Wow, They Got it Right

(photo of Cody Green taken from Bravo TV website)

I’m shocked. I really didn’t think he would win. I’m thrilled though. He was by far the best; the only one who seemed to have significant dance training and technique. I thought Miguel simply made sex poses and can’t understand how he even made it to the finals, Michelle was fine but nowhere near as advanced as Cody, and Nick was cute but I didn’t see any Gene Kelly in him like one of the judges said. Gene Kelly was fun in a masculine way but he had form; Nick was just kind of jumping about. I didn’t care for the group dance at all. Again, I couldn’t really see the dancers since the camera was panning around so much and they were hidden by props like those huge clotheslines. What’s the point of having them dance? The ending solos were what the show should have been about all along: we finally got to see who the dancers really were. We finally got to see them actually dance.

Hopefully, in the future, more dancers of Cody’s caliber will audition so they can have an overall better show.

As far as SYTYCD, eh. Boring. So far at least. I don’t recognize any of the ballroom dancers. Does anyone else? No one stood out to me in contemporary either. I actually liked best the poppers and tappers who were all eliminated before the top 20 were chosen. The one popper, Robert I think, was like a rubber band. I can see how those types of dancers might have problems with the other kinds of choreography but then why allow them to try out in those categories? I wish the show was more a celebration of the diversity of dance rather than a competition to see who can prevail at the most different styles. I guess no one can think outside of the competition format for a dance show. Anyway, the one who most caught my eye of the top 20 is Mark. He’s seems to be the only true original. We’ll see…

6 Comments

  1. Yay, I’m glad he won! :) Too bad his sister’s not in my class anymore, I could have bugged her about it. :) I was disappointed she didn’t come out in his family montage. Despite the fact that I don’t like reality dance TV (I can’t stand the judges!!), I was rooting for Cody. I’ll watch the finale while starts in about 20 minutes on the West Coast.

    I think you’re right in that dance looks much better live.

    I’m catching bits and pieces of SYTYCD while I’m housecleaning. I haven’t seen really great dancing yet. I thought that tap dancer who talked too much, was actually really good.

  2. I feel like I hadn’t seen most of those contemporary dancers–particularly the guys–until tonight. So either I really haven’t seen them or they really weren’t memorable, but I’m not sure which! Hopefully it picks up now that we’re away from the auditions and into the part where we actually get to see them dance for more than 5 seconds. :)

  3. This was first TV dance show I enjoyed. I was surprised they picked Cody because the judges have been pretty tough on him lately. But I think it was the right choice too.

    I didn’t care for the final group number at all. They should have closed with umbrella routine – which brings me to Nick – He didn’t strike me as Gene Kelly either.

    I thought judges were going to pick Michelle.

    I wonder if there will be a year two for Step it up???

  4. this series failed me both as a dancer and as an afficionado of dance. a few months ago i attended was was essentially a talent show at Fiorello LaGuardia HS here in NYC (a high school of the performing arts) and I saw a greater number and range of talented performers ad dance numbers in that high school show than i saw on Step it Up during the entire season.

  5. this series failed me both as a dancer and as an afficionado of dance. a few months ago i attended was was essentially a talent show at Fiorello LaGuardia HS here in NYC (a high school of the performing arts) and I saw a greater number and range of talented performers ad dance numbers in that high school show than i saw on Step it Up during the entire season.

  6. I was glad Cody won too. The show had too many problems for me to rate it as highly as Doug does, but it was nevertheless a nice departure from the typical dance show format. Hopefully there will be another season and they’ll work out the kinks.
    I haven’t had a chance to catch many episodes of SYTYCD yet this season (crazy rehearsal schedule conflicts), so I’m glad to know I’m not missing much. Perhaps the excitement of it being a new show is wearing off?

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