"SYTYCD" Season 7: Top 11 Performances

The voting has begun on “So You Think You Can Dance”! Last night was the first time the viewers got a chance to vote for our favorite performer. After performing short duets, the Top 11 awaited comments from the three judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, and Adam Shankman. There seemed to be a consensus among the judges last night: The dancers have very strong technique, but where is the emotion?  

Billy Bell started the night off right, performing a Broadway duet with all-star Lauren Gottlieb to “Footloose.” I loved the high energy and quick intricate movement that both performers executed very well. The choreography, by Tyce Diorio, was extremely fun. But lockers? Did they really need them? They opened and shut them just once (sorry I am not a big fan of large props). And there was a reference to Karate Kid during the judges comments, something about Billy’s legs being longer than the title character’s. Not the reference I would have made, but Billy we definitely love your long legs!

Next up, was Cristina Santana performing a jazz duet with all-star Mark Kanamura. Let me first say, Sonya Tayeh, beautiful choreography. I think we all can agree that Cristina’s lines were exceptional. Overall, she got a great reaction from the judges, but they commented on her character and how she needed to dig deeper and show more emotion in her performance (this became the comment of the night).


“Beauty and the Weave” is how I remember the hip-hop performance by Jose Ruiz. Did Adam really say that? Yes, I believe he did. Dancing to “Beautiful Monster” Jose and all-star Comfort Fedoke performed Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo’s choreography with an animalistic quality. It was fierce. The judges gave him good feedback. Mia told him that she sees his growth as a performer, but he needs to work on being fully committed.

Adéchiké Torbert took the stage with his all-star lady in red, Kathryn McCormick. The choreography, by Travis Wall, was full of passion and sensuality, and Adéchiké played a daydreaming office worker. Unfortunately, he didn’t seem to connect to his character. The good news is he was able to take off both of Kathryn’s heels at the right moment—a tricky piece of costume-choreography. Phew!

Melinda Sullivan, our favorite tapper, performed the jive with all-star partner Pasha Kovalev. Even though the judges seem to think she will be dancing tonight for possible elimination, we still love her. She is such a pleasure to watch and I really hope she gets another shot at the competition next week.

Alex Wong was up next on the dance floor. Lets just say, WOW! Alongside all-star Allison Holker, he performed a contemporary piece to “Hallelujah”. The judges felt that choreographer Sonya Tayeh was brilliant and made good use of Alex and Allison’s strength. Neither technique nor emotion was an obstacle for this couple. I think we can expect great things from him!

Alexie Agdeppa followed performing a hip-hop routine with Stephen “tWitch” Boss. All three judges described her as a “cute little dancer” who needs to embrace the character she’s playing. I would have to agree, there seems to be no other way to describe her.

Lauren Froderman and all-star Ade Obayomi took the stage performing pop jazz to “Oh Yeah." Mandy Moore’s choreography was great, showcasing the technique of the dancers and giving them wonderful flirty characters to portray. Lauren’s lines were flawless, but she seemed to fall short on the emotional end. Adam was quick to tell her that he needed her to really listen to what he was saying and to not nod it off with a thank you.

Kent Boyd—who we learned was Homecoming King in Wapokaneta—partnered with all-star Anya Garnis, performed the cha cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. This was a thrill to watch. Kent seemed to have so much fun while swaying his hips and swinging his partner around the dance floor in this complicated Latin routine. The judges loved it; however, they weren't too excited about the moment when he swooshed his hips like a washing machine. But overall, it was a great and exciting performance. I think Kent is right, they did teach him some things on the farm.

Ashley Galvan, partnered with all-star Neil Haskell, performed a contemporary piece. I loved the choreography (thank you Tyce Diorio—amazing job). The dancers were intertwined—both in their movement and emotion—but again the judges were not completely satisfied with the emotional part of the dance. Mia said, “I felt your emotion, but I didn’t know what emotion.” I think we can expect good things from this performer.


The final contestant to perform was Robert Roldan partnered with all-star Courtney Galiano. They did an African jazz routine choreographed by Sean Cheesman that was unique in style with intricate rhythms. When he was getting comments from the judges, a “roaring” battle occurred (yes, Mia, Adam and Robert roared like animals at one another). Robert was described as the “dark horse” and the judges said that America hasn’t seen anything yet. I am excited to see what more he brings to the table this season.

So your votes are in! Who do you think will be eliminated tonight? Make sure to tune in tonight—you don’t want to miss out on great performances by Usher (a personal favorite) and the cast of Come Fly Away. And check back here tomorrow for our results recap.

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Sometimes our dance bags feel like portals to another dimension—we have no idea what half the stuff buried in our bags even is. (Note to self: Clean out dance bag.)

But have you ever wondered if there's a method to the madness? We're pretty sure there is, and as always, we're pretty sure it's something to do with astrology. That's right, your resident Dance Spirit astrologers are back with our best guess at what you keep in your dance bag—based on your zodiac sign.


You're always going 100 mph Aries (or maybe even more), so it's pretty much a guarantee that your dance bag is fully stocked with snacks to power you through the day. Granola bars, trail mix, yogurt, fruit. It's like a Whole Foods in there.

You've also usually got about six different pairs of shoes in your bag. As an Aries, you love adventure, trying new things and, most of all, a challenge. So when it comes to classes, you're all over the map. Tap, jazz, ballet, character, modern—you'll try them all.

Something else you won't go without? Your signature red lipstick, obv. How else are you going to show off your fiery personality? (And look amazing while doing it, TYSM.)


As a child of Venus, you always want to look your best, Taurus. So your dance bag is a hair salon/makeup station, all in one. If your dance besties need to borrow a hair tie, or are looking for a fun accessory to spice up their bun, they know you're the one to go to.

Also important to you? Smelling your best. Taureans love comforting, luxurious scents, so your dance bag is typically equipped with a favorite perfume or deodorant. (Or both.)

But what's most important is the bag itself—admit it, you've been using the same dance bag for years. We get it, Taurus, nobody likes change, and least of all the stubborn bull of the zodiac. But if your dance bag is really starting to smell like feet (or if your bobby pins are starting to slip through the holes in the bottom), you might want to consider investing in a new bag.


Gemini, you love to switch it up. So you're pretty much guaranteed to have at least three different dance fits in your bag at any given time. And your dancewear is always on point. You love to keep up with trends and try edgy, new looks.

Ever the intellect, you usually have a book in your bag, as well. You're always making book recs to your fellow dancers, and you refuse to be bored between rehearsals or backstage.

Though you might act carefree, Gemini, we know that at heart, you're ruled by Mercury—and you have more in common with your sister sign Virgo than you'd like to admit. That's why you always have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some floss in your dance bag. No way you're getting caught with food between your teeth (or bad breath during partnering class).


Not to be obvious, but as a water sign, the first and foremost thing a Cancerian keeps in their dance bag? A water bottle, of course. (Preferably a Hydroflask, S'well or any bottle that comes in a fun color.) No dehydration here, please and thank you.

Your dance bag also functions as a de facto vending machine for your dance besties, since you always come prepared with the best snacks, and you're always willing to share. As a bonus, your snacks are almost always homemade, since you're practically a five-star chef.

And while we're wary of zodiac stereotypes, there is a pretty good chance your dance bag is stocked with tissues. And there's no shame in that—because, really, who can get through a performance of Romeo and Juliet without shedding some tears? Props to you for being in touch with your emotions, Cancer.


We'll state the obvious, Leo. You love to look at yourself, and sometimes the studio mirrors just aren't enough. So, naturally, you always keep a compact mirror in your dance bag, just in case your makeup or your bun needs an extra touch-up.

You also love bright colors, and you're not afraid to wear more daring dancewear than any of your besties. You've usually got a couple of leotards packed in your bag, just in case you need to make a fashion statement, and they're always fun. Bright colors, loud prints, stylish necklines—you'll try anything.

But something not everyone knows about you? You're an amazing friend, and incredibly loyal, Leo. That's why you've usually got something in your bag for your dance bestie, be it her favorite brand of granola bar, a fun sparkly pin for her hair, or a note reminding her she's a star, on and off the stage.


You're incredibly hardworking, Virgo, so you've always got the tools for success in your dance bag. TheraBands, foam rollers, tennis balls—you're the one dancer your teacher can always count on to be stretching between classes.

You also love to be prepared, so you've usually got a makeshift first-aid kit in your bag. The thought of suffering a blister or floor burn without the appropriate salves or bandages makes you shudder, and, hey, it's always better to be overprepared, right?

What's most noticeable about your dance bag, though, isn't what's inside of it. It's what it looks like—your bag is pristine. It never smells like feet, and you've got a hard-core system for what you keep in each little zip pocket or compartment. And TBH, all of your dance friends are jealous, though they'd never admit it.


Like your sister sign Taurus, appearances are important to you, Libra. You like to look good (no shame in that), so your dance bag is always stocked with the essentials: extra hair spray, lip gloss, concealer, bobby pins and a spare leotard, in case you get just a bit too sweaty.

You also love to socialize, so if this were the 1950s, we would say that you always keep your date book in your dance bag. As it is, you always have your phone with you, and it's usually blowing up with texts from your dance besties asking to make plans.

Your dance bag wouldn't be complete without your secret supply of chocolate. But to be clear: This isn't your average Hershey's bar. Libras aren't afraid to indulge, so you keep a bar of luxury dark chocolate tucked away for when the cravings hit.


You can't fool us, Scorpio—the contents of your dance bag aren't some big mystery, like you'd like us all to believe. In fact, they're pretty basic: For starters, you always have a black leotard or two in your bag. After all, black is your signature color.

One thing that isn't in Scorpio's dance bag? Toe pads. You love to look tough, so you'd never be caught dead wearing toe pads with your pointe shoes. However, this does mean you need a hefty supply of Band-Aids for the inevitable blisters.

You also love all things mystical and, dare we say, witchy. You're the Halloween queen of the zodiac, after all! So it's no surprise you always have a crystal or two in the front pocket of your dance bag. Let us guess…moldavite?


You're an explorer, Sagittarius, and that applies to your dancing. You're always trying new dance styles, and that's reflected in your dance bag. You always have the trappings of your latest obsession in your bag: heeled shoes for ballroom, kneepads for contact improv, sneakers for breaking, the list goes on and on.

But on all of your adventures, there's one consistency: You love making memories. And that means literally—you document everything. At each performance or recital, you're bound to be the one with a Polaroid or disposable camera in your bag, and you can usually be found snapping backstage candids of your dance besties.

Your other favorite form of documenting? Writing it down. You love to learn, so you're always taking notes. You can usually be found after class scribbling down your dance teacher's latest piece of wisdom. Your dance bag is crammed with half-filled notebooks, and you wouldn't have it any other way.


You like to be prepared, Capricorn. And we mean prepared—for every bad scenario imaginable. That's why your dance bag is a mini survival kit. The first Capricorn dance bag guarantee? A stitch kit, of course. Losing a ribbon on your pointe shoe mid-rehearsal is your worst nightmare.

You also always have at least three spare leotards handy. After all, what if you spill something, or get too sweaty or, worst of all, show up to an audition in the same leotard as your dance rival? No, thank you. As a Capricorn, you're expecting the best and preparing for the worst.

Another key to your survival kit? Headphones, so you can drown out the noise around you and focus on your dancing. And before anyone asks, the answer is yes, you have the perfect playlist—for each and every occasion.


Aquarius, you love helping others. That's why it sometimes seems like your dance bag isn't even for you—it's filled with stuff you bring for your friends. Snacks for one dance bestie, Band-Aids for another, and tampons, of course, just in case anyone needs one.

But when it comes to you, you're all about originality. That's why you always have tons of fun accessories in your bag: striped legwarmers, colorful socks, tie-dyed sweats and more than a couple of fun additions to your ballet bun, just to make it a little more interesting.

You're also a rebel at heart, Aquarius, which is why there's usually something in your dance bag that just borders on breaking the rules. Maybe your studio is strictly black leotards only—and yours is gray. Or phones are completely banned—and you just put yours on vibrate. We see you.


Like your fellow water sign Cancer, you're big on hydrating during dance class. But as a Pisces, you're a little more imaginative (and a little less practical), meaning you're usually carrying your water in something aesthetically pleasing, like a mason jar, a tumbler, or one of those fancy water bottles with a crystal in the base.

Unlike Cancer, you're a mutable sign, meaning you can adapt to just about any situation. Counterintuitively, this actually means your dance bag is pretty sparse. Unlike other zodiac signs who feel the need to overprepare in case of disaster, you're comfortable in most situations, and your dance bag reflects it. You like the basics, nothing else.

Something most people might not know about you, though, is that you get cold easily. We're not sure why, but it's a Pisces staple. That's why if you keep anything in your dance bag, it's the coziest of warm-ups.

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