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Behind the Top Ten Choreography

The opening number for the top ten results show, has to be one of my favorites this season. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” a classic Billy Joel song, which made for a great dance number. Just as I thought part of Tyce’s inspiration came from Twyla Tharp’s choreograpy for the Broadway musical Movin’ Out. I had the opportunity to see Movin’ Out on Broadway, in fact it was the first show I ever saw in New York. I absolutely loved this show, I’ve seen it a total of three times. Anyways, I was excited to see that someone had decided to do a more up to date broadway number. I would love to see more broadway numbers where the songs are from musicals that were created in the 90s to now, like something from RENT. Okay getting off track here is the video of Tyce talking about the choreography and below it is a video of Movin’ Out from the 2003 Tony Awards.

Granted it’s not the same song but I wanted to share it. Unfortunately it closed on Broadway but I’m not sure if there is a touring show. If there is a tour going on and you love dance then I recomend this show.

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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.

Mary Murphy's Blog on Vancouver Auditions

Mary Murphy

The day started out slow, but things rapidly picked up and there have been some amazing dancers and guys doing things I haven’t seen before, which is very exciting because I’ve travelled the world with So You Think You Can Dance.

I’ve seen six seasons in the U.S., we’re into the third here in Canada and I’ve seen four in Australia and three in Scandinavia, so when I say there’s something new that I haven’t seen before, it’s really exciting for me!


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I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog

Should SYTYCD Consider A Smaller Stage For Season Seven?

Even better than John’s question about whether SYTYCD should continue in the summer or fall seasons (I say both, or just the summer if we have to pick one), what are they going to do about that monstrous stage?

After tons of complaints all across the Internet, Nigel Tweeted: I’m hearing you re. the new set. 11:40 AM Nov 11th

But what are they going to do about it? Figure out how to use the cameras to create the feeling of more intimate routines for the televised audience? Or listen and move the show to a smaller, more intimate set (the old one?). What do you think they should do?

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So You Think You Can Dance Canada Auditions in Vancouver

I had glorious plans to go down early and see who I could talk to and meet at the Vancouver auditions.

Those glorious plans, however, failed. After moving December 1st, [and now a week later still living out of boxes] I just didn’t have the time or motivation to go down that early in the cold…

though I did harass Blake McGrath on twitter and follow the judges tweets to live vicariously through them while they were in my city. I don’t know if I could have been entirely nice to Leah Miller – I just want to tell her how I loathe her…

I really hope to see some Vancouverites make it onto the show… it’s always nice to have some locals to root for…

I think this may be Menina Fortunato’s (who I went to highschool with) sister Sante who auditioned last year (and I think should have made it – maybe this year?)

How many hopefuls recieved a boarding pass? Can’t wait to see the show!

And who will survive Blake Bootcamp?

CTV’s Lindsay Zier-Vogel wrote this:

Aerials out of pirouettes, countless turns, a stage full of flips, explosive jumps and crazy isolations — the solos are full of wild tricks this season and Vancouver hopefuls have brought their A-game, pulling out the most dynamic moves they have.

“It’s Season 3 so we’re really looking for something new and fresh,” judge and audition choreographer Blake McGrath says.

So how are the dancers preparing themselves for such mind-blowing moves?

“I’m a Pilates instructor, so I’m always working on my core,” Vancouver dancer Rachel Wainwright, 29, says. She’s most excited about the turns in her solo — a string of chainĂ© turns, into a pirouette, followed by an attitude turn.

“You really have to focus on pulling up and staying centred and grounded,” she explains.

And having a strong core isn’t just for the more contemporary side of dance. Judge Luther Brown insists b-boys need tons of core strength for his favourite move, head spins.

“I think stalls are overplayed, but I always get mesmerized when someone does crazy headspins!” he says.

Spinning on your head sounds crazy to many of us, but Luther breaks it down: “It’s all about the balance and you’ve got to be able to control your body.

“Your core has to be on fire — it’ll take a whole bunch of sit ups,” he insists.


Vancouver hip-hopper Alvin Arfieza, 20, is most proud of the isolations in his solo. “It looks like I’m taking an object and passing it through my body,” he explains, and demonstrates this popping movement.

Arfieza insists it takes hours and hours of concentrated practice to be able to move each muscle separately. “I work in front of a mirror first, and then without the mirror so I know what it feels like,” he explains.

He’s included a lot of isolations in his solo because he likes the rhythmic quality of the movement along with the control it takes to move so specifically.

“It’s like telling a story with your body,” he explains, hoping the judges will appreciate the entertainment value of his moves.

Jean Marc’s reverse rolls

Judge Jean Marc Genereux says the hardest move he ever did when he was competing as a ballroom dancer was reverse rolls in a samba, a movement that has the dancers traveling and covering the stage, while rotating the upper body in large, complete circles.

“The samba is crazy fast so it takes connectivity with your partner. You need to be exactly in synch,” he says, adding humbly that he and his partner and wife, France Mousseau were known for their reverse rolls.

“You have to make sure your frame is amazingly strong and that you’re holding each others’ backs,” he explains. “That frame has to be operational because if it’s not, it’ll be a catastrophe. It’s a lot about dynamics.”

Letting go of the fear factor

Contemporary dancer Moses Layco, 24, admits he doesn’t have any fear when it comes to dancing. He’s a self-taught tumbler and loves filling his solos with as many acrobatic tricks as he can.

“I tend to flip a lot when I panic,” he laughs. To keep himself in tumbling shape, he drives out to North Vancouver to the gymnastics gym.

He can’t wait to show the judging panel his most fabulous trick: “I do a pirouette, at least three turns, but hopefully four, and then I extend my leg and go right into the aerial (hands-free cartwheel).”

Calgary’s Louise Hradsky, 23, says she too is fearless on stage. “I’m an aerial circus artist, so I don’t mind being up high and falling really quickly. I love stunts!”

So what’s the most challenging trick in her solo? “I do a double turn into a jump, but instead of landing the jump on my feet, I land all the way on the ground. It adds a little bit of drama,” she says.

But how do you fall and not hurt yourself? “I think there’s always a risk of hurting yourself,” Hradsky says, admitting that she is currently sporting a huge bruise on her left elbow.

“But if you have good body awareness and a strong centre, then you have control of your limbs and you can be exactly where you need to be.”

She believes the best training for dancing is dancing — especially ballet class. “But I also do a lot of non-dancing to keep myself in shape.”

She heads to the gym often and runs a 10 kilometre route along the sea wall five days a week. “I’ve done a couple of half-marathons too,” she says. “I find the cardio and endurance always helps — I don’t ever get tired on stage!”

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Mary Murphy and Blake McGrath in Vancouver for So You Think You Can Dance Canada Auditions

So You Think You Can Dance Canada had Vancouver auditions last weekend and although I couldn’t make it out, Blake McGrath, contestent from SYTYCD Season 1, was there as a judge along with Luther Brown and Mary Murphy. Blake also ran Blake Bootcamp for those who auditioned and were not given a ticket or a refusal right away.

He tweeted all about his adventures including photos.

Here Blake McGrath, Mary Murphy and Luther Brown go out for dinner.

He even posed with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Mascots.

I love that between SYTYCD and SYTYCD Canada I am almost getting SYTYCD year-round…. SCORE!

Feel free to pop by this websites sister-site PURE So You Think You Can Dance Canada anytime for news and photos on Canada’s SYTYCD.

I know many people can’t watch SYTYCD Canada because they do not get CTV but we do try to post videos as often as possible on the site and as Season 3 auditions continue, you can expect lot’s of great stuff.

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I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog

Following Blake McGrath's twitter while in Vancouver

Blake McGrath Tweeted while he was in Vancouver and posed pretty with the Vancouver Olympic Mascots.

Also from his tweets we learn:

  • Spandy Andy returns
  • Blake Boot Camp Vancouver went from about 2-8pm
  • Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were watching Blake Bootcamp (Zac Efron recently wrapped his movie The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud here and Vanessa Hudgens is filming Sucker Punch
  • He went to local vancouver church while in town
  • He went to the gym a few times while in Vancouver
  • He also went for a massage
  • He, Mary and Luther went for dinner Saturday Night
  • So even though I didn’t make it out to see him or the rest of the SYTYCD Crew, I felt like I lived vicariously through Blake and his tweets. I am KICKING myself now for missing Mary Murphy, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath…. in my own city… gah!

    I can’t wait for SYTYCD Canada Season 3 and hope to see some Vancouverites in the Top 20.

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    I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog