So You Think You Can Dance hits Vegas
Welcome to another year of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The auditions have been fast and furious (seemed shorter this year) and this week the dancers with the tickets to Vegas will be judged yet again — this time in unrelenting rounds of practice and presentations. The TV blog will report on the happenings … who stays, who goes, who cries, who injures themselves — because as this week’s teaser proclaims, “There WILL be blood.”
But before we get to all that, SYTYCD enthusiast and former NewsOK SYTYCD podcast contributor Lisa Potts has picked her 12 favorite dances in the eight seasons of the show.
By Lisa Potts
With the eighth season of “So You Think You Can Dance” starting tonight, I wanted to flash back to 12 of my favorite routines from previous years. I was pleasantly surprised to see the list isn’t dominated by my favorite contestants, season 2′s Natalie and season 6′s Jakob. They’re in only three of the 12. I’m also a little disappointed that I don’t have any Wade Robson routines, but I couldn’t find videos of the ones I wanted. OK, so here we go!
#1 (Hands down!) Mia Michaels’ “Gravity” by Kayla and Kupono in season 5. Kupono literally plays an “addiction” that has a hold on her. Although I’ve seen this dozens of times, it still makes me tear up. Neither dancer was one of my favorites that season, but the acting performances are breathtaking. The choreography and song choice are perfection. The first time I saw it I knew it should win the Emmy, and I’m so glad the voters agreed.
#2 Season 3 winner Jeanine Mason and Jason shine in Travis Wall’s debut as a choreographer. He certainly made his presence known right out of the gate. Plus, Jason Mraz has always been a favorite of mine so I was thrilled his music got some exposure on the show.
#3 Ahh, my beloved Jakob (with Ashleigh, season 6). He could seriously do no wrong. I love the little contortions of his body that he makes throughout this routine, even if it’s just pushing the shoulders forward, he makes it a character. I’ve always loved this song for a potential routine. Thank you Choreographer Mandy Moore for adding the dreaded cane prop so effectively.
#4 The Emmy-winning contemporary “bench routine” by Mia Michaels for season 2′s Travis and Heidi. I so wish this piece of music were available somewhere! Mia had to work around the fact that Heidi is not a contemporary dancer, yet the scenes of her just sitting on the bench or her simple movements are the most haunting.
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