By Annie Barrett
June 26, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT
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That is certainly a bold claim, but the opening number from Tuesday’s Top 20 performance show (full recap here) was such a treat. I still can’t type the moniker “Nappytabs” (or walk by Tabitha and Napoleon’s urban dancewear store in North Hollywood) without feeling weird about it, but anyway, the duo choreographed a superbly shot (in seemingly one take! …but not) behind-the-scenes routine, set to the perfect snazzy song — “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Herb Alpert feat. Lani Hall. The judges, SYTYCD All-Stars, and some choreographers make cameos.

It has a very Xanadu/”All Over the World”-esque vibe, which I know is like the opposite of a ringing endorsement, for sane people. But I promise, it’s so good:

Who’s a more convincing animator — Tabitha D’umo….

Or Nigel Lythgoe?

Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection; Courtesy Everett Collection

Tough call.

Maaaaaaaaaaary Murphy! (with a dance assist from Jason Gilkison)

Christopher Scott and Napoleon D’umo join the dancers.

Maarten de Boer; Nino Muñoz

That trumpet on the desk is just screaming hidden gem to me.

And just humor me, if you’ve come this far:

In the So You Think You Can Dance = Xanadu equation, Travis Wall = Gene Kelly.

Coincidence? I think not.

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