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So You Think You Can Dance Premiere

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So You Think You Can Dance began their tenth season last night and they did not hold back. The episode showed every great person the city had to offer – without the silly but fun stories. Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy (sporting some interesting hair) are back, joined by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and were blown away by the talent. From hip hop dancer Fik-Shun to ballroom dancer Armen Way, this season looks amazing and this is only the beginning.

Starting off the Los Angeles auditions is street dancer Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall. Fik-Shun is unreal, he hit hard but was incredibly smooth. He used levels, showed unique movements and danced with enthusiasm. He was entertaining and extremely talented, it will be interesting to see how he does in Vegas.

Paul Karmiryan, winner of So You Think You Can Dance Armenia, is obviously a good dancer, but his chances on the American version are questionable. Paul has incredible technique but his dancing is slightly feminine. This routine felt very competition, not unique.

Elijah Laurant on the other hand, blew the judges out of the water. His routine showed of his technique and training well but still showed dancing. He took the music and created intense moments that sucked you in to its beauty.

And then So You Think You Can Dance pulls the meanest trick imaginable. First they show a sweet girl, Taylor Ward, crying over her grandfather’s, recent passing and his decision to support her in dropping scholarships in academics and softball to dance. Then, you watch her dislocate her knee twenty-seven HUNDRED times, just in case you didn’t hear the snap the first time. Luckily, Taylor is a trooper and pulled out a great audition. She wasn’t sent straight to Vegas but was given a ticket after choreography.

Also, watching the judges cringe every time she used her leg was unpleasant.

B-Boy champion Morris Isby killed it in his audition. His moves were unique – he spun on his elbow – and his timing and movement was great. Unfortunately, Morris couldn’t nail the choreography and was sent home.

Armen Way is a rapper and ballroom dancer, it gets crazier, the rap video he talks about on the show features former N’SYNC singer Joey Fatone. I think my head is exploding. Way is a great dancer, he’s a professional ballroom dancer on Dancing With The Stars so that’s no surprise, and was given a ticket to Vegas straight away.

The last audition of the day was inspirational. The Gr818ers are based in Pacoima and the San Fernando Valley and are looking to promote the positive elements in hip-hop.

We continue to be an effective youth empowerment group by hosting free music and dance workshops, as well as running after-school tutoring/mentoring programs. The group works alongside non-profit organizations to provide underprivileged youth with Hip Hop youth programs promoting self-empowerment and expression. The GR818ERS have been recognized by California Senator Alex Padilla, Councilmember Richard Alarcón, Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, and the California State Legislature as a positive force within the San Fernando Valley’s community and a movement for social change through the positive influences of Hip Hop.

You can find more information on their Facebook or Website. As for the audition, Eric and Lorenzo Chapman (third unknown at this time) prove size means nothing. The way these three men move across the stage is unbelievable. They may not be the best dancers but these boys can bust a move.

Next week features guest judge Stephen “Twitch” Boss in Detroit, Michigan!

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