"So You Think You Can Dance" Recap
Last night was awesome... I feel like we've all finally paid our dues by sitting and watching hours of audition footage and now the best show on TV—"So You Think You Can Dance"—has REALLY begun! A few highlights, in my opinion...
Cat Deeley in general is fabulous. She's such a classy, conversational host (with the best wardrobe in the world) and I love her relationship with all of the judges and dancers. The best line of the night was Cat admitting to Nigel that she looked so good because she had spent an hour and a half in hair and makeup before hitting the stage. Now that's humble!
But on to the dancing. My hands-down favorite performance of the evening was Katee and Joshua's "No Air" hip-hop routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. They're new choreographers to the show this year and I look forward to seeing more clean, precise routines from them. Katee and Joshua were totally in sync the entire time—it reminded me of Allison and Ivan's "Sexy Love" from Season 2.
Chelsea T. and Thayne's cha cha was another hit for me. Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin always deliver sexy, sultry numbers (they're on this month's cover of Dance Teacher magazine, too! Check it out) and last night was no exception. I (along with Dan Karaty!) couldn't stop smiling the whole time Chelsea and Thayne were shaking it onstage.
And while I didn't necessarily love Kherington and Twitch's Broadway number, I do love them as a couple and think they'll do great things this season. She's got amazing stage presence and he...well he's Twitch! And together they are Twitchington.
What were your thoughts on last night's first showing of the Top 20 dancers? Let us know on the message boards!
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.
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible: