After just three live shows and just as many brisk eliminations, we have our Season 15 Top 4! And we'll get to that. But first, here's what went down during the two hours that the Top 6—Hannahlei, Genessy, Jensen, Jay Jay, Darius, and Slavik—performed together last night.
The Top 10 in Travis Wall's opening number (Adam Rose/FOX)
Last night marked—finally!—the first live show of Season 15. We made it! And so did the Top 10. Now, it's up to the viewers (that's you!) to determine which contestants end up in the Top 4 and, eventually, which one will snag the sweet prizes up for grabs: $1 million, the cover of Dance Spirit (that's us!), and a role in FOX's live production of RENT, which will air January 27. Also awesome: tWitch is officially on the judging panel for the long haul, alongside Nigel, Mary, and Vanessa. Dreams do come true!
So how'd the two-hour event play out? Each contestant couple performed twice: once in the girl's style and once in the guy's. Here's what went down.
Click through for the big reveal! (original image: ABC)
Need yet another reason to be ridiculously excited about "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors"? The latest iteration of the ballroom series, which features celeb kids performing with junior pros, will debut October 7th on ABC. And if you weren't already planning on tuning in (ha. ha.), this morning's news might change your mind: We just found out which industry stars will be judging the series, and they are literally three of our favorite people in the dance universe.
At the start of last night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance," 41 dancers remained. An hour later, we had a Top 20. And then there was a BIG FAT TWIST. (We'll get to that.)
The 41 still-standing Academy dancers showed up at the Dolby Theater in L.A. ready to tackle three rounds: contemporary choreography with seven-time Emmy nominee and one-time "SYTYCD" contestant Travis Wall; an "epic group routine" with jazz choreographer and La La Land she-ro Mandy Moore; and a last-chance solo showdown. Here's what happened.
Start by learning this year's official routine, choreographed by Mandy Moore. (via YouTube)
It's the most wonderful tiiiiime of the year—and by that, we don't mean the winter holidays (obviously), or even the Fourth of July (though yes, tomorrow is the day to wear your most patriotic leotard). Nope: We're talking about the approach of National Dance Day! On July 28th, dancers and dance fans from across the US of A will celebrate this art form we all love so much. And there are tons of ways for you to get in on the dance action.
Season 9's Top 10 girls performing to "Where The Light Gets In," choreographed by Travis Wall (Adam Rose/FOX)
"So You Think You Can Dance" has everything a dance show needs: crazy judges, incredible talent, famous choreographers, and heartwarming stories. Whether you're on your second season or your 15th, if you're a true "SYTYCD" fan, you can relate to the following signs of true-blue fandom.
Have you noticed a brilliant ballerina chaîné-ing her way across your TV screen recently—transformed by a nifty virtual-reality overlay, and yet still verrrry familiar-looking?
Well, she's familiar-looking because she's none other than New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck. Peck's gorg dancing is the highlight of an epic new Dell Technologies ad that's been playing nonstop for the past week or so. And in further evidence that Dell has impeccable taste, Peck's steps in the spot come courtesy Mandy Moore.
Ashley Wallen's choreography brought The Greatest Showman to life. (Photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)
The 2018 Oscar noms are here. Which is fun and all; we'll never not get excited about a night of glitz and glamor and, when we're lucky, pretty greatdancing. But we'd be a heck of a lot more excited if the Academy Awards included a Best Choreography category. And really—why don't they?
Mandy Moore (photo by Lee Cherry, courtesy Bloc Agency)
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
...Everybody wins! The Wall Street Journal recently recruited three of our favorite choreographers to create touchdown dances for NFL stars (because why the heck not), and the results are straight-up hilarious.
The competition is officially heating up—meaning this week, the Top 8 danced not only with their respective All-Star partners, but also with
each other! Yay! (The solos have been great and all, but additional duets are way more exciting.) But first...
JT Church and Robert Roldan in Travis Wall's "The Mirror" on "So You Think You Can Dance" (Michael Becker/FOX)
Congrats to this year's Outstanding Choreography Emmy nominees, announced yesterday morning in Hollywood! It's a pretty stellar list of names, with "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" choreographers earning four of the category's five slots. (Rockstar Mandy Moore was actually nominated for her work on both shows. 🙌 )
It's funny to hear the New York Times describe choreographer Mandy Moore as "not a household name"—because, in our dance universe, she's basically THE household name. But that's why we're excited the Times just put out a great profile of Moore, talking about her work on the drop-dead gorgeous song-and-dance film La La Land. If a major newspaper is talking about her, hey, she's one step closer to mainstream fame, which she richly deserves.
What makes the Times story especially fun? We get to hear more about how, exactly, she taught stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to dance. Well, OK—she wasn't starting from square one, given Stone's star turn in the jazzy Cabaret on Broadway and the video evidence we have of baby Gosling's insanely adorable dance moves. But Moore had to bring out their Fred and Ginger side, a kind of graceful naturalism. That involved training them in the fundamentals of tap, ballroom and jazz. “I tried to instill a general love of learning how to dance in them, because I thought that that was going to go a lot further than just teaching them steps," Moore told the Times.
Other tasty nuggets: She played Frank Sinatra for Gosling's training sessions, and Haim for Stone's (lord, could Emma GET any cooler?). Moore's choreo inspirations for various scenes included "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story and "Rich Man's Frug" from Sweet Charity. Moore herself trained in belly dancing growing up, which is amazing.
It's the perfect read to get you through this pre-holiday hump day. And once you're done, go ahead and watch the La La Land behind-the-scenes featurette again, because you know you want to: