Did you watch last night’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” and follow us on twitter? The show was amazing—the top 20 are incredibly talented (if we haven’t mentioned it enough, Jeanine and Kayla are former DS fashion models), Wade is back (!!!) and the choreography was fab (yay for Nappytabs lyrical hip hop). We’re hooked on this season already. And now on to the recap:
Highs: Phillip and Jeanine We’re so excited that the judges took to Jeanine. Their dance to “Mad” by Ne-Yo choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon reminded us of last season’s showstopper, “Bleeding Love.” And we totally, as the judges say, “believed them.” We remember Jeanine telling us during the October 2008 DS photo shoot that she likes acting, and now we have proof that she’s good at it!
Evandi (Evan and Randi) We’re smitten with Evan! Tyce’s sultry choreography highlighted his musical theater training. The couple’s chemistry was spot on (which was especially impressive since she’s married!). We can’t wait to see more from this duo.
Jason and Caitlin Wow does Jason have charisma and stage presence! Caitlin who? But we did love her hairdo: braids snaked around her head and twisted into a cool bun. Props to the “SYTYCD” hair and makeup team.
Kupono and Ashley Wade’s choreography is just as captivating and spunky as ever. Our reaction? Hot tamale train, baby! It showed off Kupono and Ashleys technique, and they looked pretty good (for test dummies!). We agree with Nigel, people will remember it.
Max and Kayla This show is called “So You Think You Can Dance,” and we think Kayla can dance! She seems to pick up any style and rock at it. We predict that she will definitely make the top 10 and will be one of the girls to beat. Max was solid, but he didn’t blow us away. We wish we could pair Jason with Kayla. Sigh.
Tony and Paris Uh oh. We went into the night with high hopes for Tony, but unfortunately he did not deliver. His hip-hop routine with Paris was soft. But we disagree with the judges and liked their DJ costumes. And we’re not giving up on Tony yet—he has room to grow and that’s part of what this show is all about!
(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.