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The Grand Finale and Shocking Ending to A Chance to Dance

Well, the finale is finally here. That didn’t take long, did it? There’s been a few teasers that something “shocking” will happen, so I was excited/nervous to see what that was. I was thinking some of the dancers weren’t going to be able to dance in the gala (that would have been terrible). Luckily, that wasn’t it.

Overall, I thought the gala performance was beautiful. It was such an interesting combination of different dance styles, and all of the dancers really blended together well. Here is the full performance from tonight’s episode:

I was happy to see that Eldon was doing better from last week’s episode. His fate seemed up in the air, but he definitely did a great job.Here is one of his greatest moments:

And here is another one of my favorite clips from last night. This is David’s solo from the night, and I thought it was incredible.

Overall, this has been a great journey. Can you believe they put together this performance in just a month? I sure can’t. When I was in high school, I was in a show choir, and it took us a month to learn simple steps (then again…we definitely weren’t professional dancers — I’d never really danced until I was in it!) I felt so bad for Tanisha though, but she held it together so well. Not a lot of people would have been able to keep their emotions in, and pull it off some graciously.

I loved seeing everyone in the dressing room, the energy in there was so high. I’m sure they were all going on adrenaline. It was obvious that all of the dancers had grown close throughout this whole experience.

So the big shocker was revealed toward the end of the episode. Only eight of the twelve dancers would be in the opening act for the SYTYCD tour. I’m still trying to figure out why that is. You could see the hearts breaking of the dancers — both those that stayed and those that got let go. I think Laura’s was the saddest to watch. She looked so sad, and understandably so.

In the end, the ones that wouldn’t be going on the tour were Laura, Michelle, Jen, and Courtney.

This will be one of the last posts on a Chance to Dance I’ll be doing, and I have to say, I’m a little bit sad. I’ve grown attached to these dancers, and have looked forward to watching the show. I think this stroke of genius from Nigel Lythgoe has changed the lives for everyone that was on the show, whether or not they made it to the gala. Here are some final thoughts from the Ballet Boyz:

September 28, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is a journalism student at Brigham Young University in her senior year. She is originally from Littleton, Colorado, and hopes to move back there after graduation. Reality television is her favorite to watch, and has enjoyed writing about America's Got Talent and A Chance to Dance. She is a stay-at-home-mom who enjoys writing (especially blogs), cooking and sewing (while spending far too much time on Pinterest finding inspiration) and being outside with her husband and son.

My Favorite Dancer on A Chance to Dance – Laura Gruener

Laura Gruener
In case some of you missed my tweet about Laura Gruener, I’m absolutely in love with her dancing and personality and can’t wait to see her dance in the finale of Chance to Dance tonight. If you’ve missed the previous episodes of Chance to Dance, you can still stream them on Facebook for really cheap. It’s well worth the investment and you can watch all the episodes commercial free.

I think you have to see the whole series to know why I just adore Laura. From what I can tell she’s a real sweetheart that’s incredibly sincere. I think the picture below does a great job capturing the special, natural happiness that she has:
Laura Gruener

I also did a little searching online to try and find out more about Laura before she was on Chance to Dance. I found a few pictures of her including one when she must have been 11 years old in some ballet company:

Even better is that I found a couple YouTube videos of Laura Gruener dancing at the PA School of Performing Arts. I think you’ll enjoy the videos of her dancing:

Now I’d really love to see her audition for So You Think You Can Dance. I’d love to see her do other genres. Either way, I look forward to seeing her dance tonight in the finale of A Chance to Dance.

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