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Podcast: SYTYCD Season 9 – Auditions: Brooklyn + Dallas

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Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction: Welcome new listeners and upcoming schedule
3:50 – Ballet auditions: Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Daniel Baker
7:16 – Male contemporary auditions: Leo Reyes and Jarell Rochelle
10:15 – Female contemporary auditions: Amelia Lowe and Bree Hafen
13:51 – B-boy/Street auditions: Toshihiko Nakazawa, Shafeek Westbrook and Stepheon Stewart
18:15 – “Other” auditions: Austin “Mr. Wiggles” Freeman, Sam Sheffler, Von Kipper
22:00 – The “Exorcist style” of Hampton Williams
25:16 – Wrap-up

Episode Length: 27:54

It’s the summer and you know what that means, it’s time for another amazing season of So You Think You Can Dance! We’re very excited to podcast along to the new season (long-time listeners will recall we podcasted from Vegas week onward during season 8) and watch the new crop of dancers featured for us to enjoy. If you’re a new listener, welcome! As an introduction to us and what we’re doing, feel free to check out this short post that we wrote up last year shortly after we began podcasting.

This initial podcast is a week late due to our schedules preventing us from being able to record until now. Since the second audition episode has already aired, we’re planning to record and post our thoughts on that very soon, hopefully no later than the end of the upcoming weekend. After that we’ll be all caught up and will be able to release podcasts within a day or so of the Wednesday airing.

If the first audition episode is anything to go on, this season is already shaping up to be an excellent one! In the span of just two hours there were several standout dancers featured on the program, including the new wave of male ballet dancers Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Daniel Baker, the emotionally mature solo from Bree Hafen (not to mention her kids are adorable!), the sophisticated and musical b-boying of Shafeek Westbrook, and the show-stopping beauty that was the “Exorcist style” of Hampton Williams. Those are the dancers that intrigued us in this episode and we definitely think they will be the ones to watch during Vegas week. Of course, there were a small collection of poor auditions as well, for it wouldn’t be a reality show competition without them. But, unlike American Idol, we appreciate the positive attitude the SYTYCD judges generally take towards these individuals (for example, see the upbeat feedback they gave to Sam Sheffler).

So far so good with the auditions. Keep checking back over the next couple of days for another podcast which will cover the second audition episode.

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! You can leave us a comment here or on our blog, Reflections on Pop Entertainment. You can also follow us on Twitter and tweet with us. You can also visit our Facebook page, like us, and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

May 31, 2012 I Written By

Over the past few years my fiancée Meghan slowly brought me into the world of television, turning me into a full-fledged fan of both scripted and reality shows. So You Think You Can Dance turned into one of my favorite reality shows as it is a competition that takes itself seriously, providing the audience with artistic choreography and talented dancers. It's certainly not something I ever expected to get emotionally invested in, but here I am! Meghan and I are very analytic when it comes to the things we enjoy. We constantly discussed and analyzed shows with each other and after doing this for a couple years, we decided that we should turn these discussions into a podcast. We created Reflections on Pop Entertainment, a podcast that provides commentary and analysis of popular entertainment as found in visual mediums, particularly television and film. So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 is the first television series we're covering with weekly podcasts and has allowed us to find our voice as well as actively contribute to the fan community. We hope that you'll enjoy our installments as they are posted to Pure So You Think You Can Dance!

SYTYCD Season 9: Los Angeles Auditions…Thoughts

Tonight’s auditions take us to Los Angeles and on of my favorite guest judges from last season Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Mary and Nigel. I have to admit sometimes I get so wrapped up in the show I forget to take notes. It was a jammed packed two hours and plenty of talent in Los Angeles. I know that many will complain about the stories but in my opinion the stories are important to some of the dancers and how we will remember them. My suggestion is if you don’t like that stuff then don’t watch the show till we get to the live shows. Also, I think it’s really important to watch this season, so we don’t have to say goodbye to the show. Okay enough ranting and on to the dancers.

*Nigel tweeted along with the east coast, and glad he did. He did say he was watching at the Fox Studios and said they couldn’t find the right channel…lol. 

Alexa Anderson: Granted I don’t really remember her from last season but I’m glad she decided to come back. Loved that she had her hair pulled back but also thought she was a great dancer. 

“Johnny Waacks” Gibson: Cue the constant giggling from the judges, or as Nigel called it a Faux Pas Festival. I know whacking is a form of dance but it does sound so wrong. Granted not as good as Princess Lockaroo but not too shabby, but then again I really don’t know too much about whacking. 

Eliana G: When she said that she has trained with Joffrey and Ailey, two very well-known companies in the dance world, I didn’t need to see her dance to know that she was going to be good. Now the working with the silks and the pole is what caught my attention. All I can say is wow when in comes to the pole work the amount of strength that takes is insane. Needless to say she is amazing technical dancer and to be compared to Melanie is a great compliment. I hope we get to see more of her. 

The Ninja Twins Nick and James: So they are 33 and yes too old for the show and I’m sure some will complain about even showing them but I don’t care. I loved these two and they are incredibly entertaining and truthfully they need their own show. Which is something Nigel has thought of too, call me crazy but I hope it happens. It turns out they can actually dance and very thankful and humble for the opportunity that they show gave them. 

Sam Lenarz: Beautiful girl and beautiful dancer. I agreed with the judges she needs to work on her transitions. Happy to see her make it through the choreography round and I hope her family sees this and comes to their senses. 

Caley Carr: A crazy cool kind of guy who can tap. Love seeing the tap dancers on the show and was a bit disappointed he got cut. 

Megan Branch: My first thought when she started dancing was Sonya will like her. I liked her too and hope to see more of her in Vegas. 

Cole Horibe: A karate and dance fusion that I have to admit was kind of interesting. When he started listing the styles he has trained in and well I guess we will have to wait to Vegas to really know if any of it is true. 

David Matz: Sure he isn’t right for the show but I love seeing things I’ve never seen before. 

Steven Jacobsen: I have no idea what he was thinking with that first audition. Thank you Nigel for making him show what he can really do. He is the perfect example to stick to what you know in an audition. 

Jasmine and Marshae Mason: They previewed that story all night and I was relieved to see that Marshae survived that accident. Six weeks between the time of the accident and audition and he dances like that he deserves that ticket to Vegas. Jasmine his sister I loved and she reminded me of Lo Fro a little bit. 

Next week  Atlanta and well for me I’ll be in Vegas. Let us know your thoughts and any your favorites of the night.

May 30, 2012 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 Season 9 Music: Los Angeles Auditions

Hello all! I would most likely be able to see tonight’s SYTYCD show live, but 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 Los Angeles audition 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 ONE: In process of watching the show and listing the music now

So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Los Angeles Audition Music
Beginning of the episode: Coldplay – Paradise Paradise - Mylo Xyloto

Opening of the LA auditions: Gossip – Heavy Cross Heavy Cross - Music for Men (Deluxe Version)

Alexa Anderson’s Audition Music: The Naked And Famous – Young Blood Young Blood - Passive Me Aggressive You

Jesse Tyler-Ferguson Visual Vocal – Minuet in G Minor

Isaac Hayes – Shaft II Theme from

Two Steps From Hell – False King False King - Invincible

LA-ex – So High

Eliana Girard Interview Music (Viva Las Vegas): Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes Blue Suede Shoes - The Essential Elvis Presley (Remastered)

Eliana Girard Interview Music (pole dancing): Lady Gaga – Love Game LoveGame - The Fame

Eliana Girard’s Audition Music: Yann Tiersen – Mouvement Introductif N2

Dancer Inspiration Montage (going to Vegas): Florence And The Machine: Shake It Out Shake It Out - Ceremonials

Montage of couples: Raspberries – I Wanna Be With You I Wanna Be With You - Fresh

Nick & James Aragon’s (Ninja Twins) interview segment: Foreigner – Double Vision Double Vision - No End In Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner (Remastered)

Nick & James Aragon’s (Ninja Twins) audition; dedicated to their dance teacher who passed away: Michael Jackson – Man In the Mirror Man In the Mirror - The Essential Michael Jackson

PP Music – Astrum Eterna Astrum Eterna - Burn This City

Sam Lenarz’s audition: Jewel – Angel Standing By Angel Standing By - Lullaby

Best Coast – The Only Place The Only Place - The Only Place (Deluxe Edition)

Caley Carr’s Interview Music: The Dirty Heads – Shine Shine - Any Port In a Storm (Special Edition)

Caley Carr’s audition: Gotye (feat. Kimbra) – Somebody That I Used to Know Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) - Making Mirrors

Megan Branch’s audition: Björk – Hunter Hunter - Björk's Greatest Hits

2nd montage of dancers who make it to Vegas: Flo Rida (feat. Sia) – Wild Ones Wild Ones (feat. Sia) - Wild Ones (feat. Sia) - Single

Cole Horibe’s Audition Music: We Want War We Want War - Hidden by These New Puritans

Montage of attractive group of men auditioning: Enrique Iglesias (feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s) – I Like How It Feels I Like How It Feels (feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s) - I Like How It Feels (feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s) - Single

David Matz’s interview segment: The Prodigy – Firestarter Firestarter - Fat of the Land

Entry of the Gladiators Entry of the Gladiators - Circus Music

Ossy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon Bark at the Moon - Bark at the Moon

David Matz’s audition: Kenny Wesley – Won’t Let It Go I'm Sorry - I'm Sorry - EP

Stephen Jacobson’s interview segment: Pachelbel Orchestra – Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major Pachelbel's Canon In D Major - Canon Pachelbel - Johann Pachelbel Canon in D and Many Other Classical Piano Favorites, Cannon in D, Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata, Canon in D Major

Stephen Jacobson’s 1st audition: Bobby Darin – Dream Lover Dream Lover - The Ultimate Bobby Darin

Stephen Jacobson’s 2nd audition: Celine Dion – I Surrender I Surrender (In the Style of Celine Dion) [Backup Vocal Karaoke Version] - Just Tracks: Celine Dion -  A New Day! JT 097 (Karaoke)

James Dooley – The Arrival Arrival - Position Music - Orchestral Series Vol. 2

The Concept – D-D-Dance

Stereo Lif – On the Side

Jonathan Anzalone dancing w/ girl music: Angela Via – Baila Baila

Marshea Kidd & Jasmine Mason talk about their car crash: Bird York – In the Deep In the Deep - Wicked Little High

Jasmine Mason’s audition: Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind I'd Rather Go Blind (Single) - Her Best - The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection

Marshea Kidd’s audition: R. Kelly – When a Woman Loves When a Woman Loves - Love Letter

Marshea makes it to Vegas with Jasmine: OneRepublic – Good Life Good Life - Waking Up (Deluxe Version)

Return from commercial break: Best Coast – The Only Place The Only Place - The Only Place (Deluxe Edition)

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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: New York and Dallas Auditions Thoughts

Unfortunately Fox.com doesn’t allow me to watch the episodes of So You Think You Can Dance via their website until nearly a week later. So I had to find other avenues to view the videos… so watch this space as I add on over they days of my thoughts on the dancers that have made it through to Vegas (as far as I know).

NEW YORK AUDITIONS
Amelia Lowe
Twitter
– Faculty of The Dance Academy of North Jersey
For some reason, see her run on stage and her name the whole package just seems to make sense to me. That whole silent film era, she embodies that in her personality and in her dancing. Her technique does need to be stronger in my opinion, but everything else… it just draws you in to an extent. There is a theatrical quality to her movement that isn’t easily taught.

Leo Reyes
Twitter
YouTube Channel
Hip-hop/contemporary mix, Leo has a good story coming into the show and effortlessly melds the two styles together.

Shafeek Westbrook
Facebook
One thing about breakdancing is that after a while you see the same things over and over again. Once in a while the power moves/tricks would push the envelope, but how to do take things to a whole new level? What drew me into Shafeek is that the usual power tricks he modifies them and smooths out the shapes, some in slow motion. More of an artist in this way… he could be someome with a good chance to go far in Vegas.

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
Facebook
A very strong ballet dancer, with strong lines and technique. He reminds me of Season 3’s Danny Tidwell except he emotes very well. Tyce is right, that level of technique deserves a chance to push themselves to the next level in Vegas.

DALLAS AUDITIONS
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May 25, 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: New York and Dallas Auditions…Discussion

I don’t know about everyone else but I am so happy that SYTYCD is back and it was a jammed packed two-hour premiere. Tonight we got to see some of the best and worst in New York and in Dallas. Tyce and Lil’ C joined Nigel and Mary tonight at the judging table. I did miss the first fifteen minutes of the show but I was reminded as always when I watch the show why I love dance. Here are some of my thoughts on the night good, bad and the absolutely precious.

NEW YORK

I just happen to turn the show on and got to learn about “Freeman Fever”. I’m not sure when wiggling became a dance move but I may just have to blame LMFAO. Granted he had a great personality but was completely clueless. He honestly thought he just chose the wrong song…lol.

Leo Reyes was the first standout for me, he had such a moving story and happy to hear that his mom is doing well. He should be someone to watch. His style in my opinion is a mix of contemporary and hip-hop.

Chehon the ballet dancer from Switzerland was insanely good. Like Tyce said with technique like that he deserves to go to Vegas. Truthfully I really don’t see him having any issues with other styles.

TEXAS

Texas started off with 29-year-old mom Bree Hayfen. Her husband and kids were in the audience supporting her, and I love that Nigel brought the kids up to watch from the judges table. While Bree was dancing hearing Luke cheer his mom was great and then Nigel asking him if he gave him something would he give it to his mom. Luke walk up the stairs to the stage with the ticket to Vegas in his hand…such a cute moment when she realized what had happened. Stella her daughter obviously didn’t want to be left out so Nigel gave her a ticket to give to mom too. What happen next had to be one of the cutest things I have ever see on the show, Stella got her turn to dance.  If you ask me she stole the show. You could tell just by watching that she spent a lot of time watching her mom. If anyone missed this as soon as the video is on youtube I will post it.

The next two to take the stage were two street dancers with their own styles that worried me when they were just talking about it…Zombie and Exorcist. To my surprise both were actually good. The Exorcist (didn’t catch his name) all I can say is wow. He moves with such feeling and emotion. I’m going to have to agree with Nigel…the exorcist is a true artist and I can’t wait to see him in Vegas.

Up next the Australian ballet dancer Daniel Baker. I don’t have much to say about him other than he is an obvious favorite with the ladies.

Sam S. At first I was a bit worried till he started telling the judges about himself. This is when the show is great. Sure Sam wasn’t the best dancer but that didn’t matter. I think he may have started a new dance craze…the ocean.

Von Kipper. Cat handled herself great with this guy. I will say this he can break dance but that attitude of his was absolutely disgusting and I’m glad they sent him packing. Von is what Nigel would call a MORON.

Jarell Rochelle thankfully closed the show on a good note. Another son dancing for his mom and Nigel bringing her closer so she can see him dance. I have to say she is one proud mom.

Next week it looks like Jesse Tyler Ferguson is joining the Judges…love him. So what did you think of the NY and Dallas auditions…let us know.

May 24, 2012 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 Season 9: Dallas and New York Auditions Music (Premiere!)

Hello all! Since I won’t be able to see tonight’s show live… I would really appreciate your help in finding the music from tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 premiere. 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: We just got word that Episode 1 of So You Think You Can Dance will feature “BROTHER BROTHER” Brother Brother - Brother Brother - Single the single released last season on SYTYCD. We’ll have to see who dances to it or when it’s used on the show.

UPDATE 2: Thanks to all of the readers that have helped with this list. As Marianya stated, she and hopefully Emilie will help with more of the music and making the list much nicer tomorrow.

UPDATE 3: Since fox.com does not allow viewing of last night episode until June 1st, please bear with me as I try to find the music that is missing from the list below. I have rearranged the music in the order that I know of from what I was able to piece together from various videos I’ve found online.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Premiere Music List:

NEW YORK AUDITIONS
The song at the very beginning of SYTYCD Season 9 after the opening credits is Icarus? Icarus - Icarus - Single by maedon

Beginning of the NY auditions: District 78 – New York Grind

Amelia Lowe’s intro piece; talking about silent movies: Scott Joplin – The Entertainer

Amelia Lowe’s audition music is “Non, Je ne regrette rien” Non, je ne regrette rien - Serie los Inmortales: Edith Piaf - The Souvenirs Collection (Remastered) by Edith Piaf

District 78 – Bubblegumbo

Austin “Mr Wiggles” Freeman interview music: Missy Elliot’s “Shake Your Pom Pom” Shake Your Pom Pom - Step Up 2 the Streets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Austin “Mr Wiggles” Freeman audition music: LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” Sexy and I Know It - Sorry for Party Rocking (Deluxe Version)

Dancers moving on to Vegas montage Day One: “Ready 2 Go” Ready 2 Go - Ready 2 Go - Single by Martin Solveig feat Kele

Partial of Shafeek’s interview piece is a sample music of Bond’s Viva!

Shafeek danced to “Moving Cities [Alternate Version]” Moving Cities (Alternative Version) [Alternative Version] - Nuphonic 02 by Faze Action

End of the NY day 1 auditions; 10 more contestants make it to Vegas: Nicki Minaj – Va Va Voom Va Va Voom - Pink Friday ... Roman Reloaded (Deluxe Edition)

The Song during Leo Reyes’ background story was “The Dress Looks Nice On You” The Dress Looks Nice On You - Seven Swans – Sufjan Stevens

Leo Reyes (The guy whose mother attempted suicide) danced to “Look What You’ve Done” Look What You've Done - Take Care (Deluxe Version) – Drake

During the bad dancer montage about 50 minutes through the show on Day Two the song was Evacuate the Dancefloor Evacuate the Dancefloor - Evacuate the Dancefloor by Cascada

Chehon (the ballet dancer from Switzerland) danced to Sail Sail - Megalithic Symphony – AWOLNation

Music of dancers passing through the choreography round Day Two When Love Takes Over When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland) - One Love (Deluxe Version) by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland

DALLAS AUDITIONS
Introduction to auditions for Dallas Auditions: Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Tell Me Something I Don't Know - Another Cinderella Story (feat. Selena Gomez) - EP by Selena Gomez

Bree Hafen (mother of 2) danced to “Sort Of” Sort Of - Everybody (Bonus Track Version) by Ingrid Michaelson

Stepheon ”The Zombie” Stewart danced to the song “Haunt You” Haunt You - Lines In Wax - EP by Flux Pavilion

Hampton “The Exorcist” Williams danced to the song “My Immortal” My Immortal - Fallen by Evanescence

Tom Salta – Primitive Force Primitive Force - Position Music - Orchestral Series Vol. 1

Tom Salta – Rush Rush - Position Music - Orchestral Series Vol. 1

James Dooley – Rite of the Imperium Rite of the Imperium - Position Music - Orchestral Series Vol. 4 - Action/Adventure/Fantasy

PP Music – Escape from Slavery Escape from Slavery - Gothic Impact

Day Two Auditions at Dallas lead in music: Calvin Harris’ Feel So Close Feel So Close (Extended Mix) - Ultra Dance 13

Daniel Baker’s background music for his interview was “Gymnopédie No. 1” Gymnopédie No.1 - Classical Piano Chillout by French classical composer Erik Satie

Daniel Baker’s audition music: Phillip Glass – Mvt. 1, Concerto Fantasy

Montage of other dancers from the Dallas auditions who made it to vegas: David Guetta (feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) – Where Them Girls At Where Them Girls At (feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) - Nothing But the Beat

Sam Shreffler’s audition: Charice (feat. Iyaz) – Pyramid Pyramid (Dave Aude Radio Edit) - Pyramid (Remixes)

After Sam Shreffler’s audition: Cindy Alexander – Wonderful Wonderful - Every Rise & Fall

PP Music – Sherlus Victorius Sherlus Victorius - Burn This City

Von Kipper ? (The rude guy) danced to Cinema (Skrillex remix) Cinema (Skrillex Remix) - Cinema (Remixes) [feat. Gary Go], Pt. 2 - EP – Benny Benassi

PP Music – Fulgor Solaris Fulgor Solaris - Burn This City

PP Music – Gothic Oblivion Gothic Oblivion - Gothic Impact

Last Song for Jarelle’s audition was “It’s Good to See You Again (feat. Marcus Paul James)” It's Good to See You Again (feat. Marcus Paul James) - Keys - The Music of Scott Alan by Scott Alan

After Jarelle’s audition others that made it through to Vegas via choreography: Nick Nolan – Free For All

“BROTHER BROTHER” Brother Brother - Brother Brother - 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... =)

Season 9 Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance

Here we are! The Season 9 Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance. After a few seasons of the evolution of the show:
– Season 5: moving the So You Think You Can Dance stage to the Kodak Theatre
– Season 6: first (and only) Fall season of So You Think You Can Dance at the Kodak Theatre
– Season 7: reduction of the Top 20 to an Top 11 and introduction of the All-Stars
– Season 8: bringing back of the Top 20 and bringing in the All-Stars for the Top 10
As for Season 9 there is the elimination of the “Results Show” and the re-arranging of the “Performance Show” to include an elimination.

What is also “new” this season is the inclusion that as opposed to having just one winner of the season, there will be two winners: one male dancer and one female dancer. The reason I say “new” in quotes is simply because the producers of So You Think You Can Dance have given a cash award to not only the top male dancer in a season, but also to the top female dancer back in Season 4 where Joshua Allen won the season, but Katee Shean was the top female dancer and was given a cash award as well.

But enough of that… tonight (Thursday) brings us to the first auditions from Dallas and New York for a two-hour event. Then starting next week, the show will move to the regular spot of Wednesday nights with auditions continuing in Los Angeles (Wednesday, May 30), Atlanta (Wednesday, June 6) and Salt Lake City (Wednesday, June 13) all two-hour episodes.

The dancers that caught the judges’ interest during the individual city auditions will be brought back for the Las Vegas callback which would air on Wednesday, June 20. For the celebration of the 200th episode of So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9 will introduce the Top 20 finalists who will perform in their own specialties so that America can get to know more about them and their individual talents.

After a one-week break (due to the July 4th holiday) America would get a chance to watch the Top 20 finalists for the first time as they are paired up to perform together. After America votes in their choices for their favorite dances and the most at-risk couples will be asked to perform solo routines the following week. If a couple is split apart, the individual dancers will form a new couple.

Then taking on the changes from Season 7 and 8, once the Top 20 has been wittled down to a Top 10, the finalists will be paired up with a So You Think You Can Dance All-Star dancer from a variety of styles: ballroom, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, jazz.

For those of you that got lost in all the writing above… here is a quick breakdown of what is going to happen in the summer:
– Thursday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Dallas and New York Auditions
– Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Los Angeles Auditions
– Wednesday, June 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Atlanta Auditions
– Wednesday, June 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Salt Lake City Auditions
– Wednesday, June 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Las Vegas Callbacks
– Wednesday, June 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Top 20 Revealed/Meet the Top 20 Performances (200th Episode)
– Wednesday, July 4: Preemption
– Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): First Performance Show
– Wednesday, July 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Performance and First Results Show

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... =)

So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Discussion with Debbie Allen

Time for a great discussion of SYTYCD season 9 with the famous Debbie Allen. Debbie Allen gives you some really big hints on some dancers that make it to Las Vegas, so listen for those comments. I also dig in a little bit with Debbie Allen about how dance has evolved and even ask her what she thinks about a Dancing with the Stars – Contemporary edition. Enjoy!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out my interview with Cat Deeley about SYTYCD 2012 and with Nigel Lythgoe as well.

May 23, 2012 I Written By

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

Mary Murphy Discusses So You Think You Can Dance Season 9

Time for a great discussion of SYTYCD season 9 and ballroom dancing on SYTYCD with Mary Murphy. I think this interview does a good job of showing what Mary Murphy is really like. She’s much more calm and not playing it up for the big cameras. I liked talking with her about ballroom dancing on SYTYCD. Plus, Mary Murphy talks about the change from SYTYCD Top 20 to only 18 dancers making the finale. I also ask her what she thinks about having ballroom dancers “dance for their life” with a partner.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out my interview with Cat Deeley about SYTYCD 2012 and with Nigel Lythgoe as well.

May 21, 2012 I Written By

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

Allison Holker in Chance to Dance on Ovation


Pure SYTYCD got the chance to be able to attend the auditions for a new show on the Ovation TV channel called Chance to Dance. The show is produced by SYTYCD’s own Nigel Lythgoe and also includes Allison Holker.

A Chance to Dance follows Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, two former London Royal Ballet dancers and creators of the renowned BalletBoyz Dance Company, as they search the United States for undiscovered dance talent to form this new dance company. And there isn’t one winner… A Company of Dancers will get A CHANCE TO DANCE.

Pure SYTYCD sent Natalie to cover the Salt Lake City Chance to Dance auditions. Here’s her writeup of the experience along with a number of great pictures from the auditions and a short video outside while the dancers wait for their “Chance to Dance.”

Wake up early. Put your favorite dance clothes on. Look at yourself one last time in the mirror and tell yourself you can do it. Drive out in the middle of nowhere. Wait in line for 2 hours with a clip board waiting to check in. Wait in line for another two hours, stretching and free styling, for the people who decide if you’ll get the chance to dance.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the auditions for a new TV show called ‘A Chance to Dance-An exciting new dance competition series from father-son producing team Nigel & Simon Lythgoe.’ While shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dancing With The Stars’ pick one winner, ‘A Chance To Dance’ will find the best of 24 and narrow them down to 8, that will perform as a company.

The judges of this new show are Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, or “The BalletBoyz” as they have become known. They will also be joined by, SYTYCD contestant and all-star, Allison Holker, who I also had the chance to meet at the auditions in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I asked them if they will look more for someone who fits into the group versus a star like they look for in SYTYCD? They responded with the easy, both. They will be looking for someone so stands out in the initial stages of auditions and as things progress closer to the final 8 they will look for those that work well in a group. Another difference is that America will not be sharing their opinion by casting a vote. “We are not a democracy,” was there response to my inquiry.

The judges mentioned that all styles of dance will be a part of the show, but I only witnessed about 30 seconds of auditions and those seconds were ballet and contemporary, being led by Allison Holker. Unlike our other favorite dance show, the contestants did not try out by preparing a solo to perform for the judges. They were all taught choreographed routines practiced in typical company class room fashion.

The different audition style rattled some, bringing them to simply walk out of the auditions in the middle, and leave. Others seemed to really be in their element, keeping up with Allison as she taught the routines quickly, with her telling the rest to keep up. The BalletBoyz sat in front of all the dancers talking with show producers, looking up occasionally to see how things were getting along.

Before they let the dancers in to start the auditions, Allison was seen dancing around the studio going over the upcoming choreography in her jeans and ankle boots, drinking her Starbucks, while The BalletBoyz worked with the production team and camera men to get the camera angles right for filming.

Witnessing a panicked, overbearing crew run around like chickens with their heads cut off, all trying not to be the one to mess up and get in trouble, was certainly a new experience. Everything always looks so simple when you see it on TV. But there is a lot more to it than we see in the final cut.

Keep an eye out for “A Chance to Dance”, set to premiere on August 17, on Ovation. You’re guaranteed to see a lot of amazing dancers, looking for their chance to dance.

Here are some of the other shots from the Chance to Dance auditions in Salt Lake City.

Now for a video showing some of the dancers outside waiting to audition for Chance to Dance:

May 17, 2012 I Written By

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