Thursday, June 16, 2011

One, Two, Cha Cha Cha

So do you guys watch those Dancing Kids (otherwise known as Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance")? The top 20 paired up and kicked off the competition for season 8 last night, and boy howdy are those kids talented! Every single one of them gave top notch performances, but when Melanie and Marko began the Travis Wall choreographed "Turn to Stone" number, it was clear we were all watching something truly special. It was stunning! Such a beautiful piece.

The official SYTYCD clip won't be on the show's official site until Sunday or Monday, but I found this youtube clip that someone posted if you want to check it out. (I'll try to remember to switch it to the official clip when it's available.) Absolutely breathtaking.

If you're a fan of the show, you already know that Travis Wall was a contestant and the runner-up on Season 2 of the show. It's great to see him grow into a world class choreographer. He is an amazing young talent!

What I love about So You Think You Can Dance is the range of styles it explores, introducing so many people to dance forms they may not otherwise ever be exposed to. It's so cool to watch a B-boy or hip-hop street dancer, who never had a formal lesson, learn to master classic ballroom styles, while contemporary and jazz dancers get their groove on learning to krump or pop. Every season it seems like the level of talent in these kids moves up a notch. (Unlike some other celebrity-studded dance themed shows that I can't stand to watch.)

The downside? Two of these fabulous dancing kids will be eliminated each week. The first elimination show will be tonight... I can hardly bear to watch! (But if I don't watch, I'll probably miss some amazing dancing!)

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