Jim Nowakowski's Sesaon 12 audition gives us chills TO THIS DAY. (Adam Rose/FOX)
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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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.