Friday, September 14, 2007
In a piece slated for Sunday's Washington Post titled Dance Dilemma: Schlock Triumphs Over Ballet, Sarah Kaufman whines:
It has come to this: America's next big dance star will not be a heart-stopping dazzler like Mikhail Baryshnikov. It will be Wayne Newton -- or possibly Marie Osmond -- or someone even lower down the celebrity food chain. At least as far as millions of TV viewers go.
I have 2 words for you, Ms. Kaufman: Danny Tidwell.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Ducky's Video Death Match continues. See which routines were eliminated this week.
Cedric Gardner will conduct a hip-hop dance workshop in Charlotte, N.C. this Saturday.
WATCHING WITH AUSSIES: ActonB at Square Eyes, Square Arse recaps the season 3 audition rounds as recently aired in Australia.
We get a bit of info on who will be hosting and judging on the upcoming Australian-produced version of So You Think You Can Dance. The choreographer of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert, Ross Coleman, is one of the judge wannabes.
Can't a couple of dancer buddies workout at UCLA, shirtless, without some photographer snapping photos and publishing them on the internet? Apparently not, if those dancer buddies are Danny Tidwell and Neil Haskell.
LINK to Danny's photos.
LINK to Neil's photos.
Thanks to Aliza and Nick for the links.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A press release from the Bravo TV Network:
NEW YORK September 10, 2007 Bravo announced "Step It Up," a new dance reality competition series produced by Magical Elves' producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth (Emmy-nominated "Project Runway" and Emmy-nominated "Top Chef"). Created by Gunnar Wetterberg for Magical Elves, "Step It Up" will show what it takes to make it big in the cutthroat dance industry. Bringing together dancers from around the country, the series will challenge them to master every conceivable dance style, from ballet and ballroom to Broadway and burlesque. Casting begins today and interested dancers can go to www.BravoTV.com/Casting for details. Open calls will be held in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta in the upcoming weeks. The announcement was made by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Bravo.
"'Step It Up' pulls back the curtain on one of the most lively arts and one of America's favorite pastimes dance," said Berwick. "Like other creative professions, dance inherently has all the ingredients of competition and drama that make Bravo shows so compelling to watch."
From Eonline's Watch With Kristin:
Cate in Asheville, North Carolina: I'm still missing So You Think You Can Dance. Think I need to seek therapy?
Yes, along with Korbi and Jen, whom I'm really starting to worry about...The good news is we've got a little info that might ease your pain: Season-two winner Benji Schwimmer and his cousin Heidi Groskreutz are costarring in a movie about West Coast swing, which is currently filming! Amy Smart is the star, plus Caroline Rhea and Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay from Weeds) are also on the roster! Woohoo! BTW, we caught up with Nigel Lythgoe recently, and he talked about additions to the show next season: "[We'd love to have] Susan Stroman. She's an outstanding choreographer, and I'd love to get some classical choreographers on the show. If you can do contemporary, you can do classical!"
The movie mentioned is Love 'N' Dancing.
Here's Susan Stroman's Wikipedia entry, and here's a bio at PBS.
This is an excerpt from the final performance of the Broadway cast of the Tony-award winning musical Contact by Susan Stroman and John Weidman.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Movmnt Magazine has a video related to the Moving Still project, featuring Mr. Tidwell and Mr. Wall, plus the music of Mario Spinetti.
Mary Murphy and Dmitry Chaplin are both involved in a Dancing With The Stars-style fundraiser in San Diego.
Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher is a big So You Think You Can Dance fan:
HW: What are you watching on TV?
TH: So You Think You Can Dance. I love that show. I don't love it because of the competition. I love it because I used to live in Manhattan and my daughter grew up in Manhattan. I used to take her to the ballet from the time she was three. She was seeing the New York City Ballet and if I could sit in a theater and watch dancers every night, that would be my idea of a good time. Live, professional, brilliant dancers are just amazing to me. So I'm not really into the ""Who gets eliminated"" part. I just like to watch the dancing.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
If you aren't reading the great blog at Scene Interactive, you're missing out. Recent posts there include:
A video of So You Think You Can Dance season 1 choreographer Marty Kudelka teaching at the Broadway Dance Center.
A link to this New York Times article examining Intellectual Property issues and choreography.
A pointer to this remixed video from 1959, Lindyhoppers Al and Leon on Playboy TV.
Congratulations to Wade Robson and Mia Michaels for winning Emmys for their work on So You Think You Can Dance, season 2.
Wade won for his Ramalama (Bang Bang) opening group routine.
Mia was awarded the Emmy for her Park Bench/Flower routine with Travis Wall and Heidi Groskreutz.
Congratulations also to Rob Marshall and John DeLuca. They won Emmys for their work on Tony Bennett: An American Classic.