SYTYCD with Marie

November 17, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good evening everyone, and welcome to So You Think You Can Dance – Top 14.  We have seven couples left to perform tonight, and we are getting ever so close to the Top 10.  Cat comes out in a stunning liquid silver dress and introduces our dancers and judges.  Since each dancer this week was asked about his or her childhood, Cat shows us pictures of Nigel, Mary, and Adam as kids too!

Our first couple tonight is Ashleigh and Jakob with Hip-Hop, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.  Ashleigh told us when she was a little girl, she had a lot of energy and loved to entertain.  Jakob says he was always into the arts, and dancing helped him lose weight as a pre-teen.  This routine is about a couple who are in love, but the woman finds out her guy has been cheating on her.  They dance to “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derulo, really showing off strong moves and emotions.  Ashleigh’s angry portrayal was excellent.

Nigel calls it a great routine, saying that Jakob is always challenged every week but surpasses the challenge and adds to it.  He tells Ashleigh that she has grown faster than he ever could have imagined.  Mary says she was drawn to Ashleigh and calls her a star.  She tells Jakob he was tight and hit it hard.  Adam loves that Jakob crushed it and praises Ashleigh, saying he was one of the people who didn’t believe in her before, but now he thinks she is a contender for the Top 10.

Karen and Kevin are next with Broadway, choreographed by Spencer Liff.  Karen grew up in Venezuela, and was always quiet and did was she was told.  Kevin is the oldest of six kids and was always in charge, and began dancing at age 17.  This number consists of Karen attempting to cheer Kevin up, and they are shocked at how difficult some of the choreography is.  They perform to “If My Friends Could See Me Now” by Christina Applegate, from the show Sweet Charity.  They looked happy and light on their feet, but something seemed like it was missing.

Nigel welcomes Spencer to the show, and then tells them that they did not bring the humor and personality to the number that it needed.  Mary agrees, saying Karen was better than Kevin but they needed to do so much more and work on their transitions.  Adam likes it but calls it challenging.

We have a Foxtrot next from Noelle and Russell, choreographed by Eddie Simon.  Russell grew up singing and was very outgoing.  Noelle says she was wild, and never afraid to do anything.  They drew Foxtrot the first week, but because Noelle was injured, Russell had to dance it with Melanie.  The routine Eddie put together is about balance in a partnership. They perform to “Baby You’ve Got What It Takes” by Michael Buble, and it is joyous and elegant with great lifts.

Nigel says Russell has vastly improved, and Noelle is becoming successful in coming out from behind Russell’s shadow.  Mary calls it effortless, flowing, and elegant.  Adam says they exuded joy and confidence and stepped up their game.

Channing and Victor are dancing Jazz, choreographed by Tyce Diorio.  Channing tells us she was adventurous and hyper, and dance helped her with that.  Victor says he was a brat.  Tyce’s routine is about two curious blackbirds who feed off of each other.  They perform to the classic “Blackbird”, only it’s the quirky Bobby McFerrin version.  They give off happy energy and keep their bird characters well.

Nigel could tell that Channing was really enjoying herself, and he enjoyed the performance.  He says that Victor has grown as a person, but now needs to grow more as a dancer.  Mary loves how they brought the concept to life.  She tells Victor he is consistently good, and loves that Channing finally just let go.  Adam says Victor is always great and Channing is finding her way to the top.

Kathryn and Legacy are performing the Paso Doble, choreographed by Tony Meredith.  Kathryn was a very shy kid, and learning at her mom’s dance studio helped her get over that.  Legacy says he was rebellious and followed his passions, and he is thankful to his dad for getting him to dance.  Tony says the Paso must be passionate, powerful, and provocative, and he created what he calls the Paso from Hell.  Legacy is a Navy Admiral who comes back to see his lover.  They dance to “Pursuit” from Cirque du Soleil, and it has a warrior feel, from Legacy dancing shirtless to the intensity they both showed. What a hot dance!

Nigel says this week Kathryn danced with maturity, and he is very proud of Legacy for his growth and dedication.  Mary tells Kathryn that she played the vixen just right and Legacy showed the fire of his character.  Adam thinks Kathryn was beautiful and she killed it, and Legacy is a total inspiration.

Before our next couple dances, we get an update on the Dizzy Feet Foundation.  Nine young dancers have already received scholarships, and DFF is working on development of inner city community programs.  On November 29th, the first Celebration Of Dance benefit will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.  For more information please go to www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org.

Ellenore and Ryan have Contemporary, choreographed by Travis Wall.  Ellenore says she was a sassy little girl, and her first dance recital did not go well at all.  Ryan was a natural, dancing at four years old, and his grandparents were professional ballroom dancers.  This number is about a couple who broke up, but are reunited 10 years later.  He is glad to see her, but she has moved on.  They perform to “Your Ex-Lover’s Dead” by Stars, and its very physical and emotional.  They have some really great lifts.

Nigel thinks they have cemented their place with this routine after last week’s rough dance.  He says Ellenore is brilliant and Ryan is the best ballroom dancer he’s ever seen do Contemporary.  Mary thinks Travis is growing as a choreographer, calling Ellenore and Ryan magical perfection.  Adam says this dance was the moment this season that finally made him catch his breath and brought him to tears.

Our final dance is from Mollee and Nathan, performing Pop Jazz choreographed by LaurieAnn Gibson.  Nathan says he was the baby of the family and a brat, but his brothers taught him about dance.  Mollee tells us she was a tiny diva, always all decked out and trying to act older.  They are nervous about working with LaurieAnn because they’ve seen how tough she can be.  They dance to “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, showing complete passion and emotion.

Nigel compliments them both on digging deeper this week, saying they are both very talented and have the potential to go far.  Mary says the dream team is back and loves the intensity.  Adam agrees, and coaches them on strategy:  They need to show more shadings in their chemistry, but they are really strong and have good sync.

Cat reminds us to vote as we see a recap of all of the dances.  The bottom three couples will dance for their lives tomorrow night, and the judges will send one more guy and one more girl home.  Good night everybody!

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SYTYCD by Marie

November 10, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Top 16 episode of So You Think You Can Dance.  Cat, wearing a classy black and gray dress, introduces our dancers, then dances her way through them to introduce our judges:  Nigel, Mary, and Adam.  For the first time this season, America votes and tomorrow night the bottom 3 couples will have to dance for their lives.

Our Season 5 dancers are in the audience tonight, taking a break from the tour.  They will also be performing at the Dizzy Feet Foundation event on November 29th, along with dancers from Dancing With The Stars, America’s Best Dance Crew, and the Step Up movies.  If you would like more information on this event, please go to www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org.

Our first couple tonight is Karen and Kevin.  All of the dancers were asked to tell something to America that we would not know about them.  Karen’s revelation is a shocker:  She and her husband Matt, who also auditioned for this season, have decided to divorce.  Kevin tells us something much happier:  He has performed all over the world, including London, Italy, and the Great Wall of China.  They are dancing the Hustle, choreographed by Maria Torres.  This routine is all about the girl asking the boy to dance.  They perform to “Come to Me” by France Joli, starting off slowly and building to the fast disco pace.  They show off their great kicks and lifts.

Adam says they made it work for them and it was amazing.  Kevin stood out more for him, and they made him breathe their dance.  Mary calls Karen the Hustle Queen and loves Kevin’s attitude and performance.  They are both still on the Hot Tamale Train.  Nigel likes Kevin’s beautiful lines and is delighted in his growth.  He praises Maria for her choreography and tells Karen that she will go a long way in this competition.

Next up are Ashleigh and Jakob, dancing Jazz choreographed by Mandy Moore.  Ashleigh reveals that she is a big nerd who took Political Science and History in college, and was even a Congressional intern.  Jakob tells us that one of his best friends is our winner from last season, Jeanine Mason.  Mandy tells them that they have a third dancer in this number…a cane that is to be treated like another person.  Jakob is excited, but they realize that their timing must be perfect.  They perform to “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, showing great interaction with the cane.  This dance is hot, sharp, and fierce!

Cat gives them props for their work with props.  (Ha Ha Cat!!!)  Adam tells Ashleigh that she truly belongs on this show, and he loves Jakob’s great flexibility, strength, and control.  He also likes that they are starting to breathe and experience the dance together.  Mary agrees that they are the perfect partnership, calling Ashleigh a chameleon and Jakob passionate.  Nigel praises Mandy for the routine, stating that for him it equals the standard she set with the table routine a few seasons ago.  He tells Ashleigh that she gets better every single week, and likens Jakob to Joel Grey.

Pauline and Peter are dancing the dreaded Quickstep, choreographed by JT and Tomas, who are new to the show.  Peter tells us that he works with special needs children, helping them put together talent shows.  Pauline says that she eats constantly.  There are worries about the Quickstep, because on SYTYCD it seems that it’s either really good or really bad.  Peter is portraying a Navy man, and Pauline is the hula girl that he falls for.  They perform to “Hey Baby” by Big Kahuna & The Copa Cat Pack, and I love their footwork and lifts.

Adam thinks it’s an adorable routine, and says that a lot of story and great characters can get you past a few missteps.  He loves their charisma.  Mary says she always expects a train wreck with the Quickstep, but they pulled it off.  She likes the joy she saw in their performance.  Nigel says it was not technically perfect, but he doesn’t care because they gave a great performance and sold it with their personalities.

Now we have Kathryn and Legacy performing Broadway, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, who is also new to SYTYCD.  Kathryn goes on mission trips to Costa Rica, and her greatest joy is helping people.  Legacy loved soccer and had a scholarship, but he now puts that passion into his dancing.  This dance is a battle, with very fast choreography.  They dance to “I Wanna Be Like You” by Swingin’ Fireballs.  They do wonderful flips off of each other and keep character well, right down to a kiss behind Legacy’s hat.

Adam calls it a great routine.  He says that Kathryn is adorable, but should have shown more anger in this routine.  He loves that Legacy totally got it and is still growing.  Mary says that the 3 C’s of Broadway are character, choreography, and chemistry.  She thinks they were missing a little of the chemistry, but Legacy is growing by leaps and bounds.  Nigel is a little disappointed in Kathryn, calling her dancing juvenile.  He tells Legacy that he is an inspiration for the choreographers, and he has gone from street dancer to complete dancer!

Channing and Victor are dancing Contemporary, choreographed by Stacey Tookey.  Victor says he used to be a hard core gothic rocker, complete with spikes and chains.  Channing used to race lawn mowers when she was a little girl.  This number is about a toxic relationship that has been going on for a long time, and the couple is exhausted from trying so hard to make it work.  They perform to “Be Be Your Love” by Rachael Yamagata, showing the push and pull of being apart or together.  They are completely apart at the end, and the routine is strong and emotional.

Adam thinks this new partnership will reinvigorate both dancers, and he loves their sensitivity and quality of movement.  Mary agrees about the great new partnership and tells them they did a tremendous job.  Nigel says they had a difficult task and were expected to be good because this is their genre.  He thinks they danced well, but needed to show more emotion.

Ellenore and Ryan are next with Hip-Hop, choreographed by Lil’C.  I can’t tell you what secrets they reveal to us, because that was the moment the power went out on my TV.  It came back in time for me to see that this piece is about robbing a bank, and they need to show their swagger and get down & dirty.  They perform to “Lost Boiz Anthem” by Tha J Squad.  I thought they stayed in sync pretty well and had some strong moves.

Adam says that both of them are way too nice to dance Lil’C’s choreography, and Ryan is the most transformed dancer of the night.  Mary thinks it was good but not great, and a little bit sluggish.  Nigel does not think it was good at all, and their personalities don’t suit this style of dance.

Mollee and Nathan are dancing Salsa, choreographed by another new choreographer to the show, Gustavo Vargas.  Mollee is deaf in her left ear, and refused a hearing aid because it threw off her balance when dancing, so she only hears out of her right ear.  Nathan loves to go jet skiing.  Gustavo is trying to get them to be suave and sexy for this Salsa.  They perform to “Quimbara” by Celia Cruz.  The dance is fast, and although they have a couple of problems there are still some good moves.

Adam tells them they got the bad luck of the draw, but every other week they’ve been amazing.  Mary says it wasn’t sexy enough and they looked uncomfortable.  Nigel says their weaknesses were exposed and it just didn’t go right for them.

Our last couple of the night is Noelle and Russell, who have African Jazz choreographed by Sean Cheesman.  Noelle is from a big family, and she is inspired by her brother, who had a stroke and now only has the use of one hand.  Russell is an artist and does incredible drawings.  In this dance, Russell is a frog prince and Noelle is an African Princess…the frog is her spirit guide.  They perform to “Frog Dance” by Mickey Hart and Planet Drum.  They have powerful lifts and show great give and take.

Adam calls it a great number and loves the blend of techniques and the joy.  Mary says it was crazy good, dynamic and fierce.  Russell is on the Hot Tamale Train.  Nigel says this was the first Afro-Jazz piece on the show and he hopes there are more.  He tells Noelle she did a really good job and calls Russell a star.

We see the recap of all of the dances, and Cat reminds us to vote.  Tomorrow the bottom 3 couples will dance for their lives, and from there the judges will decide who goes home.  Good night everybody…never stop dancing!

SYTYCD with Marie

November 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Good evening everyone, and welcome to So You Think You Can Dance – The Top 18.  We have 9 couples left to perform for you tonight, and once again the judges will send one guy and one girl home at the end of the night.  Next week will be back to normal and America will vote, since the World Series will be done.

Cat introduces our dancers,  and our judges:  Nigel, Mary and Adam.  Cat’s dress is very cute, but what is up with those shoes?  It looks like the designer sewed the puffy things you use in the shower to the backs of them!

Nigel makes two very important announcements.  First, Billy Bell will be allowed to move right to the Top 100 in Vegas for next season, since he fell ill and had to withdraw from this season.  Secondly, Brandon Dumlao, who had taken Billy’s place on such short notice and was sent home last week, will be allowed to audition again for next season.  This is wonderful news, and I am so happy for these two gentlemen!

Our first couple to dance tonight is Noelle and Russell.  Everyone was asked what the best and worst things are about their partners.  Noelle loves Russell’s voice, but doesn’t like that he is always wearing his sunglasses.  Russell loves how funny Noelle is, but hopes she can stop being injured so she can dance.  They have Hip-Hop this week with Jamal Sims, who has choreographed the Step Up movies and worked with Miley Cyrus.  He has designed this dance as a tennis death match, complete with racquets.  Noelle and Russell have some struggles with the props and the fast movements.  They perform to “Move Shake Drop Remix” by DJ Laz, showing us a very energetic routine and great sync.  Being a tennis player myself, I loved seeing the tennis moves incorporated into the dance!

Adam says he is so happy to have Jamal on the show, but he thinks the dance overwhelmed the dancers.  Mary thinks Russell won the match, but Noelle did a good job coming back from her injury.  Nigel says the routine was so fast that he believes the dancers didn’t get hold of it, and since the standard has been set so high this season, he doesn’t know if this dance was strong enough.

Next up are Ashleigh and Jakob.  Jakob says he isn’t crazy about Ashleigh’s hair, but he loves that she gets as sweaty as he does.  Ashleigh actually doesn’t like the sweatiness, but enjoys when Jakob does his impressions of bad dancing.  This week they have a Viennese Waltz choreographed by Tony and Melanie.  It’s a newly married couple’s first dance at their wedding, and Jakob feels strange pretending to marry a woman who’s already married!  They dance to “At Last” by Etta James, and this is a very sweet and elegant number.  I just love those beautiful lifts and spins!

Adam thinks they can do no wrong and he is madly in love with them.  The only thing he wishes was that they would have used more of the stage.  Mary loves the lift sequence, but was hoping for the dancing to be more powerful.  Nigel calls them a beautiful couple with great lines, and says that Ashleigh is proving herself to America.

Bianca and Victor are performing Broadway, choreographed by Tyce Diorio.  This is a number set in a Southern Church, with the two of them being moved by the Spirit.  Bianca is right at home with this, but Victor had never attended this kind of church service and struggles a little.  They dance to “Maybe God Is Trying To Tell You Something” from The Color Purple.  I wish I had the energy they show, dancing in their Southern Sunday best and praising the Lord.

Adam says it’s very important to study the dancing that has come before you…in this case Alvin Ailey, and the show Fiddler On The Roof.  He thinks they danced well, but didn’t lose themselves in the feeling enough.  Mary says it was really good, but agrees with Adam that they needed to dance with wild abandon.  Nigel also agrees and says he was a little disappointed.

Mollee and Nathan dance Bollywood next.  Nathan loves that Mollee’s bright personality brings him out of his shell, but gets tired of her always having to go to the bathroom.  Mollee says that Nathan is very attractive, but he is too easily distracted.  They are being choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan, who sets the story as a warrior prince going off to battle, with his princess being upset that he is leaving.  They perform to “Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah from Jodha Akbar, keeping in character with the dance and showing off amazing spins.  This is just breathtaking.

Adam calls them an exciting couple and says that Mollee is really maturing before our eyes.  Mary SCREAMS, saying she loves their new energy and she adores them.  Nigel calls it tremendous and praises their great control.

Channing and Phillip have Samba with Tony and Melanie.  Phillip loves Channing’s amazing eyes, but hates that she could probably beat him up.  Channing likes that Phillip always has a smile on his face, but thinks he talks way too much.  Tony and Melanie design a classic competition style Samba for them, and they have some trouble adjusting to the moves.  They perform to “Maracatu Funk” by The Samba Squad.  The routine is hot and wild, but they do struggle with some of the lifts.

Adam could see them struggling and says you have to make it work.  He did like their interaction and Channing’s great hip action.  Mary knows they were working hard, but the dance didn’t have the party feel to it that the Samba is supposed to have.  Nigel says their nerves were showing, and they need to get down into the floor when they dance.

Karen and Kevin are our next couple, and they have Hip-Hop with Tabitha and Napoleon.  Karen thinks Kevin is the sweetest person, but his hair takes him a long time to get ready.  Kevin loves that Karen is beautiful and dynamic, but when they dance together all eyes are on her and he feels like he disappears.  This number is about a mechanic who is working on a hot girl’s car.  They perform to “Ice Cream Paint Job” by Dorrough, and it’s sexy, hot, and in sync.  The ending has Karen sliding Kevin right off the stage and into the audience!

Adam says that for someone like Karen who is used to ballroom, she really tore it up.  He calls Kevin fantastic and likes that they really enjoyed their characters.  Mary puts them both on the Hot Tamale Train and calls it phenomenal.  She loves Karen’s confidence and says she has the “it” factor.  Nigel says Karen can move body parts that he didn’t even know could move, and he loves their personality.

Kathyrn and Legacy are performing Contemporary choreographed by Stacey Tookey.  Kathryn is amazed that Legacy can speak several languages, but hates when he does his cricket whistle.  Legacy loves that he can relate to Kathryn, but does not enjoy when she keeps hitting him by accident during rehearsals.  This is a story about a woman struggling with fear, and Legacy plays the part of that fear.  They dance to “2 Steps Away” by Patti LaBelle, and it’s very emotional.  I can really identify with the intense struggle we have facing our fears, and they do a wonderful job portraying that.  At the end she is pushing down her fear, right into the ground…WOW!

Adam thanks Stacey for a wonderful dance, and says he is so proud of Legacy’s transformation.  Mary says they danced with the abandonment needed for this number and also loves the growth she sees in Legacy.  Nigel compliments Stacey as well, and calls it very beautiful.

Pauline and Peter are up next with Jazz, choreographed by Wade Robson.  They are a new couple, since both of them saw their partners go home last week.  Peter likes that Pauline takes pictures of everything, but says she is obsessed with sneakers.  Pauline loves that Peter treats all of the dancers like his family, but has trouble with the fact that he thinks he’s a chick magnet.  Wade’s vision for this dance is:  What if Van Gogh orginally painted Starry Night with people in it, then took them out?  Pauline and Peter represent these people and want to torment Van Gogh.  They perform to “Little Green Bag” by George Baker Selection, wearing costumes that make them look like they belong in the painting, which is their backdrop.  They show strong movements and great musicality.

Adam thinks this number may be controversial, but loves that the dancers were 1000% committed to it.  Mary loves the concept and thinks they danced it really well.  Nigel says this made a statement and Pauline danced to her full extent, but Peter needs to loosen up his shoulders more.

Our last couple tonight is Ellenore and Ryan.  She calls him her bodyguard, but thinks he eats way too many protein bars.  Ryan loves Ellenore’s quirky personality, but jokes that she might be an alien ready to abduct him.  They are performing a Tango choreographed by Miriam and Leonardo, and they are nervous about all of the lifts.  They dance to “Violentango” by Astor Piazzolla, and the routine is hot, sexy, and sharp.  Wow, such beautiful footwork and flicks!  And Ellenore danced most of it with her heel caught in her dress!

Adam loves how they went for it, espcecially with the heel problem.  He loves the maturity Ellenore showed and likes their laser-eye connection.  Mary calls it spot on and smoldering, then she SCREAMS.  Nigel says it was a difficult routine, but no one could have done it better.  He likens Ellenore to Cyd Charisse.

The judges have to put 4 dancers in danger, and they choose Noelle, Bianca, Phillip, and Victor.  Each of them performs a solo for the judges’ final decision.  Noelle and Victor have strong solos, but it’s hard to showcase a lot of Bianca’s and Phillip’s tap skills in such a short amount of time.  The judges decide to send Bianca and Phillip home.

Tune in next week, when America will finally get the chance to vote on these amazing dancers.  Good night everybody!

SYTYCD with Marie!

October 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good evening everyone, and welcome to So You Think You Can Dance.  Tonight we finally find out our Top 20!

There are 38 nervous dancers backstage in Hollywood, waiting to find out which of them are in the Top 20.  Our six judges:  Nigel, Mary, Adam, Debbie, Mia, and Tyce will be bringing them out on stage one by one to let them know their results.

It was dramatic right up until the end.  Karen and Ashleigh, both ballroom dancers, are up for the last spot.  Karen finds out she made it, so Ryan is upset, thinking his wife has been cut.  However, Ashleigh finds out she also made it, because one of the other girls, Paula, had to turn down the Top 20 because she accepted a movie contract.

The Top 10 girls are:  Ariana, Channing, Ashleigh, Karen, Ellenore, Kathryn, Mollee, Noelle, Bianca, and Pauline.  The judges really love Pauline, even though she wasn’t able to finish out Vegas Week because of her injury.

The Top 10 guys are:  Nathan, Billy, Russell, Kevin, Phillip, Peter, Victor, Jakob, Legacy, and Ryan.  It’s a history making season, with 3 tappers in the Top 20…Bianca, Phillip, and Peter.

Tune in Monday night for more in depth coverage of our Top 20 dancers, and Tuesday night for our first perfomance show.  Good night everyone…keep on dancing!!!

SYTYCD with Marie

October 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello there everyone, and welcome to the second part of Vegas Week on So You Think You Can Dance. After the first 3 rounds, we have 77 dancers left who are hoping to make it into the Top 20. Tonight’s show begins on the evening of Day 2, when the dancers are put through the paces by LaurieAnn Gibson. Her Jazz routine is incredibly difficult, and she is brutal with everyone. Most of the dancers are scared throughout this round. As the groups start performing for the judges, married couple Matthew and Karen are wondering if they will both make it through. Karen’s group is first, and the judges love her. She is sent to the next round. Matthew does not make it through in his group. Karen is quite upset, but Matthew tells her everything happens for a reason and he is there for her all the way. The Jazz round is rough for almost everyone and does not go as well as the judges had hoped. Nigel is beside himself, wondering what went so wrong! 6 more dancers are cut by 7 PM, including Iveta and Willem. Molly and Russell are in the next group, and the judges are extremely impressed with Russell. They find out he has had no formal dance training, but picks up other styles very well. Molly hurts her foot during the routine and even though she tries to get by with icing it, she winds up having to be taken to the hospital. By 9 PM, there are 69 dancers remaining in the competition. They are split into groups, who will pull a style from a hat and have to come up with their own routines. The stress is getting to all of the dancers, and the nerves are showing. Russell’s group is first with Broadway. They come up with a very theatrical, inventive number, and the judges put all of them through. Several others aren’t so lucky and don’t make the cut. Molly’s group has a unique challenge: They must come up with their routine while she is in the hospital, and don’t know if she will be cleared to dance. The choreography they invent must work with either 4 or 5 dancers, depending on Molly’s condition. She comes back with a bad sprain but is given the OK to dance, so everything must be re-worked to fit with her situation. They are quite clever choreographing around the injury, but Molly hates that she has to use a chair for part of the routine. The judges thought that they all hid behind the choreography and didn’t do enough dancing, but because of the situation all of them are sent through to the next round. It is now Noon on Day 3, and the dancers are learning a Contemporary routine from Mia Michaels. They are even more scared of Mia than LaurieAnn because they know how intense and brutally honest she is. Surprisingly, Mia has decided to approach things a little differently, and she goes through a calming exercise with the group. There is a lot more hugging from Mia this season too! The Contemporary round is going much better than the Jazz round. Kevin’s group really shines, and the judges think he is brilliant. When Legacy’s group dances, he winds up breaking down and crying at the end. Mia asks him why…he says he is so moved by doing her choreography and she has made him a better dancer. The judges agree with him and he moves on to the next round. Before the final choreography round, 11 more dancers are cut. The dancers that are left are feeling just like Legacy, and agree that this is a life-changing experience. The last choreography round is Broadway with Tyce Diorio. It is a physically demanding routine, and the dancers will need all the stamina they can muster to make it through. The dancers are split into guys and girls, and then further split into groups of 3. Another married couple, Ashleigh and Ryan, are both hoping to move on together. The girls perform first, and the judges believe Ashleigh is the dancer who has grown the most throughout this whole process. She moves on. Pauline, who almost made the Top 20 last season, hurts her ankle during rehearsal. The girls who make the cut spend some time chilling at the pool while the guys do their thing. Ryan is in the first group of guys, dancing Tyce’s hot choreography to Billy Joel. The female judges are all swooning…and all of the judges agree that his dancing is superb and send him on to the next round. Dominic, who we last saw in Season 4, is cut. The judges want him to learn how to perform in the moment and not just think about the end result. 38 dancers are left as we move to the final solo round. Pauline still doesn’t know what her fate is, due to her ankle injury. Billy performs a solo that moves Adam to tears. (How could you not love Adam…seriously!) Adam is completely overwhelmed by the emotional, brilliant solo. All of the dancers perform their solos, but we don’t learn any decisions from the judges yet. We will have to tune in next week to find out who makes the Top 20. Will your favorites make it to Hollywood? Until next week…good night everybody, and keep on dancing!!!

SYTYCD Vegas Week Part 1 by Marie

October 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hello my fellow dance fans, and welcome to So You Think You Can Dance – Vegas Week!  Tonight we will see how the first two days go for our 152 hopefuls.  Our judges for this week are Nigel, Mary, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, and Adam Shankman.

We begin the first day with solos, starting with Nathan Trasoras.  He auditioned last season, but was only 17 so could not move on at the time.  However, Nigel gave him a ticket to Vegas good for this season, so he is here to show what he can do now and how he has improved since that audition.  Nathan gives us a powerful performance, and the control in his spins is just incredible.

Next we see Ellenore Scott, who is very confident and looking forward to performing for America.  Her routine is fun and quirky at times, with some robotic ballet moving into full on ballet. She is both precise and clever, and the judges are quite impressed.

After 8 more dancers perform their solos, the judges bring out all 10 to line up for them.  Chance and Paige are cut, but the other 8 all make it through to the next round.  This pattern continues until all of the solos have been performed.

Shelby Skipper, also known as Skip, wows the judges and makes it through.  Allison Becker, our hearing impaired dancer, will not be moving on, and neither will Thomas Hamilton, who gave a good performance but just not enough for the judges.  Jacob Jason and Willem deVries, our same sex ballroom couple, dance together.  The judges love Willem so he is moving on, but Jacob is cut.

After the solo round, 41 dancers have been sent home.  The 111 remaining dancers are brought out on stage to be told that they now will being doing a Hip-Hop routine, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon.  Many of the dancers struggle with this genre, including Teddy and Gene.  They both do well and make it through this round, but 21 more dancers are cut.  Ryan Kasprzak has the judges split 3-3…since it’s a tie he gets to move on to the next round.  Ryan is relieved that he gets another shot.

It is now our second day in Vegas, and 90 dancers are left to perform a Cha Cha choreographed by Louis Van Amstel.  Anya is there to help him, and they demonstrate the routine that they want the couples to duplicate.  Louis has made this a very fast and difficult Cha Cha, and some of the dancers are totally lost.  Kristina accidentally winds up hitting her partner Billy in the nose with her elbow, and he is bleeding profusely.  He has to get the bleeding stopped before it’s their turn to dance, then since they are behind on rehearsal time they have to cram it in.

Our Krump guy, Russell Ferguson, is paired with Iveta the ballroom dancer.  He is nervous about Cha Cha, but she really takes him under her wing to help him learn the steps and moves.  When it’s their turn to dance, they are beyond incredible together!  Adam gives them a standing ovation and tells them they are HOT!

Although most of the dancers are doing well with ballroom, Legacy has trouble having to copy someone else’s moves and not do his own style.  He and John both will have to fight for their lives at the end of the day.  Billy and Kristina do very well considering the injury and limited practice time, and both move on to the next round.

Ryan, who had split the judges during Hip-Hop, also had trouble with Ballroom.  The judges all love him for what he does, but they must cut him.  They tell him to practice other styles more and come back again.

John dances for his life, but it does not impress the judges.  They don’t see any emotion or heart in his solo, and he is cut, along with Teddy and Skip.  Legacy really feels the pressure before his solo.  He shows off his spins and fast moves, but the judges want him to work on transitions.  He is moving on, but they want to see more from him.

Tune in next week, when our 77 remaining dancers compete for the Top 20 and trip to Hollywood.  What is in store for the rest of Vegas Week?  You won’t want to miss it!  Good night everyone, and keep on dancing!

DWTS Results Week 3 by Sammi T.

October 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to Dancing With The Stars—THE RESULTS for week three. Tonight one more couple will say goodbye to the ballroom forever. Who will it be? Let’s find out!

We are given recaps of last night’s performances before we are given our encore dance of the night.  We get to see Chuck and Anna T’s samba once more.  Although it didn’t do well score wise, it is still very entertaining and fun.  I think I would have chosen this as an encore too.

THE QUEEN ARRIVES

Queen Latifah performs while Maks and Cheryl dance. I have to say, she looks incredible after losing all that weight. The dancing in this number is hot, Queen is phenomenal as usual so the whole thing just makes me happy.

RESULTS!

The first couples to be called safe are Tom and Cheryl and Chuck and Anna T., which leaves Michael and Anna D. in jeopardy.

INTERVIEWS, WITHDRAWALS AND MORE RESULTS

Samantha interviews Aaron, who says he could have done better.  Debi says she knows where she messed up and it was frustrating.

We get a segment on the celebrities talking about fears and what it is really like to go on the stage and perform.

Tom announces that although he was saved, he will now have to withdraw.  He thanks everyone for the support and is offered the chance to dance at the finale. Although he is gone, there will still be another couple eliminated.

Mya and Dmitry, Natalie and Alec, Donny and Kym, Louie and Chelsie and Mark and Lacey are safe, while Joanna and Derek and Aaron and Karina are in jeopardy.

Samantha talks to Kelly and Melissa backstage.  Kelly confesses how this kiss began as a joke and Melissa admits she is nervous before but it goes away as she dances.

STARS RETURN, DANCES WITH A SURPRISE TWIST

The Macy’s Stars Of Dance star is chosen and it is Sabrina! Congratulations. Viewers can go to abc.com to vote for her pro partner.

Jabbawockeez performs next doing a very interesting version of Singin’ In The Rain. The dancers are dresses like mimes and it just is so amazing to watch. The ending is the real surprise—two of the dancers are Mark and Lacey!  What a cute ending!

Queen Latifah performs once again, this time singing a song from the Wiz. The dancers accompanying her are really cute and talented. They get the entire audience on their feet cheering and dancing along.

A MATHEMATICAL LOOK AT DANCE

Steve Wozniak, a mathematitian and a little girl talk about who they think should win based on numbers.  Steve picks Donny and Mya, while the little girl picks Melissa.

MORE RESULTS!

Debi and Maks are in jeopardy, while Kelly and Louis and Melissa and Mark are called safe.

The four couples in jeopardy find out their fate. Joanna and Derek are called safe, along with Aaron and Karina.   This leaves Michael and Anna and Debi and Maks in the bottom two. After some words of wisdom from Len, we learn Debi and Maks are going home.

Debi says the show was for Grandma and goes to do one last dance with Tom and Cheryl.  They all get hugs and kisses before the show ends.

Before I sign off for the night, I would like to extend my well wishes to Mr. Tom DeLay for a speedy recovery. I admire you for your dedication to the show and your partner, but now I hope you recover so we can see you dance on the finale. You were charming, entertaining and were becoming quite a dancer!   Thank you for being a part of the show and best of luck in the future. Get well soon Hammer!

Tune in next week for four new dances, the Charleston, the two-step, the bolero and the lambada! Goodnight America!

SYTYCD Salt Lake City Auditions by Marie

October 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Good evening everyone, and welcome to the Salt Lake City Auditions of So You Think You Can Dance.  This is our final city before heading off to Vegas…let’s see what talent is in store for Nigel, Mary, and Mia Michaels tonight.

We begin Day 1 with Bryan, who can’t wait to show off his power moves and great flexibility.  His routine is quite energetic, and I’m amazed by the strength of his arms.  Nigel believes this is one of the best Hip-Hop auditions this season, and the judges love his spirit and energy.  They send Bryan off to the choreography round.

Our next dancer is Tristy, who has had terrible luck riding in cars.  She’s been in 25 cars accidents in 3 years, and she was always a passenger, never the driver.  I’m sure nobody ever wants to ride anywhere with the poor girl again.  She’s learned to really appreciate life and do what she loves.  Her routine is pretty rough, but you can tell that she really tried hard and gave it her best.  The judges ask her if she’s had any training, and she says she’s been training for 3 years.  Nigel tells her that whoever is teaching her is definitely not giving her her money’s worth.  Tristy is not moving on to the next round.

Hayley has also had some tough luck…while rehearsing a pass, she did not land as she was supposed to and wound up with a herniated disc in her spine.  She was told that she would have permanent nerve damage, but with acupuncture and therapy she is doing well.  Her performance is powerful and emotional, filled with amazing gymnastics.  Her splits are just incredible!  The judges love that she is strong, confident, and uninhibited.  Hayley tells them that she cannot live without dance in her life.  Mia asks her about her handstands, so she shows that off as well.  Hayley is going to Vegas!

We see quite a few incredible female dancers, including Megan Kinney, the sister of Caitlyn from last season’s Top 20.  Her strong technical solo is taking her to Vegas again!  Also going to Vegas is Genise, who performs a gorgeous contemporary number.

Our next girl to dance is Ariana, who is a local burlesque dancer.  She thinks the way to the judges’ hearts is a striptease.  Most of her movement is on her chair, until she strips down to her red undies for the judges.  This woman seriously needs a pole to dance with!  Of course Nigel loves it, while Mary and Mia are speechless.  They decide to send Ariana to the choreography round.

Our final solo is from Iveta, who is originally from Lithuania.  She came to the United States hoping for great opportunities.  She performs a captivating Rumba with her partner, who is not auditioning.  Her spins are just amazing.  Nigel calls her vivacious and thinks she’s the most brilliant ballroom dancer he’s seen since Pasha and Anya.  Mary is so moved that she cries, saying Iveta is exquisite.  Mia thinks she’s magical and it’s a privilege to see her dance.  Iveta is going to Vegas!

In the choreography round by Pasha and Anya, Bryan quits after about 15 minutes, realizing that he needs more training and will come back next season.  Ariana really looks like a mess out there, and the judges tell her to go get more training before next time as well.  13 dancers are moving on to Vegas.

We start Day 2 with Pascal, who admits to being kind of crazy and says you have to be different so you can be entertaining.  He shows us some very strange, spastic movements.  It actually looked like he was going into convulsions at one point, then he rips apart his shirt and does the worm.  His insanity rubs off on the judges, who can’t control themselves anymore.  Mary feels like this is an exorcism.  Nigel says it made him think Pascal has a bad case of food poisoning, and the judges didn’t see any actual dancing in the routine.  Pascal is not moving on to the next round.

After some clips of really great couples auditioning, we meet another couple…Ashleigh and Ryan.  They started out as competitors, then fell in love and got married.  Their moves are crisp and sexy, but she is a little too campy for me in a number that’s supposed to be passionate.  The judges love Ryan, but think Ashleigh is a bit too fake and not as in tune with her husband as they would have liked.  Both of them are sent to the choreography round.

Our last couple is Leigh and Josh.  They have only been dancing together for 2 weeks, but they are very good together!  The moves are sharp, sexy, and passionate.  At the end of the number, Leigh’s toenail comes off, leaving her to bleed all over the place.  Nigel calls for a medic to bandage her up.  The judges believe they are a good pair, but think Leigh is more amazing.  Leigh is going to Vegas (after she goes to the hospital) and Josh is headed for the choreography round.

In the choreography round, Josh does not do so well and is not moving on.  Ryan and Ashleigh are both going to Vegas, along with 19 more dancers.

Tune in tomorrow night when Vegas Week begins…which of our 152 dancers will make it to the Top 20 and go to Hollywood?  The excitement of Las Vegas starts tomorrow.  Until then, good night everybody!

DWTS Week 3 by Sammi T.

October 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to Dancing With The Stars week three! Tonight is Latin Night—the thirteen remaining dancers will take on the romantic rumba or the sizzling samba.

As they descend down the stage, I wonder what is up with Tom DeLay’s barber shop quartet outfit and drool a bit over Louie, he looks quite handsome tonight!

Samantha announces that Tom has a complete stress fracture in his foot and how it will effect the show will be announced later in the broadcast.

Mark and Lacey are up first with their rumba. She tells him he needs to slow and calm down because he usually the complete opposite.

The rumba is a bit faster than most but shows a sexier, feistier side of the dance. I actually really like it since it isn’t as raunchy as past rumbas and it kind of fits their personalities while showing how he has improved as a dancer.

Len tells him it was a bit hard and it lacked chemistry but he liked the one leg movements.

Bruno thinks it was anticlimactic.

Carrie Ann thinks he is lacking connection and wants him to find this sensuality.

Scores: 6-6-6 for a 18  out of 30.

Joanna and Derek are next with their samba. She wants to wow the audience and Derek appreciates her determination to try new things.

Their samba is FIERCE! Hot, sexy and well executed….they are BACK! It is going to be very hard to top this tonight.

Bruno says the good times are back—but wants her to work on her strength.

Carrie Ann wants her to work on her feet but thinks it was a sexy dance.

Len thinks it was good all around.

Scores: 7-8-8 for a 23 our of 30.

After the commercial break, Mya and Dmitry do the rumba. She jokes about keeping it professional.  She makes the studio as romantic as possible so they can set the mood of the dance.

Their rumba is much more romantic and slower than Mark and Lacey’s but HOLY CHEMISTRY! I think they have  some of the best chemistry out of any of the couples this season. The footwork, the sensuality—WOW!

Carrie Ann says she had chills the whole time! She think there may have been a lift, but she isn’t sure.

Len says that for him there was too much going on and would have preferred more simplicity.

Bruno says they put America in the mood for LOVE!

Scores: 10-7-10 for a 27 out of 30.

Melissa and Mark have the samba this week. He wants her to have some party energy and she is frustrated that she is pushing so hard but not getting anywhere.  She is, however, determined to bring out her competitive side.

The dance is fun and has a nice party feel to it—she really is improving and coming out of her shell.  She has great footwork and it was one of her better executed dances.

Len likes her foot and leg actions but wants a bit more rhythm.

Bruno knew she could do it!

Carrie Ann thinks she is improving but wants her to let go of her fear.

Scores:6-6-7=19 out of 30.

Louie and Chelsie are doing the rumba this week and he wants to show off how sexy he is.  Chelsie thinks they have a lot of chemistry and they are ready to rock the romantic rumba.

Romantic, sexy and I stand corrected—THEY have the chemistry tonight. The moves were all there, but the feeling they sent off was just so incredible.  All I can say is WOW!

Bruno wants them to work on some technical bits but loves their chemistry.

Carrie Ann also squeals over it.

Len complains about how disappointing it was.

Scores: 8-5-7=20 out of 30.

Debi and Maks take on the samba next. He brings in Mel B. to give her a pep talk, which inspires Debi to want to do better.

The dance has all the footwork, but it is still kind of lacking something—I can’t really put my finger on it. Passion maybe? I don’t know, I was just not feeling it.

Carrie Ann thinks it is too safe.

Len thinks it lacks flavor.

Bruno says it lacks connection.

Scores: 6-5-6=17 out of 30.

Donny and Kym take on the rumba after another commercial break.  He says this dance will show a side of him people VERY rarely get to see.

They are dancing to Endless Love—which Trista and Louis danced to their season. Is it me, or are they really recycling songs this season?  It is very simple and romantic, and has some nice basic movements in it.  It is not one of his best dances, but he still does a good job with it.

Len thinks they did a great job.

Bruno thinks it was a bit too Swan Lake, which leads to an impromptu make out session between him and Donny. I am a bit weirded out now.  Donny jokes that they might not let him back into Utah.

Carrie Ann thinks it was beautiful.

Scores: 7-7-7 for a 21 out of 30.

Samantha jokes he should have given Bruno tongue for a higher score.

Michael and Anna take on the samba. He too is determined to work hard this week, despite how frustrated he is.

He is so sweet and cute and seems so charming, but he really needs to work on his footwork.  However, what he lacks in technique, he makes up for in heart.

Bruno thinks he has the charm, but no rhythm. He says he needs to get back into gear.

Carrie Ann thinks he dances too small but the rhtythm is there.

Len was disappointed.

Scores: 5-4-5 for a 14 out of 30.

Natalie and Alec are assigned the rumba this week. She has trouble being sexy, so Alec brings in his wife Edyta to show her how it is done. She wants Natalie to focus on her eye contact and says she has permission to go all out on her husband.

The dance is very beautiful—they have nice chemistry and she has nice lines and movement in her hips and legs.

Carrie Ann squeals over how much she liked it.

Len thinks they did an excellent job.

Bruno shouts over how much he enjoyed it.

Alec jokes that Edyta is pimping him out.

Scores:  9-8-9=26 out of 30.

Chuck and Anna T. take on the samba this week. Their practice includes him getting pedicures with his daughter to relax, but Anna still pushes him to bring out his inner party animal.

The dance itself is fun, flirty and exciting—a bit stiff, but overall some nice footwork and great entertainment.

Len thinks they did a good job entertaining.

Bruno calls it a samba from zombietown.

Carrie Ann thinks it was rough, but a lot of fun.

Scores: 6-5-5 for a 17 out of 30.

Aaron and Karina are up next. They have the rumba this week and Karina thinks he is overdoing it and he wants it to come straight from the heart.

The dance is the perfect blend of romance, focus and good execution. He did trip at one point and was a bit sloppy at some parts, but overall it was very nice.

Bruno says it lacks fluidity.

Carrie Ann wants him to listen to Karina more.

Len thinks his arms were flinging about too much.

Scores: 8-6-7=21 out of 30.

Finally, the news about Tom and Cheryl.  He has stress fractures in both feet, but he is still going to dance. I don’t know if that is very brave or very dumb on his part, but I have to give it to him for trying.

I love how they are dancing to Why Can’t We Be Friends and wearing Democrat and Republican outfits. (Now the outfit makes sense!)  For someone with two broken feet, he is not doing too bad! I have so much respect for him trying and not wanting to let Cheryl down.

Carrie Ann thinks he is easy on the eyes when he dances, but it wasn’t as exciting as a samba could be.

Len says it was a job well done.

Bruno declares him a super trooper.

Scores: 6-4-5=15 out of 30.

Kelly and Louis perform the last samba of the night. She is very nervous after messing up last week, but Louis has faith that she is going to be fine.

They are dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Love Game” Really music people? REALLY?  The dance is flamboyant, and has all the spice and right moves to make it the samba of the night. Kelly is BACK!

Len wants her to work on her confidence. He says SHE needs to believe she is a good dancer.

Bruno sees a vast improvement and wants her to get rid of her slef doubt.

Carrie Ann thinks it is all there, but doesn’t want her to doubt herself anymore.

Scores: 7-6-7 for a 20 out of 30.

We get recaps of dancers and phone numbers to vote.

Who is your favorite tonight? Who did the worst? Who will land in the bottom two? Who will get the encore dance? Share your thoughts and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night! Goodnight!

SYTYCD Auditions by Marie

September 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello dance fans, and welcome to the New Orleans Auditions of So You Think You Can Dance.  Nigel is in England receiving his honorary doctorate from the University of Bedfordshire, so our judges for this city are Mary, Adam Shankman, and Lil’C.  Let’s see what kind of talent The Big Easy has to show us!

Day 1 starts with Shelby, who goes by the nickname of Skip.  He is performing a local style of Hip-Hop called New Orleans Bounce.  He even teaches Cat some of the moves while he’s waiting for his turn on stage.  Skip’s solo is strong and high energy, and I love the unique style.  Mary says that even though she’s never seen anything like it before, she loves it.  Adam is amazed by his drive and determination.  Lil’C calls it Bucc, and is glad that this show has opened up avenues for so many new styles of dance.  The judges tease that Skip is not moving on to choreography…he’s moving straight on to Vegas!

Jonathan is next, ready to show us his Ballet and Jazz training combined with acrobatics.  His routine is so expressive, I can feel it right through my television screen.  He has great moves and awesome flips.  Adam believes that this is one of the best solos he’s ever seen.  Mary praises his strength and control and calls it breathtaking.  Lil’C calls it the perfect blend of weight, energy, space, and time.  Jonathan is going to Vegas!

There is so much talent here in New Orleans, and we get to see a lot of it.  Among those going to Vegas are Alison, Calvin, and Edward…who all amazed the judges with their technique and showed us the great joy they have for dance.

After all of the beauty and grace, we have Eric, who admits to downing 6 energy drinks before his audition.  He demonstrates his ability to do many sound effects for his fellow dancers, and he is more than ready to show off his Hip-Hop routine.  The judges are quite amused by his frantic performance, and they can’t stop laughing.  He is continuously spinning around on the floor.  The judges think Eric showed passion and is a fun guy, so they send him to the choreography round.

Justin is our next dancer, and he is grateful to be dancing at all.  On his way to a Hip-Hop show, the van he and the other dancers were riding in flipped over several times.  He had severe head trauma, but was back dancing in 3 weeks.  His audition just wows me…with strong moves and incredible spins, it shows just how you can come back from the tragedies in your life.  The judges love his power moves and think he took it to a whole new level.  Justin is sent to the choreography round to see what else he can do.

In Pasha and Anya’s choreography round, the judges decide that Eric is not moving on, but love the effort he put into his performance and want him to come back again.  Justin is going to Vegas, along with 12 other dancers.

On Day 2, we begin with Kimalee, who along with her partner, is trained in Ballroom and Theater Arts.  Her partner is not auditioning; he just wants to help Kimalee make it on the show.  They start the number with a beautiful split lift, and the routine is passionate and romantic.  The judges are amazed by all of their lifts.  They call it graceful and stunning, and ask if she is trained in any other styles.  She responds that she is trained in ballet, but can do most other styles as well.  They deliberate whether to send her to the choreography round, but decide that Kimalee is going straight to Vegas!

Micah is next, and he has no formal dance training.  He grew up poor and hungry, and wound up rebelling and getting into a lot of trouble.  Learning dance from people on the streets was the only good thing in his life, and he completely turned his life around.  His Hip-Hop routine is very energetic, with quite a bit of popping and locking.  The judges call him fresh and admire his strong core.  Lil’C makes me cry when he tells Micah to never be ashamed of his struggle…it only makes the victory sweeter.  Micah is sent to the choreography round.

We get to see several awful and strange auditions, prompting Mary to come up with Rules For What Not To Do In Your Audition.  1. Don’t wear your hat over your eyes.  2. Do not keep reaching out to nowhere.  3. Stop rubbing yourself all over your body.  4. Men should not be constantly shaking their booties.  Adam demonstrates what not to do as Mary gives the dancers the rules, and it it hilarious to watch!

After the demonstration, Jakob comes out to dance.  He gives a powerful, emotional Contemporary performance.  Mary is screaming already, saying he lit up New Orleans.  All of the judges think he rocked it and was phenomenal.  Jakob is going to Vegas!

Our final solo is from Diana, who left for the auditions with her grandfather very ill.  The day before her solo, she called home to find out he had passed away.  Her family told her to stay and dance…that’s what her gradfather would want.  She is very upset, but thinks that now her song choice is perfect for honoring him.  Her Contemporary routine is passionate, and she seems to be dancing on air.  When she finishes, she is crying but happy to be dancing.  The judges love her honest, beautiful quality.  Adam tells her how sorry they are about her grandfather, and says she is a very strong person…he doesn’t know if he would have been able to do what she did.  They send Diana to the choreography round.

In the choreography round, the judges tell Micah no for now, but to keep it up and get some training before he comes back next time.  Diana is going to Vegas, and so are 17 more dancers.

Tune in next week for our final auditions in Salt Lake City.  Then we move on to Vegas Week!  Good night everyone, and always keep dancing!

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