"SYTYCD" Is Back—with a Major Twist
Fox made us sweat a little this year, amirite? But everyone on Team "So You Think You Can Dance" can finally relax: Yesterday, word came that that most delectable of dance of shows would be back for another round. Lucky Season 13 is HAPPENING.
This time, though, it won't be "SYTYCD" business as usual. Instead, we'll be treated to "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation." What does that mean, exactly? It means that all the competitors will be between the ages of 8 and 13—aka "SYTYCD Junior." Which could be a great idea, given the number of insanely talented littles out in the danceosphere these days.
Remember when cutie J4, then 9 years old, auditioned for Season 11 alongside his friends Cyrus and Fik-Shun? This is your chance, J4. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! (screenshot via YouTube)
The "SYT" kids won't be dancing on their own. Each member of the Top 10 will be paired with a "SYTYCD" All-Star, who'll be their partner in crime week after week as they learn routines in various dance styles. Basically, it's going to be all our favorite episodes of "Ellen," "SYT"-ified.
Season 12 judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will all be back, as will host extraordinaire (and new mommy!) Cat Deeley. Let's take a second to imagine how stinking cute the teeny-tiny "SYT" kids are going to look next to Amazonian queen Cat, shall we?
"So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation" premieres May 30 on Fox. Mark your calendars, friends! And if you happen to be a phenomenal tween dancer, click here for information about the audition tour, which kicks off in L.A. on February 27.
There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.