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SYTYCD Recap 1

I loved last night’s episode. My how some of the guys blew me away…

  1. Billy Bell and Lauren Gottlieb: While high energy and adorable, this dance to “Footloose” was honestly largely forgettable. I love Lauren and it’s great to see her back, but Billy just doesn’t seem too Broadway baby to me.
  2. Christina Santana and Mark Kanemura: It is great to see Mark back! He was better than ever and, per usual, perfectly in tune for Sonya’s quirky choreography. Christina is a salsa dancer, so watching her pushed totally out of her element was impressive, but I wasn’t blown away by it. I thought it could’ve been a little better.
  3. Jose Ruiz and Comfort Fedoke: They performed a NappyTabs routine to Ne-Yo, and I was underwhelmed again. The footwork was great and they worked well together.
  4. Adechike Torbert and Kathryn McCormick: Hello miss Kathryn– sexpot!!! They were dancing out his fantasy at work, with her as his secretary and an Ikea desk as a prop. She played the part so well that he kind of just became background noise to me. His technique was great, but I didn’t think he emoted enough of what the piece demanded of him. And while I love the choreographer, Travis Wall, why is he wearing a girl’s necklace?
  5. Melinda Sullivan and Pasha: Ballroom dance #1!! They performed the jive, and it was semi-okay, but she was so cheesy that it became tacky, but it also kept me from noticing her improper posture too much. She could definitely be in trouble tonight.
  6. Alex Wong and Allison Holker: Alex is a member of the Miami City Ballet, and they didn’t want him to leave for the show. I can see why he wanted to leave (cause he is a-maz-ing) and why they didn’t want to part with him (cause he is a-maz-ing). Last night he really stood out to me because he had it all in this best performance of the evening. Sonya’s choreography to “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley was touching, and he and Allison built the correct chemistry and emotion with their perfect technique to make this piece stellar. The judges cried, I got chills, and there is no way Alex is getting sent home after that. Allison has grown up significantly as a dancer, and it was great to see her back four years later!
  7. Alexie Agdeppa and Twitch Boss: They did a NappyTabs dance as well, and this time to a Jason Mraz song. I love Twitch, but he clearly outdanced Alexie this number. She did well, but she was very little girlish and could have brought more to the table. I thought the routine was cute but nothing to brag about.
  8. Lauren Froderman and Ade Obayomi: I felt badly because the judges sort of ripped Lauren to shreds, and I can’t do that myself. Her technique was amazing, the Mandy Moore dance was cool, but I didn’t feel the two dancers connect in the piece.
  9. Kent Boyd and Anya Garni: Ballroom piece #2. This Kent kid is from the middle of nowhere, so it seems, and he really executed the dance well, especially for having no ballroom experience. Good job.
  10. Ashley Galvan and Neil Haskell: Tyce choreographed a contemporary routine for them that was beautiful, and they both performed it beautifully; however, as the second slower piece of the night, I didn’t feel touched in the same manner as Sonya’s and thus was feeling pretty “meh” about it. It was very good though.
  11. Robert Roldan and Courtney Galiano: What a great way to end the night! They performed an African jazz routine that looked impossibly hard, and Robert even looked better than “All Star” Courtney while doing it! Though I think he needs to neglect from “rar”ing after his performances, I was definitely impressed and am looking forward to seeing him perform in the future. In case you were wondering, he hails from Thousand Oaks, California, and danced with my lovely Alyssa! Crazy.

So You Think You Can Dance (Pre Ep 1)

Though I have watched zero of the auditions, I could not be more excited to see tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance ep! I am really glad they changed up the formula of the show because it was pretty boring last season. I loved the dancing but the formula was just tired! They are bringing back 12 favorite dancers from before to partner with the contestants, and I am looking forward to their returns to see how they’ve grown as dancers since they competed. I don’t have any favorites yet since I didn’t watch the auditions since I hate watching them ramble over bad performances and embarrassing people on TV. So hooray Twitch is back! As a former dancer, I tend to be rather critical of the show, so more to come later on how I feel about it!