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SYTYCD At The Academy Awards!!

Former SYTYCD dancers have been tweeting about the Oscars for a while (as has Adam Shankman), so I was prepared to look for them. There were stunning performances to the nominated songs. The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers were amazing! I only managed to recognize Kayla dancing during the regular telecast (she was very prominent), but after watching Rickey’s video, I was able to identify more dancers – Kathryn, I’m pretty sure, and definitely Travis Wall. Among others that I’m sure you’ll catch. As always, Ricky has a great video from the Oscar performance, so check it out!

Rickey has a still of a Kupono sighting (HOW did he get that seat?!) and I think Kupono summed up Oscar night best via Twitter:


OSCARs was ABSOLUtELY RiDiCULOuS!!!! Now it’s off to the AFTeR PARtY for SCANDaLS of the YEAR!!!!!! 40 minutes ago via mobile web

But y’all, there is SO MUCH cool chatting happening on Twitter, you have to check out all your favorite dancers via John’s SYTYCD list.

I found some great videos for you. First, a “Meet the Choreographers” video with Adam and both Kayla and Travis as assistant choreographers. And a slew of fun audition videos, including a “Behind the Screen” one.

Yay to Adam for making his SYTYCD dancers so prominent at the Oscars. I hope he produces again!

March 7, 2010 I Written By

Melissa Sandvig & Kupono Aweau Top 20 So You Think You Can Dance Interview

I love this interview of Kupono Aweau. I love all of his Hawaiian lingo, not to mention performing at the shopping center. When Kupono said “junk” it took me right back to living in Hawaii. Melissa barely even looks like the “naughty ballerina” in this. She does look a lot more mature than any of the other dancers in the top 20. It will be interesting to see how America reacts to Melissa. Pono definitely dominated this interview though. There’s a reason in Hawaii they have the phrase “talk story.” Check out the interview of Melissa Sandvig & Kupono Aweau:

June 8, 2009 I Written By

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

Pono Aweau Representing Hawaii on So You Think You Can Dance

I found this quick news article about Pono Aweau representing Hawaii in the top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance. I guess that means this is a SYTYCD spoiler huh? Oh well, it’s fun to get to know a little more about Pono Aweau

Aweau will fly to Las Vegas on Tuesday to make the next cut, and be one of the 20 finalists.

“It’s not even an option to not get this to not win it I’m going in for the kill it’s a battle it’s a war and I’m gonna come out the victor,” he said.

Donning less hair but full of determination, the 23-year-old dancer from Kailua already has plenty of local support.

He’s a member of the group 24-7 Dance Force, which gave him a send off on Sunday.

Judges were impressed enough to compare Aweau to Mark Kanemura, who was also from 24-7 Dance Force, and made it to the top six in last year’s show. He’s also been an inspiration for Aweau.

“Seeing him up close and seeing him do it you just don’t think that you can and then because we are so close he’s a really good friend of mine it made me think oh if he can do it oh I really could.”

Aweau says the dancing bug bit him when he was a fifth grader at Kamehameha Schools.

It’s always fun for me when people come from Hawaii since I lived there for a couple years. Just reading the news kind of takes me back. Ok, no one cares about me. Let’s get to the show tonight already!!

June 3, 2009 I Written By

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