This season my daughter, her friends, and I (we all went to see the top 20 dancers on tour last season) have walked away from each showing disappointed. Something was missing. These are excellent, talented dancers but so far there are maybe 2 dances I’d pay the $50 tour prize to see done live and the only dancers I’d pay that much to see live are Pasha and Sabra (maybe Neil). Hok won’t be on the tour so I wouldn’t get to meet him or see him do that hummingbird dance.
Last night Nigel hit the problem on the head: the choreographers are customizing each style of dance to the individual dancers performing the routine to make them look good rather than challenging the dancers to learn the real style of dance.
Last night we were saying the krump dance would have been ok if we had been told it was hip-hop, and the argentine tango with the 7 and 8 pirouettes for Danny was just wrong, then we had the latin jazz routine and the rhumba. The rhumba was ‘set-up-and-pose’ with very little rhumba dancing in between, just as Mary called it. The latin jazz routine with Neil and Lacey had the potential to be similar to Heidi & Ryan’s cuban rhumba but fell flat.
The thing we noticed in our comments, however, is that we actually knew what the dances were supposed to look like because the choreographers last year did such a great job educating the public about the various styles and we say them executed almost perfectly by really talented dancers.
I’m looking forward to next week’s routines now that Nigel has identified the problem.
As for who my favs are, here’s how I rank the top 10 (since they’ll be going on tour):
9. Jaimie - eliminated
10. Kameron - eliminated
I lean toward Sabra only because I want a girl to win finally, and if I since I have to choose from the women available Sabra just seems to have it all, talent and personality, and she’s so tiny!
Lacey is extremely talented but I love how the judges called her on her weak point. She dances solo even with partners. It’s all about her performing for the audience. I hate hot-shot pro sport players who think everything would fall apart without their presence and that’s why I have Lacey at #8 even though she’s technically a talented dancer.
I’ve always been against Lauren, even though she’s very talented and seems to have a amiable disposition, because she’s an ‘insider’. She was one of the choreographer’s assistants for season two. She has in inside track to what the show is like which I feel places her at an advantage to the others. Granted, she earned her way into the show and into the top 10 on her own skills, but all the judges know her personally and professionally.
Then again, the judges knew Travis, Benji, and several of the others from season 2 because they had been in the dance circuit for so many years. But that was competitively and I suppose through seminars where the dancers paid fees to have dance training sessions from Mia, Shayne and co… Lauren was paid by SYTYCD last season, and that, I think makes the difference for me.
Danny’s another one who is just phenomenal technically, and his personality is improving with each show, but he had to work at it whereas Pasha’s seems so natural. That ‘star’ quality is genuine in Pasha, with Danny I worry it’s an act.
Who’s going home tonight??? Dominic and Lauren
Lacey and Neil get a free pass for that emotional contemporary Mia Michael’s routine.
Danny and Sara, Pasha and Sabra just danced really well and had good routines I can’t see how the audience couldn’t have connected with them. Then again, it’s a matter of who picks up the phone.