So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Dave Scott at Monsters of Hiphop Chicago.
Friday, October 26, 2007
GMToday recently talked to Cedric Gardner:
His most memorable moments on "So You Think You Can Dance" were working with top choreographers in the industry, celebrating judge Nigel Lythgoe’s birthday and going to the "Hairspray" premiere. "But the show itself was a lot more stressful because you have to throw like 2 million people in the mix that are watching you every week. And all of their opinions, so that makes it a lot harder," he says.
Here's Cedric at Monsters Of HipHop Chicago. This is more conventional than his signature style and different than anything we saw him do on the show.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
We just got to see Brian Friedman again during the season 2 marathon on MTV. Catch up with Brian in this article at Movmnt Magazine.
Something For Nothing found an interesting Allison Holker video montage.
Our friend Booker calls this article, written before her injury, a "very gushy & romantic interview with lovebirds Lacey and Hok":
"He is by far the best thing that ever happened to me," Schwimmer gushed to In Touch about Konishi. "It's exciting to know that I have my best friend and my love with me at all times."
Now that Lacey is back home rehabbing her knee, she does some Halloween thuggin', with a feather duster in some new pics on her Myspace page. Yeah, that's Benji with her, showing off his newly shaved head, along with a friend named Bear. Hmmm.
Natalie Bassingthwaighte, the newly named host of the upcoming Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance, talks about the auditions in this article in the Herald-Sun:
During rehearsals, which reach Sydney on October 27 and 28 and Melbourne on November 3 and 4, Bassingthwaighte doesn't get to see much dancing.
"I'm with the contestants during warm-ups and helping them come to terms with their nerves," Bassingthwaighte said.
"I'm a bit of a mother hen figure."
Awww, she's following the Cat Deeley template.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed Sabra Johnson and Danny Tidwell for a tour stop preview:
Q: How did you feel, the week (head judge) Nigel Lythgoe predicted the winner would be female?
Johnson: You never know considering most of the people watching are young girls, who'll vote for the boys because they're so cute. Honestly, it wasn't about winning for me. It was about getting through the day and the next performance, and about having fun.
Tidwell: Me and Neil's faces fell to the floor. It was a slap to the face.
Many seem to think that Nigel's comment influenced the voting, but I'm wondering about all the times Danny was clearly called the best dancer the show had ever seen. Wouldn't that have been just as influential, if not more so? Did Nigel's comment actually change anyone's vote?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We told you about "The Show" back on August 8th. Loralyn tells us that iHollywoodDance.com has released videos.
A montage from the convention. Watch for Benji, Travis, Nick Lazzarini, Melody Lacayanga, and Mandy Moore.
Benji introduces an absolute must-see solo by Travis Wall.
For more Travis, Loralyn recommends traviswall-online.org
Nick Lazzarini wows the crowd with this great solo.
More, after the jump
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Check out Benji's impression of Travis while introducing a group performing Travis and Ivan's hiphop choreography.
A cast of hundreds does the Time Warp again.
More at iHollywoodDance's Youtube page.
Neil Haskell and Sabra Johnson are set to appear in the American Academy of Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker, Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd at the University of Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. The final SYTYCD tour date is the night before in Reno. No rest for the weary.
Thanks to Judy for the LINK
Neil talks about how that came about and his experience on the show in this interview with Danny Bright for CampKC:
DB: What was more exciting for you? Being onstage opening night on Broadway or the first night on SYTYCD live?
NH: The first night of my show on Broadway because it's what I've been thinking about my whole life. I haven’t thought about the TV show my whole life, you know? So yeah, my first night (on Broadway) was very overwhelming.
DB: Did you always just want to be a dancer or act as well?
NH: Probably more of a dancer but now that I know more about the business I'd like to do both.
Fans of Neil will want to check out this large album of photos from his pre-SYTYCD days. The boy can't seem to keep a shirt on.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
In the last few tour dates, Danny has ditched the We Are The Champions solo in favor of the Fear You Won't Fall routine. I think he did it for Loralyn, as it's her favorite.
Kameron Bink and Shauna Noland perform Tyce Diorio's Ease On Down The Road in Atlantic City. I very much enjoyed Jimmy Arguello's energetic performance in the original, but Kameron does a good job here. Bad audio warning.
Speaking of Kameron, here's a quick clip of him teaching at Distinction Dance 8/2/07.
The first thing that struck me was just how diverse the crowd was! Young and old. White, Black, Asian and Latino. All excited about dance. It was amazing.
Now to the dancing. A-maz-ing! I've got two words for you: Danny Tidwell. The guy is flawless. There was not a single misstep. His extensions are beautiful. His center is ridiculous. His every movement is elegant. I'm not exaggerating. Just perfection. He danced 'girlfriend' with Jaimie in for Lacey and it was fun. He did the beautiful Viennese waltz with Anya ('You and I and all of the people') and you just fell in love. He did Dmitri's Latin number with Anya in for Lacey and it was spectacular (though he wasn't wearing ballroom shoes...odd). The princes number with Neil had the crowd screaming. And his solo was 'Fear you won't fall' and it was beautiful (though I was sad he didn't do 'We are the champions'). Danny was far and away the star of this show.
Coming in a strong second was Neil. The crowd loved him. His disco number with Sara (love the powder blue suit) was terrific. He was really charming during his 'mic duties.' His solo was good. And Mandy Moore's boardroom ball with Sabra was terrific. And Mia's reunion number danced with Jaimie in for Lacey had many of us in tears. So beautiful.
Everybody loved Dominic. Mostly when he was on the mic making us laugh. He is just such a likable guy. His solo was un-be-lievable. I'm not even a fan of breaking, but it was spectacular.
Sabra was terrific, of course. But it did seem that the crowd was there to see Danny and Neil first. She is a beautiful dancer, but didn't capture the crowd the way the gentlemen did. Here 'Mr. Pinstripe Suit' routine with Pasha was a standout.
Jaimie and Hok's hummingbird and the flower routine was beautiful and a crowd favorite as was the vagabond routine with Sara and Jesus and Sara and Pasha's Benji-choreographed swing number. The skeletons routine with Pasha and Laura was also a big hit.
Lauren jumped into Lacey's shoes for the Tyce Diorio top 4 routine and was terrific. Lauren was also fabulous, as always, in the angel and devil routine with Neil, which the crowd loved.
· Sara should rethink her style. She is much stronger at everything else than at breaking
· Kameron was a great emcee. Lots of potential there... lots of stage presence
· Would have loved to see more of Hok and Jesus
· Great to see Jamie, Anya and Shauna featured... they were terrific
· Lacey was missed, but her stand-ins were flawless
· Pasha and Anya (who partner each other in competition) did a strong Latin routine, but the choreography was that exciting
· Felt badly for Kameron... Lacey's absence meant less dancing for him
On a funny note... Just after the show started, a group came in late to my row. Guess who was among them? Brandon Norris (aka the clogger). At the intermission, people were asking for his autograph and getting their pictures taken with him. It was a hoot.
Also, there was a lot of local pride for Bryan Gaynor, the bowler-hat wearing dancer with scoliosis who appeared in many clips on the video screen.
That's the report from Gwinnett. I hope everyone gets a chance to see the tour. It is a wonderful show.
Final thought: I'd pay money to watch Danny walk down the street. His movement is simply remarkable.