Last night was the last of the auditions for “So You Think You Can Dance”, and once again viewers and audience were not disappointed at the talent displayed in this fascinating show. The dancers’ movement, elasticity, and passion are mesmerizing, and it raises the question, how can only 20 be singled out of this field of immensely talented individuals?
The first performer was Mariah Rieves a jazz dancer and she was beautifully fluent in her transitions, great dancer. And there was Erik “Silky” Moore, great character who amused judges, audience and viewers alike with his natural easy-going mood and ultimately got a ticket for the next round. Kelly Maccoy was also fabulous with her self-assurance and lifetime support from her parents. No one could forget Conrad Dechabert, who was criticized greatly last year, this year he came back with renewed energy and a more precise dance routine that earned him a ticket.
The originality in Taveaus “Dynamic” Woods was beyond question, however, there was doubt as to whether he could nevertheless, master the choreographies that will be asked of him to perform throughout the competition, so he was sent to choreography at the end of the day. But there was a low point when Branden “Sideshow” Frimster auditioned and would not take criticism, instead interrupted the judges as they talked and at the end left the stage in a bad mood, rude, and insulting Nigel Lythgoe, -judge-, as he, “Sideshow” was leaving the building. Then there was the choreography round where everyone hoped that “Dynamic” would master, but unfortunately he did not and along with others was sent home.
The auditions then moved to their final city, Atlanta, Georgia, and the first to audition was this 18 year old, humble, shy, and polite young man Ricky Ubeda, who also was entertaining during the interview and was honest in his answers, and his dancing was majestic, fluent, and gorgeous and yes indeed he got a ticket for the next round. And then there was Elaine Kimble, who just like her mother has a hole in her heart that is obviously dangerous, her dancing though lacked passion and intensity and she was asked to stick around for choreography which she nailed and was sent to the next round. And of course there was Angelina Granitz, who transformed from shy and embarrassed to a fascinating self-assured dancer, with graceful moves that were awe-inspiring, she also was given a ticket into the next round.
Next week the show moves to California and 157 great dancers will take on various choreographies and strive to get a place among the coveted 20 dancers that will eventually compete for America’s vote. And this season promise to be the best one yet with so many fabulous dancers, and the dancing will be out of this world.
“So You Think You Can Dance” runs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.