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Vegas Week

Vegas Week

Vegas week is always exciting. Not only do you get to see talent from every side of dance but you get tastes for what kinds of choreography we will be seeing. There are some incredible dancers and choreographers working with the show this season and I cannot wait to see what happens. Vegas Week started with 160 dancers on day one. Judging panel this year was a little different adding Pussycat Doll founder Robin Antin, while keeping regulars Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Tyce Diorio, Mary Murphy, and of course Nigel Lythgoe.

The first round as usual was solos, showcasing each dancers strengths and showing why they made it to Vegas. The one standout for me was Wadi Jones. He was incredible and his tricks were really cool. After the first solos cut 114 dancers were left in the competition.

The first round of choreography is hip hop with NappyTabs (Tabitha and Napolean D’ umo). The song used was “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.

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Day Two was a Tyce Diorio broadway routine where he told someone “you’re filling in with life.” Ah Tyce, only you can give advice thats both highly pretentious and awesomely hilarious at the same time. The months without him give you way too much time to forget how obnoxious dribble that comes out of his mouth. Not cute. At the end of this round 14 more were cut. The song was “I Gotcha” from Fosse.

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The second part of Day Two was the Jive with Jason Gilkison. This seems like the round that will trip a lot of people up. Partnering rounds are always great to watch. Natalia Mallory was so fierce in both versions of her jive. I’m glad they gave her a second chance. Alexis Mason had to dance for her life after performing her jive. She wasn’t as strong as others personality wise but her technique is amazing. Luckily she got three yes’ and moved on to the next round. The song is “Blue Suede Shoes (Viva Elvis)” by Elvis Presley.

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The next round started with 39 guys and 35 girls and day two continued with the dreaded group round. This round is always tension filled. Almost no sleep, a lot of big personalities and conflicting ideas. Day Three began with group performances for the judges. The song used for the first group was “Rich Man’s Frug” from Fosse and the song used for the second group was “Grenade” by Bruno Mars.

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Day Three ends with the contemporary round. Now that Mia Michaels is off choreographing Rock of Ages, season two runner up Travis Wall has taken over. His assistant is the incredible Jaimie Goodwin from season three and the adorable Robert Roldan from season seven. (Hopefully we get to see a lot more of her and him) When the round winds down Ryan Ramirez has done something to her tail bone and heads off to the hospital. She ends up being okay and is stunning in the routine. Natalia Mallory has gone to the hospital as well because of low blood sugar. Two great dancers down as they head into the round.

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Wall loves his Vitamin String Quartet songs and chose to do their cover of Coldplay’s Yellow. I cannot wait to see the other routines Wall comes up with this season, he is so fabulous. Sasha Mallory owned that routine. She is incredible. A lot of b-boy’s passed this round, I love that they are stepping up to the challenges and are owning it. “Did you just try to shake tears out of your face?” (Love you Shankman, going to miss your ridiculous this season) Arielle Coker was cut in this round. I am flabbergasted, don’t partner with Jeremiah. All his partners seem to get cut. After this round 12 more dancers were cut.

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Last round of Vegas Week is solos. The dancers last chance to show the judges why they should be part of the top 20. Only 55 dancers made it to the last round from the 160 that came to Vegas. Natalia Mallory came back from the hospital and was given a free pass through contemporary. She danced to “I Wish It Would Rain” by The Temptations. Clarice Ordaz’s solo was shown and she is incredible. Her lines, and technique were incredible. She danced to “People” by AWOLNATION. After the solos 24 more dancers were cut. Alexis Mason’s solo was also shown. I find her dancing too pretty for that music. She’s incredible but I understand why they cut her. She danced to “Lux Aeterna” by Clint Mansell from the Requim For A Dream soundtrack.

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