10 "SYTYCD" Auditions That Still Blow Us Away
Auditions for Season 15 of "So You Think You Can Dance" are right around the corner, and we're so ready to see the talented turnout (pun VERY much intended!). Want a little audition-spiration? Whether you're preparing to try out yourself or are just looking to get into the "SYTYCD" mood, here are 8 phenomenal past auditions we're still obsessing over.
Tate McRae, Season 13
The control, the balance, the tilts, those legs—we still have no idea how then–14-year-old Tate McRae became a dance powerhouse at such a young age.
Ricky Ubeda, Season 11
Ricky Ubeda's crazy extensions alone were enough to propel him to the top of Season 11—and then there's that powerful stage presence.
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer, Season 9
Pretty much nobody knows how to pump up a crowd—or a judges' panel—quite like Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer.
Jim Nowakowski, Season 12
Jim Nowakowski is (and continues to be) the definition of #LegGoals.
Ida Saki, Season 7
We're not crying, YOU'RE crying. After this intensely emotional audition, we were more than a little sad that Ida Saki had to withdraw from Season 7's competition (although being named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts was a pretty good excuse).
Bryan Gaynor, Multiple Seasons
Bryan Gaynor may not have made it on to the show as a contestant, but his repeat auditions—showcasing his impressive animation skills, despite his severe scoliosis—always inspired.
Jenna Johnson, Season 10
Ballroom standout Jenna Johnson's audition was, in a word, iconic—and it didn't even hint at her crazy beyond-the-ballroom versatility.
Fik-Shun Stegall, Season 10
It takes a lot to make the judges crack up during the audition round. Leave it to the ever-impressive, ever-hilarious Fik-Shun to make that happen.
Melanie Moore, Season 8
We loved Melanie Moore's gorgeous combo of strength and grace from the first moment she stepped on the "SYT" audition stage.
Alex Wong, Season 7
The ballet powerhouse absolutely nailed it from his first moment onscreen—only to get injured four weeks into the live competition. 😥😥😥 (Thankfully for Alex fans, Wong went on to have pretty stellar career on Broadway and in the commercial world.)
Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.
What do you get when a hoard of dancers collaborate to the catchy tune of "Love Somebody," by the band Frenship? The most epic dance party ever, of course! Said dance party was produced by the talented Michael Riccio, who's performed in feature films, including "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Shrek Forever After."
Today in Ballet Dancers Are Actual Superheroes news:
You've no doubt heard that the fabulous Alicia Vikander is playing Lara Croft in the newest iteration of Tomb Raider, which hits movie theaters this Friday. But while her training for the high-octane action role was crazy tough, she says, studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet School was far tougher.
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
Are you a high school senior who's been accepted to a four-year accredited college or university program? Congrats! Within the 2017-2018 season, have you competed in events run by at least two of the organizations in the above graphic? Double congrats, because the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions, or ADCC for short, wants to give you $1,000 (!!) towards college tuition.
From dancing in music videos (including Katy Perry's "Swish Swish") to performing on reality TV shows (including "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice"), 17-year-old Amanda LaCount is already conquering the commercial scene. If you've ever seen her dance, you understand why: She's a hard-hitting phenom with major stage presence. But in an industry where not having the "right" look can jeopardize your career, Amanda's also blazed her own path by accepting her beautiful curvy body the way it is.
Amanda's never let body-shamers discourage her from going after her dreams. She hopes that by breaking the "dancers are skinny" stereotype, she'll give others the courage to highlight their own unique features rather than hiding them or changing them to fit repressive industry standards. She's even started a campaign, #breakingthestereotype, to inspire artists of all shapes, colors, and sizes to dance for themselves.
We caught up with this dancing maverick to get her advice on cultivating body confidence in a world that's obsessed with the "perfect" body.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
All the dancers in my level auditioned for a prestigious summer intensive—but I'm the only one who got in. Now everything is incredibly awkward at the studio. I'm really excited about the program, but I don't want to make my friends feel bad. What can I do?
Can't get enough of the dance party T. Swift throws herself in her "Delicate" music video? Take a look at the two making-of clips Taylor just shared on her Instagram, showing her practicing the vid's charmingly awkward choreography.