Know this: I'm a sucker for So You Think You Can Dance. I'm hooked. 100%
completely and totally. I'm a believer, and I'm not the only one.
American Idol is famed for locating undiscovered talent, I'm put off by
machine it has become. I firmly believe almost any schmuck can sing
karaoke to other
people's music and look relatively good doing it,
thanks to the ministering of legions of
professional stylists and voice
trainers. The folks on American Idol are out there
specifically to play
the fame game. They're there to get famous.
Not so with So You Think You Can Dance.
The kids who line up to audition for
SYTYCD are fully aware that they
won't become superstars. Though they may become
household names to
those who watch the show, the rest of the universe will slide blithely
by without taking any notice whatsoever when someone mentions "Benji"
or "Sabra" in
passing. The winner of SYTYCD is not going to become the next Kelly Clarkson, and
everyone trying out on audition day knows it.
a result, there's a concentrated focus on true ability. The
weeded out immediately, and you're left with the
cream of the crop -- all of whom are
there because they have a dream:
They want to be dancers. Working, employed dancers.
Dancers with a
career. And this show actually provides real opportunity for
talented dancers who might never have thought they could
make it farther than teaching a
hip-hop class at their local dance
Much has been made of the fact that SYTYCD and Dancing
with the Stars have brought
dance back into the mainstream. More power
to them for bringing dance into the living
rooms of those who might
never have thought it was "manly enough" to enjoy watching a
waltz, rhumba or disco routine. But speaking for those of us
ourselves for] already loving dance as an art form,
I'll admit I thought a reality show
dance contest couldn't possibly be
anything more highbrow than a trumped-up talent
show. Man, was I wrong.
Not only is the quality of the dancers shockingly high, as Nigel
himself frequently pointed
out in Season 3, but it's also wonderfully
egalitarian. Because they put an emphasis on
turning out well-rounded
dancers versed in every genre, there's room for everyone from
classically trained ballet dancers (Danny) and ballroom champions
(Lacey & Pasha) to
B-Boys and B-Girls (Dominic & Sara).
Therefore, not only will you find every kind of
dancer, but you'll be
entertained by every kind of dance.
Being a die-hard fan, I made the long trek to Continental Airlines Arena in E. Rutherford,
already convinced it would be a fantastic show. Between the immense
talent of the
finalists and choreographers, and the promise from the
show's judges that the most
beloved numbers from the season would make
it onto the program, how could they
possibly go wrong? I was not
On the other hand, I found some of the montages
on the jumbotrons tiresome. We'd
already watched the full season,
including the finale. How many more times do I need to
see Nigel ask
Sex not to come back next year? That was a little much. But when all
said and done, the emphasis was on the dancers and the
choreography. We got to see
the Flower and the Hummingbird routine firsthand. We got to witness Danny and Lacey
burn down the house with one of the sexiest sambas you'll ever see in your life. We gasped
at the acrobatics as two princes vied for the throne. Mia's ode to her father was even
more beautiful and touching in person. Latin ballroom stars Pasha and Anya devoured
their salsa dish. And the Devil chased the Angel, just for us.
Having trouble with the player?
--Watch all the solos from the playlist on YouTube.
--Watch the couples dancing together on UnCut.
if you don't give a damn about Sabra, Danny or the lot of them... Even
never seen the show once... Even if you despise reality TV
and all it stands for... The
is still a worthwhile evening out. You'll come away from it having been
exposed to more forms of dance than you'll ever find assembled under
one roof again.
You'll enjoy watching them performed by talented,
humble artists who refuse to
disappoint, because they know exactly how
lucky they are to be dancing for you. And lest
I forget, they also want
to thank you for voting them onto the stage in the first place.
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