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  • Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet – So You Think You Can Dance

    Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet – So You Think You Can Dance

    Owned by Nancy Walton Laurie, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s niece, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet continues to field questions about what it’s like to be owned and run by America’s largest discount chain. This is in part its challenge, to try to answer this at virtually every performance it presents. But it’s also probably the reason why this tightly run ship of 16 dancers is as efficient as it is. And when an organization is this efficient, well, it opens up […]

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  • Bad Boys of Dance – So You Think You Can Dance

    Bad Boys of Dance – So You Think You Can Dance

    Bad Boys of Dance on So You Think You Can Dance.. At the beginning this performance felt somewhat like an extravaganza, an extravaganza in terms of the “big” movements, the huge leaps, the space covered on stage, and the music. Well, it started out that way. But after the first minute or so, it began to take on a sameness. The choreography stopped exciting, and the repetitious music began to grate. Despite the obvious talent, energy, enthusiasm, and athleticism of […]

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  • So You Think You Can Dance – Allison Becker

    So You Think You Can Dance – Allison Becker

    Allison Becker, age 21 from Keller, TX, on So You Think You Can Dance. Allison contracted spinal meningitis at 15 months of age. Her parents were told that as a consequence she’d end up deaf, blind, or would die. Fortunately, her life was spared. Sadly, she lost her hearing. Despite this challenge, however, this beautiful young woman goes on to defy the odds. As you watch this video would you guess that she’s unable to hear music and is only […]

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  • So You Think You Can Dance – A Contemporary Pas de Deux

    So You Think You Can Dance – A Contemporary Pas de Deux

    Dancers: Katee Shean and Willaim B. Wingfield Choreographers: Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden Music: “Imagine” by David Archuleta Mr. Rhoden goes for “the physical” in his choreography, making a special point to show the beauty of the body’s ability. The sequences starting at 0:10 and 1:18 were particularly creative and interesting to watch. Both of these choreographers have a lot of populist appeal in their works.

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  • Alvin Ailey – So You Think You Can Dance

    Alvin Ailey – So You Think You Can Dance

    An excerpt from “Episodes”. Score by Robert Ruggieri. Strong, forceful characters and choreography to match… Danced by Clifton Brown, Constance Stamatiou, and Linda Celeste Sims. Created by innovative choreographer Ulysses Dove… The tribal feel and erotic nature of this work is under-scored by the simple, black costumes, the intense and wary nature of the music, and certainly the lighting that brings it all into focus. A very forceful number with the precision of movement, perfection of execution, and intensity of […]

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  • Sydney Dance Company – 360°- So You Think You Can Dance

    Sydney Dance Company – 360°- So You Think You Can Dance

    Sydney Dance Company’s 360o danced to Foetus’ “Hemo The Cuckold” during the Australian version of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2009.. Upbeat, contemporary, with patterns of movement complex enough to make your head spin. Any performance is much more dynamic when seen live, of course; but I think this is especially true of 360o because of its high energy nature. That energy is lost in video. Also, the live performance would allow it to come “full 360 circle” […]

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  • Eliana Girard – So You Think You Can Dance

    Eliana Girard – So You Think You Can Dance

    Watch this short clip of Eliana Girard’s solo on So You Think You Can Dance, 2012. In the top 16 at the time of this performance, Eliana was not an early favorite…but win she did, along with another classically trained ballet dancer, Chelon Wespi-Tschopp. Can’t you just see Eliana working with Desmond Richardson and his company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet? Well, that’s exactly what she wants to do…among other things. Keep your eye on her! If you enjoy the grace, technique, […]

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  • So You Think You Can Dance – Eliana Girard

    So You Think You Can Dance – Eliana Girard

    Beautifully executed and passionately performed, Eliana Girard auditions for So You Think You Can Dance, 2012. The classically trained dancers eventually triumphed when Eliana became the female champion and Chehon Wespi-Tscopp the male champion. Choreographed by Isis Masoud & Marcie Russo Music by Yann Tiersen, “Mouvement Introductif” If you watched Eliana on SYTYCD, was she your pick? Whether she was or not, I hope you’ll like then share her obvious talent with others.

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