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So You Think You Can Dance Canada starts in 2 weeks and while I am a HUGE fan and plan to post after each episode, it is a lot of work and if there are other fans out there wanting to contribute, please let us know!

There are a few of us who post actively during the season and some year round, but we are looking for special and interesting posts including behind the scenes, videos, special interest pieces and polls.

The first two weeks will be especially busy with audition shows almost every day so let us know if you are interested in posting.

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August 1, 2010 I Written By

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 www.mandysmind.com

SYTYCD 7: Dancer Analysis – Lauren Froderman

So this is the second of four posts that puts down my thoughts of the last four dancers in the competition. As always there is a poll at the end of the post of all the dances that the contestant has danced in… so feel free to choose your favorite.

The previous posts to this series include the All-Stars and Kent Boyd

So without further ado, let’s look at the last female standing in this competition: Lauren Froderman

Las Vegas Callbacks
We got a chance to see a couple of her solos during the audition process. If there is something I noticed about her dancing is that she dances to the stage audience all the time. So as a soloist she’s rather strong, but it worries me a bit when it comes to working with a partner how would she connect?

Granted the little bit of the choreography rounds that we saw of her, she connected decently with her partner (Adrian Lee) in the Broadway round… so I guess we’ll see.

Meet the Top 11:
– Wade Robson’s Jazz
Being the only blonde in the competition, it wasn’t all the difficult to pick her out in this opening number. To me she tended to showboat a bit more than necessarily, but that’s her style I believe when I recall her solos.

– Travis Wall Jazz
In this number she not only held her own with the All-Stars, I think of all the contestants she is the only female to blend in the closest with the All-Stars. She already seems to know how to play to the audience, and she seems to connect all right with the other dancers. Her talent’s undeniable.

Week 1: Top 11 Performances:
– Pop Jazz w/ Ade choreographed by Mandy Moore
This piece proved my fear to be correct, that Lauren plays to the audience so much that she doesn’t really connect with her partner. As thus she seemed to be a bit of a barbie doll dancing around with Ade, which is sad because Ade is a wonderful partner. It’s clear to me that Lauren needs to work on connecting with her partner

Week 2: Top 10 Performances:
– Lyrical HipHop w/ Dominic choreographed by Tessandra Chavez
Now in this piece, she has connected with Dominic better than the previous week, still it hasn’t shined much for me. Though she kept up in the hiphop, it was lyrical hiphop which to me seems like they are catering to her dance style more than challenging her, which to me wouldn’t help.

Week 3: Top 9 Performances:
– Broadway w/ Neil choreographed by Joey Dowling
This dance brought Lauren to my attention, I wanted connection and chemistry with her partner, she not only brought it she even had a bit of a story going on by “letting the audience in on the joke”. Granted her costume almost falling apart onstage helped her tremendously.

Week 4: Top 8 Performances:
– ChaCha w/ Pasha choreographed by Jean Marc Genereux
Lauren brought her fun personality to the dance floor when working with Pasha. She did her ChaCha hip action rather well in this piece and is gaining momentum in connecting with her partner…

– Contemporary w/ Kent choreographed by Travis Wall
Now when I said she needed to learn to connect with her partner I didn’t think it would be with Kent! Wowser! The chemistry between these two was off the charts. If anything this became the “breakout” performance for me when it comes to Lauren.

All in all this week was a very good week for Lauren. I don’t think she’s nearly as high as Kent in regards to popularity and whatnot, but she definitely is going to be safe as long as she does really well in her routines.

Week 5: Top 7 Performances:
– Tahitian w/ Mark choreographed by Tiana Liufau
Now this was a fun piece, bringing in something new and fun and exciting. Mark brought out that fun bit in Lauren that I had hoped to have seen in the Week One piece. Her hips were really good too… she could go into bellydancing and probably pick that up well if she wanted to.

– Jazz w/ Billy choreographed by Mandy Moore
Looks like fun is the word of the week for Lauren, for this was another fun piece with Billy. There isn’t much to add on to.

Lauren’s talent as a dancer is undeniable. She picks up choreography really well. All she really needed to work on was personality, characterizations and chemistry, which she has been working on and it showed from Week Four onward…

Week 6: Top 6 Performances (Round One):
– HipHop w/ Twitch choreographed by NappyTabs
Riding Twitch into the sunset, earlier I said that the Lyrical HipHop didn’t really sell me on Lauren being able to do hiphop, well this piece did. She was hitting it hard and keeping up with Twitch, she did really well.

– Samba w/ Robert choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin
Ok so what is it with all these fun routines for Lauren? Are they catering to her youthful personality? I’m not complaining, it’s helping her in the grand scheme of things, but seriously. In any case, her Samba was very good and she was enjoying herself which was good to see.

This week was definitely an improvement from the previous week, with two challenging routines that stretched and molded her, Lauren needed them if she was to prove that she’s learning and growing in the competition. Let us hope that she continues with this upward trend, else she runs the risk of peaking too early like Kent.

Week 7: Top 6 Performances (Round Two):
– Broadway w/ Allison choreographed by Tyce Diorio
YES! It’s ABOUT TIME that there is a female/female dance number, and with Allison nevertheless. At this point I agree with Adam that she could pretty much be an All-Star in genres similar to her contemporary style… but she still needs to stretch in areas and grow.

– Foxtrot w/ Adechike choreographed by Jean-Marc Généreux & France Mousseau
Despite nailing the ChaCha and Samba routines, even though she got the personality and character of the Foxtrot routine, it simply didn’t work for me. Ballroom dances are very technical and there were some areas that she was a little weak and not quite as polished as I would have liked, but considering that this is her first attempt on Ballroom dances… well I’m not too surprised, but I did expect more.

How to Grow
Lauren has grown quite a bit when it came to connection, chemistry and personality. Now rather than giving her pieces or characters that tap into either her youthful energy or her sexuality… I want to see her try something more subtle.

Ballroom does that well… the Foxtrot (and Quickstep) usually requires the most character/personality, so I would love to see her in something that requires more structure like the Paso Doble or the Waltz/Viennese Waltz. The Argentine Tango would force her to be sexual without being overly so (if that makes sense) so that would also be another dance I’d like to see her in.

In Conclusion
Lauren runs the risk of having peaked too early and as thus growing stale before the finals. As long as she is challenged and rises to the challenges she should be ok… but considering that she hasn’t really been stretched too much from her default personality I’m hoping that the final two weeks (because let’s face it, as the last girl in the competition they aren’t going to let her go before the finals unless she royally crashes and burns) would do just that for her. It’s already clear that she’s a remarkable dancers, and when the next crew of All-Stars are picked that she’d most likely be asked, I want to make sure that she has been stretched emotionally as well as physically in order to be ready for that next level.

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... =)

Top SYTYCD Music of 7/25-8/1

I’ve been doing this Top SYTYCD Music thing for most of the season. You can check out last week’s list here and with no further ado, here is this week’s list:

Top SYTYCD Music of 7/25-8/1:
1. Lissie’s “Everywhere I Go” – Everywhere for yet another week! 🙂
2. Michael Andrews ft. Gary Jules’s “Mad World” – Mad
3. Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” Jar
4. Tom McRae’s “You Only Disappear” – You
5. Katie Thompson’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” – Heaven
6. My Time with the Thrill Kill Kult’s “Wasted Time” – Wasted
7. Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” – Tightrope
8. Lil Jon and LMFAO’s “Outta Your Mind” – Outta
9. Roisin Murphy’s “Sinking Feeling” – Sinking
9.5. Telepathe’s “Lights Go Down” – Lights [Due to special circumstances, I accidentally left this one off the list. It’d actually be #10, but I’m gonna stick in as 9.5]
10. Last Voices’s “Jungle” – Jungle

And for lagniappe:
11. Project Jenny, Project Jan ft. So Percussion’s “You Said” – You from my “I Hear Music” suggested music post
12. Ludacris and Nicki Minaj’s “My Chick Bad” – My
13. Kate Earl “Impossible – Impossible, also from my suggested music post
14. Ryan Leslie’s “You’re Not My Girl” – You're
15. V.V. Brown’s “L.O.V.E.” – L.O.V.E

Check out all of all Season 7’s music here.

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SYTYCD 7: Dancer Analysis – Kent Boyd

So this is the first of four posts that will put down my thoughts of the last four dancers in the competition. Each of the upcoming posts will conclude with a poll asking what your favorite dance for this contestant is.

Keep in mind that a new post will appear every twelve hours. Since this is the first of the Top 4 Dancers posted, the first post of this series started with the All-Stars

So without further ado, let’s look at our favorite farm boy: Kent Boyd.

Meet the Top 11:
– Wade Robson’s Jazz
Kent seemed to blend in the background for me in this piece. I couldn’t find him, which isn’t a bad thing, but wasn’t necessarily a good thing either. Is he going to turn out to be dance fodder? He seemed to be just that during the Vegas week episodes, because not much was known about him until towards the end…

– Travis Wall Jazz
Now I thought Travis did rather well in this dance. Though Lauren did come closer to the All Stars in this dance than Kent, Kent held his own rather well and gave a very promising journey for him, if not a favorite straight out of the gate.


Week 1: Top 11 Performances:

– ChaCha w/ Anya choreographed by Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin
Ok, so I rewatched this dance several times. Kent has so much personality that it reminded me of Heidi from Season 2 where there is so much personality he could probably light up all of Hollywood if they just plug him in. Plus he picked up the choreography rather well, even if he didn’t have the “ballroom” technique. I think this won him a lot of fans in this dance… and I mean A LOT.

Week 2: Top 10 Performances:
– Jazz w/ Courtney choreographed by Tyce Diorio
Now in this dance, Kent seemed to go down a little bit for me. The connection wasn’t there like it was the week before. It seemed kind of awkward which I found strange because he did so well in Travis’ choreography. I don’t know. He still has a massive fanbase, but not necessarily his strongest dance.

Week 3: Top 9 Performances:
– Jazz w/ Allison choreographed by Mandy Moore
What the frack? This is three jazz pieces for Kent already (if you include the Meet the Top 11 piece)! Though he has done a decent job of blending his personality a little bit with each piece. I don’t think he really moved up much in this dance from the previous week. His character reminded me too much of the character he played in Week One.

Week 4: Top 8 Performances:
– HipHop w/ Comfort Fedoke choreographed by Dave Scott
Wow, and I mean wow… After Billy’s weak Krump with Comfort week two, and Alex’s insanely strong hiphop with Twitch on week three I half expected Kent to hit somewhere in the middle. What I didn’t expect was the chemistry between the two of them. This was a good piece, better than the two jazz pieces in regards to chemistry… And even though Alex WOWed people in his hiphop, I thought Kent had more “swag” than either Billy or Alex.

– Contemporary w/ Lauren Froderman choreographed by Travis Wall
Kent was dancing in his own style, and considering the high praise he got for contemporary during Vegas callbacks I expected him to do rather well in this piece. What I didn’t expect was how off the charts this piece was. Definitely surpassed the ChaCha in my mind and a piece I would love to see on the tour.

To me, this week was Kent’s true “breakout” week. He had two very strong pieces in contrasting styles and he did rather well in both. Is there anything that this boy can’t do? I guess we’re going to have to see.

Week 5: Top 7 Performances:
– Broadway w/ Neil choreographed by Tyce Diorio
Ok, I’m not the only one that believes that Kent seemed more like the bat boy who wants to play with the big boys like Neil, but man he kept up… Kent’s uphill trend has been accelerating with no hint of slowing down. Kent looked like he had a lot of fun in this piece. For a moment, I thought Kent was a bit like Neil’s younger clone. 🙂 Two all-American looking boys, yeah…

– Contemporary w/ Adechike choregraphed by Dee Caspary
White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate taste really good together, and as thus I expected these two dancers to work really well together. Kent had very good connection and chemistry with Adechike… and I expected him to do rather well in this piece.

If there is anything that Kent learned to do this week that he struggled with in past weeks it’s to curb his personality and really breathed through the pieces given to him. Though this week didn’t shine nearly as much as the previous week, it definitely had it’s high points.

Week 6: Top 6 Performances (Round One):
– Jazz w/ Kathryn choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Third Jazz piece for Kent, and his strongest yet I believe (Well it better be, it’s the sixth week after all). One problem I’m seeing with Kent is that he’s been growing so quickly since Vegas that I’m wondering if he’s hit the glass ceiling yet on the show because he’s been so strong?

– Stepping w/ Twitch choreographed by Chuck Maldonado
And then a piece like this comes along and proves to me that YES Kent can still grow. He held his own with Twitch (but considering Twitch learned the choreography within a day, to me that’s to be expected), but I didn’t expect him to do as well as he did. I realized why I liked his hiphop w/ Comfort it was because it was more lyrical than hard hitting. This piece was hard hitting and he still did well…

Like my notes of the previous week, I was afraid that Kent hit the ceiling too quickly, but the Stepping piece with Twitch proved me otherwise. I think Kent needed the piece with Twitch to stay on top otherwise he would have peaked far too early in my mind. The Jazz, though the strongest to date, was still pretty unremarkable in my mind… though I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if it ends up on the tour.

Week 7: Top 6 Performances (Round Two):
– ChaCha w/ Anya choreographed by Jean-Marc Généreux & France Mousseau
Yay another ballroom piece, boo that it had to be ChaCha again. I would rather seen him do something uplifting like a Jive or Samba, or be more masculine in the Paso Doble or even a ballroom piece like the Tango or Waltz. This was almost a gimme for Kent and as thus a bit of a let down for me. Of note, he did control his facial features more, though not enough to avoid the wrath of Mia. Poor kid.

– Broadway w/ Jose choreographed by Spencer Liff
This one also didn’t wow me as much as I would have liked. The characterization was almost too easy for Kent. The style fits Kent well but again he hasn’t really grown all that much in this style from the last time he did Broadway to now… but both characterizations were pretty similar….

As opposed to the previous week, this week did not have any really remarkable or outstanding routines. He’s still a strong dancer, no question about that, but he didn’t really wow much for me in this week.

How to Grow?
I want to see him grow further, become a “man” so to speak, so far I feel like I have been watching him in routines that give him the opportunity to tap into his boyish charm to make it work… Knowing this I would love to see Kent in a ballroom routine that taps into masculinity like the Paso Doble with one of the other guys (probably Robert since he has yet to do a routine with him) or even a Foxtrot where he has to lead Anya or Lauren around.

In Conclusion
This boy surprised people on Week 1 and hasn’t been stopped since. He’s become a huge fan favorite with no real signs of slowing down. However, he runs the risk of peaking way too early and America likes a good underdog. Though as long as Kent is thrown curve balls and he knocks them out of the park he should be a shoo-in for the Top Two at least.

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... =)