Dance on TV This Week

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July 11, 2014 by Nicole

After a busy holiday week of travel, I have to admit I’m a bit behind….so Abby’s Studio Rescue remains on the DVR this week. But I was able to watch the dance show of the summer, So You Think You Can Dance.

Obviously, I loved seeing Misty Copeland back on the panel. She’s a consummate professional and I thought did her duties well, delivering sharp and thoughtful constructive criticism. I hope the dancers took their notes because I believe they got some good ones.

As much as I love the show, I have to say that after this week’s episode – the first week of (potentially) dancing in a style outside of their specialty, I was a little underwhelmed. Which is disappointing. What this show is great at is showcasing an extremely high level of dance, week in and week out, in American living rooms. And I don’t think this year’s cast lived up to that promise in this week of competition. Of course, there were bright spots, but if I’m being honest, I was left wanting just a little more from the dancers as well as the choreographers.

Which leads me to my newest “if I were the producer” idea: cut out the top 20. Start with the top 10 and pair them with all-stars right off the bat. Why? Dancing with an all-star – a professional-level dancer – invariably causes every contestant to up their game. Not to mention at least half of the pair is guaranteed to be a specialist in the style, which should help with those quick turnarounds for learning and cleaning the choreography. And that makes for a better show. (Disagree? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments section.)

So, what stood out to me this week? A few things:

  • Jacque LeWarne and Zack Everhart’s African Jazz. Jacque used her technique beautifully to sink her teeth into an aggressive number. She showed her strength and attack and Zack was right there with her every step of the way.
  • Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda’s Contemporary number was lovely. And Ricky’s lines are exquisite. Travis Wall showed up big time with this one.
  • Tanisha Belnap & Rudy Abreu’s Jazz. Tanisha showed us what strong looks like and Rudy demonstrated being there for your partner. I was entertained.

What stood out to you? Am I overlooking someone? Tell me what you think about the show so far!

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