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Top 20 Power Rankings

I really want to start off by saying how amazing that opening routine was last night. I loved seeing the dancers, choreographers, and judges tell us a story through dance. Nappy Tabs quite possibly created one of my favorite dances of the season…well I’m sure one of many. 

Now on to the tough part, keep in mind this is subjective and just my thoughts on the night. I always find it hard to rank the not so good dances especially when I feel like there really weren’t any total train wrecks. So glad I don’t have the judges job this week cause I really have no idea who will be in trouble next week. 

Top 3 

Amy & Fik-Shun

This was the dance of the night. Sonya created another beautiful contemporary dance. I knew Amy wouldn’t have any trouble with this dance but I was worried about Fik-Shun. Needless to say I think he probably made us all think twice about him. I can’t wait to see what is in store for them next week. 

Jasmine H & Aaron

Another power couple according to the judges, and well I agree. Sonya can be hit or miss for me and truthfully I am on the fence about the dance itself but Jasmine and Aaron made the dance great for me. I don’t see them going anywhere soon. 

Brittany & BluPrint

This was another pleasant surprise for me tonight. Just judging from the rehearsal footage I was a bit worried that this could’ve been a train wreck. Thankfully it was not, I thought both of them pulled this off well and was the only dance to technically to make the Hot Tamale Train. BluPrint does pick up the choreography well but I still feel like he could still tap into the emotion side of the dances. Over all I’m looking forward to seeing these two grow. Total side note Cat and Wayne had me laughing and I was impressed to hear Wayne mention a Season one dancer. 

The Rest (I just couldn’t bring myself to make a bottom 2 or 3 list.) 

Malece & Jade

This was the first dance of the night that really made sit up and get excited about the show. To hear the judges say that the actual performance turned out much better that the dress run, really makes me want to see the dress run just to see the difference. I’m happy to see Jade prove himself as a partner and being there for Malece. He still needs some refining as Wayne mentioned but I don’t think he has to worry about going home first. 

Makensie & Paul

I love the Viennese waltz it’s always just mesmerizing to me. I was surprised to here that Paul is strictly a Latin ballroom dancer but he and Makensie pulled it off and made it look effortless.   

Jasmine M. & Alan

When Travis pulled out the blindfolds, I’ll admit I thought he was a little bit nuts with it being the first week of the partners. Of course he proved me wrong, and it seemed to strengthen them as partners. While the dance was absolutely beautiful it was lacking something for me and I’m not quite sure what was missing. I feel that Jasmine is the stronger of the two in this dance. 

Hayley & Curtis, Alexis & Nico

Both of these couples had a Chris Scott hip hop dance. I equally loved both of them but the judges seemed to like Hayley and Curtis a little bit better. The only thing that I can think of that Alexis and Nico could work on is the attitude of the dance. Overall I truly enjoyed both dances. 

Jenna & Tucker

Oh boy I do love these two paired together but the routine just didn’t work for me. I thought Tucker stood out more for me than Jenna. This is one of those times I really want to love the dance but I just can’t. 

Mariah & Carlos

This is when being the first ones to perform did not help them. While the both performed the Jive well…the just seem not quite up to what the dance required. I love these two and hated that it seemed they were given more than what they could handle. It was the technique that was lacking and honestly Wayne summed up what I thought about this Jive. 

Okay so what Girls and Guys might be in trouble next week…I really have no clue but here is what I’m thinking. I’m just going with my gut on this part.

Girls: Jenna, Mariah, and Alexis

Boys: Carlos, Alan, and Nico

So who do you think will be the first to leave the competition.

June 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... =)

Fox Cancels SYTYCD Results Show – Big Changes Coming

In case you’re not an avid Twitter follower of Nigel (@dizzyfeet) you might have missed some of Nigel’s tweets today that talk about some big changes that will be coming to SYTYCD 2012. Here are the tweets from Nigel Lythgoe:

Of course, I’m a little intrigued and a bit shocked that the results show has been cancelled. It will take some time for me to process this idea and think of whether this is a really good or bad thing. There’s no doubt that SYTYCD hasn’t done what Fox would like it to do and if this next season wasn’t good then I wouldn’t be surprised if SYTYCD is cancelled all together. So, I guess it makes sense for Fox to cancel the results show as a preliminary step.

My gut feeling says that this could be a good thing. If done right it could bring new life into SYTYCD. Change is not always good, but if done right it can be great. One thing that I think I’ll miss most from the results shows is the group dance. Those group dances were some of the best dances that SYTYCD put together. They were always fun and exciting. I hope Nigel and Fox find a way to somehow incorporate the group dances still.

Another interesting thing is how “dancing for your life” will work. To be honest, it never really felt like they were dancing for their life. At least not since SYTYCD season 2 where I may have just been uninformed to how it was really working. I can only think of once or twice when the “dancing for your life” may have made any real impact on the judges. They basically already know who they want to have leave most of the time.

I’m sure I’m missing other things, but wanted to get this out there to hear your thoughts.

I love when Nigel says British things like “series” as opposed to “season”. I’d love to hear from anyone that plans to go to the SYTYCD Auditions in Atlanta.

I’m optimistic like Nigel. Fox really has been great to keep SYTYCD around for 9 seasons. As I said above, they need to breathe some new life into SYTYCD or it will be cancelled, so I say let’s swing for the fences. 9 seasons is great for a TV show, but I definitely would like another 9 seasons of SYTYCD!

My best suggestion for Nigel Lythgoe and Mike Darnell is to search for more unpolished dancers that we can see become polished over the arc of the series. Mix that with some tremendous dancers and we’ll have another great season.

January 1, 2012 I Written By

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

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:

FOX has picked up #SYTYCD for it’s 9th season, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox. [HOORAY]


Nigel Lythgoe

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?