Jim Nowakowski's Sesaon 12 audition gives us chills TO THIS DAY. (Adam Rose/FOX)

10 "SYTYCD" Auditions That Still Blow Us Away

In need of a little audition-spiration? Whether you're preparing to try out for the show or are just looking to get into the "SYTYCD" mood, here are 8 phenomenal past auditions we're still obsessing over.


Tate McRae, Season 13

The control, the balance, the tilts, those legs—we still have no idea how then–14-year-old Tate McRae became a dance powerhouse at such a young age.

Ricky Ubeda, Season 11

Ricky Ubeda's crazy extensions alone were enough to propel him to the top of Season 11—and then there's that powerful stage presence.

Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer, Season 9

Pretty much nobody knows how to pump up a crowd—or a judges' panel—quite like Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer.

Jim Nowakowski, Season 12

Jim Nowakowski is (and continues to be) the definition of #LegGoals.

Ida Saki, Season 7

We're not crying, YOU'RE crying. After this intensely emotional audition, we were more than a little sad that Ida Saki had to withdraw from Season 7's competition (although being named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts was a pretty good excuse).

Bryan Gaynor, Multiple Seasons

Bryan Gaynor may not have made it on to the show as a contestant, but his repeat auditions—showcasing his impressive animation skills, despite his severe scoliosis—always inspired.

Jenna Johnson, Season 10

Ballroom standout Jenna Johnson's audition was, in a word, iconic—and it didn't even hint at her crazy beyond-the-ballroom versatility.

Fik-Shun Stegall, Season 10

It takes a lot to make the judges crack up during the audition round. Leave it to the ever-impressive, ever-hilarious Fik-Shun to make that happen.

Melanie Moore, Season 8

We loved Melanie Moore's gorgeous combo of strength and grace from the first moment she stepped on the "SYT" audition stage.

Alex Wong, Season 7

The ballet powerhouse absolutely nailed it from his first moment onscreen—only to get injured four weeks into the live competition. 😥😥😥 (Thankfully for Alex fans, Wong went on to have pretty stellar career on Broadway and in the commercial world.)

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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