So You Think You Can Dance Top 18 Performance Roundup
I have to be honest, last night's show didn't quite do it for me. There were a few great routines but most of them fell flat for me. Although it's only the second week of performance episodes, I definitely already have my favorites. Here goes...
I absolutely adore Chelsea T. and Thayne, but their routine last night bored me. I usually love Mandy Moore's jazz choreography (Remember Neil and Sabra's table dance last year? Amazing!) but I felt like this jazz piece needed more excitement.
Mandy Moore's contemporary routine for Courtney G. and Gev, however, was fantastic. The judges weren't wowed by it but I think that this couple will go far. As a former dance team girl, I'm definitely rooting for Courtney G. (a Knicks City Dancer) to stick around for a while.
Katee and Joshua, in my opinion are one of the couples to beat at this point. They've had two great weeks in a row, starting with last week's "No Air" hip hop and following up this week with Tyce Diorio's super high energy Broadway routine. Together they have the chemistry that many of the other couples seem to be lacking.
The second couple to beat at this point seems to be Kherington and Twitch. They are undoubtedly fan favorites and if you weren't rooting for them before, I'm sure you are after last night's tear jerker. Jean Marc Genereaux's heartbreaking yet inspiring story about his daughter was enough to bring tears to my eyes and then when the couple took the stage dressed in white, under those lights... Breathtaking. Mia Michaels didn't like that Kherington was smiling the whole time, but isn't that what the dance was about? It was lively and uplifting and I loved it.
So those are my picks for the week. Do you agree or disagree? Who are you rooting for and who do you want to send home? Let us know on the message boards!
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.