There's something extra heartwarming about the bond between dancers and their doggies. A companion who'll cuddle with you while you stretch, or sit patiently while you're warming up at the barre? I mean, that's pretty special. These four dog and dancer relationships prove dogs really are a dancer's best friend.
Question: When does Sophia Lucia have time to sleep? Everyone's favorite comp-star-turned-bunhead seems to be diving headfirst into a new project every week. We absolutely #bowdown to everything she does, and her latest project is no exception. Behold: "Unscathed," a new dance series on Sophia's YouTube channel.
Cat Deeley, we love you, we really do. But when you open the show by telling us that "So You Think You Can Dance" will be taking a two-week "summer vacation" and that means we have to send not one but two dancers home tonight? Well, you break our hearts a little.
Fortunately, though, the two hours of showtime leading up to the double elimination were fun, entertaining, and packed with good stuff. This week, the remaining contestants performed two duets: one with their All-Star, and one with another contestant (yay!). These moments, in particular, had us laughing, crying, and dancing in front of our TVs.
1. Phoenix and Pharside's opening number
The opening number is almost always a highlight because we get to see all the remaining contestants and All-Stars performing together. This Nutcracker-themed hip-hop routine with a kind of dark twist featured Fik-Shun as a jester, Tate and Kathryn as eerie ballerinas, a handful of creepy clowns, and Jordan as a teddy bear. Cat said, "No one likes a freaky clown," but in this case? We were into it.
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2. Tahani and Comfort's lyrical hip-hop routine
Nappytabs doing what Nappytabs does best: emotional hip hop! This narrative piece was about abandonment: Tahani's dad/Comfort's husband has walked out on them, and they're coping with a wall between them. (Really. A literal wall, not just an emotional one.) It was pretty emotional—particularly when Judge Maddie Z. said she could relate, making us all wonder if Mr. Ziegler was watching!—and prompted Nigel to declare Tahani one of his favorites in the competition. Crushed it.
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3. J.T. and Robert's jazz duet
These two just keep the hits coming, week after week. But this week, instead of the emotional contemporary duets they've become known for, J.T. and Robert get some Mandy Moore jazz choreography! And it was, of course, so much fun. It was nice seeing J.T. outside his contemporary bubble, though style doesn't seem to matter: These two are so good together. They were totally in sync the entire time—every turn, every spot, every move was on point. Paula couldn't wipe the grin off her face, and neither could we.
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4. Tate and Kathryn's contemporary masterpiece
"Wait, which one is the kid and which one is the adult? Is the girl in pink the younger one?" my husband asked me in the middle of this routine. And while normally I'd shush him for talking mid-"SYT," he has a point. Tate is literal leaps and bounds above the rest of the competition, and she executed this Travis Wall number flawlessly. The choreography was intense, challenging, and intricate, and the performance was perfection. When the two reconvened for their post-performance talk with the judges, Kathryn was crying. (It's OK, Kathryn. So were we.) Tate is on another level. Kathryn is on another level. Travis is on another level. Love, love, love.
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5. Kida and Ruby's contemporary routine
Another Mandy Moore stunner! The pre-performance rehearsal package footage was all about Kida being uncomfortable and out of his comfort zone. But really? He seemed so smooth and so comfortable onstage, and we felt so proud. Kida has proven himself as the show's go-to hip-hopper, but now his versatility and growth are really shining through. Sure, he may not have the technique of, say, Tate, but he was a strong partner for Ruby, and he connected with her well. The piece earned a standing ovation from the judges, bringing tears to Kida's eyes. And ours. Obviously.
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Other highlights: Emma and Gaby's OMGsofast tap routine, Jordan and Sasha's emotional duet (that shoulder balance!), the Tyce Diorio-choreographed All-Star routine that made us wish for a winter wonderland, Kida and Fik-Shun's unbeelievable routine by superstar Misha Gabriel and Maddie Ziegler's voluminous ponytail.
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But, as Cat said, the double elimination was looming, and ultimately Jake and Jordan were sent home.
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And then there were six...
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See you in two weeks!
If there's one thing to know about Dance Spirit, it's that we loooove viral dance vids. And apparently, so does the entire country—YouTube clicks don't lie! So naturally, Lifetime (home of the OG dance show, "Dance Moms") decided a reality show where eight of the most famous young talents in the commercial world competed against one another to make a dance video for a music superstar would be a good idea. And thus "Dance Video Throwdown," which premiered last night, was born. If you missed the episode, which featured Omi's oh-so-earwormy song "Cheerleader," we've got you covered with the top five reasons we're obsessed with this show:
1. It's like a family reunion of our many talented DS regulars—from "You Should Know" alums Bailey Sok, Larsen Thompson and Charlize Glass, to #BoySquad faves Kenneth San Jose and Will Simmons. Rounding out the amazing eight is otherworldly hip hop queen Taylor Hatala (who's one half of The Fraternal Twins with Larsen), PULSE Protégé Sierra Neudeck and freestyle sensation Timmy Hall.
2. As much as we love our May/June cover girls together, it's sort of fun to see The Fraternal Twins, Larsen and Taylor, battling it out on opposite teams. They're incredible as a unit, but this show really highlights their individuality. It's clear, though, that together or apart, they're still both insanely talented.
3. Omi, the genius behind the forever-catchy "Cheerleader," is so obviously impressed by all the contestants, and it's adorable to watch.
4. The choreographers and directors are the cream of the crop. Brandon Shaw, Ellen Kim, Ryan Parma and Rick Wayne guaranteed that each team's music video was going to be conceptual, bold and beautifully filmed.
5. Travis Wall <3 Need we say more? No, but we're gonna: Watching him marvel at everyone's talent never gets old. And even in the show's most high-pressure moments, he's there to calm everyone down and remind them just how capable they are.
Missed the premiere? Head over to Lifetime to check it out, and don't miss the winning video below:
So, Shaping Sound rounded out its 2015-2016 tour Monday night with one last stop in NYC. And we're already majorly bummed it's over. (Pleaseeee can we get another reality show or something in the works Hollywood?!)
Per usual, the show was INSANELY awesome. And although the plot and choreo was essentially the same as their last tour, it was certainly no less incredible seeing it again. The company's main men (Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson for those of you living under a rock) always promise jaw-dropping choreography, super raw emotion and almost physically impossible stunts—and they delivered.
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A few updates this year included new cast member "So You Think You Can Dance" alum and former cover star Ricky Ubeda, which we were not mad about at all. Ricky gave us one of our favorite moments of the whole show: a gorgeous, loving and emotional duet with Travis. Seriously, it was powerful and got the biggest applause of the night by far.
Another update had Mallauri Esquibel (another SYTYCD alum and former cover star) dancing the leading role usually played by Jaimie Goodwin. We have to say, she killed it. She was vulnerable, sultry, strong and #flawless in every single number.
And we loved seeing the rest of the cast (Chantel Aguirre! Channing Cooke! Kate Harpootlian! to name a few...) back in action, too. And clearly, so did the audience as the whole cast received a roaring standing ovation at the end of the night.
The coolest part? Watching the all the dancers have #allthefeels during the last number and bows as they came to terms with closing the curtain on their last show and a super successful tour. You could totally see how much they all love to dance, and more importantly, how much they all love to dance with each other. Awww.
And shoutout to the famous audience members we fan-girled out over. Oh heyyyyyy Robbie Fairchild and Tiler Peck, aka the cutest couple of all time, who just happened to be sitting a few rows over from us. Casual.
I know you're excited about Monday night's monster "So You Think You Can Dance" finale.
Frankly, I'm pretty sure you've already planned your viewing party, which will begin at approximately 10 am tomorrow, when you commence binge-viewing all the previous weeks' episodes, and conclude in Tuesday's wee hours, after you and your dance friends have finished freaking out over the finale itself. (May the force be with you, intrepid "SYT" superfans. Remember to hydrate!)
But I have three words that are going to get you even more hyped for Monday's festivities: JENNA DEWAN TATUM.
Remember a few weeks ago, when we heard that the lovely Dewan Tatum had done a duet with Travis Wall at the Dizzy Feet Foundation Celebration of Dance Gala? And then proceeded to lose our minds after seeing a clip of the performance, which looked really, really good?
No? Let me refresh your memory:
Well, we just got word that JDT and TWall will be reprising their partnership during the "SYT" finale episode. And I kind of hope they'll be dancing the same duet. Because the little taste we got in the video? It was not enough. NOT ENOUGH, I SAY. I mean:
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Yes. More of that. I want to see more of that.
I also maybe want to see Channing Tatum supporting his fabulous wifey from the audience. Or...you know...joining her onstage? I CAN DREAM, DARNIT.
Tune to Fox at 8 pm Monday for all the goodness!
To quote my grandma: Goodness gracious, the members of Shaping Sound are busy busy bees! It feels like we just saw the company give an amazing performance in NYC as part of a super-intense tour—and now it's about to begin yet another tour cycle.
Shaping Sound's (from left) Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson, Nick Lazzarini and Travis Wall (photo by Joe Toreno for Dance Spirit)
What can we expect from this latest round of Shaping Sound? Well, as co-founder Travis Wall told us a few weeks back, the production will have "the same outline as our first...but it will be an overall cleaner and better show," with two new numbers and a lot of small-but-important improvements. Obviously, TWall will be performing, as will fellow co-founders Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson. A lot of our other favorite SS dancers are also back, including Jaimie Goodwin, Chantel Aguirre, Chelsea Thedinga and Channing Cooke. And there are some exciting new additions to the company, too—notably "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 champ Amy Yakima (YAY!).
Um, how stunning does Jaimie Goodwin look in the company's latest campaign image? (via shapingsoundco.com)
The tour will hit 20 cities across the U.S. between October 11 and February 15. Is your city one of them? Click here to find out—then take a look at the high-drama preview video:
(Before we begin—have you heard that we're giving away tickets to the "So You Think You Can Dance" season finale?! GO. ENTER. NOW.)
Wow. "SYTYCD" Season 11 is going to be pretty darn spectacular. This week, we watched 157 dancers travel to L.A. to duke it out for a spot in the Top 20. Guest judges this week included tWitch, Tara Lipinski, Adam Shankman and ballerina Irina Dvorovenko. It was pretty hard to know who would advance and who would be sent packing—the level of talent was just that high. There were also A LOT of cuts: Dancers had to make it through seven rounds, and there were even a couple dance-for-your-life performances. I'm not sure how the show's editors managed to get the entire week of callbacks into one jam-packed, action-filled episode—but they did. Here are my top five moments from last night:
1. Cameron. OK, OK, he’s not a competitor, he’s a newborn. But he was definitely part of one of my favorite “SYTYCD” stories of all time: Steven, a phenomenal hip-hop dancer from New Orleans, got news that his girlfriend had gone into labor right as callbacks began. Obviously, Steven was a little distracted. I mean, THERE WAS A BABY ON THE WAY. Somehow he managed to pull it together for the first few rounds…and then, Cameron arrived! Steven didn't make the cut after Sonya Tayeh’s choreography, but I think he’s already won, regardless.
2. Jaja, the red-headed wildcard. So, OK, she didn’t make Top 20. But to see this girl go from crazy krumper to slinky ballroom dancer just made me smile.
Let's hope Jaja auditions again next year. I know I'd love to see more of her transformations.
3. All the awkwardness. First, there was contestant Amanda’s, um, hiccup, when she said she felt lucky to have Marcquet as a hip-hop partner because, duh, he’s there for hip hop. Well, sorry Charlie, he’s a ballroom expert, and you’ve just learned what happens when you assume things—on national TV. Oops! (Disclaimer: In Amanda's defense, Marcquet can do it all—amazingly. My prediction? Top 4, easily.)
Next, we said goodbye to poor contestant Christopher’s front tooth. During the ballroom routine rehearsals, Chris got smacked in the face by his partner’s elbow. She lost quite a bit of skin and blood, and he lost half a tooth. OUCH.
Thankfully, the judges were kind to this (partially) toothless wonder of a dancer. He made it through the ballroom round.
And finally, did anyone else feel just a little guilty for laughing at the judge’s nasty comments during the group choreography round? Over the first four episodes this season, we’ve applauded the judges for not berating the auditionees who gave sub-par performances. Apparently, though, their snide remarks have been brewing, and after One Love’s group debacle, there was a firestorm of snark. My favorite zinger came courtesy of Adam Shankman: “I see you got your routine from those children on ‘Dance Moms.' " BOOM, roasted.
4. The surprise endings. A lot of our favorites from the audition rounds didn’t make it. This week, we unfortunately—and unexpectedly—bid adieu to Trevor Bryce, Marie Poppins, Megan Marcano, Erik “Silky” Williams, and DS cover beauty Kamille Upshaw.
5. The TOP 20, REVEALED! Without further ado, may we present—in the order they were introduced during the show’s credits—the 20 candidates vying to be America’s Favorite Dancer: Malene, Zack, Emily, Serge, Carly, Emilio, Tanisha, Stanley, Valerie, Nick, Bridget, Marcquet, Jacque, Rudy, Brooklyn, Teddy, Jessica, Casey, Jourdan and Ricky. Congrats, dancers! We can't wait to see what you bring this season!
What did you guys think? Are you happy with this season's Top 20? Was anyone sent home unfairly? Let us know in the comments—and check back here next week for our recap of the first live episode!