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Television: SYTYCD Discussions 2006-2015


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I basically followed it the whole season. Dance On TV...I'm Watching

 

The most outstanding things for me? Jamail and Destiny, a Hip Hop and a Jazz dancer, both African American, doing the Viennese Waltz - and neither of them had done a step of Ballroom in their life. They were stunning.

 

In fact, it was pretty amazing how all the Hip-Hop people were able to adapt to other styles, and at least do decent approximations of the movement. You would never expect it. You expect it from the people with formal training.

 

Then of course there was Nick and Blake. The two "Baby-Baryshnikovs" of the show. Man could they turn. Granted, they were Jazz turns, but anybody that can pull in from well-placed a la seconde turns into 8 pirouettes while doing port de bras from en bas to en haut and STOP, and then go into some other kind of "post-baryshnikov" acrobatic jump without putting the other foot down has my respect

 

Tricks? Yes. Impressive? yes.

 

Then there were the judges. All working professional choreographers ranging from ballet to hip-hop. They always made very good comments. Stuff I'd heard during my career directed at me, like, "It was technically good, all the tricks were right on, but you didn't dance it....I felt nothing" etc

 

I liked Mia Michaels especially

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I agree that Jamile was impressive in his ability to adapt. Clearly he is a talented guy and he was so cute, which probably helped. One thing I learned from watching most of the season was that I don't like lyrical. It frequently made me laugh, which I don't think was what they were trying to do. I was glad that they had the ballroom dancing in the program, although it seemed to come up more than other styles. But I found it an interesting style that when done well was really exciting to see.

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It would be nice, if this makes another season, to see lyrical :P switched with classical ballet.....even contemporary ballet.

Wouldn't it have been nice to have seen a pas variation? It would mean that the selected female dancers would have to have ballet background even pointe work as a requirement.

I doubt we will ever see pointe on this show, but one could hope. :wink:

The contemporary ballet would be great to watch. A background in ballet would be a must and with some of the fantastic contemporary choreographers out there, a definite plus to the show.

I did enjoy the ballroom but I felt there was a little too much of it.

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Well, one of the compliments for a good lyrical routine (I forget whose, I think Blake) was "you belong on stage with Celine Dion." That kind of says it all.

 

I think it's fine not to see pointe—it's really a specialty of classical ballet, and they are looking for a versatile dancer, not a specialist in one dance form. As we always say, it takes a lot of ballet for pointe work to be safe.

 

I watched the show throughout with a sense of humility. I've tried other styles but I can't adapt well to them. I never lose the uptight ballerina look—completely ridiculous! :wink:

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It was an interesting show - good entertainment value on a variety of levels, to be sure.

 

My daughters thought that the contestants should have at LEAST been expected to take a few ballet classes.

 

 

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The show was entertaining from the begining. They will definitely bring this show back for a second or third season. How many of you are practicing for this right now??? $100,000 cash prize towers over any ballet competition monetary award (though not necessarily in prestige). And the television exposure for these dancers will put them on the Top of the list for other monetary perks, such as movie, television and commercial contracts.

 

I even taped it so that I could watch it over and over.

 

I would also like to see some more variety of choreography, style and costuming.

 

I would also love to see some classically trained dancer in the top 4 next time. Where are those Canterna sisters?

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I enjoyed watching this show. I especially liked seeing the different types of ballroom dance. I was also surprised by the Hip Hop as it was not what I expected it to be. I was glad that Nick won. Last week he and Melody were my top choices, but I had a hard time choosing between them. The screaming audience and sometimes the judges just about sent my husband over the edge though.

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I went on a field trip with my school (academic) into NYC. We took a class at Broadway Dance Center and our hip hop (can you imagine? I do ballet!) teacher was on the show.

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NadiaDanseuse

I pegged Nick as winner from the moment that I saw him on the show :dry: . I am also glad that he and Melody were the final 2, yet Ashley really grew on me and by the end, I found her to be more versatile than Melody.

 

My daughter was really into the show. I think that it's a good thing, if it fosters an appreciation for dance, even if ballet is not the main focus. Though it's important to note that the strongest dancers had obvious ballet training, and had a thorough grasp on ballet technique.

 

This is a point that I am not going to let my students forget - as many of them take ballet as a requirement for advanced jazz levels. It's quite obvious, when watching the show, how much ballet training benefits the dancer in ALL genres.

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Momof3darlings

I too was glad to see Nick win. He is phenomenal. While I liked Melody, I thought she was a bit one track. Everything she did looked the same, stylewise to me almost over the top. A great dancer but with a style that did not break no matter what she did. Personally, I thought Ashley was more versatile and adaptable to all styles and therefore was more a favorite to me. For what my armchair judging is worth.

 

But all in all, I hope this means lots of little ones sticking with dance lessons and more interest in the artform. And more people willing to admit that to dance well you need extensive training.

 

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I also thought Ashley was more versatile than Melody, Momof3, and I liked what a couple of the judges said about her working harder than any of the others. Nick was so talented and polished, I also thought he would win it all since early on, but I feel Jamile has something undefinable that just makes you want to watch him. Hopefully he can find a teacher/coach who can teach him the technique he needs without losing the qualities that make him unique.

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I agree that Jamile was impressive in his ability to adapt. Clearly he is a talented guy and he was so cute, which probably helped. One thing I learned from watching most of the season was that I don't like lyrical. It frequently made me laugh, which I don't think was what they were trying to do. I was glad that they had the ballroom dancing in the program, although it seemed to come up more than other styles. But I found it an interesting style that when done well was really exciting to see.

 

 

Lyrical is like what we called "Adagio" back in the "Old Days"

 

I think we can rest assured that Melody, Ashley, Jamile, and a lot of the other finalists are going to be getting work somewhere. And having "Top 16 Finalist, So You Think You Can Dance" on your resume is going to have to be a big help. Kind of like having M.B.A., PhD, etc on a regular resume. Gets attention

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I also grew to love Ashle, but I agree with Nigel- she is great, but seemed to be missing the x-factor. I know she will work, and totally deserves to, but I never felt like she was a star in the making. She really did grow as a dancer and adapted beautifully to all of the styles- especially ballroom, which I don't think she had done before!

I loved Blake, Nick and Melody's stage presence. I was even more impressed with Blake doing the samba with Ashle on the finals- it's not often I'll watch the man in a ballroom couple but I couldn't take my eyes off of him.

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