“So You Think You Can Dance” Recap: Memphis Auditions
Last night we joined Nigel, Mary and funnyman Wayne Brady in Memphis—the last stop on the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 audition tour! Here are a few of our favorite moments from the show.
Dorian "Blu Print" Hector: Well, ladies and gents, the Dragon House Crew is back! And I think I loved the Dragon House package they showed before Blu Print's audition as much as I loved his actual performance. (Nigel, how about another Dragon House performance later in the season?!) He's definitely got the moves, but I'm not sure he has as much personality and charisma as Cyrus.
Tucker Knox: Despite a tragic car accident, this former Juilliard student is going places. Usually I'm not a fan of the "SYTYCD" sob stories, but man, Tucker's story left me in tears—easily one of the most-inspirational dancers I've watched audition. I can't wait to see him and his gorgeous technique in Vegas.
Courtney Thurston: She was great (if a bit over the top) and I can totally see her making the Top 20. BUT HER DAD! Most-adorable, supportive dance dad ever. He's definitely my favorite dancing dad this season.
Jenna Johnson: We've been watching (and obsessing over!) Jenna for years—and I'm sure you can see why. A little secret: Jenna's contemporary and ballet technique are just as spectacular as her ballroom skills.
Novien Yarber: He was technical, he was entertaining and he was totally unexpected. When he stepped on the stage, I thought we were in for another animation audition, but his contemporary knocked my socks off.
Jasmine Harper: Forget Cyrus, this chick doesn't need him one bit! In my opinion, she gave one of the most emotional, real auditions of the season. Clearly she has killer technique and legs for days, but it was her passion that hooked me.
The audition tour is OVER—yahoo!! Next week we'll be in Vegas, and I couldn't be more excited about it. Be sure to check back for our recap!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.