After thrilling performances from the Top 10 on Wednesday night, the “So You Think You Can Dance” results show was a bit of a letdown. Here's a recap of the good, the bad and (unfortunately) the ugly.
The Good 1) The sparkling, classic, group Broadway number to “Act One: On Broadway” by Josh Bergasse: The routine was full of snapping kicks and sharp arms, saucy hip circles, bright gold costumes, Fosse style hands grasping shimmering bowler hats, and fantastic leaps and tricks from the guys. With the dancers' big smiles and the feel-good choreography, this number brought back fond memories for anyone who has ever taken a musical theater class.
2) Cat Deeley and Neil Patrick Harris: After Neil called Cat a “sexy little minx”, Cat did a little jump of joy and responded with, “I never thought Doogie Howser would say that to me! I had such a crush on him when I was a teenager.” They're too cute.
3) The solos: The bottom four dancers (Ricky, Mitchell, Clarice, and Jordan) all performed well, making the judges’ decision that much more difficult. The vast difference between all of the solos also showed that the Top 10 dancers are growing in their ability to choreograph for themselves.
The Bad 1) “Les Bourgeois” performed by American Ballet Theatre soloist Daniil Simkin. Aside from some fantastic jumping for a few seconds, this lackluster performance seemed random and forced. We watched him pretend he was smoking a cigarette for 30 seconds, hunched over like an old man, before he suddenly transformed into an extremely limber ballet dancer. Sadly, this solo did not show off Simkin’s amazing talent.
2) The Gatorade Sports Institute testing: Not as exciting as it sounds. The experiment consisted of three tests—one where they sat in a “bod pod” to measure their body fat and two to test their reflexes. The short video mostly featured one of the specialists describing the tasks, with very tiny clips of the dancers actually performing them sprinkled in. And the “exciting” results revealed that these dancers are, in fact, athletes. Anyone who had even seen 20 minutes of the show would know that.
1) Blush featuring Snoop Dogg: This girl band, created after a large talent search last year, should probably stick to modeling. Their off-key vocals coupled with their teenybopper dance moves did not bode well for these Spice Girls wannabes. Plus, the backup boy dancers were awkwardly trying to perform hip-hop moves with teddy bears, and Snoop Dogg was on stage for about 20 seconds total. It was a mess.
2) Saying "goodbye" to Clarice and Mitchell: Sending Mitchell home was not the biggest surprise of the night after the judges criticized him for over-performing his Broadway routine. But we are going to miss his huge, contagious smile and the tiny costumes he always chose for his solos. This was probably one of Clarice’s best weeks on the show, but, as Nigel said, someone had to go home. At least they will both be on the show's next national tour!
(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.