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'So You Think You Can Dance:' Fascinating auditions

Nigel Lythgoe creator, producer, director and judge on So You Think You Can Dance
Nigel Lythgoe creator, producer, director and judge on So You Think You Can Dance
Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for SAG Foundation)

On Wednesday night’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” the auditions continued in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and to chose one dancer at this early juncture over others would be rushed and reckless. There are so many great performers, some with heartbreaking stories of tragedy and loss. But at the same time, these performers have used those downfalls to inject their performances with intensity and passion unlike anything seen on any other competition.

There were Alla Kocherga and Serge Onik, a couple of beautiful dancers with a great sense of humor, who are not just endearing, but also outstanding dancers who became a couple upon moving to the next round, -just loosening up the tension for a brief moment-. Then there was Jourdan Epstein a gorgeous woman who had to cope with her brother’s addiction, and the pain she then felt was transformed into a phenomenal performance that had everyone at the edge of his or her seats and mesmerized by her beauty and grace. And there was “Johnny Waacks” Gibson, who came to audition with a style called “whacking”, and well it was pretty amazing to say the least, the soundtrack was removed and only the lyrics are heard from the great Whitney Houston singing “How Will I Know”, and he was moved to the choreography round where he indeed danced as instructed and moved on to the next round.

And then there were Malene Ostergaard and Armen Way, another duo of gorgeous dancers, she had lost her sense of purpose and thanks to her partner regained her self-assurance and again is able to perform, and Armen who last season dropped his partner and was eliminated; both were outstanding and moved on to the next round. In Philadelphia there was Bridget Whitman beautiful girl who lost her father in a car accident when she was 12, and the pain in her words was so heart-wrenching that everyone felt for her and Mary Murphy, -judge-, could not hold back her tears; but the performance was flawless, such passion, intensity, it was fascinating to watch Bridget dance. Then came Amir Sanders a quirky original looking girl whose performance was ballet, with something different and she was sent to the choreography round where she earned a ticket into the next round. Landon Anderson returned after being turned down last year due to his young age, and he came back with his partner Jenna who got a ticket last year, but promised him to return this year and audition with him as his partner only, but she danced so well that she was invited to return as an all-star.

This year promises to be the best yet in this fascinating and beautiful show, where grace and talent are just the tip of the iceberg, where performances can be amusing, disturbing, sad, strange; but all in a good way. These show introduces audiences to new heights of beauty in an art form that has many nuances and can tap into the innermost feelings of a performer and thus elevate him or her to a level that only a handful can achieve.

“So You Think You Can Dance” runs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.