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Top So You Think You Can Dance Routines of the Past

As I was watching and posting about the various routines we’ll get to see again on the SYTYCD 100th episode, I couldn’t help but think back to some of my other favorite routines from past episodes of SYTYCD that won’t be shown on the SYTYCD 100th episode. SYTYCD season 1 will have to accept my apology since I didn’t watch it. However, here’s a couple of them that are in my top SYTYCD routines.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 2
Benji Schwimmer and Heidi Groskreutz Mambo to the song “Black Mambo” Angel & The Mambokats - Horizontal Mambo - Black Mambo—Angel and the Mambokats. Benji and Heidi are cousins that have been dancing together forever, and this performance is quite possibly the best routine technically (I believe Nigel called it the “most professional performance on the show) that’s ever been done on the show. Certainly others might have moved you more, but this routine just throws everything at you and flat out entertains. I can also assure you it was one of the most searched routines on Google as well.

I could have posted pretty much any of Allison Holker’s solo, but Allison’s “Feeling Good” solo will do. Anyone that has the term Allison-ed coined in honor of her deserves to be on the list in my book.

While possibly not the best routine on the show, I can promise you that Travis and Martha’s krump routine was shocking at the time. From this routine millions of people were introduced to Lil’ C and Krumping. The song is “Clap Back” Ja Rule - Blood in My Eye - Clap Back—Ja Rule.

I really don’t believe that any of the final 2 men dances could compete with Tranji, choreographed by Shane Sparks to the song “Gyrate” Da Muzicianz & Mr. Collipark - Da Muzicianz - Gyrate—Da Muzicianz (ft. Mr. Collipark). I think you had to see season 2 to really appreciate what Benji and Travis brought to the table with Tranji, but it was awesome.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 3
Lacey and Kameron danced a routine to the song “Dancing” Elisa - Dancing - Dancing by Elisa choreographed by Mia Michaels. I think we’re all better having been introduced to the music of Elisa on SYTYCD. This routine put together great music, great choreography and amazing dancing. Is there any wonder why we keep watching SYTYCD?

Neil and Sabra’s table routine was pretty epic as well. It was choreographed by Mandy Moore to the song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [Remastered Version] - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)—Eurythmics . I loved this dance, because it really took Sabra to the next level of dancing for me. Plus, Neil’s slow pass over the top of Sabra (at the 0:28 mark) is a moment I’ll never forget.

The start of this Shane Sparks routine to the song “Fuego” Pitbull - El Mariel - Fuego by Pitbull with Lauren and Pasha had me completely floored. Shane Sparks took 2 pretty white dancers and really entertained.

Danny and Lacey danced a samba to Dmitry Chaplin’s choreography. Certainly Dmitry poured in a bunch of great choreography and Danny and Lacey killed the dance, but I think the thing that I remember most about this is the music “Hip Hip Chin Chin” Club Des Belugas - Night Over Rio - Latin Flavoured Lounge & Club Tunes - Hiphip Chinchin by Club Des Belugas. It all just melded into a really fun, memorable dance.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 4
Chelsie and Mark’s “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love - Single - Bleeding Love routine by Nappytabs needs no explanation.

Sonya busts out an amazing piece for Courtney and Mark to the song “The Garden” Mirah - Advisory Committee - The Garden by Mirah. Such creative choreography. Courtney steals the show for me in this, but the whole thing is just Sonya.

Katee and Joshua’s Nappytabs routine to “No Air” Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown - Jordin Sparks - No Air—Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown had so many amazing moments. It was such a wonderful mix of solo and partnering. Plus, the moment Katee pulls Joshua’s leg and he pops up is so memorable.

Katee and Twitch did a door routine to the song “Mercy” Duffy - Rockferry - Mercy—Duffy and choreographed by Mia Michaels. I actually almost left it off the list, but after watching it again, there’s no way I could leave it off. Twitch and Katee just rocked this routine.

This final video is probably the best Viennese Waltz that will ever be performed on So You Think You Can Dan Dance. I tried to find a video with the back story, but even without Jean Marc Genereux’s storyJean Marc Genereux’s story is great and Twitch and Kherington’s Viennese Waltz to “A New Day Has Come” Céline Dion - A New Day Has Come - A New Day Has Come by Celine Dion is in the running for my favorite SYTYCD dances of all time. When it happened I watched it over and over. Just as good watching it again today.

I just looked at the clock and realized I spent a few hours creating this list. A few hours VERY well spent. The sad part is that there are dozens of other performances that should have made the above list. No Katee Bollywood or Pas de Deux for example. Oh goodness, I better not start listing or I’ll be here all night. So, I’ll leave the list up to you. What other So You Think You Can Dance routines are on your list (and preferably a link to a video of the routine)?

Also, if you’re familiar with all the videos on this list…you might be a SYTYCD-a-holic!!

July 21, 2009 I Written By

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

Italian Singer Elisa Toffoli US and Canada Tour Dates

I figured I might as well round out my Elisa Toffoli posts (see my previous coverage of Elisa’s music on So You Think You Can Dance) by listing all of Elisa’s Canadian tour dates and US tour dates. I’m sad that she won’t be coming to Las Vegas, but there’s a decent chance that I could be in Salt Lake City on November 15th and it would be a lot of fun to catch Elisa in Salt Lake City.

Wed. Oct. 29 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club – Buy Tickets
Thurs. Oct. 30 Montreal QC – Le Savoy
Sun. Nov. 1 Allston, MA – Great Scott – Buy Tickets
Tues. Nov. 4 Vienna, VA (D.C.) – Barns of Wolf Trap
Wed. Nov. 5 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom – Buy Tickets
Frid. Nov. 7 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s – Buy Tickets
Tues. Nov. 11 Chicago, Il – Martyrs’
Wed. Nov 12 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway – Buy Tickets
Sat. Nov. 15 Salt Lake City, UT – Venue TBD
Wed. Nov. 19 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy – Buy Tickets
Thurs. Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA – Café Du Nord – Buy Tickets
Sat. Nov. 22 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Mon. Nov. 24 Seattle, WA – Triple Door

Here’s a quick biography of Elisa Toffoli:
Italian-born singer-songwriter Elisa, a multi-platinum, award-winning star in her native country, will launch her first tour of the United States and Canada on October 29. As acclaimed internationally for her powerful live performances as for her inspired, emotionally direct pop-rock recordings, Elisa has appeared on various world stages with music legends including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti and Tina Turner. To date, though, her only North American engagements have been singing the Italian national anthem at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and two sold-out shows at NYC’s Joe’s Pub in April 2008. Elisa’s highly anticipated upcoming tour is in support of her North American debut album Dancing, released July 15 on Sugar/Universal.

The itinerary kicks off with a show in Toronto on the 29th followed by one in Montreal the next night. The remainder of the tour encompasses coast-to-coast dates in the U.S., beginning with a Boston-area show at Great Scott in Allston on November 1. Highlights also include bookings at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC (11/5), Martyr’s in Chicago (11/11), the Roxy in Los Angeles, CA (11/19) and San Francisco’s Café Du Nord (11/20).

Stateside fans first became familiar with Elisa when Dancing’s title track was featured in a breathtaking routine on So You Think You Can Dance in June 2007. Organic fan reaction from that airing has since accumulated over 1 million views of the clip on YouTube, and propelled the song to the Top 20 on iTunes, where it reached close to 100,000 paid downloads prior to the album’s release. Another stand-out track from Dancing, “Rock Your Soul,” has also been featured on the hit program.

Other album highlights include the ethereal, hypnotic ballad “Rainbow,” which has a new video spotlighting Lacey Schwimmer, who originally danced to “Dancing” when it captivated music lovers on SYTYCD. Also featured are the passionate album opener “The Waves,” the heartbreaking “Broken,” the rock-flavored “Stranger” and an elegiac take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Another cover, Elisa’s dreamlike rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” is available exclusively on the iTunes version of the album.

To date, Elisa’s artistry has been honored with major awards including five from Italy’s prestigious Festival di Sanremo, an MTV European Music Awards Best Italian Artist win and a Tenco Award for Best Debut Album for Pipes And Flowers (’97). With her North American album and touring debut, Elisa is poised to win honors and hearts in the new world as well. “Having the opportunity to play here, especially, is very important because for me, it really comes down to the face to face with an audience,” says Elisa. “I’m very curious about what that will be like on the tour. I believe that we are all the same, that the world is one place. I want to see if that is true.”

August 15, 2008 I Written By

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

Elisa “Dancing” Music Video, Live at FestivalBar Verona 2007 and Live at Wind Music Awards

I recently posted about Elisa’s music being on So You Think You Can Dance. I thought some people might be interested in some Music Videos that have been created with her music.

Here’s one of Elisa’s Song “Dancing”Elisa - Dancing - EP - Dancing that was said to be created one really hot evening when they had nothing to do. Pretty cool video I think.

Elisa performing “Stay” at Festivalbar 2007 in Verona, Italy, on August 07, 2007. I love how Italian television covers these events. A little too much camera movement for me, but it’s different and interesting. Attending the concert would have been even cooler. Just look at the venue in Verona. Amo l’Italia!

Elisa live at the wind music awards. Song: Eppure sentire

Watching this stuff just makes me long to go back to Italy. There are so many things I miss about Italy and their own style of music is one of those things. I’m glad that Elisa is touring the US and I hope she does some of her Italian music. I also hope So You Think You Can Dance uses more of her music and even her Italian music. Great stuff!

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Lacey Schwimmer Featured on Elisa Toffoli Music Video “Rainbow”

I don’t know how many of you have been following my list of So You Think You Can Dance Music, but one of the interesting artists that’s had their music on multiple seasons of So You Think You Can Dance is Elisa Toffoli.

So far, Elisa Toffoli’s music has been on SYTYCD at least 3 times that I know of:
Lacey Schwimmer and Kameron dancing to Elisa’s song “Dancing”Elisa - Dancing - EP - Dancing to Mia Michaels choreography. Here’s a video of Lacey Schwimmer and Kameron dancing to “Dancing”:

Some people have called this dance their favorite SYTYCD dance of all time. My favorite part is when Lacey leaps into Kameron’s arms at about the 1:15 mark.

The song Dancing sung by Elisa was also performed by Kelli Baker during the Salt Lake City/Dallas audition show:
Elisa - Dancing - EP - Dancing

Finally, Courtney Galiano danced a Top 6 solo to the song “Rock Your Soul” by Elisa
Elisa - Dancing - EP - Rock Your Soul

Well, it turns out that Lacey Schwimmer made an unofficial video for Elisa Toffoli’s song “Rainbow.”Elisa - Dancing - Rainbow Honestly, I would have loved to see Lacey do a Rhumba to this song, but Lacey actually did a pretty credible job as an actor in this video. Enjoy:

Also, watch this blog over the next couple weeks, because I plan on giving away some free Elisa Toffoli CDs. My only hint is that if you want some free Elisa Toffoli CDs and music, then it would be a good idea to start adding thoughtful comments to my blog.

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