So You Think You Can Dance 5: Miami and Memphis Auditions by WriterMarie 426

May 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Marie has written us another fabulous audition recap tonight, enjoy!

Good evening everyone, and welcome to the second night of auditions for So You Think You Can Dance – Season 5. Tonight’s audition cities are Southern style…Miami and Memphis.

Our judges for the Miami auditions are Nigel, Mary, and Tyce, who was a contestant in Season 3. First up on Day 1 is Tony, who calls his rubber band type movements “Tony style”. He says that anything goes in dancing. He does his routine to “Footloose”, with a lot of sliding on the floor and a cartwheel, which he falls on. Tyce looks bored throughout the routine. Nigel says the only compliment he can give is that when Tony fell, he picked himself up and kept on making a fool of himself. Mary thinks he just looks like a goofy guy. Tyce says it’s quirky, but in a bad way. Tony is not moving on to the next round.

Our next dancer is Priscilla, who’s been dancing since she was 3 but had to deal with an injury at 15. She does a modern ballet number that is meant to celebrate life. Nigel likes it, saying that she proved she is a dancer. Mary says she was over the top wonderful and captivating. Tyce calls her stunningly beautiful, and says watching her makes him happy to be a dancer. Priscilla is going to Vegas!

Tony, who was having trouble breathing after his routine, is now able to leave after being fed a banana and some water.

Janette and Romulo are next. She made it almost to the end last season, but he did not make it. They both came back this season to audition again. They have a great ballroom style, filled with lots of tricks. Nigel says he’s been waiting for some spicy salsa in Miami…and he finally got it. Mary calls them sexy and strong, giving one of her famous screams. Tyce believes they are both amazing. Both Janette and Romulo are going to Vegas!

We now have a set of twins named Jennifer and Jessica, who have created their own style of hip-hop. During their routine, Mary gets nervous when one sister almost kicks the other in the head. Nigel calls it a nightmare. The girls tell him they made up their routine in one day…he says, “That long?” Mary says she’s finally seen something she’s never seen before. Tyce thinks it was fun but tragic. Neither twin is going on to the next round.

The afternoon drags with one bad dancer after another. Tyce reaches his breaking point, and starts being brutally honest with all of the contestants.

After this we see Joseph, who says he needs to go with the flow. He does a wonderful modern/hip-hop number. Nigel loves his humor and footwork. Mary calls him a great entertainer. Tyce says the comedy is good, but he is only half impressed. Joseph is sent to the choreography round.

Lauren choreographs for the group round once again, and Joseph makes it through to Vegas!

On Day 2 in Miami, we start with a lady named Wislande, who feels like she swallowed a bunch of butterflies. She winds up performing a very strange routine. Mary says she was not exactly sure what Wislande was doing up there. Nigel does not see any personality, likening her dancing to that of a little girl just starting out. Tyce says he was shocked and it was not good. Wislande is not moving on to the next round. She calls it a reality check.

We now see a whole group of bad dancers who get their own reality checks. All of the judges have now gone over to the brutally honest side.

Thankfully Erik is next, and his nickname is “Silky”. He says he is bringing tap back. He does his tap/hip-hop routine to “Thriller”, throwing in some Michael Jackson moves. Nigel says he just cleaned up and it was a great performance. Mary loves him, saying she didn’t want it to end. Tyce calls him totally inspiring and likes that he came prepared. Erik is going to Vegas!

Now we meet Paris, who is a former Miss Washington. She knows she really has to bring it. Her routine is ballet with a modern twist. Nigel says it kept him interested and she was fabulous. Mary praises her beautiful lines and great personality. Tyce really likes her, but tells her not to focus too much on her feet, and focus more on her personality. Paris is going to Vegas!

After we see clips from a few great contemporary auditions, we see Geo, who performs an African dance. He scares Mary when he almost jumps onto the judges’ table. Mary calls it entertaining. Tyce says he was scared, but Geo did a good job. Nigel says he is good but needs choreography. Geo is sent to the choreography round.

Finally we meet Talia, who got married when she was 18, but tragically lost her husband when he died in a motorcycle accident. Her dancing gives her a little joy, and helps her take a step forward. She realizes that no one can take life for granted. She does a great hip-hop/jazz routine. Nigel says there was not enough there and she should watch her lips. Mary calls her fiery and sees potential. Tyce says she was one with the music and there is definitely something there. Talia is sent to the choreography round.

In the choreography round, several dancers make it to Vegas, including Geo and Talia.

Our next set of auditions is in Memphis, and our judges are Nigel, Mary, and Lil C from Season 2. Our first dancer is a police officer named Marico, who performs a style called Memphis juking, which consists of rhythmic bounces and steps. Nigel really enjoys it. Lil C is impressed and calls it fundamentally sound. Mary likes the humor and says it’s a great performance. Marico is going to Vegas!

The second dancer up is Dustin, whose mom was a police officer. He also says his cousin is Howie D from the Backstreet Boys. His routine is funny but sloppy. Nigel calls him delusional if he thinks that was hip-hop. Mary says he has a strong body, but his moves are too feminine. Lil C says it was not good, but Dustin might want to consider tricking, which is a combination of fusion and martial arts. Dustin is not moving on to the next round.

Chris is next with a style he calls electric. He calls it performance art, but it looks mostly like a lot of jumping around. Nigel says it looks like Chris is having his own rave party, but it didn’t really show anything. Mary calls it fun, but also thinks it was too much jumping around. Lil C is ready to speak, but Chris doesn’t even want to hear it, because he says the judges are too critical. He walks off the stage.

We see a funny tutorial on The Guide to a Good Audition, which most of the contestants do not follow. They should start with their best moves, come dressed to impress, connect with the judges, and follow directions. We see quite a few people who do not follow this advice.

Next we see Caitlin, whose sister Megan auditioned in Miami and made it to Vegas. She has a gymnastic background but has only been dancing for 5 years. She has also been through hip reconstruction. She performs a beautiful modern ballet routine. Nigel praises her feet and great control. Mary says this is her destiny. Lil C calls her beautiful and captivating. Caitlin is going to join her sister in Vegas!

We see the choreography round, but none of our featured performers are in it. Some dancers do move on to Vegas.

Day 2 in Memphis begins with Anna, whose father committed suicide last year. Dancing is her outlet and her way of expressing herself. She does a very nice modern routine. Nigel says she is a lovely dancer, but she needs to calm the choreography down a bit. Mary says she is a diamond in the rough, but there was too much head bobbing going on. Lil C tells Anna that his father also committed suicide so he knows where she’s coming from, and that she needs to connect with her pain. Anna is sent to the choreography round.

Next up is Travis. His dad is a football coach, but he totally supports Travis in his dancing…he wants him to do what he loves. Travis performs an expressive contemporary number. Nigel says he could be a great dancer but he needs to strengthen his body. Mary believes he’ll have a great future if he can get stronger. Lil C agrees, saying he has great technique and is graceful for his height. Travis is sent to the choreograhoy round.

We meet Ryan and Evan, who are brothers. Evan made the top 40 last season but then was cut. Ryan choreographs for Evan and himself. We see Evan first, doing a classic jazz routine. Nigel says it’s a beautifully constructed routine, and Evan is superb. Mary calls him fabulous and is glad he’s back. Lil C says he is amazing. Evan is going to Vegas!

Before we watch Ryan, we see another set of twins…Lauren and Lydia. They do everything in unison, even talking. They perform a nice contemporary routine. Nigel says that Lydia shows the extremes, while Lauren embodies the performance. Mary calls them solid and adorable. Lil C says they both delivered the routine differently. Both girls are going to the choreography round.

Now we get to watch Ryan. He does a funny tap routine, using a whoopie cushion as a prop. Nigel calls it a terrific performance. Mary says it was clever and fun. Lil C loves the use of the prop. Ryan is also going to Vegas!

Finally we see the choreograohy round, and all four of our featured performers are going to Vegas: Anna, Travis, Lydia, and Lauren.

Tune in tomorrow night for the final two audition cities…Los Angeles and Seattle. Good night until tomorrow!



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  1. Wish I could dance like that

  2. Thanks for the recap. I’m really enjoying reading your details and watching the show this year.

  3. Good use of detail, WriterMarie!

  4. GREAT JOB!!!!

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