Adam B. Vary
August 04, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

15. Pasha & Sara’s West Coast Swing

Season 3, Top 14, July 11, 2007

”Oh, jeebus,” we all (or, at least I) thought. ”That camera-mugging doofus from season 2, Benji, is choreographing a West Coast swing number. And poor Pasha and Sara have just started working as partners, too. What kind of hot mess is this gonna be?” Turns out the joke was on us (or just me). The season 2 SYTYCD champion pulled out all his signature moves — the shoe slide, the double cartwheel — but it was Pasha and Sara (i.e., the breaker who was not supposed to be able to do this) that brought the number home, performing as if they’d been swing dancing together for years and keeping the energy dialed to 11 without ever showing us the effort.

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