SYTYCD Top 16 Performance Recap

Spoilers! The BeatFreakz will be performing with The Veronicas tonight. Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed the Top 16 group number. It’s going to be a great show! As for last night, the performances could’ve been stronger. There were definitely some disappointments. Read on.

Booked on the hot tamale train:

Ade and Melissa
Not only did Melissa look gorgeous (we dug her teased side-pony), but she also proved once again that she’s more than just a bunhead. The girl can really pick up other styles, and we’re growing to become big fans. Ade was a supportive partner. Their chemistry was crazy sexy! Props.

Brandonette
Finally a well-executed hard-hitting, nasty hip-hop routine! Wahoo. They were synchronized, and Brandon showed off his popping skills. We appreciated Janette’s sassy, ganky swagger. They did Dave Scott’s choreography justice. We just wish we could’ve seen them try one of Shane’s numbers last week. Sigh.

Evandi
They win the award for most memorable routine of the night! That was partly because of their stellar performance and partly due to Mia’s provocative choreography. This pair (who were the unanimous editors’ choice award yesterday) didn’t break character with their bouncy, cheeky movement. We felt they were really “in” it. Very cute.

Taking a later train:


Kupono and Kayla
We were delighted to see that these two dance pretty well together. There was a creaminess to their Vietnamese Waltz. Marry got excited by it (and we did too!). It was pleasant to watch. Good job team K&K.

Jason and Caitlin
Drama, drama, drama! Jason is such a confident, powerful dancer. We were disappointed that the judges criticized him since we favored his performance over other routines of the evening. How hot was it when he grabbed Caitlin’s face at the end of the number? And she rocked too!

Philip and Jeanine
Oh Jeanine, we’re so proud of you. Every week you show off your acting and dancing skills, and this week you were especially strong. We could totally see you on Broadway! And we’re praying that Philip gets better at other styles besides hip hop. We’d hate to see him go, but at this point, Jeanine is carrying him in terms of technique.

Missed the train:

Jonathan and Karla
We agree with guest judge Toni Basil that this duo didn’t find the funk or groove needed for the piece. They weren’t in sync, powerful or “gangsta.” We’re sad because we loved them in last week’s contemporary piece. Will they be going home tonight? Tear.

Vitolio and Asuka
It was supposed to be a thrashing punk-rock jazz routine, but it ended up seeming like an elementary jazz routine from the ’80s (not your fault Mandy Moore!). Vitolio was semi-strong, but Asuka did not play her character. The lifts were great, and we know she has awesome legs, but she wasn’t contracted or funky enough to fit the choreography. Toni summed it up when she advised, “Don’t let your technique get in the way of your emotions.”

PS: Don’t forget to follow our SYTYCD comments on Twitter! —Lauren Levinson

Latest Posts


Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo courtesy of Brittany Conigatti

Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search