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Karate Cole Returns as Bruce Lee

I hate goodbyes, which is why I have a really hard time when my favorite dancers get eliminated from “So You Think You Can Dance.” I’m totally that girl who tears up during their highlight video reels. I just get so attached!

But my mom (fellow “SYTYCD” fanatic) and I found a way to cope: we predict all the fantastic opportunities these dancers will encounter after the show. “I’m sure so-and-so will land a part in Adam Shankman’s next movie” or “Does Lady Gaga need more incredible backup dancers?” or “Ballet companies everywhere will be chomping at the bit for him/her.” But our favorite by far is: “I can’t wait until I see so-and-so on Broadway.”

Horibe poses for Entertainment Weekly

Horibe shows off his martial arts skills. (photo by Mathieu Young/FOX)

So when I heard that Season 9 favorite Cole Horibe landed the role of Bruce Lee in the world premier of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu, I was stoked. My dream came true! Or…umm…Cole’s dream came true!

Cole was probably my favorite contestant from Season 9 (although it’s honestly so hard to choose…). I was always so impressed by the precision of his movement and the authenticity of his performance. Also, his super unique martial arts fusion dance style?? Such a fan. OK, so I maybe have a bit of a dance crush on Cole. Is it that obvious?

So naturally, he’s perfect to play the part of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Oh, and did I mention that Sonya Tayeh is the choreographer? If her “Possibly Maybe” routine is any indication of how the two work together, we should all be very excited.

The off-Broadway production of Kung Fu premiers February 24th at the Irene Diamond Stage in the Pershing Square Signature Center.

 

About Maggie McNamara

Maggie McNamara is an assistant editor at Dance Spirit.
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