Every Season of "So You Think You Can Dance," Ranked
It's crazy that "So You Think You Can Dance" is in its 15th season! Time flies when you're revolutionizing dance on TV, right? The show's definitely come a long way since its premiere back in 2005, and tbh, there hasn't been a single season we haven't loved. But which season did we love most? Here's our (sure-to-be-controversial) ranking of 14 seasons of "SYT" goodness.
14. Season 1
"SYTYCD" started off with a talent-filled first season, including besties Nick Lazzarini and Melody Lacayanga. But the show was still getting into its groove—and hadn't yet been graced with Cat Deeley's presence.
13. Season 6
Russell Ferguson made history as the first-ever krump dancer to win the show, bringing new attention to the dance style. But Season 6 aired during the fall, immediately after the epic Season 5, and suffered a bit by comparison.
12. Season 9
Though it wasn't the most memorable season, it did give us the incredible Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer and the one-two ballroom punch of Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold.
11. Season 7
Because of the show's new format, with All Stars joining a Top 10 rather than a Top 20 for the live shows, Season 7 had a few bumps along the road. But it also featured the dancing skills of Lauren Froderman, Robert Roldan, and Alex Wong—not to mention Ellen DeGeneres.
10. Season 4
Otherwise known as the season in which the talent pool was so deep, Stephen "tWitch" Boss came in second place.
9. Season 8
Melanie Moore, Sasha Mallory, and Marko Germar were the stars of this all-around solid season.
8. Season 12
The Team Street vs Team Stage concept proved compelling enough to win over the skeptics—and we loved watching Gaby Diaz become the first tap dancer to win the show!
7. Season 3
When Mary Murphy joined the show as a judge for season three, we were #shook. Also, OMG DANNY TIDWELL. (We miss you, Danny!)
6. Season 14
OK, serious question: How does Lex move his body like that?! We knew right from his audition that he'd win, but we're so glad Season 14 also gave us the equally delightful Taylor, Kiki, and Koine.
5. Season 5
Jeanine Mason—in our opinion one of the best dancers to actually win the show—will forever have a special place in our hearts. And that Travis Wall "If It Kills Me" routine? Instantly iconic.
4. Season 11
Two words: Ricky Ubeda. Need we say more? His season 11 audition clearly speaks for itself. This was also the season that featured the one and only Misty Copeland as a guest judge.
3. Season 10
Season 10 included so many amazing dancers we're still following. Amy Yakima, Fik-Shun, Jasmine Harper, Makenzie Dustman, Jenna Johnson, Paul Karmiryan, Nico Greetham, Curtis Holland—pretty much everybody #slayed.
2. Season 13
This is controversial, but we totally loved "SYTYCD: The Next Generation"! Thank you, Season 13, for introducing the world to the charms of J.T. Church, Kida Burns, and, of course, Tate McRae, whose legs are longer than most people's life spans.
1. Season 2
Travis Wall and Benji Schwimmer and Allison Holker, plus the introduction of Cat Deeley, plus all kinds of instant-classic routines (hello, Wade Robson's "Ramalama Bang Bang" and Mia Michaels' "Calling You")?! Season 2 was so good, we're STILL talking about it 12 years later.
When Hannahlei Cabanilla rolled up to her Dance Spirit cover shoot—just 36 hours after being named the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 15 champion—she looked impossibly fresh-faced and well-rested. The Anaheim Hills, CA, native may have had "about eight blisters," as she joked, on her feet; she may barely have slept since the big win; and she may have just performed on "Live with Kelly and Ryan." But she jumped right on set, and quite literally didn't stop jumping for the next five hours. The fabulous technique, irresistible personality, and (especially) boundless energy that earned her the title of America's Favorite Dancer were all on full display.
So what was it actually like for Hannahlei to compete on the show she'd watched since she was a tiny dancer—and what's next for the now–19-year-old? Read on.
It's time to do your favorite happy dance because it's the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are almost here, which means we can finally start dancing to Christmas music! With Just For Kix, you can easily dress the part for this holiday season.
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Choreographing is hard enough on its own, but add a two-hour time limit and two dancers from completely different genres, and the task of creating a dance can seem almost impossible.However, street dancer K-Flow and ballerina Toi'ya prove such a task to be possible, even if it's challenging. In this mesmerizing video, the two find ways to adapt their style of dance to the other's, which results in a completely stunning duet.
This year, do not miss out on the world's most prestigious dance competition! Every dance competition offers a different experience. At Showstopper, they make it their top priority that your competition experience is unmatched. Here are just a few reasons why Showstopper is uniquely the best…
It's one of those iconic only-in-NYC images: Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia making music with their feet in the middle of the legendary toy store FAO Schwarz. The uber-charming "giant piano" scene (choreographed by Pat Birch of Grease and the Martha Graham Dance Company) from the 1988 movie Big has since found its well-deserved place in many a supercut and pop-culture deep dive. But the Big piano has sadly been silent since FAO Schwarz suddenly closed its doors—seemingly for good—on July 15, 2015. Until today, that is!
It's contest time! You could win your choice of Apolla Shocks (up to 100 pairs) for your whole studio! Apolla Performance believes dancers are Artists AND Athletes—wearing Apolla Shocks helps you be both! Apolla Shocks are footwear for dancers infused with sports science technology while maintaining a dancer's traditions and lines. They provide support, protection, and traction that doesn't exist anywhere else for dancers, helping them dance longer and stronger. Apolla wants to get your ENTIRE studio protected and supported in Apolla Shocks! How? Follow these steps:
If there's one thing we learned from the musical episode of "Riverdale" last season, it's that more television shows should follow along and have at least one dance-tastic episode. Sure, sometimes these can flop, but most of the time they only make us love the show even more. Here are 8 series that we think need an episode filled with dancey goodness RIGHT NOW.
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Colder weather is (finally) here, which means it's time for a good dance movie binge. But which iconic films should you put on? To narrow your search, we went ahead and ranked 30 of the greatest dance movies of all time.
Of course, we know a list like this is bound to be controversial—so if you disagree with our lineup, have at it in the comments!
One Sergei Polunin is great but two, three, or four Polunins, that's something we can really get behind. And now we don't even have to go to an alternative universe to enjoy multiple Polunin clones. In Hozier's latest music video, "Movement" the legendary ballet dancer's drool-worthy technique is on full display as multiple versions of Polunin break out dancing. And though this isn't the first time the ballet superstar has teamed up with Hozier, this performance is even more haunting than the pair's 2013 collaboration in the "Take Me to Church" video.
Each competition season comes with a range of emotions—emotions that tend to test even our strongest dance friendships. We spoke with comp-world veterans about how to deal with five common friendship-ruining competition scenarios, so you can keep the "forever" in "BFF."
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Her official company, Zara Silver Clothing, just launched last month, and Zara admits she's still figuring things out. But she's excited to be merging her expertise in the dance world with her love of design. Find out why she attributes the hours she's spent in the studio to her success as a business owner and designer.