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SYTYCD: Season 10 Tour

Last night my mom and I went to see the top 10 on tour in Atlanta. We live a little over two hours aways so we left early enough to beat most of the Atlanta rush hour traffic (which isn’t much fun to drive in unless you are used to it). So that left us with a few hours to kill before the show. Luckily there was a mall near the venue, so we stopped there to stretch, shop, and eat dinner. What we didn’t expect was to run into FikShun, well we just happened to walk by him while he was talking to some other fans. Of course I had to go say hello and say that I enjoyed watch him this season. He really is a nice guy and he talked up the show saying the dances are better live (which is true). We told him that it is a tradition for my mom and I to watch the show together along with Dancing with the Stars. The mention of DWTS, FikShun mentioned that one of his cast mates will be on the show. I had to assume that he was talking about next season, but he didn’t say who, so it is one  of four dancers Brittany, Jenna, Alan or Paul. If I had to guess it might be Jenna. Who do you think it will be? Will they in the Troupe or a Pro?

Fast forward to 8 o’clock and we are in our seats at the Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre waiting for the show to start. Thankfully I had my program to look through to pass the time and discovered the alternates that were joining the tour. Alan, Malece, Curtis and Alexis were the 4 alternates. Normally there is only 2 alternates but with Aaron on tour how could you not include the other tap dancers. They kicked off the show with “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with the dancers entering through the audience. Then there was a welcome by the two winners Amy and FikShun, then it was non stop dance with a 15 minute intermission. Over all the show was amazing and I loved very minute of it. With the all stars not on tour it was fun to see who was chosen to fill in for the all star. Amy joined Jasmine for “Run the World” , Tucker filled in for Mark with that fun routine with Jenna (still love it even without Mark). Nico took Travis’s place in “Wicked Games” and I had though he might have bee the one to fill in for Robert in “Medicine” but it was Paul who has that honor. I’ll admit “Medicine” was not the same emotionally without Robert but still a wonderful dance. Curtis took Marko’s place in “Blurred Lines” and he was a lot of fun to watch during the whole show.

Something new they added to the show to help take up time while the dancers made quick changes they had some of the choreographers introduce their routines. Sonya, Mandy Moore, Spencer Lift, Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall, Tyce, and Chris Scott all introduced their dances. Chris Scott got the most laughs, sorta wish I got that part on video but I did manage to get the sand routine on video. The dance was made longer and added the girls to the mix to make it work for the tour. It is still one of my favorite group dances of the season. There was one duet that became a group number, the Bell Hop hip hop with Amy and FikShun. They other dancers were on stage during the routine and participated in some parts almost creating another dance. I saw almost all of my personal favorite dances last night with the exception of Nico and Haley’s Broadway to “Kiss of the Spider Woman” I really just wanted to see that lift in person. Also my opinions of some the dancers changed. It was nice to see Janna and Alan do several of the ballroom dances together.  So yes Jenna was more likable in person and it was easier to see why they judge kept her around.

The show closed with a group number to “Live it Up” and honestly I wanted to get up and dance with them. Also, I  didn’t want the show to be over. Now we had a little surprise at the end of the show the dancers came out for an extra bow and they had signs that read happy b-day Mom. Turns out it was Nico’s mom’s birthday. He had flowers and got her up on stage and they sang to her. Such a sweet moment to see.

Well my brian is kinda fried and I really don’t know what else I can say other than go see the tour if you can. If you have instagram you can see a few of my pics @alwaller516. For videos from this tour and past tours here is the link to my youtube  channel

October 26, 2013 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 Twenty perform for the First Time

SYTYCD Top Twenty
I am so excited for this season. I’m not sure who’s going to win but I’m rooting for Malece and Jade. The opening dance was so amazing! I loved the look at behind the scenes as well as the choreographer’s cameos. The hallway scene was my favorite. Side note: NAPPYTABS BABY! And I’m excited to see Wayne be a judge again. I’ll be touching base on what I think are the best and worst routines of the night.

Travis Wall “Love is Blind”
I love Jasmine M so very much. Her hair is amazing. Travis is very clever. This could have been really bad. I’m very impressed with how well they danced together without seeing. Do you really think they couldn’t see though? That’s a huge risk to have blind dancers. Their partnering was so beautiful. Her legs are just so beautiful. They really had the emotion of being in love. I really loved it.

Travis Wall “Silver screen”
Malece and Jade is a stellar combination. I love how elegant and smooth she can be and still so powerful against Jade. Travis did such a good job blending both their styles together. Such a great, great piece.

Sean Cheeseman Afro jazz
Animator + Ballroom + Afro jazz? Say what? I was really scared about this one to be honest. It had me mesmerized. I like that there was some isolations thrown in there for BluPrint. It was so powerful and joyful at the same time.

Sonya Tayeh “Bottom of the River”
I love Sonya. She’s my favorite choreographer of all time. Jasmine H and Aaron are power houses alone. Together they are beastly. I almost feel bad for the other couples. She is all leg and he is all muscle. Her turns seemed a bit off to me. The whole piece was very Sonya and I loved all of it.

Final Thoughts
I think the hip hop groups are in trouble as well as the jive. Jasmine H and Aaron and Malece and Jade are the couples to beat. It started as a very good season and I am excited to see how it progresses. I will not be happy when any of them leave.

June 25, 2013 I Written By

Rachel considers herself a dancer in that she loves to dance and has fun doing it. She works part time for RAW Hollywood Artist of the year Ricky Rebel as his street team leader and loves watching him dance on stage. She has brushed arms with Alexander Fost from season 8 and other famous people.

So You Think You Can Dance Renewed for Season 10

YES! It is official. Via their official Facebook Page, So You Think You Can Dance has announced that they were renewed for a tenth season on FOX.

According to the press release auditions for Season 10 will start in mid-January in Austin, Texas then will also visit Detroit (Michigan), Boston (Massachusetts), Memphis (Tennessee) and finally Los Angeles (California).

A breakdown of the dates, cities and venues are below:

Friday, Jan. 18: Austin, Texas (venue TBD)

Monday, Feb. 11: Detroit, Michigan
Saint Andrew’s Hall
431 E. Congress Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Thursday, Feb. 21: Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street
Boston MA 02111

Thursday, March 14: Memphis, Tennessee
Orpheum Theatre
203 S. Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Friday, March 22: Los Angeles, California
Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

If you are planning to audition… make arrangements for at least two days following the initial audition in the possibility of a callback.

Best of luck to anyone thinking about auditioning!

December 20, 2012 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... =)

So You Think You Can Dance Renewed for 2012 (Season 9)

It was announced today that Fox has chosen to pickup up SYTYCD for another season in 2012. Here’s the tweet from Nigel:!/dizzyfeet/status/122055808623185920

That’s right, this will be So You Think You Can Dance season 9. Pretty awesome that it’s been around so long and that is was renewed after SYTYCD Canada was cancelled. While I don’t think the ratings have been as strong as they’d like, the show does have a really strong loyal following. Although, I’m not sure that we’ll get a SYTYCD season 10 in 2013 if the ratings for SYTYCD 2012 aren’t better than they were this year. The tone of Nigel’s tweet shows his excitement for the renewal which to me says renewal of SYTYCD wasn’t a sure thing. Maybe Nigel and the SYTYCD producers should take a look at some suggestions to improve SYTYCD.

October 6, 2011 I Written By

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