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SYTYCD Season 9 Atlanta Auditions Thoughts

After last night’s episode of interesting music… I finally sat down to re-watch the episode for what it was meant to be: watched for its dancing.

Below are my thoughts of the dancers that made it through to the Vegas Callbacks as well as information to find them.

Audrey Case
She’s interesting, she takes the usual tricks and adds more to them to make them more interesting and undoubtedly stand out more. She’s also a bit of a flirt, as it would appear. She seems to glow quite a bit as she dances… but with so many strong contemporary dancers I am not entirely certain if she would be able to stand out from the rest of the pack.

Boris Penton, Andre Rucker, and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer (Dragon House roommates)
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I was glued to my seat with my jaw dropping when I was watching these three dance. Their musicality was absolutely fascinating, their isolation… just everything. I have no idea what else to say. If not at least one makes it to the Green Mile at Vegas… Well let’s just say I wouldn’t be thrilled.

Joshua Alexander
For some reason he reminds me of Ade Obayoni from Season Five, except that I remember Ade for his power and strength, and Joshua has a bit more fluidity and flexibility that I really like. I’m drawn to him, I won’t deny it, so I’m curious to see how he does in Vegas.

Tim Conkel
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After seeing Cole Horibe the other night at the LA Auditions, I wasn’t nearly as wowed by Tim Conkel. Kind of difficult to be honest. In fact I wanted to see him in choreography just to make sure. And then he auditioned again with the little “ballet” and nearly died laughing. Ok Tim, you win, you have personality and goofiness that has been lacking on the show for ages. I just hope you’ll be able to stick around for more than a day or two during Vegas Callbacks.

Janelle Issis
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– Teacher/Choreographer at Encore Performance Company
I have always been a fan of ethnic/cultural dancing. When the “bollywood” style and others were introduced to the show I was really hoping to see someone whose primary dance style was ethnic. To me belly dancing is definitively ethnic… and what really drew me to her was her belly dancing to a hip-hop type of music which drew a lot of attention of how she worked the music into her dancing. Here is hoping she’ll go far in Vegas Callbacks.

Danielle Dominguez
I don’t remember Nigel being this friendly and personable in previous seasons, maybe it’s just me. For a pretty girl she definitely didn’t dance as I expected her to. She reminds me a little bit of Mark Kanemura from Season Four someone that was a bit “left of center”. I really like this, I like this a lot… it would be interesting to see how she fares during Vegas Callbacks.

Courtney Kirby
While watching, I had a sneaky suspicion that the judges were being really nice since her grandmother was at the judges’ table. For a while I got bored with her performance, and then she did a move and she had this intense look in her eyes and I was just, “wow” ok… there was the presence and she was getting into her performance. I would be intrigued to see what she can bring onto the table.

Asher Walker
Aww, he’s cute as a button, and I agree he is not nearly as talented as some of the other hip hop dancers we have seen over the years or even thus far, but dammit it was fun to watch. I think he needs at least another season or two of training before making it far in Vegas Callbacks… but we’ll see.

George Lawrence II
What struck me most about him is his spins and how controlled they were and instead of dancing out of them he slowed down and stayed in position. Very much like Jeanine from Season 5 when she did her final solo with the rose in her mouth, she just spun very control and slowed it down as opposed to dancing out of it.

Abigail Ruz
Through the snippet the best part of it was her drop from the spin… she was sassy and sexy, yes, but we’ve seen a lot of that on the show. She is a strong dancer, but beyond that I’m not sure.

Calvin Turner Jr
He comes across as a ballet dancer, strong lines and power of movement… but I think I got spoiled after seeing the likes of Alex Wong, Ade Obayomi, and even Daniel Baker and Stephen Jacobsen. So I am not really seeing much more here that I haven’t already seen before. He doesn’t seem to have the stage presence going across the floor quite like the others, but I’m not sure.

Aubrey Klinger
– Part of the Renegade Performance Group
Much like Abigail, there isn’t much to go and not much really impressed me. So I don’t know.

Brittany Ortner
– Faculty at University Performing Arts Centre
There isn’t much to say here, it is very hard to comment on contemporary dancers because there is just so many of them. I like her, but I don’t love her. She has potential for growth, but she definitely didn’t wow me.

Damon Bellmon & Deon Lewis
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After last season’s debacle of “paying homage” to a routine that wasn’t theirs, I was glad to see them in a more original routine (well I hope it was original). But I wasn’t wowed… I suppose after the kind of episode like today that is not likely going to happen. Meh. I have to agree, I like Damon over Deon even during their audition, he wasn’t as “lazy” in his movement as Deon appeared to be, finishing more, etc… so we’ll see.

June 7, 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... =)

SYTYCD Season 9 Music: Atlanta Auditions

Hello all! I will most likely be able to see tonight’s SYTYCD show live, but to help me focus on the SYTYCD music that is harder to find I would really appreciate your help in finding the music from tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Los Angeles audition episode. As you know, we’ve been listing all of the SYTYCD music ever since SYTYCD season 2. We hope to do the same this season.

In the comments below please list any and all songs that you happen to pick up, and any songs that you’d like me to specifically find and within twenty-four hours from the show I’ll update this post with the songs that I was able to catch. Please attempt to be as specific as possible as to where the music came from during the episode so I would know not to look for it and move on to the next piece of music.

The more songs that you guys are able to find, the more time I will have in finding the songs that you are unable to find.

Thank you so much for your help!

– Marianya

Intro music: A version of Passion Pit – Dreams Dreams - Manners (Bonus Track Version)

Audrey Case Audition Music: Bette Midler – Do You Want To Dance (sing there isn’t an exact iTunes link here is a tribute to version Do You Wanna Dance - Tribute to Las Vegas Divas: Cher & Bette Midler)

V V – Ticket to Ride

Boris Penton (First Dragon House roommate) Audition Music: Patrick Griffin – Shadow Bird

Joshua Alexander Audition Music: Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You If I Ain't Got You - The Diary of Alicia Keys

First Montage of dancers that made it to Vegas: Kelly Clarkson – Stronger Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Stronger (Deluxe Version)

Tim Conkel audition music: Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger Moves Like Jagger (Studio Recording from

Tim Conkel’s “Ballet” audition music: From Romeo And Juliet – Prokofiev’s Suite No. 1 Op. 64b, 6th Movement Romeo and Juliet Suites, Op. 64bis, Op. 64ter, Op. 101 (excerpts): Suite 1 No. 6 Romeo and Juliet (Balcony) - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Highligthts) & Cinderella Suite

Jackson Alvarez Audition Music: C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory: Super Hits

Wobble by V.I.C. Wobble - Wobble - Single

Janelle Issis Audition Music: District 78 feat Young Pops & Heavy – Shake Move Wiggle Shake Move Wiggle (feat. Young Pops & Heavy) - Shake Move Wiggle (feat. Young Pops & Heavy) - Single

Danielle Dominguez (dancer that loves bacon) intro music: Lisa Donahey – Bacon Bacon - She's Got It Covered

Danielle Dominguez (dancer that loves bacon) Audition Music: Numb by Oh Land Numb - Fauna

Andre Rucker (Second Dragon House Roommate) Excision and Datsik – Invaderz Invaderz - Swagga / Invaderz - Single

Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer (Third Dragon House Roommate) Audition Music: District 78 – Demolition

Courtney Kirby Audition Music: Audiomachine – Guardians at the Gate Guardians At the Gate - Chronicles

Asher Walker Audition Music: James Brown – I Got the Feelin’ I Got the Feelin' (Single Version) - Number 1's

George Lawrence II Audition Music: Sennen – Where The Light Gets In Where the Light Gets In - Where the Light Gets In

Abigail Ruz Audition Music: Jessie J – Mamma Knows Best Mamma Knows Best - Who You Are (Platinum Edition)

Calvin Turner Jr Audition Music: CocoRosie – Candyland Candyland - La Maison de Mon Rêve

Aubrey Klinger Audition Music: PP Music – Sherlus Victorious(?) Sherlus Victorius - Burn This City

Brittany Ortner Audition Music: Lindsey Mac – Use Me Use Me - Small Revolution

Joseph Alley – Brother Brother Brother Brother - Brother Brother - Single

Damon Bellmon & Deon Lewis Audition Music: District 78 – Dubstep Breakdown: The Double Dubstep Remix Dubstep Breakdown - Thanks for the Falcon

Choreography Round Day Two in Atlanta: Papi by Jennifer Lopez Papi - LOVE? (Deluxe Edition)

Last song of episode: Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars Shooting Stars - Bag Raiders

June 6, 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... =)

Season 9 Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance

Here we are! The Season 9 Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance. After a few seasons of the evolution of the show:
– Season 5: moving the So You Think You Can Dance stage to the Kodak Theatre
– Season 6: first (and only) Fall season of So You Think You Can Dance at the Kodak Theatre
– Season 7: reduction of the Top 20 to an Top 11 and introduction of the All-Stars
– Season 8: bringing back of the Top 20 and bringing in the All-Stars for the Top 10
As for Season 9 there is the elimination of the “Results Show” and the re-arranging of the “Performance Show” to include an elimination.

What is also “new” this season is the inclusion that as opposed to having just one winner of the season, there will be two winners: one male dancer and one female dancer. The reason I say “new” in quotes is simply because the producers of So You Think You Can Dance have given a cash award to not only the top male dancer in a season, but also to the top female dancer back in Season 4 where Joshua Allen won the season, but Katee Shean was the top female dancer and was given a cash award as well.

But enough of that… tonight (Thursday) brings us to the first auditions from Dallas and New York for a two-hour event. Then starting next week, the show will move to the regular spot of Wednesday nights with auditions continuing in Los Angeles (Wednesday, May 30), Atlanta (Wednesday, June 6) and Salt Lake City (Wednesday, June 13) all two-hour episodes.

The dancers that caught the judges’ interest during the individual city auditions will be brought back for the Las Vegas callback which would air on Wednesday, June 20. For the celebration of the 200th episode of So You Think You Can Dance, Season 9 will introduce the Top 20 finalists who will perform in their own specialties so that America can get to know more about them and their individual talents.

After a one-week break (due to the July 4th holiday) America would get a chance to watch the Top 20 finalists for the first time as they are paired up to perform together. After America votes in their choices for their favorite dances and the most at-risk couples will be asked to perform solo routines the following week. If a couple is split apart, the individual dancers will form a new couple.

Then taking on the changes from Season 7 and 8, once the Top 20 has been wittled down to a Top 10, the finalists will be paired up with a So You Think You Can Dance All-Star dancer from a variety of styles: ballroom, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, jazz.

For those of you that got lost in all the writing above… here is a quick breakdown of what is going to happen in the summer:
– Thursday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Dallas and New York Auditions
– Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Los Angeles Auditions
– Wednesday, June 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Atlanta Auditions
– Wednesday, June 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Salt Lake City Auditions
– Wednesday, June 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Las Vegas Callbacks
– Wednesday, June 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Top 20 Revealed/Meet the Top 20 Performances (200th Episode)
– Wednesday, July 4: Preemption
– Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): First Performance Show
– Wednesday, July 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT): Performance and First Results Show

May 24, 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 Season 8 Premiere – Atlanta/Oakland Auditions

I’m so excited that SYTYCD Season 8 is finally starting! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

Feel free to help us out with the music by writing songs in the comments as you catch them. Keep checking back during and after the show as I list all of the music seen in this week’s episode.

Episode opening music: District 78’s “100% Pure Adrenaline” (no link as of yet)

Atlanta Auditions

Audition line: Captain Phoenix’s “Pistols and Hearts (Bloody Beetroots Remix)” –Pistols & Hearts (The Bloody Beetroots Remix) - Best of...Remixes

Audition line: District 78’s “Human Spirit is Still Alive” (no link as of yet)

Bianka Hinkerine and her non-competing partner Giovanni (Columbian salsa) audition: Charlie Palmieri’s “No Puedo Mas” – No Puedo Mas - The Heavyweight

Melanie Moore (contemporary, short hair, from my hometown) audition: Our reader Erica helped out and said it’s Alexandre Desplat’s “The Meadow” – New Moon (The Meadow) - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Deluxe Version) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] from the New Moon soundtrack
Melanie goes on to Vegas to:

Going into the commercial: Carolina Liar’s “Show Me What I’m Looking For” – Show Me What I'm Looking For - Coming to Terms

Going into the commercial: Zack Hemsey’s “Mind Heist” – Mind Heist - Mind Heist

Back from commercial, audition line: *Levels Music Group’s “Ladies Got the Look”

Intro to Deon Lewsa and Damon Bellmon: Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” – It Takes Two - Profilin' - the Hits
Deon Lewsa and Damon Bellmon (pairs hip hop?): Darnel Alexander’s “Brother Brother” – Brother Brother - Brother Brother - Single LMG

Yes montage (10 dancers in a row): B.O.B. ft Rivers Cuomo’s “Magic” – Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray (Deluxe)

Going into commercial: Position Music’s “Magestica” – Magestica - Gothic Impact (I think this is the one, but not 100% as the artist name is different)

Marko Germar (shot in the arm, contemporary): James Morrison’s “If You Don’t Wanna Love Me” – If You Don't Wanna Love Me - Songs for You, Truths for Me

Katee & Jakob’s choreography: Usher ft Pitbull’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again” – DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - Single

Going on to Vegas: I’m From Barcelona’s “Game Is On” – Game Is On - Forever Today

Audition line: Lil Jon feat 3OH!3 “Hey” – Hey - Crunk Rock.

Kimalee Piedad & partner (contemporary with great lifts): Sara Bareilles’s “Gravity” – Gravity - Little Voice

John “White Chocolate” Palermo (the “Southern Gentleman” who demanded hugs) audition: Chris Brown’s “Forever” – Forever - Exclusive (The Forever Edition)

Audition line: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’s “Heads Will Roll” – Heads Will Roll - It's Blitz!

Kyre Batiste Lofton (Grandma Mandy “guest judged”) audition: The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics: Ultimate Collection (Remastered)

Grandma Mandy giving Lil C a whupping: Devo’s “Whip It” – Whip It - Greatest Hits

Montage of dancers going to Vegas at the end of Day 2: Our reader Michelle tells me it’s Lifehouse’s “All In” – All In - Smoke & Mirrors (Deluxe Version)

Oakland Auditions

Welcome to the Oakland audition line: Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul” – California Soul - The Spice of Life

Intro to Amber Williams: The Troggs’s “Wild Thing” – Wild Thing - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Troggs
Amber Williams (crazy personality, green dance costume) audition: Ke$ha’s “Boots and Boys” – Boots & Boys - Animal

Timothy Joseph (B Boy with all the great tricks): Kenny Wesley’s “The Window” – The Window - The Window - Single (one of the Levels Music Group songs)

Ieshia Moss’s audition: *Levels Music Group’s “Shake It Low” – CHECK BACK SOON FOR AN UPDATE ON THIS! (6.5.11)

Marcos Prieto’s (florescent white shirt, not so good dancing) audition: Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” – Rude Boy - Rated R

One bad dancer: piano music

Danielle Ihle (lost her home and dad) audition: Florence & the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” – Cosmic Love - Lungs (Deluxe Edition)

Ashley Nichole Rich (modern/contemporary “Ashley style”): Marvin Sapp’s “The Best in Me” – The Best In Me - Here I Am (Deluxe Version)
Ashley gets a yes and into the yes montage: Judges singing and then, Whitney Houston’s “You Light Up My Life” – You Light Up My Life - Just Whitney

D’on-que Addison (I think this is the crying performance art guy): LeToya Luckett “Lazy” – Lazy - Lady Love

Jeffery “Machine” McCann (B boy) – James Brown’s “Get On the Good Foot Pt. 1” – Get On the Good Foot, Pts. 1 & 2 - Get On the Good Foot

Ryan Ramirez (Top 24 last season, back again): Angus & Julia Stone’s “Walk It Off” – Walk It Off - Down the Way (Bonus Track Version)

Yes montage: Brooke Fraser’s “Something in the Water” – Something In the Water - Flags (Deluxe Version)

2nd day audition line: Nero’s “This Way” – This Way - Getdarker Presents This Is Dubstep, Vol. 3

Levi “I Dummy” Allen (he “turfs,” so he’s a turfer): *Levels Music Group’s “You’re Not Alone”

7 on to Vegas at the end of day 2: Elsinore’s “Yes Yes Yes” – Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes

Episode wrap up: PP Music’s “Sherlus Victorius” – Sherlus Victorius - Burn This City

I hope y’all continue to help with the music cause I’m still missing quite a lot. Next week is St. Lake City and NYC!!

May 26, 2011 I Written By