt… I’ll post my thoughts about the show tomorrow.

Spoilers after the break:
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June 20, 2012 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... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Music: Las Vegas Callbacks

Hello all! Ironically I am heading to an audition of my own, so I won’t be able to see tonight’s SYTYCD show live. So to help me focus on the SYTYCD music that is harder to find I would really appreciate your help in finding the music from tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Las Vegas week episode. As you know, we’ve been listing all of the SYTYCD music ever since SYTYCD season 2. We hope to do the same this season.

In the comments below please list any and all songs that you happen to pick up, and any songs that you’d like me to specifically find and within twenty-four hours from the show I’ll update this post with the songs that I was able to catch. Please attempt to be as specific as possible as to where the music came from during the episode so I would know not to look for it and move on to the next piece of music.

The more songs that you guys are able to find, the more time I will have in finding the songs that you are unable to find.

Thank you so much for your help!

- Marianya

UPDATE 1: Songs are posted… most have been verified

UPDATE 2: Added additional songs all but three songs are verified

UPDATE 3: All songs verified and given alternatives whenever possible

LAS VEGAS CALLBACKS

Pendulum – The Island, Pt. I (Dawn) The Island, Pt. I (Dawn) - Immersion (Deluxe Version)

Pendulum – The Island, Pt. II (Dusk) The Island, Pt. II (Dusk) - Immersion (Deluxe Version)

DAY ONE VEGAS CALLBACKS: OPENING SOLO ROUND
Hampton “The Exorcist” Williams First Solo Music: Evanescence – My Immortal My Immortal - Fallen

Janelle Issis First Solo Music: Beats Antique – Egyptic Egyptic - Blind Threshold

Montage of dancers during the solo round: Rihanna – Where Have You Been Where Have You Been - Talk That Talk (Deluxe Edition)

DAY ONE VEGAS CALLBACKS: HIP HOP choreography by Twitch and Comfort
Hip Hop Choreography Music: OutKast – Bombs Over Baghdad B.O.B. - Stankonia

Montage of groups making it past hip hop round: B.o.B – So Good So Good - Strange Clouds

Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer group makes it through past hip hop round: Flux Pavilion – I Cant Stop I Can't Stop - Circus One (Presented By Doctor P and Flux Pavilion)

DAY TWO VEGAS CALLBACKS: BROADWAY choreography by Tyce Diorio
Broadway Choreography Music: Marc Broussard – Must Be the Water Must Be the Water (Single Version) - Must Be the Water - EP

Montage of groups making it through broadway round: Gin Wigmore – Don’t Stop Don't Stop - Holy Smoke

Montage of dancers who get eliminated after broadway round: Lissie – You Can Go Your Own Way You Can Go Your Own Way - Covered Up With Flowers - EP

DAY TWO VEGAS CALLBACKS: JAZZ choreography by Sonya Tayeh
The dancers rehearse for the Jazz round: StereoLif – I Like That since this is not available online a suggested alternative is Richard Vission & Static Revenger Starring Luciana – I Like That I Like That - I Like That - Single

Jazz Choreography Music: My Brightest Diamond – Freak Out (Gold Chains Panique Mix) Freak Out (Gold Chains Panique Mix) - Tear It Down

Dancers get cut during the jazz round: Gemini – Blue Blue - Blue EP

DAY TWO VEGAS CALLBACKS: DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE SOLOS after Jazz Round
Rachel Applehans “Dance For Your Life” Music: Leela James – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World It's a Man's Man's Man's World - Let's Do It Again

Amelia Lowe “Dance For Your Life” Music: Elmer Bernstein & The Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra – To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird - Elmer Bernstein

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: GROUP ROUTINES
Song used for the group round: Gotye (feat. Kimbra) – Somebody That I Used to Know Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) - Making Mirrors

Montage of dancers cut during group round choreography: Sara Bareilles – Hold My Heart Hold My Heart - Kaleidoscope Heart

“The HighSchoolers” Group Dance Music: The Side Project – I Wanna Dance with Somebody I Wanna Dance With Somebody - 14

Dancers that make it through the group choreography round: Estelle (feat. Janelle Monáe) – Do My Thing Do My Thing (feat. Janelle Monáe) - All of Me (Deluxe Version)

“Wolfpack” Group Dance Music: The Wanted – Glad You Came Glad You Came - Glad You Came - Single

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: BALLROOM choreography by Jason Gilkinson
Ballroom (ChaCha) Choreography Music: Jennifer Lopez – Let’s Get Loud Let's Get Loud - On the 6

Montage of dancers eliminated after the ballroom round: Kris Allen – Out Alive Out Alive - Thank You Camellia (Deluxe Version)

Montage of ballroom dancers & dancers who excelled during the ballroom round: Nicki Minaj & Rihanna – Fly Fly - Pink Friday (Deluxe Version)

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE SOLOS after Ballroom Round
Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer “Dance For Your Life Music”: Messinian – Holy Ghost (Helicopter Showdown and Sluggo Remix) Holy Ghost (Helicopter Showdown and Sluggo Remix) - Holy Pimp Hand - EP

DAY THREE VEGAS CALLBACKS: CONTEMPORARY choreography by Travis Wall
The dancers rehearse for the contemporary round: Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed Starry Eyed - Lights

Contemporary Choreography Music: Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up I Won't Give Up - Love Is a Four Letter Word (Deluxe Version)

DAY FOUR VEGAS CALLBACKS: FINAL SOLOS and WHY THEY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED
Alexa Anderson Final solo music: The Naked and Famous – Young Blood (White Sea Remix) this is not available on iTunes, here is a link to listen to the piece and from iTunes here’s the Renholdër Remix Version Young Blood (Renholdër Remix) - Underworld: Awakening (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Montage of dancers explaining why they should move on: Matchbox Twenty – Put Your Hands Up or Timeflies – Until the Sunrise Until the Sunrise - The Scotch Tape
Note: I could see how “Until the Sunrise” could fit by lyrics alone, but there are some lyrics that are featured that is not in “Until the Sunrise”

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Final solo music: Noah Lifschey – Suite of the Winter Songbirds

End of the episode: Outasight – Tonight Is the Night Tonight Is the Night - Tonight Is the Night - Single

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... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Salt Lake City Auditions Thoughts

SALT LAKE CITY AUDITIONS
Witney Carson
- Facebook
- Twitter
She has this sweet little girl quality to her, and when she dances it’s like she transforms into a grown woman. We haven’t seen all that many ballroom dancers thus far in the city auditions so it was a breath of fresh air to finally see that the dancers haven’t entirely disappeared.

Deanna “Dee” Tomasetta
- Apprentice of Motiv8
- Student of Elite Academy of Dance
She made it to the end of Vegas Callbacks in Season 8 before being cut just prior to the Top 20 that was on the show.

Gene Lonardo
- Facebook
- Twitter
Glad it isn’t just me that felt that this guy just screams “Sonya Tayeh” all over him. He does have very strong technique and he comes across to me as more of an artist than dancer. Much like Ryan Kasprzak was a season or two ago… someone that dances you can toss them choreography and they will work with it, but an artist embodies dance in such a way that they use it to create a story, a painting, etc. This is Gene, however odd his intent was.

Lindsay Arnold
There was nothing that really drew me to her, not like with Witney and I shouldn’t be comparing dancers. Lindsay is a pretty face and has good talent, but for some reason I can’t see myself wanting to see more of her. Perhaps in another year or two, sure… but not at the moment.

Mariah Spears
- Facebook
This is probably one of the major surprises of the season, a sweet little girl from the mean streets of Arizona… dancing KRUMP! The only other dancer that was notated as Krumper was Russell Ferguson of Season 6 and he couldn’t have been more different from Mariah. She danced Krump and did it really really well. I was very happy to see her get through the choreography round because I really would love to see how she fares in Vegas

Dareian Kujawa
For the longest time I didn’t think that a really good dancer could exist that would have bad feet. I mean I’ve come across mediocre dancers and choreographers that have lousy feet, but that’s probably why they aren’t in major dance companies and are just barely making ends meet. So it’s not a good thing to have come across a dancer that is incredible, great lines, passionate, etc but then you look at their feet and it’s just “ugh”. I really like Dareian, he’s really good, but dammit he needs to figure out a way to clean up his feet otherwise they are going to prevent him from reaching his full potential. Finishing off the feet helps to clean up the lines and the overall image of the dancer as they dance.

Amber Williams & Chase Thomas
Both of these dancers went straight to the Vegas Callbacks in Season 8 and were sent straight to Vegas Callbacks once again for Season 9. If you have forgotten, Amber was a rather quirky personality and dancer that wore all green that was at the San Francisco auditions. Chase Thomas was at the Salt Lake City auditions wearing almost nothing with the back story of his girlfriend cheating on him and eventually married an art history major. Both were phenomenal dancers and no doubt are even stronger this go around.

Adrian Lee
- Twitter
- YouTube Channel
YES! He’s BACK! Well kind of, I’m not fond of his routine, but I do love his technique. I remember him from Season 7 when he was in Vegas Callbacks and he was paired with Lauren Froderman for the Broadway number and I remembered just how much fun it was to watch. If you have forgotten, the Broadway number had several measures that gave the couples a chance to show what they can do on their own before heading into the choreographed section… Adrian and Lauren totally shined. I really hope he makes it past Vegas and onto the show this go around.

Rachel Applehan
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Part of Damsels Dance Company in Denver
Jazz/Burlesque… I wanted to see more dance in it, and what little there was I was ok with. It is possible to have a lot more dance into the audition and still have it be sexy/sassy and burlesque-related. Not seeing the choreography as the judges had I am going to have to trust their comments and believe that she was really good in some spots and sloppy in others.

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... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Music: Salt Lake City Auditions

SALT LAKE CITY AUDITIONS DAY ONE
Intro to auditions music: M83 – Outro Outro - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.

Opening of the Utah auditions: Outasight – Now or Never Now or Never - Now or Never - Single

Witney Carson Interview Music: Goldfrapp – Strict Machine Strict Machine - Black Cherry

Witney Carson Audition Music: Bond – Libertango Libertango - Shine

Lynn Gravvatt Interview / End of Audition Music: Carpenters – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day) [1989 Remix] Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day) [1989 Remix] - Carpenters Gold (35th Anniversary Edition)

Dancer’s dad auditions & she judges him: The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow Boom Boom Pow - The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)

Deanna “Dee” Tomasseta Interview Music: LMFAO – Get Crazy Get Crazy - Party Rock

Deanna “Dee” Tomasetta Audition Music: Blaire Reinhard – I Can’t Make You Love Me I Can't Make You Love Me - I Can't Make You Love Me - Single

Montage of “unique” dancers: Madness – One Step Beyond One Step Beyond - One Step Beyond...

Gene Lonardo Audition Music: Jahcoozi – Fish Fish - Pure Breed Mongrel

Lindsay Arnold Audition Music: Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff Ghosts N Stuff - Ghosts N Stuff - Single

Montage of Ballroom Auditions: Sweet – Ballroom Blitz The Ballroom Blitz - The Best of Sweet

Mariah Spears Audition Music: Kardinal Offishall feat. The Clipse – Set It Off Set It Off (feat. The Clipse) - Not 4 Sale

Murphy Yang Audition Music: District 78 – I Won’t Dance (Official Step Up 3D Mix) can be downloaded via District 78′s America’s Best Mixtape

Choregraphy Round: Jennifer Lopez – Papi Papi - LOVE? (Deluxe Edition)

Montage of people going to Vegas after Choreography Round: Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello Hello - Hello - Single

SALT LAKE CITY AUDITIONS DAY TWO
Lead In Music to Day Two Salt Lake City Auditions: Jack White – Sixteen Saltiness Sixteen Saltines - Blunderbuss

Dareian Kujawa Interview Music: Cindy Alexander – Turning Into You Turning Into You - Every Rise & Fall

Dareian Kujawa Audition Music: Michael Grimm feat Jack Mack and the Heart Attack – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long I've Been Loving You Too Long - I've Got Dreams

Johnny Ahn Interview Music: Dan the Automator feat Hieroglyphics – Don’t Hate the Player Don't Hate the Player (feat. Hieroglyphics) - Don't Hate the Player - EP

Johnny Ahn & Whitney Hallam Audition Music: Rodolfo Guerra Y Su Sincopata Latina – Mueve El Cuerpo Mueve el Cuerpo - Demasiado Corazòn

Adrian Lee Audition Music: Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness Try a Little Tenderness - The Very Best of Otis Redding

Montage of dancers going to Vegas: Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me (Club Mix) Can't Stop Me (Club Mix) - Can't Stop Me - EP

Rachel Applehan Interview Music: Marilyn Manson – Slo-Mo-Tion Slo-Mo-Tion - Born Villain

Rachel Applehan Audition Music: Jessie J – Mamma Knows Best Mamma Knows Best - Who You Are (Platinum Edition)

Montage of bad auditions from day 2: Nicki Minaj – Starships Starships - Starships - Single

Leroy Martinez Audition Music: Chris Brown – Yeah 3X Yeah 3X - Yeah 3X - Single

Montage of people going to Vegas after Choreography Round Day 2: The Wanted – Chasing the Sun Chasing the Sun - The Wanted

June 13, 2012 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... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Atlanta Auditions Thoughts

After last night’s episode of interesting music… I finally sat down to re-watch the episode for what it was meant to be: watched for its dancing.

Below are my thoughts of the dancers that made it through to the Vegas Callbacks as well as information to find them.

ATLANTA AUDITIONS
Audrey Case
- Twitter
She’s interesting, she takes the usual tricks and adds more to them to make them more interesting and undoubtedly stand out more. She’s also a bit of a flirt, as it would appear. She seems to glow quite a bit as she dances… but with so many strong contemporary dancers I am not entirely certain if she would be able to stand out from the rest of the pack.

Boris Penton, Andre Rucker, and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer (Dragon House roommates)
- YouTube Channel
I was glued to my seat with my jaw dropping when I was watching these three dance. Their musicality was absolutely fascinating, their isolation… just everything. I have no idea what else to say. If not at least one makes it to the Green Mile at Vegas… Well let’s just say I wouldn’t be thrilled.

Joshua Alexander
- Twitter
For some reason he reminds me of Ade Obayoni from Season Five, except that I remember Ade for his power and strength, and Joshua has a bit more fluidity and flexibility that I really like. I’m drawn to him, I won’t deny it, so I’m curious to see how he does in Vegas.

Tim Conkel
- Twitter
- Facebook Page
After seeing Cole Horibe the other night at the LA Auditions, I wasn’t nearly as wowed by Tim Conkel. Kind of difficult to be honest. In fact I wanted to see him in choreography just to make sure. And then he auditioned again with the little “ballet” and nearly died laughing. Ok Tim, you win, you have personality and goofiness that has been lacking on the show for ages. I just hope you’ll be able to stick around for more than a day or two during Vegas Callbacks.

Janelle Issis
- Twitter
- Facebook Page
- Teacher/Choreographer at Encore Performance Company
I have always been a fan of ethnic/cultural dancing. When the “bollywood” style and others were introduced to the show I was really hoping to see someone whose primary dance style was ethnic. To me belly dancing is definitively ethnic… and what really drew me to her was her belly dancing to a hip-hop type of music which drew a lot of attention of how she worked the music into her dancing. Here is hoping she’ll go far in Vegas Callbacks.

Danielle Dominguez
I don’t remember Nigel being this friendly and personable in previous seasons, maybe it’s just me. For a pretty girl she definitely didn’t dance as I expected her to. She reminds me a little bit of Mark Kanemura from Season Four someone that was a bit “left of center”. I really like this, I like this a lot… it would be interesting to see how she fares during Vegas Callbacks.

Courtney Kirby
While watching, I had a sneaky suspicion that the judges were being really nice since her grandmother was at the judges’ table. For a while I got bored with her performance, and then she did a move and she had this intense look in her eyes and I was just, “wow” ok… there was the presence and she was getting into her performance. I would be intrigued to see what she can bring onto the table.

Asher Walker
Aww, he’s cute as a button, and I agree he is not nearly as talented as some of the other hip hop dancers we have seen over the years or even thus far, but dammit it was fun to watch. I think he needs at least another season or two of training before making it far in Vegas Callbacks… but we’ll see.

George Lawrence II
What struck me most about him is his spins and how controlled they were and instead of dancing out of them he slowed down and stayed in position. Very much like Jeanine from Season 5 when she did her final solo with the rose in her mouth, she just spun very control and slowed it down as opposed to dancing out of it.

Abigail Ruz
Through the snippet the best part of it was her drop from the spin… she was sassy and sexy, yes, but we’ve seen a lot of that on the show. She is a strong dancer, but beyond that I’m not sure.

Calvin Turner Jr
He comes across as a ballet dancer, strong lines and power of movement… but I think I got spoiled after seeing the likes of Alex Wong, Ade Obayomi, and even Daniel Baker and Stephen Jacobsen. So I am not really seeing much more here that I haven’t already seen before. He doesn’t seem to have the stage presence going across the floor quite like the others, but I’m not sure.

Aubrey Klinger
- Part of the Renegade Performance Group
Much like Abigail, there isn’t much to go and not much really impressed me. So I don’t know.

Brittany Ortner
- Facebook
- Faculty at University Performing Arts Centre
There isn’t much to say here, it is very hard to comment on contemporary dancers because there is just so many of them. I like her, but I don’t love her. She has potential for growth, but she definitely didn’t wow me.

Damon Bellmon & Deon Lewis
- Damon’s Twitter
- Damon’s Facebook
- Damon’s Facebook Page
After last season’s debacle of “paying homage” to a routine that wasn’t theirs, I was glad to see them in a more original routine (well I hope it was original). But I wasn’t wowed… I suppose after the kind of episode like today that is not likely going to happen. Meh. I have to agree, I like Damon over Deon even during their audition, he wasn’t as “lazy” in his movement as Deon appeared to be, finishing more, etc… so we’ll see.

June 7, 2012 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... =)