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A CHANCE TO DANCE Premieres on Ovation August 17

A few weekends ago, I was invited to participate (via Skype) on a Dance Critics Association panel about dance on television (read a detailed write-up in Dance Magazine). Moderator Lisa Traiger mentioned this new show, A Chance to Dance, produced … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance Auditions, New York

Earlier this week, thanks to my friend, Taylor Gordon, I was able to sit in on some of the New York City So You Think You Can Dance auditions. They were held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in the … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance Season Finale

So, first we go through a re-cap of the season – some of the silly try-outs, the judges’ harsh criticisms of certain contestants, Alex’s injury, all the tears, Adechicke’s becoming emotional over being able to dance a routine choreographed by … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 6 – THE SEASON OF INJURIES CONTINUES

Ok, where is Billy? Cat announces that this is the 150th episode, so they have a giant birthday cake. Wow has the show really been on for five years? Kenny Ortega is joining as a judge tonight. Argh! So, Billy … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 4

Ugh, how heartbroken am I that Alex Wong is injured and may have torn his Achilles tendon. If he’s out permanently I’m going to be so upset; he was the main reason I’m so into the show this season. I … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 3: GO ALEX!!!

So, I love that they focused on inspirations this week, allowing the dancers to talk about whom they look up to. It gives America some exposure to some of these great dancers. Adechicke and Lauren’s hip hop to a Dave … Continue reading

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THE INFLUENCE OF SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE ON DANCE STUDIOS

Interesting article by Claudia La Rocco in the NY Times about the influence of SYTYCD on studios. (I missed SYTYCD this week; had really wanted to watch Thursday night but was at New York City Ballet all settled in my … Continue reading

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MIA MICHAEL IN MARY MURPHY OUT AS PERMANENT SYTYCD JUDGES

Apparently SYTYCD has changed its permanent judges for the upcoming season: in addition to Nigel Lythgoe, they’ll now be Adam Shankman and Mia Michaels. Mary Murphy will still be with the show, but will be spending more time choreographing instead, … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEASON SIX FINALE: WHY NOT HAVE ALL DANCERS DOING SAME ROUTINES?

So, my favorite dance of the night, not surprisingly, was the Dwight Rhoden / Desmond Richardson-choreographed contemporary routine for Jakob and Kathryn. It was very Dwight Rhoden — with the passionate intensity, the movements that are so real-life: her jumping … Continue reading

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DWTS & SYTYCD PRETTY PREDICTABLE THIS WEEK, IN MANY WAYS

Wow, I’m so happy Kelly Osbourne and Karen Hauer are staying, on DWTS and SYTYCD respectively, after this week. Re DWTS: I was really blown away by Kelly and Louis’s Quickstep Monday night and I have to take back what … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEASON FIVE FINALE

I know this will come as a surprise to everyone (not!), but I really agree with Mary when she commended Evan for having introduced young audiences to a dance style that was in danger of dying: good old fashion Broadway … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SEASON FIVE SEMI-FINAL

Is it really the semis already?! At the top of the program Mary Murphy expresses shock about Janette getting kicked off last week since she “didn’t miss a single step throughout the show,” then urges the audience to vote based … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEASON FIVE, TOP TEN

Sorry I’m late with my SYTYCD post today. I’m having a little (well, a big, a huge) problem with my extremely noisy upstairs neighbor, aka Godzilla, and am hardly sleeping. Anyway, so last night is the first night of this … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK FIVE: GO JANETTE!

Fun seeing Pasha and Anya again, huh! Janette is really becoming my favorite dancer. I love her because I don’t think there’s really anything she can’t do (except maybe a ballet routine on pointe, assuming she’s never had training in … Continue reading

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DESMOND RICHARDSON ON SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Photo by Dah-len, taken from RobertaOnTheArts. What a nice treat to see Desmond Richardson dancing with Complexions‘ Patricia Hachey on So You Think You Can Dance tonight. I do so love him. I do wonder though whether that very adagio … Continue reading

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PROKOFIEV AND CLASSICAL BALLET ON SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!

Photo of Pina Bausch’s Orfeo ed Euridice by Ursula Kaufman from NYTimes. Well, I am sad and surprised that Nigel Lythgoe did not give any kind of tribute to Pina Bausch last night, the way he did Michael Jackson, Farrah … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK THREE ELIMINATIONS, AND RIP MICHAEL JACKSON

Well, that was a nice tribute to Michael Jackson that Nigel gave at the top of the show. His contribution to the dance world really cannot be overestimated and it was very fitting. It really brought the point home, to … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEASON FIVE WEEK THREE: Live Blogging This Week

Since I’m not at ABT tonight (unbelievable, I know! — heartbroken to be missing Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes though…), I can live blog the show. Guest judge this week is Tony Basil. She says she is winning a hip … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SEASON 5 WEEK 2, ELIMINATIONS

Argh, just as Max shows us what he’s made of, he gets axed. I’m shocked. I thought he so delivered in his Jive solo. I know before (when he and Kayla did a Cha Cha I think) I said I … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SEASON 5, WEEK 2

Wow, hip hopper Phillip got a lot of applause during the opening solos. Did you guys notice that too? Guest judge tonight is hip hop choreographer Lil C. We get to know the dancers more. Evan says his partner Randi … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SEASON 5, WEEK 1

I was at NYCBallet last night and then absolutely needed to go out to O’Neals afterward with my friend to discuss Tiler Peck’s brilliant performance in Mercurial Manouevres (and yes, Ashley Bouder in Lifecasting, whom my friend has an enormous … Continue reading

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WHY ARE THE WORLD'S GREATEST DANCERS SO PATHETICALLY UNDERVALUED?

(photo by Lucretia Diaz, taken from here) I was originally going to title this post “WHOSE PUBLICITY STUNT WAS THIS?” because I couldn’t imagine how someone who was just promoted to principal at one of the most prestigious dance companies … Continue reading

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GILLIAN AND ROMAN STEAL THE PIRATE SHOW, AND THE LAST OF THE SYTYCD AUDITIONS

(photo of Gillian Murphy and Roman Zhurbin in Le Corsaire, by Gene Schiavone, taken from ABT website) Ethan Stiefel was supposed to dance Ali last night at ABT, but he was out with injury. I was disappointed of course, but … Continue reading

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IS MAINSTREAM AMERICA STILL HOMOPHOBIC?

So, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamantion called Nigel Lythgoe on his anti-gay comments on SYTYCD last week and Lythgoe apologized. I missed last week’s show, but according to the Times he told a male ballroom duo that he … Continue reading

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