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'So You Think You Can Dance:' Outstanding dance routines

Mary Murphy judge on So You Think You Can Dance
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The top 20 dancers performed last night on “So You Think You Can Dance” for the first time in couples. The competition started with all dancers in a routine choreographed by the always-fascinating Sonya Tayeh that kicked off the night on a high note and augured a mesmerizing evening of passion and beauty.

The first couple was Brooklyn and Serge with a Cha-Cha routine choreographed by Dimitry Chaplin and it was fast and intense leaving the audience excited. Next up Emily and Casey with a Contemporary dance routine under the guidance of Travis Wall and they were so in tune with each other that it transported audience, judges and viewers alike to a place of greatness. Then it was time for Valerie and Zack with a Tap routine choreographed by Anthony Modigerato, -it should be pointed that Tap is both their forte and what got them in the top 20 in the first place-, their routine involved the classic steps and they were outstanding in their moves, synchronized to perfection. Bridget and Stanley were up with a Contemporary routine created by Bonnie Story and they told the story of a couple who just had a fight, but are unable to stay away from each other, and it was breathtaking. Jacque and Jourdan were next in a dance routine, which is their specialty: ballet. And both girls were graceful and in tune with each other, Marat Daukayev who is himself a former principal for the Kirov Ballet Company in Russia choreographed this routine. Next up were Malene and Marcquet with a Zamba routine choreographed by Louis Van Amstel, and it was fascinating, quick, passionate, and intense just what is expected from such a heart throbbing music. Carly and Ruby were next with a Contemporary routine created by Stacey Tookey that was about living the moment and being happy and they nailed every part of the story with its emotion and beauty. Emilio and Teddy who are both Hip-Hoppers were guided by Christopher Scott in their first routine using a bucket and mop as props and they were entertaining and in sync with each other. And then, it was time for Jessica and Ricky, -Jessica had to dance for her life during the call backs in Las Vegas-, they were choreographed in a Contemporary routine by the beautiful Sonya Tayeh, they told a couple's story that more than loving each other, require one another in order to survive and they were so beautiful and graceful, that the audience was silent transfixed by the grace and magnificence they were bearing witness to, the dancer’s moves to graceful they even brought the judges to tears, it was awe-inspiring and gorgeous unlike anything ever seen before on the stage of “So You Think You Can Dance”. The evening closed with Tanisha and Nick performing a Cha-Cha dance routine choreographed by Louis Van Amstel and they close the show with fascinating moves and a grace that was just outstanding.

America will decided which are the bottom three girls and the bottom three boys, not because they were bad, but only because they have the least number of fans who are willing to go online and vote, this can be done at each person will have 20 votes each that they can split in any way they want, or just give one dancer all of the votes; regardless, how it is done all these dancers are fabulous and it will be unfortunate to see two of them go next week.

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

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