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SYTYCD Season 8 Revisited: Outstanding Choreographer Nominations

With the Emmy nominations out… I decided to scour the internet to find the routines from Season 8 that the choreographers created that earned them the Emmy nominations. Based on the the routines you see below… there is a poll at the bottom where you can choose the choreographer that you’d like to see win the Emmys this year. Keep in mind that Smash also earned an Emmy nomination but since it is not SYTYCD related… I did not include them in this list.

Interesting enough we have representation for:
– Contemporary (Travis Wall / Stacey Tookey)
– Hip Hop (Christopher Scott)
– Broadway (Spencer Liff / NBC’s Smash)

No love for ballroom? Awww… =( But I digress…

First I am going to start with the homegrown SYTYCD alumni:
TRAVIS WALL: Dancing with the Stars
Episode: Season 14 – Top 8 Results Show (24 April 2012)
Style: Contemporary
Other Choreographer: Teddy Forance

Thoughts: Travis has yet to create a “mediocre” routine, then again what can be considered as a “mediocre” routine for Travis would be strong routine for other choreographers. He has really grown into his own with developing his skill set and moving outside of the box, going from choreographing partners on SYTYCD and smaller groups to the larger scale routines as show on DWTS last season. Adding in the fly system so that one of the dancers is floating on air just adds more to the routine as opposed to being a gimmick.

Also, it is always nice to sift through the dancers and play “are they from So You Think You Can Dance”? For example I saw Nick Lazzarini, Jaimie Goodwin, Melanie Moore, Ryan Ramirez… the list goes on. If he keeps this up I will be very interested to see what he brings onto the plate in the Off-Broadway production of Bare that he is tapped as choreographer. Not to mention the reality based television series on cable that is rumored to revolve around his new dance company.
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July 19, 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... =)

Podcast: SYTYCD Season 9 – Vegas Week and Meet the Top 20

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Episode 48: “Vegas Week” direct download

Episode 49: “Meet the Top 20” direct download

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Time Stamps for “Vegas Week”
0:00 – Introduction
1:18 – The cuts during Vegas Week
13:36 – The major narratives of Vegas Week – Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
19:14 – Standouts during Vegas Week
22:34 – MIA dancers during Vegas Week
25:30 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Vegas Week”: 28:38

Time Stamps for “Meet the Top 20”
0:00 – Introduction
1:33 – First contemporary routine by Tyce DiOrio: Alexa Anderson, George Lawrence II, Will Thomas, and Amber Jackson
3:57 –  Ballroom routine by Jason Gilkinson: Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Witney Carson, and Lindsay Arnold
6:15 – Ballet routine by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden: Eliana Girard, Daniel Baker, and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp
8:36 – Jazz routine by Sonya Tayeh: Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janelle Issis (not in routine)
10:18 – Second contemporary routine by Stacey Tookey: Matthew Kamierczak, Dareian Kujawa, Janaya French, and Amelia Lowe
12:19 – “Mixed” routine by Chris Scott: Cole Horibe, Brandon Mitchell, Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer
14:14 – Top 10 girls routine by Travis Wall
15:35 – Top 10 guys routine by Sonya Tayeh
16:59 – Top 20 routine by Mia Michaels
18:36 – Wrap-up

Episode Length of “Meet the Top 20”: 20:07

Wedding planning has consumed a lot of our time, but we’re finally here with our “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” podcasts! We apologize for the erratic and delayed release schedule, and ask for your patience as we find time to record and edit these.

The “Vegas Week” and “Meet the Top 20” episodes have transitioned us from the audition portion of the show into the live competition. We found ourselves unsatisfied with Vegas Week, as many of our early favorites were cut, most notably Mariah Spears. The insistence of the producers to make a narrative out of the Vegas Week process for Alexa Anderson and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer also did not sit well with us, as this not only smacked of favoritism, but it also consumed so much television time that we barely saw the full routines for the different genre rounds.

We enjoyed the “Meet the Top 20” episode much more, as the remaining contestants that made it through the Green Mile are the ones we would have selected. The actual routines were quite good, with the routine by Chris Scott being a standout. Already we have some people we are excited for, including Cole Horibe and Witney Carson, and we also worry about the longevity of some contestants, such as Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and Janaya French. Finally, we urge the producers and choreographers to take care with how they place and feature Alexa Anderson. Between the Vegas Week episode and the choices in the Travis and Mia Michaels routines, we’re concerned that she will experience a huge backlash from the fanbase, very similar to Ryan from last season. Overall, we’re excited for the final cast of contestants and cannot wait to see the first live show tonight!

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! You can leave us a comment here or on our blog, Reflections on Pop Entertainment. You can also follow us on Twitter and tweet with us. You can also visit our Facebook page, like us, and leave a comment there! We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

July 11, 2012 I Written By

Over the past few years my fiancée Meghan slowly brought me into the world of television, turning me into a full-fledged fan of both scripted and reality shows. So You Think You Can Dance turned into one of my favorite reality shows as it is a competition that takes itself seriously, providing the audience with artistic choreography and talented dancers. It's certainly not something I ever expected to get emotionally invested in, but here I am! Meghan and I are very analytic when it comes to the things we enjoy. We constantly discussed and analyzed shows with each other and after doing this for a couple years, we decided that we should turn these discussions into a podcast. We created Reflections on Pop Entertainment, a podcast that provides commentary and analysis of popular entertainment as found in visual mediums, particularly television and film. So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 is the first television series we're covering with weekly podcasts and has allowed us to find our voice as well as actively contribute to the fan community. We hope that you'll enjoy our installments as they are posted to Pure So You Think You Can Dance!

SYTYCD Top 8 Results Music

It’ll be interesting to see what happens tonight, who goes into next week’s Top 6 Finale. Kris Allen is playing tonight and I’m sure we’ll have some great music, as always.

Sonya Top 8 group routine: “Pon de Floor” Major Lazer - Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do (Bonus Track Version) - Pon de Floor (feat. VYBZ Kartel)-Major Lazer ft. VYBZ Kartel

Asia’s #1 pop group The Wonder Girls performed “Nobody” Wonder Girls - The Wonder Years - Trilogy - Nobody

Legacy danced his solo to “Flashing Lights” Vitamin String Quartet - The String Quartet Tribute to Kanye West - Flashing Lights by the Vitamin String Quartet
Ellenore danced her solo to “Hajnal” Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született - Hajnal by Venetian Snares
Ryan danced his solo to “Din Da Da” Kevin Aviance - Box of Chocolates - Din Da Da by Kevin Aviance
Mollee danced her solo to “You’ll Find a Way” Santigold - Santigold - You'll Find a Way (Switch and Sinden Remix) by Santigold (the Switch and Sinden remix)

Kris Allen performed “Live Like We’re Dying” Kris Allen - Live Like We're Dying - Single - Live Like We're Dying

Mollee is sent home: “Never Say Never” The Fray - The Fray - Never Say Never-The Fray

Legacy is sent home: “Where It Ends” 16 Frames - Where It Ends - Where It Ends-16 Frames

If you’re hot to trot before the show starts, check out all the music from previous episodes here.

December 9, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 10 Results Music

I’m so excited for tonight’s show, knowing that some or all of Seasons 5’s Top 10 are going to be on tonight. And Quest! Bound to be a great show, even if we do have to eliminate two dancers.

Tyce Diorio Top 10 group routine: “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” Billy Joel - The Essential Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me-Billy Joel

Legion of Extraordinary Dancers: “Yellow” Vitamin String Quartet - The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay - Yellow-Vitamin String Quartet

SYTYCD Season 6 Top 12 Solo Music

Noelle’s solo: “Inside a Boy” My Brightest Diamond - Shark Remixes, Vol. 2: Son Lux - EP - Inside a Boy (Son Lux Remix)-My Brightest Diamond (probably the Son Lux remix)

Ryan’s solo: “Rock You Like a Hurricane” Scorpions - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane-Scorpion

Kathryn’s solo: “Beautiful” Bethany Dillon - Bethany Dillon - Beautiful-Bethany Dillon

Nathan’s solo: “Pretty Wints” Maxwell - BLACKsummers'night (Deluxe Version) - Pretty Wings-Maxwell

Snoop Dogg ft. Quest: “I Wanna Rock” Snoop Dogg - I Wanna Rock - Single - I Wanna Rock

SYTYCD Season 6 Farewell Montage Music
Noelle is sent home: “Never Say Never” The Fray - The Fray - Never Say Never-The Fray
Nathan is sent home: “Where It Ends” 16 Frames - Where It Ends - Where It Ends-16 Frames

Until I get all of tonight’s music up, you can always take a look at all the music from previous episodes here.

December 2, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 10 Performance Music

I’m excited to see Season6’s Top 10 perform in their new couples tonight. And, I’m super excited to see this Sonya routine to the full-length version of Oona and Dave Tweedie’s song “Tore My Heart.” Oona - Tore My Heart - Single - Tore My Heart I think we have good things in store tonight.

Nappytabs hip hop (Noelle & Ryan): “Give It To Me Right” Melanie Fiona - The Bridge - Give It to Me Right-Melanie Fiona

Gary Stuart contemporary (Ashleigh & Legacy): “Poison” The Prodigy - Music for the Jilted Generation - Poison-The Prodigy

Mollee’s solo: “Rock the Beat” LMFAO - Party Rock - Rock the Beat-LM*AO

Russell’s solo: “Outros” Black Milk - Sound of the City - Outro-Black Milk

Spencer Liff Broadway (Kathryn & Nathan): “Choreography” -Danny Kaye (not on iTunes that I saw)

Noelle’s solo: “Everytime It Rains” Charlotte Martin - On Your Shore - Every Time It Rains-Charlotte Martin

Tony & Melanie quickstep (Elleanore & Jakob): “Four Brothers” Manhattan Transfer - The Very Best of the Manhattan Transfer - Four Brothers-Manhattan Transfer

Ryan’s solo: “Rock You Like a Hurricane” Scorpions - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane-Scorpion

Kathryn’s solo: “Beautiful” Bethany Dillon - Bethany Dillon - Beautiful-Bethany Dillon

Mandy Moore lyrical jazz (Mollee & Russell): “It Must Have Been Love” Roxette - The Ballad Hits - It Must Have Been Love-Roxette

Nathan’s solo: “Golden Train” Justin Nozuka - Holly - Golden Train-Justin Nozuka

JT and Tomas smooth waltz (Noelle & Ryan): “Jeaux d’eau” Cirque du Soleil - O - Jeux d'eau-Cirque du Soleil O Soundtrack

Elleanore’s solo: “Beatbox Harmonica” Yuri Lane - Yuri Lane: Human Beatbox - Beatbox Harmonica-Yuri Lane

Dave Scott hip hop (Ashleigh & Legacy): “Slow Down” Bobby Valentino - Slow Down - Single - Slow Down-Bobby Valentino

Tony & Melanie rumba (Kathryn & Nathan): “Walk On By” Aretha Franklin - Bandits - Walk On By-Aretha Franklin

Legacy’s solo: “No Air” Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown - Jordin Sparks - No Air-Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown

Sonya Tayeh contemporary (Elleanore & Jakob): “Tore My Heart” Oona - Tore My Heart - Single - Tore My Heart -OONA & Dave Tweedie

Ashleigh’s solo: “Batucada Por Favor” Bob Azzam - A Night At the Jazz Rooms - Compiled By Russ Dewbury - Batucada Por Favor-Bob Azzam

Anya & Pasha jive (Mollee & Russell): “Land of 1,000 Dances” Jimmy Barnes - Raw - Land of 1,000 Dances-Jimmy Barnes

Jakob’s solo: “Always Midnight” acoustic Pat Monahan - Last of Seven Acoustic - Always Midnight-Pat Monahan

While President Obama’s address is going on and before I can get the music put up, you can check out all the previous SYTYCD music here.

December 1, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 12 Results Music

Since both John and I are traveling this week, this took some investigation. Enjoy. 🙂

Top 12 Nappytabs group routine: “What’s a Girl Gotta Do?” Basement Jaxx - Scars (Bonus Track Version) - What's a Girl Gotta Do? (feat. Paloma Faith) -Basement Jaxx ft. Paloma Faith

SYTYCD Season 6 Top 12 Solo Music

Karen danced for her life to “She Wants to Dance” N.E.R.D. - Fly or Die - She Wants to Move by N.E.R.D.
Victor danced for his life to “Village Attack” <James Newton Howard - Blood Diamond - Village Attack by James Newton Howard
Mollee danced for her life to “Bulletproof” by either La Roux La Roux - La Roux (Bonus Track Version) - Bulletproof
Nathan danced for his life to “Going Going Gone (Live)” Stars - Sad Robots - EP - Going, Going, Gone (Live) by Stars
Elleanore danced for her life to “Bottom” Zap Mama - Adventures in Afropea 1: Zap Mama - Bottom by Zap Mama
Ryan danced for his life to “Baila Balia Conmigo” Missiego - Baila Habibi, Vol. 3 - Baila, Baila Conmigo by Missiego

Shakira sang “Give It Up To Me” Shakira - She Wolf (Deluxe Version) - Give It Up to Me

SYTYCD Season 6 Farewell Montage Music
Karen is sent home: “Never Say Never” The Fray - The Fray - Never Say Never-The Fray
Victor is sent home: “Where It Ends” 16 Frames - Where It Ends - Where It Ends-16 Frames

Find all the other SYTYCD music here.

November 25, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 14 Results Music

Last night’s show had some great music, so I’m excited again to see what music they’ll bring out tonight. Judging from the comments, tonight’s results are really uncertain. The only thing I can count on is the awesome music. And Cat. We can always count on Cat.

Top 14 Wade and Amanda Robson group routine: “Aha!” Imogen Heap - Ellipse (Bonus Track Version) - Aha!-Imogen Heap

Nikul and the Bollywood dancers: “Desi Girl” Shankar Mahadevan & Sunidhi Chauhan - Dostana - EP - Desi Girl-Shankar Mahadevan & Suinidhi Chauhan from Dostana

SYTYCD Season 6 Top 14 Solo Music

Karen danced for her life to “Break on Through” The Doors - The Doors - Break On Through (To the Other Side) by The Doors.
Kevin danced for his life to “Freeze” T-Pain - Freeze (feat. Chris Brown) - Single - Freeze (feat. Chris Brown) by T-Pain ft. Chris Brown.
Channing danced for her life to “The Face” RyanDan - RyanDan - The Face by RyanDan.
Victor danced for his life to “Baby’s Romance” Chris Garneau - Music for Tourists - Baby's Romance by Chris Garneau.
Mollee danced for her life to “Let Me Think About It” Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand - Let Me Think About It - EP - Let Me Think About It by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand.
Nathan danced for his life to “So Insane” Discovery - LP (Bonus Track Version) - So Insane by Discover.

Musical guest Orianthi: “According to You” Orianthi - Believe - According to You

SYTYCD Season 6 Farewell Montage Music
Channing is sent home: “Never Say Never” The Fray - The Fray - Never Say Never-The Fray
Kevin is sent home: “Where It Ends” 16 Frames - Where It Ends - Where It Ends-16 Frames

Find other SYTYCD music here.

November 18, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 14 Performance Music

So excited about tonight’s episode. Can’t wait to see what the dancers bring, what the choreographers bring, for us tonight.

Nappytabs hip hop (Ashleigh & Jakob): “Whatcha Say” Jason Derulo - Whatcha Say - Single - Whatcha Say-Jason Derulo (loooove this remix/song)

Spencer Liff Broadway (Karen & Kevin): “If My Friends Could See Me Now” New Broadway Cast - Sweet Charity - If My Friends Could See Me Now-2005 Cast of Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate

Eddie Simon foxtrot (Noelle & Russell): “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)” Michael Bublé - Crazy Love (Deluxe Edition) - Baby (You've Got What It Takes) [with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings]-Michael Buble with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Tyce Diorio jazz (Channing & Victor): “Blackbird” Bobby McFerrin - The Voice - Blackbird-Bobby McFerrin

Tony Meredith paso doble (Kathryn & Legacy): “Pursuit” Cirque du Soleil - Kà - Pursuit-Cirque du Soleil’s Ka

Travis Wall contemporary! (Elleanore & Ryan): “Your Ex-Lover’s Dead” Stars - Set Yourself On Fire - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead-Stars (I love this song, too!)

Laurieann Gibson pop jazz (Mollee & Nathan): “Bad Romance” Lady GaGa - Bad Romance - Single - Bad Romance-Lady GaGa

Find all the SYTYCD music here.

November 17, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 16 Results Music

You know what I just realized? Going back to two episodes a week (separate performance and results episodes) means that we get… GROUP NUMBERS again!

And what a number it was!

Dave Scott’s Top 16 Group Routine: “Warrior Pt. 2” Lloyd Banks - The Hunger for More - Warrior, Pt. 2-Lloyd Banks

Alvin Ailey dancers, including Clifton Brown: “Episodes” -Robert Ruggieri (not on iTunes)

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November 11, 2009 I Written By

SYTYCD Top 16 Performance Music

Finally, things get back to normal in the SYTYCD-verse. Two episodes this week!!

SYTYCD Season 6 Top 16 Routines Music –

Maria Torres hustle (Karen & Kevin): “Come to Me” France Joli - France Joli: Greatest Hits - Come to Me-France Joli

Mandy Moore jazz (Ashleigh & Jakob): “Relax” Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Bang!...The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax-Frankie Goes to Hollywood

JT & Tomas dreaded quickstep (Pauline & Peter): “Hey Baby! (Shake Those Hula Hips)” Big Kahuna & The Copa Cat Pack - Shake Those Hula Hips! - Hey Baby! (Shake Those Hula Hips)-Big Kahuna & The Copa Cat Pack

Andy Blankenbuehler great Broadway (Kathryn & Legacy): “I Wanna Be Like You” Swingin' Fireballs - Show Time - I Wanna Be Like You-Swingin’ Fireballs

Stacey Tookey contemporary (Channing & Victor): “Be Be Your Love” KCRW version Rachael Yamagata - KCRW Sessions - EP - Be Be Your Love-Rachael Yamagata

Lil C hip hop (Elleanore & Ryan): “Lost Boiz Anthem” -Tha J-Squad (not on iTunes – try “Stop That” Jsquad - Schoolhouse 3 - Stop that)

Gustavo Vargas salsa (Mollee & Nathan): “Quimbara” Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco - A Lady & Her Music - Quimbara-Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco

Sean Cheesman Afrojazz (Noelle & Russell): “Frog Dance” Mickey Hart - Supralingua - Frog Dance-Mickey Hart & Planet Drum

November 10, 2009 I Written By