So we’re already at the Vegas round of season 6. (Kate Ward had a prior engagement, so I’ll be your ”Dance” partner for the evening; she’ll be back next Tuesday.) The most important thing Vegas meant for us: No more wondering/worrying when the bad and delusional dancers would show up! Truthfully, that first montage of dancers doing their solo performances seemed like a parade of goodness (though I wasn’t really feeling the snap-happy tap dancer in the white top and black pants, who looked like she was just leaving the office after a hard day at the computer).
In Vegas, we were treated to the big table of judges — Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. In the first round, each of the 152 dancers took the stage alone and got no feedback on their performances. Forty-one dancers would be sent home but there were quite a few featured standouts:
Back in season 5, a 17-year-old Nathan wowed the judges with his audition and secured a ticket to the season 6 Vegas round. He proved their faith in him with his solo, which Debbie Allen called ”amazing.”
The confident but not cocky Brooklynite tickled the judges with her fanciful moves and that little butt tick killed, provoking a full belly laugh from Allen. She even got a standing O in the theater. No worries for her on making it past the first day. She seemed to breeze through the next two rounds.
Shelby ”Skip” Skipper
Capping off the solo round was the reappearance of crazy-legs Shelby and his New Orleans bounce, which sent the judges — all six of them — into what looked like a mass fit. They sure seemed to be having a good time, with Mia’s hair bouncing around — but alas, by the end of the episode he was heading home vowing to return next time.
In the hip-hop round, our quirky Teddy Tedholm got gangsta and tore it up. Okay, not quite but with his control of his body and ability to do really short stops, he made more than a respectable showing. Unlike b-boy Jean Lloret of the long braids, deep dimples, and amazingly slow controlled handstand leg rotation. Jean had to go but Nigel praised what he does as ”just incredible.” He shouldn’t feel too bad because the Napoleon-Tabitha hip-hop choreography helped send 21 other dancers home, almost including…
If anyone seemed like a lock going into season 6 it was the Kasprzak brother who didn’t make it into the top 20 last time, while his brother, Evan, went on to mug dance his way into the top three. The judges have shown Ryan so much love that it seemed he’d be just fine. Yet he got a stern warning to step it up coming out of the hip-hop round and it was a wrap after the ballroom round. His solo may have been outstanding but his ballroom routine showed ”no relaxation down into the hips,” according to Nigel. And ”it looked like…you were going to beat her up.” Not exactly the chemistry they’re looking for on the dance floor.
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