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SYTYCD: Judges Auditions Part 3

Part three of the Judges auditions was just as impressive as the other two. I do wish they showed a little bit more of those contestants that were returning, like Jay Jackson but I’m sure we will see more of him during Academy week.

Bailey Munoz:”Bailrok” I’m always somewhat impressed by b-boys especially when they make their tricks look effortless. I like his energy and think we will see that continue into the next round. Partnering should be interesting since he is only 5 feet but they won’t pair him with someone around his same height.

Luke Romanzi: His audition had more of a modern dance type of feel to me, but I felt like it was missing something. After being cut from Juilliard and then appearing on TV, I need Luke to really show them what they missed out on.

Jordynn & Elan Lurie: I remember felling so bad for them last season when they were cut because a trick went a little wrong. They definitely deserve a do over.

Maria Babineau: I would have never guessed that she was that kind of dancer. Also, for being self-taught by watching YouTube videos…she’s not bad. That being said I don’t think she is ready for what the rest of the show is about.

Sophie Pittman: I think I liked her more than the judges did, but I do understand what they wanted from her emotionally. I like that they decided to give Sophie another chance and hopefully she will find away to dance form her heart.

Frank Crisp Jr: His personality and energy immediately made me like him. Might have jut been me but he seemed a little bit rusty but still impressed by him. I look forward to seeing “Ghost” more during Academy week.

Lauren Luteran: She is the definition of dancing like there is no tomorrow. Living with Cystic Fibrosis can’t be easy not to mention dancing. Lauren made it some how look effortless and I hope she inspires more with the same disease to loving their life to the fullest.

June 18, 2019 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: Judges Auditions Part 2

While I don’t mind hour episodes of the Judges auditions, but there is just a lot of information to take in. However, it’s another episode of great dancing with dancers that have potential of making it further in the show. Still loving the addition of D-Trix and Laurieann to the panel.

Sumi Oshima: Much like last week, the show starts with a strong female hip hop dancer. Starting to see more advice from the Judges…I agree with Laurieann I hope she can take her energy and fight she has with hip hop and apply it to other styles.

Caroline De La Rocha: Love Mary’s advice about her dad and I hope he comes around. While she is a great dancer, she lacks a bit of control but maybe it was just a case of nerves. Caroline has a second chance to prove herself at the academy.

Samuel and Koa Sweetser: Up first in 2-year-old Koa and he is definitely following in he dad’s footsteps. I mean seriously how cute was Koa. Dad is up next and D-Trix is on board and so am I. Also,I like that he isn’t afraid to take on the other dance styles.

Gianna Newborg: It’s the 16th season of the show and Gianna found creative way to grab the judges attention with a creative audition. I actually enjoyed that she went with the story telling part of dance…it separates her from the rest of the contemporary dancers.

Nazz Sldryan and Stefen Yeritsyan: I would have never guessed that they have been dancing together for only two months…had the not told us. I am also not surprised the made it on the hot tamale train.

“Korra” Obidi Dean: She is a Nigerian princess…that just happens to be pregnant. While it’s obvious as to why she doesn’t make it through to the academy, it’s clear that the judges would like to see her come back. So would I and would love to see her work with Sean Cheesman.

Kaeli Ware and Brandon Talbott: A contemporary ballet duo that have been dancing together since they were young. I think I would have preferred to see them audition separately because then I wouldn’t have to split my attention between dancers. Thankfully they wowed the judges and we will see more of them.

What are your thoughts…any favorites?

June 10, 2019 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 16

Welcome back to a new season of So You Think You Can Dance, with two new judges joining Nigel and Mary. First is choreographer Laurieann Gibson, who has worked with Danity Kane, Lady Gaga, just to name a few. She has also choreographed for this show…”Battlefield” from season 5 is the first one that comes to mind. Also joining the judges is Season 3 contestant(one of my favorites) Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval. He previously was a judge on ABDC for two seasons and also was on of the choreographers for World of Dance season 2 winners the Lab. I think we are in for another great season of SYTYCD based on what I have seen on the inter-webs.

Nice opening giving us the run down on some of the changes for the audition round…plus a new stage that resembles the World of Dance round stage. The dancers are doing the traveling this time to audition and they have a live studio audience to cheer them on. 3 yeses will get them to the Academy.

Dezi Saenz: Hip hop: Well that’s how you start the show, love the she is representing women in hip hop. Made it through to the Academy and she got a little one on one time with Laurieann.

Stephanie and Ezra Sosa: Stephanie is returning from last season and bringing her little brother with her. Definitely a dynamic duo and I look forward to seeing what else these siblings can do…Stephanie almost made the top 10 last season. 

Matthew Deloch: Auditioned in season 14. Loving the cameras around the stage capturing some amazing shots. Beautiful dancer would never guess that he tore his meniscus had he not told us. He should go far.

Sarah McCreanor aka Smac a Jazz dancer from Australia: Not only is she a good dancer she is hilarious. Okay I really want her in the live shows but I guess I’ll settle for the Academy for now.

Amanda Butler a hip hop dancer, a mom of 3 girls, and a member of the Mom Crew. Nigel suggesting that D-Trix  join them…and bring on the laughter. However, she wasn’t quite strong enough to move forward but she at least got two yeses.

Gino Cosculluela: His siblings both dance professionally. Oh…he was on Dance Moms and Nigel of course brings his mom down to help judge. So good…amazing musicality and I agree with Nigel, Gino should be in the top 10.

Overall a great first episode and I am looking forward to the rest of the season. So far no complaints on the new judges.

June 3, 2019 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 Top 14 Performance Thoughts

The night I’ve been looking forward to has come upon us! The music was incredible and so were the performances! My thoughts follow after the break. I hope you’ll comment with yours.

-I’m liking Ashleigh more and more each week and I really enjoyed this Nappytabs hip hop with Jakob. I’m still not sure how Ashleigh would fare without a strong partner like Jakob, but I’m slowly becoming convinced that she just might hold her own. She was fascinating in this routine and really surprising.

-I enjoyed seeing Karen do something besides “smolder,” and I think it’s really inappropriate for Nigel/the producers to keep trying to box her into this niche. I was surprised that no one said “if *Kevin’s* friends could see him now,” before Adam that is. I really appreciated Adam’s comments. It reminded me why I’m so glad he’s a permanent judge. It was a cute routine that didn’t quite gel, but I thought they did a solid job and they both surprised me. It was cute when Kevin leaned over to kiss her.

-Loved the foxtrot! Not even so much for the choreography, though I think Eddie Simon did wonders with the two of them. They just looked like they were having an obscene about of fun together, which made it really fun to watch. Adam nailed it when he said it had a lot of “joy.” It was so hard not to smile along with them while they danced. And you really could see the improvement Russell had made and that will get him far–demonstrating that he can improve that much just in a matter of weeks when given the same style. And Nigel was right that Noelle doesn’t disappear into Russell’s shadow. They’re very giving to each other and they both shine.

-Channing smiled! She really seemed to be enjoying herself. So, apparently she just has to pretend to be an animal to visibly relax and enjoy dancing. 🙂 In her package, she said who wouldn’t want to be a cat and in this, she was a bird. This was really fun and I loved the movement they achieved and the “characters” of the curious, playful birds. Adam was right that the music was really, really distracting though. Not my favorite version of “Blackbird.” I much prefer the Dionne Farris version Cirque du Soleil - Kà - Pursuit that Kayla danced to last season. But their movement always pulled me back in when I got distracted by the music.

-WHOA on the paso doble! This may be my favorite paso doble on any season of SYTYCD. This was intense and sexy and soooo good. They had a little awkwardness at the end, with her wrapped around him, but this was just stunning. A really good moment for the two of them. It was like a movie. My impression of both of these dancers is changing dramatically, but Legacy particularly impressed in this one.

-I’m so sad I don’t live in L.A. after seeing that Dizzy Feet package. I’m so glad we got to meet some of the dancers the foundation is helping! But they need to figure out some way to enable fans who can’t make L.A. to see the gala! Maybe a Pay-Per-View release after the gala, or a DVD release? Come on, I’m dying to see all those dancers!

-LOVING Travis Wall!! He is incredible! He brings so much out in his dancers and he was *exactly* what Elleanore and Ryan needed after that disastrous routine last week. So beautiful and full. It was an entire relationship encapsulated in a few minutes and I thought they were both incredible.

-Again, I think Laurieann Gibson was *just* what Mollee and Nathan needed this week. They needed her crazy boot camp to get down to business and dig deep. I enjoyed the performance a lot, but it didn’t stand out as much as a few of the other routines. Mollee was a little sexy and she was definitely powerful. Nathan looked so confused at Nigel’s comments, kinda like, “He’s saying positive things, but he’s saying them in a really negative way.” I’d be confused, too, but I see Nigel’s point and I think he made it a lot more professionally this week. Still nearly made Nathan cry, I think.

-Cat was HYSTERICAL and adorable tonight. I loved it especially when she did a Travis Wall impression. Lol.

Keep your eyes peeled for my Power Rankings. Dunno how I’m gonna do this one.

November 17, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD at the VMA’s

Unless you don’t follow Mark Kanemura on twitter then you wouldn’t know that he performed with Lady Gaga. Mark was unbelievably excited to have this opportunity. I know I was excited to see him perform again; after all he is one of my all time favorites. I give props to Laurieann Gibson for giving him a nice little solo with Gaga. I thought the performance was good then it got weird at the end with all of the blood. I understood her message but still thought it was kind of weird. I read that it was supposed to be a reenactment of Princess Diana’s death.

20th Century Foxs Emmys Party - Arrivals

The highlight of the night for me was the tribute to Michael Jackson starring his sister Janet Jackson. The beginning was a dance montage of some of his best videos. I’m guessing the dancers were those that were going to be a part of his come back. Then it was Janet’s turn and the crowd went nuts. The concept was fantastic it really looked like she was dancing with her brother one last time. However she wasn’t alone, she had dancers/choreographers with her. I saw plenty of familiar faces from the SYTYCD family. Wade Robson, Laurieann Gibson, Brian Friedman, and Tyce Diorio who all I am sure have been inspired by MJ. The only other one I recognized was Chris Judd, Jennifer Lopez ex husband.

I just wanted to give a little update…let me know you thoughts if you saw it.

September 14, 2009 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.