Do you think you can dance? Let me rephrase that: Do you know you can dance?
"So You Think You Can Dance," aka America's Favorite Dance Show, is back for its twelfth season this year—and the audition tour kicks off in two days. That's right: In fewer than 48 hours, you could be on your way to all kinds of dance fame and glory.
"SYT" hopefuls auditioning in L.A. (Adam Rose/FOX)
As you might have heard, this season of "SYT" will be a little different. Rather than lumping dancers of all styles together, it'll split them into two groups: the "stage" dancers, trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the "street" dancers, specializing in hip hop, animation or breaking. The Top 20 will include 10 dancers from each category. And that categorization will begin early in the audition process, with advancing dancers getting placed in either the Stage or the Street group right off the bat.
The "SYT" crew will be heading to five cities over the next couple of months. Is yours one of them? Take a look at the full list below—then click here for more information.
Merde, y'all! And if you need a little audition inspiration, feast your eyes on Season 11 winner Ricky Ubeda's leg-alicious DS cover story.
New York, NY
Saturday, Jan. 24
Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom & Hammerstein Ballroom
(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.