Pretty much any guy who dances is used to being outnumbered by women. But for Chris Klein, a student at St. John's University who was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal, that differential is particularly intense: He's the only man on the school's dance team. And the dance team world as a whole is almost universally female.
The WSJ quotes UDA program director Catherine Morris saying that the number of guys on dance teams hovers around 5%; I'd wager it's even smaller. For people like Chris, that means good things and bad things. Good, in that they're pretty much guaranteed to get extra attention wherever the team goes. Bad, in that they might not ever quite fit in.
But about not fitting in: I've frequently wondered why there weren't more guys on dance teams. The WSJ story talks about issues involving pom work and costumes—but are those really so insurmountable? And while dance teamers should never be confused with cheerleaders, it's true that dudes have been on cheerleading teams for years. What if the guy-girl ratio were more even? Would it ruin the whole dance team aesthetic? Or would adding a bunch of men—assuming, of course, that they were as technically strong as the ladies—take things to a new level?
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.