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SYTYCD Cross Country Dance Comparison

Many thanks to Margaret for this tidbit, I figured that I would bring it out for you guys to see…

The first song in this post is Don’t Touch Me Busta Rhymes - Don't Touch Me (Throw Da Water on 'Em) - Single - Don't Touch Me (Throw Da Water On 'Em) by Busta Rhymes danced as hip-hop.

From SYTYCD US Season 4 Week 3: Kherington Payne and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Choreography by Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (aka NappyTabs).

From SYTYCD Canada Season 1 Week 4: Nico Archambault and Arassay Reyes choreographed by Luther Brown

So who do you think danced it better? The Canadians or the Americans? 😀

Better yet, how about this dance comparison:

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April 24, 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 Canada Calendar

Across Canada your favourite dancers are appearing…..

Jan. 23-24
Vancouver, B.C.: iDance Convention
Sheraton Vancouver Guilford

Faculty includes: Tara-Jean Popowich, Vincent Desjardins, Kim Gingras with Brandon Bryant and Evan Kasprzak from the U.S.’s SYTYCD.

Jan. 23-24
Regina, Sask.: iDance Convention
Delta Regina

Faculty includes: Jayme Rae Dailey, Austin Di Iulio, Natalli Reznik, Cody Bonnell and Amy Gardner

Jan. 30-31
Montreal: iDance Convention
Cowne Plaza Hotel Airport

Faculty includes: Tara-Jean Popowich, Vincent Desjardins, Jayme Rae Dailey, Arassay Reyes with Alex Wong from the U.S.’s SYTYCD.

Jan. 30-31
Edmonton: iDance Convention
Radisson Edmonton South

Faculty includes: Kim Gingras, Natalli Reznik, Francis Lafrenière with Brandon Bryant and Evan Kasprzak from the U.S.’s SYTYCD.

Feb. 4
Belleville, Ont.: Habitat for Humanity PhilanthroPARTY, a fundraiser for Haiti
The Empire Theatre and Centre for the Performing Arts
Performances by Cody Bonnell and Melanie Mah

Feb. 5-7
Calgary: Calgary International Salsa Conference
Hyatt Regency Calgary

Workshop with Tara-Jean Popowich

Feb. 6-7
Montreal: Raise the Bar 6 dance convention
Faculty includes: Luther Brown and Kim Gingras (with Blueprint dance company)

Feb. 6-7
Winnipeg: iDance Convention
Faculty includes: Tara-Jean Popowich, Vincent Desjardins, Jayme Rae Dailey, Natalli Reznik and Brandon Bryant from the U.S.’s SYTYCD.

Feb. 13-14
Calgary: iDance Convention

Faculty includes: Tara-Jean Popowich, Vincent Desjardins, Jayme Rae Dailey, Miles Faber and Brandon Bryant from the U.S.’s SYTYCD.

Feb. 27-28
Barrie, Ont.: DARK Danse presents “Just the Beginning”
Faculty includes: Miles Faber and Jenna-Lynn Higgins

All events are subject to change.

January 24, 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

Which New Choreographers Should SYTYCD Bring In?

With last week’s surprising news about the departure of longtime choreographer Mia Michaels, the door has been left open for some fresh new faces to possibly make their mark on the SYTYCD scene. I went to my trusty pal YouTube to find some choreographers I think might be good fits for SYTYCD.

Shannon Mather is a great choreographer with a surprising connection to SYTYCD. Her brother is S1 superstar Blake McGrath!! She and Blake work together often. I found this video of a piece Shannon choreographed and it’s danced by none other than Nathan Trasoras!

Speaking of Blake, he’s done some great work for SYTYCD Canada, but I’d love to see him come back to the US show to do a couple pieces, since Canada’s season is just about to end. Here is one of his pieces featuring eventual season 1 champ Nico Archambault and his partner Arassay Reyes.

This is another one of Blake’s pieces featuring S1 finalist Miles Faber and his partner Lisa Auguste. I’ve watched a lot of SYTYCD videos, and I can personally say that I’ve never been affected by a piece the way I was affected by this one. It’s artistry in motion.

Here’s Sean Cheesman, also from SYTYCD Canada. He’s a super versatile choreographer whose pieces range from afro-jazz to broadway (in Canada, they call it “musical theatre”. He also does contemporary. I’m including two of his pieces here. The afro-jazz piece is from season 1 and it features Vincent and Lisa. I think the mixing of their skin tones with their white costumes is exquisite. And the dancing is very grounded and they move with a lot of purpose.

The second piece is from this current season of SYTYCD Canada and it’s a musical theatre piece featuring finalists Tara-Jean and Everett. Everett is a tapper, and Sean was able to stick a lot of tap in there and he knew that Everett could pull it off. It has great musicality and they both ooze personality. With the possibility of as many as 3 tappers in the S6 top 20, having Sean, who has a tap background, could be a great pull.

If they’re looking for some fresh hip hop voices, Luther Brown might be a guy to consider. Here are a couple of his pieces. The first one features Nico and Arassay from SYTYCD Canada. It’s actually done to the same song that NappyTabs used for S4 with Twitch and Kherington and the “jail break” routine.

The second piece features S2 top 8 guy Cody and his partner, top 6 girl Melanie. They spent the season with the reputation much that like of US S5’s Randi and Evan, “they’re just so cute!” They both proved to be chameleons throughout their time on the show.

Gustavo Vargas is a latin ballroom choreographer from SYTYCD Canada, here are a couple of his pieces.

Salsa (Nico and Arassay)

Salsa (Nico and Natalli)

These are just a few names of people who could be a great fit on the new season of SYTYCD. Are there other people whose work you’d like to see on the show?

October 21, 2009 I Written By

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Finale

The finale of So You Think You Can Dance Canada is one of the best shows of the year since it brings back all of the top 20 dancers to perform the best dance numbers from the season. It was also really cool to see 2 group numbers from the top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Check them out:

Don’t forget to download all the So You Think You Can Dance Canada finale music and also pickup your SYTYCDC tour tickets.

December 8, 2008 I Written By

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Music from the Finale of So You Think You Can Dance Canada

It took me a little while to go back to the So You Think You Can Dance Canada music archives and find all the songs from the finale of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. However, I think I’ve got all of the songs from the finals listed below. Let me know if something is missing or if something isn’t quite right with the music. Make sure you go back and check out all the past So You Think You Can Dance Canada music.

Luther Brown choreographed a top 20 group hip-hop routine to “Get Up” by 50 Cent
50 Cent - Get Up - Single - Get Up
Get Up – Music Video
Natalli and Nico danced to the choreography of Melissa Williams in a disco number from the Top 6 performance show to the song “Knock on Wood”—Amii Stewart
Zoom Karaoke - Disco Superhits 2 - Knock On Wood (Karaoke Version In the Style of 'Amii Stewart')
Danny and Allie danced a mambo from the Top 18 show which was choreographed by Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith to the song Mambo Gozon—Tito Puente
Tito Puente - The Very Best of Tito Puente - "King of Kings" - Mambo Gozón
Miles and Lisa danced Blake McGrath’s contemporary piece from the Top 6 show (Blake dedicated this dance to his grandmother and had a huge mirror set center stage) to the song “The Face”—RyanDan
RyanDan - RyanDan - The Face
Melissa Williams’ theater number was danced by Nico and Arassay during the Top 18 week to the song Somebody to Love—Queen
Queen - Queen: Greatest Hits I & II - Somebody to Love
Queen - Greatest Video Clips 1 - Somebody to Love – Music Video
On the first top 20 episode Allie and Danny danced a Melissa Williams jive to the song Rock This Town sung by Stray Cats
Stray Cats - Stray Cats: Greatest Hits - Rock This Town
Rock This Town – Music Video
From the Top 16 show Lisa and Vincent danced Sean Cheesman’s Afro-jazz number to the song Hlohonolofatsa—Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir - African Spirit - Hlohonolofatsa
From the Top 12 week Natalli and Francis danced a salsa by choreographer Gustavo Vargas to the song “Hasta Que Se Rompa el Cuero” – Sonora Carruseles
Sonora Carruseles - De Colombia Para el Mundo - Hasta Que Se Rompa el Cuero
Lisa and Vincent danced to the very first house number during the Top 12 week to the song 100% Pure Love—Crystal Waters
Crystal Waters - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love
100% Pure Love – Music Video
Lil “C” ‘s Krump was danced by Miles and Lara originally performed during the Top 16 week to the song Tiny Ram Antem—Tha J-Squad

From the Top 8 show Natalli and Vincent danced choreographer Stacey Tookey’s contemporary piece to the song “Happy Ending”—Mika
MIKA - Life In Cartoon Motion - Happy Ending
Happy Ending – Music Video
Luther Brown’s hip-hop choreography was danced by Allie and Izaak from the Top 6 show to the song “Tell Me”—Diddy feat. Christina Aguilera
Diddy featuring Christina Aguilera - Press Play - Tell Me
Nico and Arassay danced Paul Becker’s jazz from the Top 12 week to the song It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World—James Brown
James Brown - 20 All Time Greatest Hits! - It's a Man's Man's Man's World
From the Top 18 week Natalli and Francis performed Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin’s paso doblé to the song España Cañí—Manhattan Pops Orchestra
Manhattan Pops Orchestra - The Glory of Spain - España Cani
Lara and Miles danced Danny Quilliam’s foxtrot the performed originally during the Top 12 performance to the song “Summer Wind”—Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé - Michael Bublé - Summer Wind
From the Top 14 week Blake McGrath choreographed a jazz-funk piece for Kaitlyn and Izaak to the song Breakin’ Dishes—Rihanna
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Breakin' Dishes
From the Top 8 performance week Eric Caty choreographed a samba for Miles and Allie to the song “Aguanite”—Héctor Lavoe
Héctor Lavoe - El Cantante - The Originals - Aguanile
Natalli and Nico danced the quickstep during the Top 6 performance choreographed by Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith’s to the song “Swingin’ at the Savoy” – Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's - Jump for Joy - Swingin' at the Savoy
Top 20 group number inspired by ‘Dirty Dancing’ to the song “Do You Love Me” by The Contours
Contours - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1960s, Vol. 1 - Do You Love Me

Click on any of the itunes images above to download the So You Think You Can Dance Canada music on iTunes.

Remember to buy your tickets for the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Tour

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So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 8 Results Show

The half hour SYTYCDC results show where some talented dancers are sent home.

December 3, 2008 I Written By

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SYTYCDC Top 8 Performance Videos

The best dance talent in Canada dances in the top 8 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada

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So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 10 Results Show

Videos of the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 10 Results Show. I think I like how SYTYCDC only does 30 minute results show. The US might consider following this model.

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