Season 9's Top 10 girls performing to "Where The Light Gets In," choreographed by Travis Wall (Adam Rose/FOX)

10 Signs You're a True "So You Think You Can Dance" Fan

"So You Think You Can Dance" has everything a dance show needs: crazy judges, incredible talent, famous choreographers, and heartwarming stories. Whether you're on your second season or your 15th, if you're a true "SYTYCD" fan, you can relate to the following signs of true-blue fandom.


1. You scream “judges” (or, really, "jidges") at your screen within seconds of the opening.

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Ignore the stares. When Cat Deeley tells you to do something, you do it.

2. You worship Cat’s outfits every week.

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Does that come in my size?

3. You can’t hear or say "So You Think You Can Dance" without adding "dance, dance, dance…"

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And, yep, you've thought about what moves to add to the end of your solo to go with it.

4. You eagerly await the arrival of the Hot Tamale Train.

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And always are sure to cover your ears in time. Mary Murphy's iconic screech raises the show to a whole new (decibel) level.

5. You hardcore 'ship every "SYT" couple.

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Lex + Taylor! Kiki + Koine! ALLISON + TWITCH!

6. You immediately add whatever songs they perform to to your playlist.

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No, this song was not on "So You Think." Whatever do you mean. I found it all by myself.

7. You can spot a "SYT" choreographer’s work anytime.

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You live for Travis Wall. No, you do not mean Mandy Moore the actress. Nappytabs is your dream team.

8. You pray for the return of Wade Robson.

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And Mia Michaels. And Jesse Tyler Ferguson!

9. You're counting the days until your 18th birthday (or until the return of "SYTYCD: The Next Generation").

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Your solo and outfit are already in the works. And, of course, you've planned your happy dance with your ticket.

10. You keep a close eye on the "SYTYCD" Tour stop list.

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If it gets within 100 miles of your house, you're going. No way are you missing that.

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Enter the World of the Knicks City Dancers with 2 of Their Newest Rookies

Auditions rarely fail to deliver on suspense. But this? This was the nail-biter to end all nail-biters. Hayoung Roh and Chelsea McCloskey, both professional dancers based in NYC, had made it through what felt like endless rounds of cuts, both on Zoom and in person. Out of the nearly 500 dancers (from 30 states and nine countries) who'd answered the Knicks City Dancers' open call for video submissions, just 20 remained—McCloskey and Roh among them. "We were separated into six holding rooms, where we kept trying to figure out the math," Roh recalls. "How many girls are there in total? Who was called back?"

Finally, the women returned to the audition room to dance one last time—or so they were told. Instead, KCD head coach Alyssa Quezada dropped her bombshell: All 20 women had made the final cut. They would be 2021–22 Knicks City Dancers: the latest and greatest edition of one of the most prestigious NBA dance teams. "It was the biggest celebration and the coolest moment of my dance career so far," says McCloskey now. And that was just the oh-so-perfectly-dramatic beginning.

Chelsea McCloskey stands on her left leg while kicking her right leg up with her arms crossed, a smile on her face. She is auditioning for KCD. Chelsea McCloskey Photo by Tess Mayer


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