My favorite part of summer, other than $1 ice cream cones from McDonalds, is So You Think You Can Dance. I’ve been a fan since the first season, when I was first acquainted with the concept of very attractive Eastern European ballroom dancers.
So You Think You Can Dance is a little ridiculous, in all the best ways. We’ve got moving hard-luck stories, we’ve got great music, we’ve got attractive Eastern European ballroom dancers, and we have dancers who can spin on their heads.
It’s nearly perfect.
I usually skip the auditions, I always feel bad for the less-than good dancers the audience is supposed to laugh at. I watched them for you, readers. While I was expecting to grimace and watch through my fingers, I was pleasantly surprised at how they chose to televise the process this year. The focus was mostly on the really fantastic performers (maybe even some we’ll see in the top 20!) with only a handful of rhythm-challenged oddballs. Like every year, there seems to be an inordinate amount of cute blonde 20-something girls in tiny shorts. I am usually pretty impressed with the diversity of the final cast on this show, but I’m beginning to think every pretty blonde girl in America is a contemporary dancer just waiting to hug herself on the edge of a stage.
Full disclosure: I can’t stand most contemporary dance. These recaps will be a lot of fun. I’ve liked a handful of Mia, Sonja and Wade’s stuff, but I’ve fast forwarded through every single thing Mandy Moore has choreographed.
The auditions were light on my two favorite styles, ballroom and tap. I’m hoping we’ll see a few more of each style when we get to Vegas next week. So far, it looks like they’ve got a great pool of talent to choose from, but that always changes as the season goes on. Dancers who look great all through auditions can crash and burn once the competition starts.
I’m looking forward to the season, and I hope you’ll join me here each week to discuss it, tiny shorts and all. To get us all in the spirit, here’s one of my favorite SYTYCD pairs ever, Pasha and Anya.