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SYTYCD Season 7 Tour-Part 2

So after the show on Monday night I went up and spoke to Kathryn’s family and Megan (one of her dance teachers and someone I used to dance with). I told them that I had supported her during her season on this site and still do. Then her dad asked me if I had gotten a backstage pass. I said no, so he grabbed one from his wife and handed it to me. I think there might have been 50 to 75 people that received a backstage pass. Basically this meant we were able to meet the dancers before those that were waiting outside behind the barrier. We were all gathered in one section of seats in the arena to wait before going the meet and greet area. Yes like the people outside we had to wait, just not as long. So the reason you have to hurry and wait is that the dancers take showers and then get notes about the show from the director. I waited about thirty minutes to go back to the meet and greet area. Once were there we spread out in the room, that way the dancers could just walk around the room. Kathryn was the third dancer that entered the room and went straight towards her friends and family. So I decide to go meet some of the other dancers first. I’ll post in the order that I met them. 

Billy: I was greeted with a warm smile and a big hug. I told him how happy I was to see him come back this season after having to drop out the season before. 

Ashley: I read many comments on here and other sites that many wanted Ashley to come back next season. As I expected she wanted to go on tour instead of going through the audition process again. I can’t say I blame her I would have done the same thing. 

Courtney: I ended up talking to her with Kathryn’s dance teacher, about “Two Steps Away”. Courtney said she had to walk that one off after she watched it…safe to say she was a Kathryn fan.

 Russell: Is a very down to earth person and he does have a certain charm about him. I was so die hard pulling for Kathryn during season six that Russell just flew under the radar. I have to say watching him Krump live is as Lil C would say very bucc.

 Kathryn: She saw me before I even tried to get her attention and next thing I knew I was in a big hug. I wasn’t sure if she would recognize me because I was off at college by the time she really started dancing in the companies of our dance studio. Though I often stopped by the studio to visit and take some classes during the summer. It a cool thing to have a very large extended dance family and even better to see someone you know succeed in dance world. 

Jose: He was more quiet and reserved than what I had expected. I would have missed him completely if he hadn’t walked by me.

 Dominic: The stage persona had left but he is still very personable. You can tell that he is very grateful for all the opportunities he’s had. He was my brother’s favorite all star. Also the interview in the program is very funny. 

Allison: She is missing her little girl while she is on tour. I was listening to her when she was talking to someone else and I didn’t realize that she doesn’t like to on the stage talking. It makes her nervous…I can so relate to that. We did talk a little about Travis too, and they did know each other before the show.

 Ade: Loved meeting him the year before and still loved meeting him again. I told him how much I enjoyed watching him this season and that I wish he had done more contemporary on his season…he was like “I know right”.

 Robert: My favorite and yes I told him that too. I said that when it got down the three of them I voted for all three and thought Kent was going to win. To my surprise he agreed with me. Also passed along that after they danced “Fix You” there was a lady in the front row crying. So if that dance meant anything to you tell him, he really like to hear about it. On a side note, he is a great hugger.

 AdeChike: I didn’t get a chance to talk to him much but he does have a good attitude about him. He did say he would have gone by Ade on the show had all star Ade not been on the show.

 Laruen: I just love her. We talked about the wardrobe malfunction she had when dancing with Neil. I learned it is a common thing with her. “Clothes just don’t like to stay on me, but I couldn’t say that on tv, thank God for boob tape.”

 Kent: He stayed busy the entire time, so I really only had time to say hi and get a picture. Though he is exactly how you think he would be. I also loved the banter between him and Courtney during the show.

   

   

September 30, 2010 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 7 Tour-Part One

Monday night is was my turn to see the SYTYCD Season 7 tour. The weather in Atlanta that day wasn’t that great. It rained on and off on the way up and of course poured rain before I decided to head into the arena. Thankfully I was prepared and didn’t get too wet. So I purchased my program and made my way to my seat. I had great seat, third row center on the floor. I actually ended up sitting two rows in front of Kathryn’s family.

Finally it was time to the show to start and once the intro’s and the screen starts to go up the excitement in the atmosphere is contagious. During the opening number pay close attention to the screens to see how they included Alex into the number. If you can’t wait go back to Emilie’s post about tour. “My Chick Bad” was up next, a duel between two winners, Lauren and Russell. Russell did a great job stepping into Twitch’s place. There were three other dances where one of the original dancers was replaced by another dancer. Ade pinch hit for Neil in “Shoeless Joe”. Ade did a great job but when it comes to Broadway I’d rather watch Neil dance. Lauren took Comfort’s place in “Fallin” dancing the powerful hip hop with AdeChike. Robert joined Kent on stage for “How It Ends”. I have to agree with Emilie, I didn’t miss Neil as much this time. Robert is an amazing dancer so he did a fantastic job.

The b-boy number, like Emilie said is better live, but Dominic in my opinion still comes out on top. At the end of every dance the dancer take a moment to bow Jose still had the sword in hand as he made his way to the front of the stage. So Jose looks back and motions for Dom to join him, so Dom picks up the rock and stands beside Jose. What really made it funny, in my opinion, was the fact that ROCK was written on the bottom of the rock. The rock does reappear when Dom and Ade are introducing a number. Okay back to the b-boys add Russell into the mix and you get one of the new numbers created just for the tour. I loved this number, it was fun and the guys got to do their thing. Jose dance to some old school music which was fun. Then it was Dom’s turn and his music of choice was “Baby” by Justin Bieber. As you can imagine the song alone enticed some screams and of course the goofball Dom is played into it. If you are going to the tour this is one dance I suggest you youtube.

I was happy to find out that “Transform Ya” Kathryn and Russell’s number from their season made it into the show. I did manage to get video of two of the numbers “Heaven on Earth” featuring Kathryn and Robert and “Mad World” featuring Billy and Ade. “Mad World” was my personal favorite dance of this season. Also I’m glad we got to go back to prom with Lauren and Kent, and like Emilie said there is a nice surprise at the end of that dance. I made the mistake of reading the program while waiting for the show to start so I figured it out. Let’s just say they go into another dance.

Many of the new numbers were the group dances. One choreographed by Sonya, a Broadway one, and a Bollywood one that closed the first act. Mia’s “Everything She Does is Magic” opened the second act, Lauren and all of the boys. My personal favorite of the night was the group disco to “When Love Takes Over”. It was just so much fun to watch, not to mention seeing all the tricks up close was cool too. The dancers looked like they were having fun. To end the show they brought back a tradition that also ended the show for seasons 2-4. This tradition is to end the show with “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray. It never gets old in my opinion. Okay I’m done for now but part two the meet and greet will be posted soon, along with some of my pictures.

September 29, 2010 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.

Behind the Scenes with LoFro

I don’t know how many of our readers are planning on going to the Tour for Season 7 but I’ve got my ticket (3rd row, yay!) and I’m excited. Now that the season 7 contestants are allowed to tweet, they gives us a little insite on what they are doing to prepare for tour. This seasons winner Lauren is tweeting a little something extra for us fans. Behind the scenes video. So for those of you not on twitter I thought I’d share one of her videos and the link to youtube page.

I decided to share the video of Robert and Ashley “Bad Dancing”.  Pay close attention in the background you will see Russell, Dominic, and Jose working on a hip hop number or at least thats what it seems to me.

http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenfrodie

August 26, 2010 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.

Season 7: A Look at the Highs (and Lows)

Hi all!! I can’t believe we’re just a few hours away from the last performance show of the season!! I’m here to add my thoughts on the highs and lows of Season 7 SYTYCD. I was reading Entertainment Weekly online last night and they have a post up now, “So You Think You Can Dance: 10 Ways to Improve It”. I’m gonna play off that, plus add some of my highlights and lowlights from the season.

Highlight: The Opening Number
Wade Robson, tragically absent this season, created a visual and aesthetic masterpiece. We were able to see glimpses of the incredible array of dancers and their talents. It was difficult to distinguish who was who at some points, there were 23 dancers on the stage, but it was quite a sight to see.

Lowlight: First three eliminated–all girls
One of the things I was looking forward to the most when I heard about the All-Stars was seeing Twitch, Neil, Ade, Mark, Dom, and Pasha dancing again. Fast forward three weeks, and the likelihood of that happened had drastically dropped when the numbers were 6 male contestants and 2 girls. Alexie, Cristina, and Melinda were beautiful dancers, but they didn’t connect with the audience. I think poor Alexie was done in by less than stellar choreography, and I think the judges may have reached a little putting Cristina and Melinda in the top 11. Nevertheless, it was troubling to see three girls get knocked off so fast.

from EW.com:
PUT THE POWER BACK INTO THE VIEWERS’ HANDS

As host Cat Deeley regularly reminds us, SYTYCD is the search for ”America’s favorite dancer.” So why was America’s voice stifled for so long during season 7? SYTYCD’s old format actually worked perfectly: The judges exerted their control for the first five weeks of competition — ensuring that dancers who deserved a second chance outlasted those unable to measure up — then left the rest up to the audience. But this season, viewers had their hands tied until top four. The judges already have plenty of time to have their say (see: previous slide), so let us have ours again…earlier!

Highlight: Alex and Twitch’s hip hop
File this under the category of WOW. When I heard Alex was gonna be doing hip hop with Twitch, I was nervous for him. We didn’t see him do it in Vegas (I don’t think) so I had no idea what was going to happen. Needless to say, I had to surgically remove my jaw from the floor after watching that routine. Who knew that Alex would have a break out moment doing hip hop?!

Lowlight: Injuries, Injuries, Injuries!
It’s amazing that we’ve gone 7 seasons WITHOUT having a serious injury. Granted, Jessica from S4 did have to leave, but she was able to tour with her season when her rib healed. I felt so sad for Alex, because he was just started to scratch the surface on the show. Our thoughts are with him as he recovers.

From EW.com (I sort of agree with this one, not 100%)
GIVE US, YES, FEWER DANCES

With such a talented crop of contestants every year, it seems crazy to ask for fewer dance numbers on SYTYCD. But if season 7 proved anything, it’s that stellar choreographers often lose their touch when faced with the feat of creating a countless number of routines for the contestants. (Can you remember more than one Sonya dance?) And that hectic schedule is not only tough on choreographers, but the dancers as well — executing nearly four routines per week left many season 7 contestants sidelined with injuries. So let’s give them a (non-injury-induced) break, shall we? After all, the show is called So You Think You Can Dance, not So You Thought You Could Dance Before You Got Injured on a Reality Show.

Highlight: Cat standing up for the dancers
As you guys have probably read, I wasn’t AdeChike’s biggest fan, but I certainly liked him as a dancer and he seemed like a really nice guy. He didn’t deserve a lot of the bashing he took this season. Granted, some of it was necessary (Adam’s comments about him needing a looser center for African Jazz, I totally understood that), but some of it wasn’t (Mia: “I’m missing Alex Wong now. Hard). I was so happy to see Cat stand up for him after that Bollywood number, she really shows how invested she is in these dancers, how much she loves them.

from EW.com
SHORTER JUDGE CRITIQUES

Hey, I’ll concede that it’s tough to put on a two-hour show. But it’s also tough to maintain interest in said two-hour program when the majority of the airtime is dedicated to the judges’ critiques. (Especially when the contestants are only on stage for short, two-minute routines.) The dancers are the stars of the series — not a panel of judges more focused on thanking the choreographers than praising the contestants. You know the phrase: Keep it simple!

Highlight: Allison and Kathryn
These 2 girls took on an incredible number of routines this season. They danced almost every week, sometimes twice in one week with different partners. The best thing about them was that you could tell they were always there for their partners, 100%. Even when Allison was dancing with José, who, let’s face, she danced circles around, we could look into her eyes and see her commitment to him. I’m not taking anything away from the other All-Stars, they’re all amazing at what they do and a major asset to SYTYCD, but these two girls are my MVPs.

Lowlight: The judging
What can I say? I fastforwarded through a lot of the comments this year b/c they either didn’t make sense or they just went on FOREVER. Mia’s a great choreographer, but I kinda can’t stand her as a judge. Her noises and made up words made her sound uneducated, like that’s the best you can come up with while praising (or critiquing) someone’s dancing. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but…bring back Mary!!

From EW.com
BRING BACK MARY

With all due respect to Mia, the panel already has two industry vets who can wax poetic about technique. What was missing on the panel during season 7 was a healthy dose of crazy. (And what was missing on the stage this year was some Mia Michaels choreography.) Sure, Mary Murphy has all but ensured that SYTYCD fans will give the hearing aid industry a boost in 20 years, but we’ve missed being able to board the hot tamale train. Or crazy train, whatever.

Highlight/Lowlight: Getting reintroduced to the All-Stars via Classic Routines/Not getting to see everyone dance routines
This could have been amazing, and it kind of was. Getting to see “The Garden” “Forever” “Night of the Dancing Flame” and Anya/Pasha’s audition number was fantastic. Not only did we get to see these classic routines again, but we got to see how much these dancers have improved since their seasons. After those routines were over, the dances stopped! What about Ade, Kathryn, Dominic and Allison?! Four incredibly talented dancers who have memorable dances of their own. Why not show the routines on the big screen, then have the dancer do a solo on stage. That way, we could have seen the routines (most likely, “This Woman’s Work” “Fear” or “At this Moment” “Make it Work” and “Why”) but also gotten to see the dancers do a solo.

Highlight: “Boogie Shoes”/”Mad World”
Finally, Billy Bell got a breakout routine!! This was one of my favorite routines of the season and I’m excited to see it on tour. We finally got to see Billy loosen up and have some fun. He got the groove of the dance. With Mad World, everything just came together. Stacey Tookey has really elevated herself into that elite group of choreographers on the show with this number. Billy was fantastic.

Highlight: Robert’s Week 8
My pick for the win, he had an incredible week. Both dances were top notch, and everything just worked. I was so happy to see him make the finale, because his growth over the season is really starting to culminate at the right time.

Lowlight: the stage, again
Getting rid of the annoying screen from last season definitely helped, but not totally. When the camera hit the lights at certain angles, it sometimes washed out the dancers. The solution that really needs to happen…

From EW.com:
RETURN TO A SMALLER STAGE

In 2009, SYTYCD announced two big changes: The series would boast a new fall season — which would take place on a much larger stage. Unfortunately, both ideas flopped. Though the producers wisely ditched a fall season after it proved to be unpopular, the expansive, impersonal stage remains, frustrating viewers who prefer an intimate dance experience. Remember, Nigel & Co.: Bigger isn’t always better!

Here are a couple of other ideas from EW.com that I really like:
HAVE THE DANCERS PERFORM CLASSIC ROUTINES
For every ”The Bench” routine on SYTYCD, there’s a ghastly disco dance. So instead of reaching in order to showcase new choreography, why not allow one contestant a week to perform a classic, well-known dance number? Sure, they’ll never measure up to the legends that made the routines famous. Still, after seeing Kent ace a Spencer Liff Broadway routine this season, who wouldn’t want to see what he could do with, say, Singin’ in the Rain’s ”Make ‘Em Laugh”? gusty, but could be fabulous

TAKE A PAGE FROM IDOL — RECRUIT SOME GUEST MENTORS!
Sure, great choreographers like Sonya Tayeh, Mia Michaels, and Wade Robson (who’s been tragically MIA during season 7) already act as mentors by default for the SYTYCD contestants. But the show could use a new jolt of star power. Not only would contestants welcome the weekly guidance of some legendary dancers, like, say, Alvin Ailey’s Judith Jamison (pictured) or American Ballet Theater’s Ethan Stiefel, but any dance fan would also be fascinated to hear icons share their tricks of the trade. And think of the results-show guest performances we all saw how excited AdeChike was to be dancing for Dwight and Desmond, this could be really cool. Plus, Ethan Stiefel is better known as Cooper Nielsen from the dance movie Center Stage, and I, for one, would LOVE to see him on SYTYCD!

okay guys, these are my thoughts. Agree? Disagree? Fire away!!

August 11, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD 7: All Star Dancer Analysis

Every twelve hours for the next few days up until the day of the show after this post there will a post devoted to each of the Top 4 as well as some additional information…

But before talking about the Top 4 Dancers, let’s look at the All Stars this season and what I would like to see happen with the All-Stars in what could potentially be their last week as All-Star partners…

So now that seven weeks have gone by lets take a look at the All-Stars and what they have been asked to do on the show thus far (in regards to the performance shows… not the results shows)

Towards the bottom of the post there is a poll asking which of the following All-Stars would you like to see in the upcoming performance show (provided that the format won’t change).

Allison Holker
– Week 1: Contemporary w/ Alex Wong
– Week 2: Contemporary w/ Adechike Torbert
– Week 3: Jazz w/ Kent Boyd
– Week 4: INJURY
– Week 5: Contemporary w/ Robert Roldan
– Week 6: Contemporary w/ Jose Ruiz
– Week 7: Broadway w/ Lauren Froderman

Allison has danced with everyone… and has been dancing almost every week (would have been every week had it not been for her injury). So if she’s to dance this week I would love to see her work with Kent again, maybe something cultural. Otherwise, give this girl a break… 🙂

Anya Garnis
– Week 1: ChaCha w/ Kent Boyd
– Week 2: Argentine Tango w/ Robert Roldan
– Week 3: Samba w/ Jose Ruiz
– Week 4: INJURY
– Week 5: Salsa w/ Adechike Torbert
– Week 5: Jive w/ Billy Bell
– Week 6: NONE
– Week 7: ChaCha w/ Kent Boyd

The problem with Ballroom is that it is very rare to see a same sex dance. Male/Male Paso Doble is the easiest one to extrapolate, but what about Female/Female? I would love to see a pairing with her that would involve a Viennese Waltz or a Rumba.

Dominic Sandoval
– Week 1: NONE
– Week 2: Lyrical HipHop w/ Lauren Froderman
– Week 3: NONE
– Week 4: HipHop w/ Ashley Galvan
– Week 5: Breaking w/ Jose Ruiz
– Week 6: NONE
– Week 7: NONE

Poor guy, he’s one of many male dancers that have only danced three times in this competition. Should there be a hiphop routine it usually goes to Twitch as a oppose to Dominic. He’s a sweetheart, so why not put that sweetness to work with a hiphop routine with another sweet guy like Kent!

Lauren Gottlieb
– Week 1: Broadway w/ Billy Bell
– Week 2: Broadway w/ Alex Wong
– Week 3: HipHop w/ Adechike Torbert
– Week 4: Contemporary w/ Jose Ruiz
– Week 5: NONE
– Week 6: Jazz w/ Robert Roldan
– Week 7; NONE

My, isn’t she a popular one amongst the men? This is easy, pair her up with Kent Boyd. He has already done Broadway with Neil and HipHop with Comfort, Jazz with Courtney, Allison and Kathryn… the only times he has done Contemporary is with his fellow competitors… so why not a Contemporary piece with Lauren? It could be a story about Kent finding out that Lauren’s been going around with other men (as evidence of the fact that most of the guys are swooning over her) and she tries to keep him to her.

Neil Haskell
– Week 1: Contemporary w/ Ashley Galvan
– Week 2: NONE
– Week 3: Broadway w/ Lauren Froderman
– Week 4: NONE
– Week 5: Broadway w/ Kent Boyd
– Week 6: NONE
– Week 7: NONE

A great talent that is woefully underused. Unfortunately with the women getting more work than the men, the men are tied up doing male/male routines, which is fine by me. This is a dancer that needs to be used more often! And when I say more often, I’d like to see a Neil/Adechike routine. They are both very strong and athletic dancers… just think of the tricks that could come out of these two!

Pasha Kovalev
– Week 1: Jive w/ Melinda Sullivan
– Week 2: Paso Doble w/ Cristina Santana
– Week 3: Salsa w/ Melinda Sullivan
– Week 4: ChaCha w/ Lauren Froderman
– Week 5: INJURY
– Week 6: NONE
– Week 7: NONE

Awww Pasha, you sexy Ballroom dancer you. Without the Paso Doble there isn’t much more male/male dancing that can be done. Unless you want to do a Jive battle? or Samba battle. Ooooo how about him paired up with Robert Roldan doing the Foxtrot or Viennese Waltz… wait wait wait hear me out. Between the two of them a mannequin, and they are trying to “win” the mannequin’s affections… 😀 Ok I’m a nut, so sue me.

Comfort Fedoke
– Week 1: HipHop w/ Jose Ruiz
– Week 2: Krump w/ Billy Bell
– Week 3: NONE
– Week 4: HipHop w/ Kent Boyd
– Week 5: NONE
– Week 6: Lyrical HipHop w/ Adechike Torbert
– Week 7: HipHop w/ Jose Ruiz

So which dancers have yet to be had by Comfort? ROBERT! Geez I’ve been using him a lot lately. Though, a Lauren/Comfort piece would be very very interesting too… Lauren is full of personality and Comfort knows how to bring the funk. I think this would be another female/female pairing that could go right for once.

Mark Kanemura
– Week 1: Jazz w/ Cristina Santana
– Week 2: Jazz w/ Ashley Galvan
– Week 3: NONE
– Week 4: NONE
– Week 5: Tahitian w/ Lauren Froderman
– Week 6: NONE
– Week 7: NONE

Ah yes, Mark, another dancer that’s being woefully underused, and not his fault. I think I would like to see a Jazz or Contemporary piece between him and any of the guys. Though if it were with Robert, then it’d be kind of difficult to figure out who is who. I’m kind of scared that Mark would overshadow Kent, but that might be a challenge worth looking into… Adechike I think could keep up really really well.

Stephen “Twitch” Boss
– Week 1: HipHop w/ Alexie Agdeppa
– Week 2: NONE
– Week 3: HipHop w/ Alex Wong
– Week 4: NONE
– Week 5: NONE
– Week 6: HipHop w/ Lauren Froderman
– Week 6: Steppin w/ Kent Boyd (fill in)
– Week 7: NONE

After some mini-vacations early on, Twitch jumps in with two dances in one week. He’s had the most male/male dances, but granted considering his style it’s fairly easy to have male/male dances. Me, I’d love to see some heavy chocolate so a Twitch/Adechike routine would work, or a Twitch/Robert routine would be interesting… well that and the fact that Robert has yet to do a hiphop routine… so why not toss him with Twitch and see if he would sink or swim?

Courtney Galiano
– Week 1: African Jazz w/ Robert Roldan
– Week 2: Jazz w/ Kent Boyd
– Week 3: Jazz w/ Robert Roldan
– Week 4: Jazz w/ Adechike Torbert
– Week 5: Broadway w/ Jose Ruiz
– Week 6: NONE
– Week 7: Jazz w/ Adechike Torbert

Ok folks… just to get this out of the way, Courtney is my least favorite All-Star. I never really “got” her, except in her Rumba w/ Gev, but I love ballroom in general so that’s no surprise. That being said, she’s managed a dance with every male contestant thus far, leaving Lauren… so another possible female/female pairing, but despite the other possible female/female pairings as mentioned earlier, I’m not too keen about this one happening. Though with my luck THIS would be the one that ends up happening. 😀

Ade Obayomi
– Week 1: Pop Jazz w/ Lauren Froderman
– Week 2: Contemporary w/ Melinda Sullivan
– Week 3: Contemporary w/ Ashley Galvan
– Week 4: NONE
– Week 5: NONE
– Week 6: NONE
– Week 7: Contemporary w/ Billy Bell

He’s the most classical trained dancer of the group (I believe) and his style is so strong and upright… After seeing him in a piece with Billy Bell last week I’d love to see him with any of dancers again… though I don’t think I’d would like to see him with Lauren…

Kathryn McCormick
– Week 1: Jazz w/ Adechike Torbert
– Week 2: Bollywood w/ Jose Ruiz
– Week 3: Contemporary w/ Billy Bell
– Week 4: Jazz w/ Robert Roldan
– Week 5: Disco w/ Robert Roldan (fill in)
– Week 6: Jazz w/ Kent Boyd
– Week 7: Contemporary w/ Robert Roldan

Considering she was JUST a contestant not even a year ago, it’s amazing to see how much work is being thrown at her, not that she minds apparently. She has danced with everyone thus far (with the exception of Lauren) and has danced every week… I think it’s high time that she gets a break. What do you think?

So there you go, a quick update of what the all-stars have been up to on the show and what I would like to see for the upcoming week. Granted, not all of them would come to pass… but they are preferences on some level… it’ll be interesting to see how many of them would come to pass.

July 31, 2010 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 7: All Star Dancers Pairings

Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing the All-Stars dance during the results show.

Week 3: Mark Kanemura & Courtney Galiano
Piece: Sonya Tayeh’s “The Garden” from Season 4

Week 4: Pasha Kovalev & Anya Garnis
Piece: Extended Audition Cha Cha piece from Season 3

Week 5: Stephen “Twitch” Boss & Comfort Fedoke
Piece: Dave Scott’s Hip Hop piece from Season 4

Week 6: Neil Haskell & Lauren Gottlieb
Piece: Wade Robson’s Good vs Evil piece from Season 3

Which leaves:
– Allison Holker (Season 2)
– Dominic Sandoval (Season 3)
– Ade Obayomi (Season 5)
– Kathryn McCormick (Season 6)

So far the producers have used established dancers… but with the above four that are remaining it won’t be quite that easy…

But, let’s keep it simple… of the above four dancers which pairings would you like to see happen on an upcoming results show?

July 29, 2010 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 Top 9 Performance Thoughts/Power Rankings

Once again, I’m going to combine my Top 9 performance thoughts and power rankings this week.

This one’s gonna be rough. Roouuuggggh. I’ve been reading a few of your comments to help me out here, but I’m still pretty confused.

Top Three

Alex – Is there any question? I think we can all agree on this one. And this is coming from me, the “hater” of hip-hop. Helllloooo…let’s just say I’m most likely to like hip-hop if it’s NappyTabs. And if Twitch is dancing, I’m always in love. But Alex is what made this routine, which was choreographed brilliantly for him and all, but he held his own with TWITCH BOSS! I mean, boss is in his name. 🙂 And Alex killed it. Did you hear that audience? Cat kept saying it was the loudest crowd she’d even seen on the show. It sounded like they were in a stadium. I especially loved Mia’s, “Who the hell are you?” Even though, I’m not really that surprised Alex rocked because he’s just phenomenal. When I saw the SYTYCDism spoilers that Alex and Twitch were dancing together, I made very girly sounds. 🙂

Billy – The judges came down hard on him (but they kinda have to, since he’s been a judge favorite all along, right?), but it was a gorgeous routine. Billy still has a lot of fans and I thought the combination of his mentioning Legacy as his role model, dancing with Kathryn (who danced with Legacy) and a powerful routine from Stacey Tookey put him up top. He was a bit stiff and arrogant while getting his feedback, I think, which makes me like him less. But the routine was lovely and his solo was strong as well. Overall, I think the judges were hard on him because they’re trying to give him a possibility at a “journey/arch” that he might not be perceived as having since he’s so technically good.

Ashley – When Top 11 started after Vegas Week, I was thinking, “Who is this girl?” I had no idea who she was. But I loooooooooove her now. Yes, she needs to dance something other than contemporary. But she’s been able to show something different in this routine and it was a chilling and wonderful routine with Ade. She has quickly become one of my favorites and will be my biggest solace when we probably lose the girl who has been one of my favorite from the beginning.

Middle Three

Robert -I love him. He got BIG cheers, supported Jose (yes he can, when Cat asked rhetorically if Jose could hold his own) and had great chemistry with Courtney. But, he danced with Courtney again to a blah-ish Sonya (not her best, at least) routine that  happened earlier in the show, which makes it sadly a bit forgettable. He was compared to Mark, however, and I think he does suit Sonya’s choreography. I hope it doesn’t put him in danger cause I loved when Sonya was taking America to task for not voting for Robert. He definitely deserves to stay.

Lauren – I thought it was a fun Broadway, and though I don’t always love her personality, I do enjoy her dancing. I thought both she and Neil were technically strong and had great lines, but there wasn’t a lot of chemistry between them. She’s starting to get a lot of flak, but a lot of people still really love her, I think. Also, I think the wardrobe malfunction and the resulting brou-ha-ha (“I enjoyed that tremendously,” and “I bet you did”) will make her stand out. She got a lot of time – and honestly kudos to her for carrying on with her entire strap dangling. I think that would have been just a bit distracting.

Kent – This is a tough call. It’ll either be Kent or Jose in this or the first Bottom 3 spot, in my opinion. But, they’re kinda on the same level, I think. Both didn’t dance strongly this week, both have huge fan bases. I do have to say I don’t think enough has been said about Dmitry’s phenomenal choreography here – smart and sexy work. While Jose got better feedback (and I liked his performance better), I think Kent’s fan base is a little more rabid AND I think that he’s perceived to have danced better in genres outside his own…

Bottom Three

Jose – Whereas Jose has been giving a lot of “Legacy choreography” – stunts within the choreo that show off his skillz and remind us why he’s on the show. I liked Jose’s performance tonight, but I agree with some of the comments I’ve seen that he didn’t do a lot of real dancing, more like excellent partnering. I think the routine (and most of his routines) have cleverly disguised his weaknesses and the judges are mostly glossing them over. So while I think he may be in the Bottom 3 tomorrow night, I think he’ll be a the “top” of the Bottom 3, which will mean he’ll be back next week.

Adechike – A lot of people are raving about his Dave Scott hip-hop tonight. After watching it back three times now, I think he made *some* improvement. But you know what? He had all the personality of a prop, to me. He might as well have not been there. The only times I noticed him was when he was being sloppy and cheesy. It’s kinda the reverse of Melinda for me – I don’t get the hate for her and a lot of people probably won’t get (or agree with) me putting him in the bottom 3. But honestly, I think that any little sign of improvement was going to be seen as a huge step for him because he danced like a stick with two beautiful women in his own genre in the weeks before this. I think he should be getting a lot of heat for that and I don’t care if he danced a slightly better hip-hop this week. I would’ve rather’d seen that routine with *anyone* other than him. Even not always loving hip-hop, I could see how that could be a great routine. With somebody else.

Melinda – I love her, but… it seems like I’m one of the few left who do. Especially if you count the judges. I thought Mia’s comment was so gross. What is the constructive point of telling her “we might have made a mistake keeping you” on national t.v.? Why not, “You didn’t dance your best, or as strongly as you needed to”? And, after watching the routine back, it galls me to admit this, but it was pretty awful. I enjoyed it in the moment, I did. I thought there were some especially awkward transitions into jumps, lifts and tricks and a moment that might’ve been choreographed or might’ve been a colossal mistake. I think the only thing that could save Melinda now is the sympathy vote after Mia’s ugly, pointless comment or if ALL of Melinda’s fans stay up all night voting for her.

I’m not happy about it, but I think Melinda’s going home. (Or maybe it’s a plot to use reverse-psychology are the voting audience….) I hope that it’s two guys in the bottom with her and I’m fairly confident in my picks. Though, as I said earlier today, I think we’re ripe for a shocker.

Some last thoughts before I go –

-I love that Cat’s talking more than ever – especially about the routines. Even if she’s not a dancer, she should get to put her 2 cents in after all the years she’s hosted and participated in the show. I like knowing what she thinks!

-I thought the solos were all pretty strong and interesting. I wasn’t thrilled with Ashley using the same music as last week’s group routine – I think it was too soon and indicated (whether this is fair or not) that she didn’t try as hard to be unique. Same thing with Adechike – he used at least the same song as his dance for his life in Vegas and it might have been the same solo, I’m not sure. I thought Lauren had the strongest solo of the girls and I was very impressed by Kent’s solo (his “new Billy Belly status” has never been clearer). I enjoyed Jose and Melinda’s solos quite a lot as well.

-The minute Alex’s footage started and up to the last minute on screen was some of the best SYTYCD has ever had to offer. Pure enjoyment. Even though Adam’s “This is your world and I’m just visiting” comment was regurgitated (Marianya reminded me he said it to Ashleigh last season), I think the emotion behind it was truly genuine. How could it not be? You could see the mass hysteria going on in that studio. I think NappyTabs were incredibly smart to forsake an easy route “battle” dynamic for this routine and in doing so, they made this an incredibly memorable routine, one that showcased both of its incredible dancers. If this is the quality of dancing we have to look forward to, I don’t mind *as much* that we’ll probably lose Melinda and be at 2-6 girls and guys.

-You know…some of the problem with this season’s female-male dynamic may originate with the choreographers. Hear me out… I suspect that the choreographers are just plain more inspired by the guys and they’re using the choreography to showcase and protect the guys, yet they’re not doing the same thing for the girls. Especially when you consider the enormous amounts of ballroom that the in-danger and eliminated girls have danced. The ballroom routines usually don’t have intense back stories, are very technically fussy and difficult, usually have less appealing music (hey, I’m considering the types of songs YOU tend to click on) and are a hit-or-miss when it comes to audience appreciation.

-Did you see Legacy on stage with all the dancers at the end? He and Kathryn seemed to have a bit of a reunion. 🙂

Well, bring on my heat for all the cranky-puss comments about Ade. I know a lot of you are going to think I’m crazy for my power rankings this week, so time to hear it! 🙂

July 1, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD S7 Top 9 Performance Music

SPOILER ALERT

I’m gonna put a spoiler line, just in case. The music on tonight’s SYTYCD episode follows…

Dancer: Adechike Torbert
All-Star: Lauren Gottlieb
Style: Hip-Hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: “Hot N Fun” – Hot-n-Fun [My mom helped me till I could get home and she missed the artist – I believe it’s N.E.R.D. ft. Nelly Furtado, so I’ll link to that till I hear differently. 7:55 p.m. update: I’ve watched it back and confirmed that it is N.E.R.D. ft. Nelly Furtado].

Dancer: Ashley Galvan
All-Star: Ade Obayomi
Style: Conteporary
Choreographer: Dee Caspary
Song: Florence + the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” – Lungs

Billy solo: Amanda Blank’s “Something Bigger, Something Better” – I

Dancer: Robert Roldan
All-Star: Courtney
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Song: M.I.A. “XXXO” – Xxxo

Jose’s solo: James Brown “Super Bad” – JB40

Dancer: Melinda Sullivan
All-Star: Pasha Kovalev
Style: Salsa
Choreographer: Fabian Sanchez
Song: D.L.G “Magdalena, Mi Amor (Quimbera)” – Lo

Kent solo: Jay Sean’s “Down (Candlelight remix)” – All

Alex solo: Danny Elfman’s “Rule the Planet” – Planet from the Planet of the Apes soundtrack.

Dancer: Lauren Froderman
All-Star: Neil Haskell
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Joey Dowling
Song: Debbie Gibson “Let Me Entertain You” – Colored

Ashley’s solo: Crookers ft. Roisin Murphy’s “Royal T” – Royal T (Riva Starr Dub) feat. Roisin Murphy - Defected In the House Miami '10 (Mixed By Riva Starr) [Again! This song was also used in Sonya’s group routine last week.]

Dancer: Billy Bell
All-Star: Kathryn McCormick
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Song: Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” – Jar

Robert solo: Ray LaMontagne’s “Hold You in My Arms” – Trouble

Dancer: Jose Ruiz
All-Star: Anya Garnis
Style: Samba
Choreographer: Dmitry Chaplin
Song: Shakira’s “Long Time” – She

Melinda’s solo: Alicia Keys’s “Empire State of Mind Part II: Broken Down” – Empire

Dancer: Kent Boyd
All-Star: Allison
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Song: Alicia Keys’s “Heartburn” – The

Adechike’s solo: Craig Armstrong’s “Ruthless Gravity” – As [This is the same song he danced for his life to in Vegas.]

Lauren’s solo: Cyndi Lauper’s cover of “Unchained Melody” – At

Dancer: Alex Wong
All-Star: Twitch Boss
Style: Hip-hop
Choreographer: NappyTabs
Song: Lil Jon ft. LM*AO’s “Outta Your Mind” – Crunk

You can check out all Season 7’s music here.

June 30, 2010 I Written By