Talk about inspiring. It seems like kind of a given that if you want to dance to music, you have to be able to hear it. But the human body is amazing, and human willpower even more so. Case in point: Macy Baez, a 15-year-old Australian hip-hop dancer who happens to be deaf. She feels the vibration of the bass through her feet when she dances and competes with her studio crew.
Check out her story, including meeting her hero Parris Goebel, getting ready for competition and her fierce solo featuring a portable SONY speaker that rocks a killer bass.
"So You Think You Can Dance" has undergone a number of format changes over its ten seasons—some good, some bad: Adding the All-Stars? Awesome. Male and female winners? Great. No separate results show? Meh. Elimination at the beginning of the show? Awful. Elimination no longer at the beginning of the show? Phew.
You've gotta admit, they sure keep it interesting.
But one change we're still not quite sure about is the addition of celebrity guest judges. It's really a mixed bag. You get those celebrities with real experience in the dance world: Kenny Ortega, Megan Mullally, Rob Marshall, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Applegate and Paula Abdul, to name a few. But you also get those completely clueless celebs, who resort to common catchwords—like Great!, Inspirational!, Pretty! or Wow!—or to describing how much they like the contestants' "outfits." (Not mentioning any names here...ahem...Carly Rae Jepsen.)
But some dance-newb celebrity judges we can forgive for their lack of expertise, especially if they're cute, funny, humble and passionate about dance.
Oh, and if they happen to have red hair, three names and fashionable bow ties, we're totally sold...
Jesse Tyler Ferguson claims his rightful spot at the "SYTYCD" judges' table. (Mike Yarish/FOX)
Yep, that's right. We're talking about "Modern Family" star Jessie Tyler Ferguson. As an avid fan, JTF really takes "So You Think You Can Dance" seriously. He believes in the show's mission—finding undiscovered talent from across the U.S.—and his critiques are just downright entertaining.
Well, last week he gave "SYTYCD" fans another reason to love him. While kickin' it in Australia filming "Modern Family," he decided to take a trip to see his good friend Paula Abdul.
Selfie! (via JTF's Instagram)
But wait, it gets better. He didn't just visit Paula. He surprised her, showing up at the "So You Think You Can Dance Australia" auditions (where Paula was serving as a judge) for a cameo performance:
That pirouette at the end demonstrated so much commitment.
So what do you think? Could Jesse Tyler Ferguson become Down Under's next favorite dancer?