The Top Ten from "SYTYCD" Season 16 (Adam Rose, courtesy Fox)

"So You Think You Can Dance" Is Officially Not Happening This Summer

Well, dance friends, this is not the "So You Think You Can Dance" news we want to be bringing you today, but here we are: Unfortunately, Fox has officially called off Season 17 of our beloved dance show, due to COVID-19–related health and safety concerns. According to the network's official statement, "While we were looking forward to its return this summer, we cannot meet the standards we've set for viewers and contestants in light of the show's unique format, intricate production schedule and limited time."


We're super bummed about the prospect of a "SYT"-less summer, but the safety of the dancers, judges, and everyone involved clearly comes first. And while we may have to wait longer than expected to board the hot tamale train, there's still plenty of incredible dancing to watch online and on TV this summer, from "World of Dance" to the world of TikTok. In the meantime, take a walk down memory lane with some of our favorite past "SYTYCD" covers below.

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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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