Monday, June 30, 2008

Fox Newsletter

Stupid me, I went to the trouble of signing up for the official So You Think You Can Dance email newsletter from the Fox site. A new one showed up in my inbox today, the first in a month. What "news" did it contain? It contained copy-and-paste answers from each of the 20 dancers' website profiles, to the question that's hot on everyone's mind:

What have you learned so far in going through the audition process for this show?

Wait. We're what? Three and a half weeks into the competition and we get copy-and-paste questions about the auditions??? And the copy-and-paste isn't even done carefully! 2 dancers' answers include the next question from the profile! What's the matter Fox? You couldn't spare anyone to come to each of our homes and slap us in the face personally?

To be fair, the newsletter wasn't totally without newsiness. Someone went to the trouble to note that Rayven, Jamie, Susie and Marquis had been eliminated. What about Chelsea and Chris's elimination, you ask? Apparently that was too newsy for THIS newsletter. Not really surprising since they haven't even updated the videos at the big, dumb, slow website with that bit of breaking news yet.

I'm sorry for the rant, but this sort of thing reveals how little the production company respects the show's audience and fans. I doubt that it will make a difference, but maybe if a bunch of us unsubscribe from this non-newsletter, someone will take some notice, somewhere.

Full newsletter text after the jump...


14 Dancers from the Top 20 Remain

Season 4 is shaping up to be a great competition with a uniquely talented group of dancers.

To find out what the 20 finalists have learned from the audition process, please continue reading, below.

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We recently asked each of the finalists: What have you learned so far in going through the audition process for this show?

Here's what they had to say:

Chelsea T:
An experience like this relies on 90% mental & emotional power

Chelsie H
Wow, a lot - that you can't worry too much about everyone else around you, all you can do is YOUR best. Especially in the audition process, you never want to get too caught up in other people, believe in yourself and your capabilities, and remember that everything happens for a reason whether you make it or you don't, that is what kept me calm through out the process.

How reality shows actually work. I have learned how to be a little more focused and patient. Going through this you are forced to deal with a lot of pressure and seeing if you can make it without freaking out or getting to emotional. Vegas has really prepared me to realize what is in store for me in the next couple months. Also, I have learned to be more confident and hopeful.

I learned how to stay and humble and patient, because blessings only comes to those who wait patiently. I also learned not to down your talent the more confident your are in yourself the more it will shine on stage to those who are watching you.

Courtney G:
The audition process was grueling, humbling, inspirational, unforgettable, I can go on and on and on! I learned a lot about myself as a person and as a dancer. If I learned that much in the small amount of time I was in Vegas I can't even begin to imagine the things I am about to experience.

That being good at your own style is not enough. You have to know so much more. You need to know other styles of dance, you need to be entertaining and most importantly show who you really are. Don't be fake.

Jamie (Eliminated - June 12)
I have learned that there are many amazing dancers all across the US and I am privileged to be a part of this show!

It's ALL in your head! You have to believe whole-heartedly in yourself and remember why you're here! Plus more, but I don't want to give away all my secrets.

You have to be physically and mentally fit and prepared.

I have learned that more than anything your passion, heart, and drive has to come through in your dancing and in your actions, because without it dance is just movement.

That constructive criticism is a good thing, but don't take it too personally! almost have to keep "mind over matter."
What are your favorite dance moments from movies, TV and/or stage?
Michaels, "Calling You."

Kourtni L
I have learned to take things as they come, just one step at a time. To live in the moment and not to be fazed by what the person next to me is or isn't doing. I have learned to fight through my nerves and channel them as strength. To not lose hope when things don't seem to be going so great. To really learn from other dancers and their movement and take-in every tiny thing that I can.

So far, this process has been a huge challenge mentally!!!!! I'm learning that I can't be so inverted. I need to allow myself to be somewhat vulnerable to the choreographers, dancers, and environment in order to grow. I have also learned that if you wake up and you think your hair looks cute, you should probably still do it or put something in it to maintain the look, that way it doesn't look like you have a mop on your head by the end of the day!!!!! Hahaha.

Marquis (Eliminated - June 19)
I have learned that when it comes to something serious as this its fun, exciting, and can lead to a great opportunity, but if you don't pay attention to the fast past real world of auditioning you will be lost in a second. Also you can be the most amazing technical and unique dancer in the bunch but if you don't read across your face the judges don't see anything. You have to have a personality that is warm, inviting, and in your face but lovable at the same time.

Patience is a virtue. The show is a hurry-up-and-wait process. However, the waiting is for sure a pay off for the benefits you get to experience.

Rayven (Eliminated - June 12)
That I'm strong in character, because it takes so much strength to make it this far.

Susie (Eliminated - June 19)
I have learned that its not always how high your leg can go but how you work and work with what you have. Personality is a huge part... on and off the stage, staying humble and enjoying every moment as much as possible

You never know what they want. You just have to give it your all, show your personality and keep trying.

You have to have thick skin!!!! Be comfy with who you are as a person, dancer, performer. Be ready for anything!!!!!!!!
What are your favorite dance moments from movies, TV and/or stage?

I've learned it tends to be more mental than physical. You have to remain focused. BREATHE!


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