"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 11 Recap: Chicago & L.A. Auditions
The "SYTYCD" auditions continued, this time in Chicago and Los Angeles. After last week, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. It seems like Nigel and Co. are always adding new shenanigans. I was surprised—and pleased—to find that they continued showing one solid audition after another. Bullying bad dancers and spending a ton of time on back-stories seems to be a thing of the past.
Here are my Top 5 moments from Wednesday night:
I'll admit that I was skeptical when we first met Paul "The Puppet." But when that guy started to move...wow! I've really never seen anything like his unique, liquid style. In fact, it sounds like no one has! It's brand new. He's pushing animation in a new direction and I'm excited to see more of him.
Hey, we know that girl! She was one of our Cover Model Search finalists back in 2010. Three words that the then-17-year-old used to describe her dancing? "Graceful, heartfelt and dynamic." I'm not saying she hasn't grown as an artist but those words couldn't be more true, even now.
How adorable was Jenna, the Joffrey Ballet trainee? She went completely fan-girl over meeting guest judge Fabrice Calmels, and made no effort to hide her excitement. I can't say that I blame her. Fabrice's embarrassment at not knowing her from the Joffrey school was equally charming. After all that build up, it was a relief to know that her dancing would carry her through to the next round.
Jessica and her trilby hat:
Wow. Just, wow. This girl had one of the best auditions I think I've ever seen on the show. Maybe even one of the best performances. Her technique was flawless, she's gorgeous and she was smoldering with personality. I might go so far as to place a bet on her...
I was really impressed with Kyle and I'm sad that he couldn't hang in the choreography round. I hope that he'll find somewhere to train in Wichita, so he can come back stronger next year! That said, his battle with Cyrus, Fik-Shun and Legacy was AMAZING. Not only did the four of them represent four really distinct styles, but the judges were right, he fit right in with those guys. Watch it below.
I just have to call out two more dancers: Here's to amazing women in hip hop! Jaja from the Czech Republic and Marie "Poppins" from France both killed it last night, and I'm so excited that they both moved on to the next round. Like Marie said, "No tricks, just feel it!" #Girlpower.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.