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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.

A Chance to Dance Company Goes on SYTYCD Tour and Other Juicy Speculation

A Chance to Dance is over now, but you can still catch it streamed online. It’s a great watch if you have a weekend and need something fun to do. If you love dancing, you won’t be disappointed.

Although, the dancers on A Chance to Dance are really just getting started with their careers. As we saw on the Chance to Dance finale, most of the dancers are going to be going on tour with SYTYCD.

Marianya is planning on going to the tour stop in Chicago I believe, so we should get a full report on the tour early on. Plus, I’m quite sure that Amanda will find a tour stop as well. You can see all the SYTYCD tour stops on the AEG website.

While we wait to hear exactly how they’re going to merge the Chance to Dance company with those from SYTYCD, it’s fun to speculate about what things they might do.

First, I bet the opening dance and finale dance will be phenomenal since they’ll have so many dancers to work with. At least I hope they make those new dances that combine all of the dancers into a montage of beautiful dancing.

I also wonder if they’ll do big group dances. I think in some past tours they didn’t do some of the group dances because they didn’t have enough dancers. I wonder if they’ll do those now with all the dancers from Chance to Dance joining in.

Another interesting possibility is if some of the Chance to Dance dancers get an opportunity to do some of the SYTYCD dances. Maybe it won’t happen, but what a wonderful opportunity for those on Chance to Dance if it happens.

In other speculation, I wonder if some of the dancers from A Chance to Dance will show up on the next season of SYTYCD. That would be fun. I don’t think some of the dancers are as versatile as they need to be to have success on SYTYCD, but I’d still love to see them.

Finally, this is my best speculation of the whole post. I haven’t seen the ratings for Chance to Dance and the other critics talking about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this was Nigel’s attempt to try out another dance show. How cool would it be if Nigel took A Chance to Dance and expanded it to a full series as opposed to the 7 episodes we got this year. The dynamics of a company are interesting and there’s something beautiful and refreshing about not knowing what to expect next in the show. I hope they do this, but we’ll see. I’m sure Nigel is keeping an eye on how to create a dance show to replace SYTYCD once it meets its final demise.

October 8, 2012 I Written By

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

Chance to Dance on Ovation Premieres August 17th

In case you missed it previously, we had the chance to attend the auditions of a new show produced by Nigel Lythgoe called Chance to Dance. Since then we’ve decided to cover the full season of Chance to Dance here on Pure SYTYCD.

For those dance fans like us, Chance to Dance premieres on Ovation TV on Friday, August 17th at 7 PM PT / 10 PM ET. You can also follow Chance to Dance on Facebook as well. Word is that they’ll be streaming the show on Facebook as well. I’ll try and get more details about the online stream and share that once I get it.

For those who don’t know anything about Chance to Dance, I think this video does a pretty good job showing a short preview of the show:

Also, Allison Holker is a part of Chance to Dance and recorded this video where she offers some really great dance tips:

I’m excited to see how this show comes together. As it says in the top video, the dancers that make it through Chance to Dance will have the opportunity to go on tour with the SYTYCD dancers. Very cool!

August 2, 2012 I Written By

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

SYTYCD Tour Exclusive – Caitlynn, Ricky, Clarice, Jess, Marko, Melanie

Just Dance catches the So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Tour on the road and interviews Jess, Ricky, Caitlynn and Clarice! Find out about Marko’s injury, and watch exclusive footage of the opening number and Melanie & Marko’s spicy dance from the show on the road. Video Below 🙂

October 8, 2011 I Written By

So You Think You Can Dance Tour ATL – Interview

Hi everybody!

I just got back from interviewing the tour dancers before tonight’s show. It was a lot of fun. They’re all really funny and warm. I got hugs all around as we walked out of the interview room and I’m looking forward to watching the dances.

Marko is still injured so he won’t be dancing tonight. Still, the dancers are hopeful he’ll join them before too long.

Here’s a warning: Some of the dancers’ responses are really soft and I’m kinda loud, especially when I laugh, since the camera was closest to me. I hope I don’t kill your eardrums, but I think you’ll enjoy the dancers’ responses to your questions. Also, I was so entertained by the dancers that I forgot I was interviewing them just a little bit a few times. It was so much fun!

Please send us more as our writers should be interviewing the dancers at different cities along the tour!

AND I forgot to show y’all the picture I took! Here it is: Read more..

September 21, 2011 I Written By

SYTYCD Tour – Interview the Dancers

Hi everybody!

The SYTYCD Season 8 tour has started and tomorrow will be Atlanta’s turn. Amanda and I will both be there and it looks like we’ll be able to meet with the dancers in the afternoon, before the show, and ask them questions. Including Season 8 winner Melanie, who’s a Marietta girl like me!

SO, is there anything you’d like us to ask them? Let us know!

September 19, 2011 I Written By

SYTYCD Tour – Without Music!

Tonight, in Boston, the music went out during Lauren and Billy’s performance of “Boogie Shoes.”

Billy_Bell Well… The accapella version of boogie shoes was not originally On the set list… But we did it! @laurenfrodie only you babe! Love you! about 4 hours ago via Echofon Retweeted by 13 people

The now-seasoned pros just went on with the dance, regardless. Here’s a video from Jen on Twitter. It’s a pretty amazing, video, check it out:

October 11, 2010 I Written By

SYTYCD T-shirts for the SYTYCD Tour

Well, I meant to do this post right after the finale of SYTYCD. Unfortunately, I got a bit busy and never got around to it. Thanks to Emilie, Amanda, McPhee and Malicious Mandy for keeping things going on Pure SYTYCD while I took a bit of a break.

Well, I know that many of you have already been to see the SYTYCD tour. My tour date seems like forever away (about a month). So, I’m still waiting for my chance to enjoy the show. Plus, I got fourth row tickets which isn’t too bad. If you haven’t gotten your SYTYCD tour tickets yet, there are still some SYTYCD Tour tickets on Ticketmaster. Still a month worth of tour stops left. I’m personally going to the Las Vegas one.

If you want to be really cool at the SYTYCD tour stop, then you should definitely get a shirt that shows your love for the show. Here’s some possible t-shirts that should work or you can get a “I Heart LoFro” t-shirt if you prefer.

Personally, I think I’m going to go with the “I Live SYTYCD” t-shirt below (in a Men’s style of course):

If you see someone in Las Vegas with a shirt like this, you’ll know it’s me!

October 4, 2010 I Written By

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

SYTYCD Season 7 Tour-Part 2

So after the show on Monday night I went up and spoke to Kathryn’s family and Megan (one of her dance teachers and someone I used to dance with). I told them that I had supported her during her season on this site and still do. Then her dad asked me if I had gotten a backstage pass. I said no, so he grabbed one from his wife and handed it to me. I think there might have been 50 to 75 people that received a backstage pass. Basically this meant we were able to meet the dancers before those that were waiting outside behind the barrier. We were all gathered in one section of seats in the arena to wait before going the meet and greet area. Yes like the people outside we had to wait, just not as long. So the reason you have to hurry and wait is that the dancers take showers and then get notes about the show from the director. I waited about thirty minutes to go back to the meet and greet area. Once were there we spread out in the room, that way the dancers could just walk around the room. Kathryn was the third dancer that entered the room and went straight towards her friends and family. So I decide to go meet some of the other dancers first. I’ll post in the order that I met them. 

Billy: I was greeted with a warm smile and a big hug. I told him how happy I was to see him come back this season after having to drop out the season before. 

Ashley: I read many comments on here and other sites that many wanted Ashley to come back next season. As I expected she wanted to go on tour instead of going through the audition process again. I can’t say I blame her I would have done the same thing. 

Courtney: I ended up talking to her with Kathryn’s dance teacher, about “Two Steps Away”. Courtney said she had to walk that one off after she watched it…safe to say she was a Kathryn fan.

 Russell: Is a very down to earth person and he does have a certain charm about him. I was so die hard pulling for Kathryn during season six that Russell just flew under the radar. I have to say watching him Krump live is as Lil C would say very bucc.

 Kathryn: She saw me before I even tried to get her attention and next thing I knew I was in a big hug. I wasn’t sure if she would recognize me because I was off at college by the time she really started dancing in the companies of our dance studio. Though I often stopped by the studio to visit and take some classes during the summer. It a cool thing to have a very large extended dance family and even better to see someone you know succeed in dance world. 

Jose: He was more quiet and reserved than what I had expected. I would have missed him completely if he hadn’t walked by me.

 Dominic: The stage persona had left but he is still very personable. You can tell that he is very grateful for all the opportunities he’s had. He was my brother’s favorite all star. Also the interview in the program is very funny. 

Allison: She is missing her little girl while she is on tour. I was listening to her when she was talking to someone else and I didn’t realize that she doesn’t like to on the stage talking. It makes her nervous…I can so relate to that. We did talk a little about Travis too, and they did know each other before the show.

 Ade: Loved meeting him the year before and still loved meeting him again. I told him how much I enjoyed watching him this season and that I wish he had done more contemporary on his season…he was like “I know right”.

 Robert: My favorite and yes I told him that too. I said that when it got down the three of them I voted for all three and thought Kent was going to win. To my surprise he agreed with me. Also passed along that after they danced “Fix You” there was a lady in the front row crying. So if that dance meant anything to you tell him, he really like to hear about it. On a side note, he is a great hugger.

 AdeChike: I didn’t get a chance to talk to him much but he does have a good attitude about him. He did say he would have gone by Ade on the show had all star Ade not been on the show.

 Laruen: I just love her. We talked about the wardrobe malfunction she had when dancing with Neil. I learned it is a common thing with her. “Clothes just don’t like to stay on me, but I couldn’t say that on tv, thank God for boob tape.”

 Kent: He stayed busy the entire time, so I really only had time to say hi and get a picture. Though he is exactly how you think he would be. I also loved the banter between him and Courtney during the show.



September 30, 2010 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 2010 Tour – New Orleans

Hi y’all.

So, my mom and I attended the 2010 SYTYCD Tour in New Orleans last night. This is our second year – last year, we saw the show in Duluth, with Amanda. This year, you’ll get write-ups on two different cities from us.

If you haven’t bought your tickets to the SYTYCD tour, there are still SYTYCD tour tickets available on Ticketmaster but many shows are selling out so go buy them now.

There will be some tour spoilers below, so stop reading if knowing ahead of time will bother you. 🙂


First of all, we were the first date on the tour and each show is always a little different, so I don’t know what they’ll change up.

We were on the side of the stage, so the girls started shrieking whenever they caught even a glimpse of the dancers peeking out from the curtain. They kept calling Kent’s name, so I was pretty sure that he hasn’t lost any fans since the finale. 🙂

The opening was pretty stellar, all intense music and spastic lights, but honestly, I was just so glad to see all those dancers again that I think I would’ve enjoyed them reading a phone book on stage. They flashed the names of the dancers on the big center screen and then lifted to reveal the dancers standing in a line.

Just to give you an idea scope of the intensity of last night’s opening and the phenomenal New Orleans audience, check this out:

I think one of the most interesting things about the tour was seeing who replaced the original dancers who weren’t dancing. For instance, the first dance was My Chick Bad with Russell stepping in for Twitch and he did a great job with Lauren. When Ade stepped in for Neil in the baseball Broadway routine, I have to admit that as much as I loooove Ade, I missed Neil. Though, I didn’t miss Neil nearly as much as I thought I would when Robert replaced him in the Travis Wall betrayal routine with Kent. Kent and Robert danced the hell out of that and Robert really made it his own. It’s a tough thing to make me forget about Neil, but I was totally absorbed in the routine.

They showed the “Outta Your Mind” on the big screen and I thought it was a good solution. Obviously, they had to have it but they couldn’t just re-cast the two dancers. As they proved when they had Ellen dance the tribute with Twitch.

There always seems to be a running joke, or at least there was last year (Russian folk, anyone?) and this year, it was the rock used in the King Arthur-themed Dominic-Jose piece. Even though I enjoyed it better live, I still object to Dom bowing to Jose. No way Jose dominated, sorry. Dom = dominate. 🙂 Anyway, I won’t tell you how the rock became the running joke – you’ll just have to see for yourself.

The last thing I’ll mention about the performance is that there’s a surprise in the second half involving Lauren and Kent and that infamous prom dance. It’s a really cool surprise and it ended the show. So, look for it when you check out the tour.

Oh, I guess it’s worth mentioning that some of the dancers were naturally a little more natural while introducing the other performances. Kent and Robert, for instance, didn’t really sound different at all from their regular selves, while some of the dancers (who shall remain nameless) were cute but pretty unnatural while speaking on the sidelines. I think it’s an invaluable part of their process – learning public speaking. 🙂

It’s a great show. There are already videos up on YouTube (better than mine) and you can see some great photos taken by someone who clearly had a better seat than me.

And, as we did last year, my mom and I waited to meet all the dancers after the show. And waited. And waited. We waited about two hours. It was not my favorite part, especially because they kept telling us it was going to be 45 minutes and then 45 minutes would pass and then they’d say 45 minutes again. But, while we were waiting, we befriended all the folks in line around us. And I caught these priceless homemade shirts.

Kent take me to Wapokenta

Robert you make Heaven a place on Earth

I want to lay Ade

And meeting the dancers MORE than made up for the two hours’ wait. It was midnight and it was still hot and we were all exhausted. But, they were ALL so grateful we came to see them, that we waited to meet them. They were humble and sweet and so wonderful. They spent time with each and every person, gave hugs and took pictures and signed everything put in front of them. And I got pictures with all of them. Of course, I cropped myself out of them as best I could and they were taken on my cell phone, but check out the pictures below.

Some quick notes of introduction:
-These photos are in the order that I met the dancers.
-Even though he acted like he remembered my mom and me, I’m not sure Ade possibly could, but I love him for faking it. 🙂 He gives the best hugs.
-Kathryn asked me where I was sitting and seemed to recognize me. I told her I was waaaay up on the side, but that I wrote for this site, along with her former studio-mate Amanda. She spent a good amount of time with us and had to help me find her picture in the book for her to sign cause I was so tired. Lol
-Robert is lovely. He also spent a lot of time with us and also with everybody I saw him talking to. That kid is going far.
-I told Ashley how upset I was that she had to withdraw from the competition and she seemed really touched. I think it’s really cool of her to go on tour with her Season 7 peeps rather than go for another season next year, though I’ll miss seeing her on t.v.
-AdeChike is really funny and personable. He had no trouble connecting with everybody in line and seemed to really enjoy all the fans.














September 20, 2010 I Written By