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So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap and My Take – Season 6, Audition 4 (Atlanta)
Sorry I am posting later than usual! I had out of town guests and had to catch up after they left.
The guest judge for Atlanta was Lil C.
Straight to Vegas
We saw numerous tidbits of people who seemed to have skill but who were
completely disengaged performance-wise, not sure where any of them ended up.
Billy Bell (Contemporary) –
He has experience through classes in numerous styles. Some great moments, with a few odd moments
mixed in, I think the odd moments were largely due to a need to work on his use
of his hands and arms. Nigel said he has
great legs and great technique but needs to work on his swayback and losing his
center and his hands. They tricked him
like they were going to say no but then sent him straight through.
Jamal Jackson (Contemporary)
– They didn’t show his entire performance but what they did show was
great. He has gorgeous legs and uses
them really well. Nigel said he just
brought it and Lil C said very strong.
(Contemporary) – They didn’t show his entire performance either but what they
did show was really good as well. He has
great control and did some fabulous leaps.
Mary said it was explosive and dynamic.
Nigel said when you take off you fly and you need a ticket.
Through to Choreography
The choreography round this season for auditions is a Latin dance with
Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis from Season 3.
Day 1 – On Day 1 37
people made it through to choreography.
Amber Jackson (Contemporary)
– Really unique. She has great extension
but really needs to work on projecting her personality and performing to her
audience! Nigel said her movement is
tremendous but her performance is sh*t and that she needs to really work on
that. Mary called her on that too as did
Lil C. They said her personality came
through more, though I didn’t see it in the bits they showed. They sent her through.
Anthony and Antwain Hart
(Hip-Hop) – They auditioned before, in season 4. I like them, because they have personality
and incorporated some fun stuff. Nigel
commented that people that come back are great because they get better and they
are tighter now and terrific. Mary
agreed and said they have the likability.
Lil C commented on their growth too and said they do not bore him. Nigel said he wants them to experience
choreography wherever they can and chose to have them do the choreography round
though he is pretty sure they will make it through. Anthony got the choreography pretty well,
Antwain struggled. Anthony got a ticket,
14 others from day one also made it through to Vegas.
Day 2 – On Day 2 I
didn’t catch how many people made it through to choreography.
Matthew “Boogie Links” Pollard
(Hip-Hop blended with other stuff) – He does some cool contortion stuff and has
quite the personality, but other than the contortion none of his moves floored
me. Nigel seemed quite grossed out by
the contortions. Lil C said he really
respected how he did stuff on the beat.
Nigel said its really interesting, but does not know if he can
dance. Mary and Lil C more or less
agreed. He struggled with it big
time. They said no.
(Contemporary) – She lost her left hand due to cancer. She is a beautiful dancer, her technique
needs some work, it is her emotional commitment that makes it beautiful. I must admit the lack of hand is distracting
to me. Nigel thought her dancing and use
of her arm is great. Mary said she
demonstrated phenomenal passion. Lil C
said she represents passion, strength and acceptance and that is what he gets
from her dancing. It was really hard
for her to partner because there were so many moments he needed to grab her
hand. They said it wasn’t strong enough.
(Contemporary) – Beautiful strength and emotion combined with fabulous
technique. I wish he would have danced
more. Nigel said he needs to be careful
with turning inside himself and not projecting to his audience but that before
that happened he was terrific. Mary said
wow and that he is so talented and gifted.
Nigel said he had moments when it was right and others when he
blanked. But they sent him through.
7 others from day one also made it through to Vegas.
14 dancers from Day 1 and 8 dancers from Day 2 got tickets to Vegas
after the choreography round.
DIDN’T MAKE IT THROUGH
Not necessarily scary, but not good enough to compete…
Travis Dennison (Hip-Hop?) –
Auditioned for the Wade Robson Project.
I am guessing he sis not make it.
He has rhythm, but it was the least dirty Hip-Hop I have ever seen. Nigel asked if he is related to Adam
Shankman, I think based on his outfit, and I would imagine that is what Adam
would look like doing Hip-Hop. Nigel
said it was fun, good social fun, but not competitive. Mary and Lil C agreed.
(Contemporary) – Too frantic and unrefined.
I suspect the arrogance he displayed in his interview earlier affects
his ability to grow as a dancer. Lil C
said he needs to control all the emotion he is putting out there. Mary said he has some talent and energy but
that he needs structure. He interrupted
her to say he is dope. Mary said she
thinks he fights learning too, and I agree.
Nigel called him on it. He tried
to save it and started crying, and yet you can sense that everything they said
still holds true.
JUST PLAIN SCARY AND/OR WEIRD
Thank goodness we were shown none of this!!!
up—New Orleans (with
Adam Shankman as the 3rd judge)