I cannot tell you guys how ECSTATIC I am that So You Think You Can Dance is here. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 8p, I put everything away and glue myself to Fox for my favorite post-Idol addiction. I have loved dancing all my life. As someone who watches others for dancing inspiration, this show has made me a better dancer. I am a freestyle dancer- one who mixes all different styles to go along with whatever song is playing. This show finds some way to combine all the beauty of dance into a couple of hours:
CHOREOGRAPHY: You have some of the best choreographers in the world creating masterpieces that you wouldn't be able to see for free ANYWHERE. You might be able to catch a ballroom competition for at least $150 a piece, you can see freestyle, breakdancing battles for $10-$30, you can go to a Broadway show or its equivalent for $50-$100+ but, where can you see all of this and more in one show for free?
TALENT: Much like what American Idol does for unknowns, SYTYCD provides a platform for unknown dancers to dance in front of dance legends like Debbie Allen, Wade Robson, Shane Sparks and current choreographers/directors such as Mia Michaels. The show also gives much deserved attention to choreographers like Mia Michaels who won an Emmy for her Contemporary routine as well as Tyce Diorio. Also, to Tabitha and Napolean (aka NappyTabs), somewhat unknown until this show, they are a married couple who has done some of the best hip-hop routines I've seen. Then, there's just the way these people can move their bodies and take you on a journey through dance in the most wonderfully cathartic way.
MUSIC: Every week as part of the stall process to fill the full time slot and build suspense in typical reality, competitive show style, there's a special musical guest straight off the charts. This might just be my one gripe about the show and the one time that I'll turn on my laptop. What does this have to do with dancing? It'd be different if the contestants had choreographed a piece to the song and acted as back-up dancers, but usually the guests have very little dancing. The one exception is that now they include "professionals" that do a routine but, somehow it has less pizazz than the show's choreographers. However, the music they choose for the routines is a whole other matter- they usually find current or all-time favorites to slip into the routine, which makes it even more enjoyable because the music isn't too obscure.
FAMILY FRIENDLY: My 8-year-old niece called me last night to make sure I was watching it. She then told me she loved the hip-hop piece that Philip and Jeanine had done WAY BETTER than the Chicago-inspired Broadway piece that Asuka and Vitolio danced. What about me? I just smiled and said, "Jenna, I TOTALLY agree!"
This is the one show on television that makes me say, if I was Jenna's age and had seen this show, I'd be on a completely different path right now. However, being 31, I'm past the show's age limit which is 30, much to the dismay of some of my friends. After every show, I sigh wistfully and then, get up and dance.
When I used to go to sleep away camp as a young lad, I used to to join the dance team when we had color wars. I had a lot of fun doing it, but that doesn't mean I can dance now. I never thought about it as something I would pursue, but I always had an admiration for really good dancers. My cousin used to take me to the Philadelphia Ballet every year to see The Nutcracker and I always looked forward to it. When I first heard about a Dance show that was coming onto the television … more
So You Think You Can Dance is a summer hit dancing show on Fox hosted by Cat Deeley. Throughout the show, dancers skilled in numerous styles, ranging from hip-hop to ballroom will compete from all over the country to be named America's Favorite Dancer.
The show was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment, Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.