"Los Angeles (or 'Krumpers
& Dodgers & Bears, Oh My!')" - July 27
So far, "So You Think You
Can Dance" has tackled the Big Apple and the Windy City,
but this week, we're taking on the city where many TV
shows and movies are filmed, Los Angeles. Los Angeles is
home to the Hollywood Bowl, the Capitol Records tower
and Dodger Stadium, but these dancers will knock it out
of the park with their best moves and others will be
caught in left field with their worst moves. When all is
said & done after round 3, some will hit a grand slam to
Hollywood, while others will strike out all the all the
way home. So, let's grab the nachos, the hot dogs, and
the soft drinks as we enjoy this episode.
There's one rule on this show: Screw up and you go home.
1 girl in the yellow hat proved that. Despite her worst
dance moves, she didn't make it. Next, we turn to the
weird as Greg Dinlessen did some weird cha-cha wearing a
backwards baseball cap, shorts, and some dancing shoes.
Nigel said it was a very strange audition, but
strangeness won't take him to round 2. Next, we turn
from the weird to the beautiful as Michelle Brooke
impressed us all with her leg work. Nigel gave her
credit for her dancing, Bonnie said it had style and
Jeff said it was very expressive, so she goes on. Up
next, we get a group of breakers called the 6-Step Crew,
starting with Richard Greenfield who did some awesome
breakdancing. Nigel said it was fabulous and he goes on.
Next up, Ryan Confriedo had some amazing flexibility and
Nigel said it was terrific. Lastly, Hokuto amazed the
judges with some fine pretzel work even a contortionist
would try. Nigel said it had humor & isolation, but no
laughing matter for him as he moves on.
Dance couples can mean a thing of beauty here in LA, and
Atrem & Giselle proved that as they worked out to the
Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha." Nigel said it was all
shaking and it shook them into the next round. Next up,
Kid Illusion is a combination of Michael Jackson and
Electric Boogaloo (Breakin' 2 title). At audition, he
shone off a little magic, but when he took off his
jacket, the track switched and did a little footwork.
However, Nigel said he didn't give illusion, but Kid
Illusion is 31 years old and he's past the show's
audition age limit, so he disappears as we go next to
Andre Meggerson who had a little fun with roller skates.
He did some tricks with a scarf and a water bottle, he
even did some fast running there. He's gone to the next
round, but Nigel warns him no cheating on the skates. Up
next, a white Russian named Snejana Urbin who got the
floor shakin' with some fancy footwork. She told Nigel
her mom was a dancer and was given birth on stage...awww...!
Bonnie said it was beautiful footwork, and she goes on.
If this were a game of Balderdash, the words would be
Buckness & Apness, but what do they mean? Justin
Johnson, the Buckness guy did a little throwdown, while
the Apness guy did some on his own. Compared to these 2
dancers, we get a montage of these dancers called
Krumpers. These dancers were inspired by the movie "Rize."
And then, we see Erin McKinnon, who does a ballet in a
black ballet costume. Bonnie said it was OK to move her
into the next round. Geronimo Nunez is next, and by the
looks of a pro-wrestler like costume, he started dancing
at age 9 and turned pro at age 12. He takes off the cape
and does a mean & nasty flamenco and he did get down.
Nigel said it was strong, physical and magnetic, and
those were the right words to move on to round 2.
It's round 2 and 58 people came, but because 58 wasn't
enough, they took a fast forward to round 3 where the
dancers picked their partners liked Richard & Snow. It
was a battle of the sexes as the girls moved on and the
guys were gone. Ryan is the sole member left of the
6-Step Crew as he goes to work, Giselle & Atrem took
partners of their own, and so did Andre. Timo, Aaron &
Snow seemed pretty comfortable out there, but will they
make it to Hollywood?
Andre did so fine with
his skates off, but despite a banter between Bonnie &
Nigel, he goes on. Next, we get a short montage of
people not making it. Then, we see Ryan, who mentioned
by Nigel that he had light in his eyes when he danced,
has found his light at the end of the tunnel as he moves
on. Nigel needed some separation anxiety to pull Giselle
& Artem together, however, Giselle is gone and Artem
moves on. And with that, of the 13 people, he joins
Ryan, Andre, Timo, Terri, Marvin, Destiny, Snow,
Michelle and 4 more people all moving on to Hollywood.
It's Day 2, and the auditions are turning out to be a
circus, as a couple of Tikian dancers wearing African
costumes strut their stuff on the street. Back inside
the Orpheum theater, Taye Hill did some dancing on the
stilts and doesn't need them as he goes on. Next, we see
an acrobat team of 5, doing an amazing act that would
make any circus tour proud. 2 of them were past 30, 1 is
at 30, and 2 are in their 20's. Nigel said he worked
with the Kenya Boys back then, but they were all ejected
from the audition. Nick McGough shows us what you can do
with orange shorts as he hails from Las Vegas with some
nice flips and awesome dancing. Nigel said he is a
strong dancer and he's confident to take him through.
Krystal Grillot's a ballet dancer who keeps herself on
her toes for endurance. But Nigel said it was sadly
lacking, and she went home crying out the door.
The east coast had a big poppa named Christopher Wallace
(R.I.P), and there's one on the west coast named Allan
Frias as he did some hip-hop dancing. Nigel said it was
well done, and he moves on. Nick & Melody are up next,
they were best friends who grew up in the bay area and
moved to LA to pursue a dream in dancing. Will they keep
the dream alive or will it be a nightmare for them?
Melody Lacanyanga went first and did some artistic
showmanship. Bonnie said dancers get paid the least and
she worked the hardest and Nigel said it was her best
techniques as she moves on. Nick Lazani is next coming
into the stage with one shoe on and one without thinking
the floor is slippery. But it didn't slip with some fine
spinning & choreography. Nigel said he is a better
dancer at 20, Bonnie said it was brilliant and Jeff said
it had all of it, and that was all of him as he moves
on. So, 1 couple goes ahead as another couple named
Cinya & Rodridgo, who are engaged, ! took the stage.
Cinya did some fine partner work with him, and they were
extremely good to move on to round 2.
Sandra Colton is a tap dancer, but doesn't need music as
she gets her tap on. Nigel said she won the day for him
and earned her a spot in round 2. Blake McGrath is next
and he rocked hard with his dancing, especially when he
took a leg tumble. Bonnie said it was wonderful, but
Jeff din't like it, but who cares? He goes on. Then, he
changes his ego sounding like a pro wrestler preparing
for his next match. Can we please move on?
The Freak show are up and they are a group of breakers
wearing piercings on their faces. They can do it on the
street, but how well will they take the stage? 1 did
some Indian-style tricks, another did some leg work, and
then another doing air-leg tricks and another doing an
upside-down balance. However, none of them moved on. 2
of them were left and Geovanny started off with a
stand-on-your-head balance act and he moves on. The
other was Vargas (AKA Darkside) as he did a leap over a
table, took his cap off and did some fast breakdancing.
Nigel said he was like a wild animal, and he's wild
enough to move on.
It's Round 2, and Carrie Ann teaches the dancers a move
or 2 as the do the Mambo. The battle of the sexes was on
again as the girls went first. And as you can tell, the
pros went through. It was the guys turn to step it up
rejoining 2 freaks from the freak show as they worked
hard. 3 men went on but 2 freaks remained as they dance
silly. The Freak show's curtain was closed as 2 were
gone. Round 3 is starting, and the dancers choose which
partner they like best. Melody & Nick split up to find
partners of their own, while Big Poppa picked Sandra to
be his pony. Now, let's see who goes on and who goes
home. Blake was a tremendous dancer, and he will be as
he goes on. Next up, a montage of people dropped out
like a sack of flies. Separation Anxiety were the words
for Rodridgo & Cinya, as Rodrigo is out and Cinya goes
on. Nicholas did great with a wardrobe change in round
2, but his cousins & uncles teased a lot back then. No
teasing him, he moves on. Then,! more people were gone
thanks to the mighty scissors of Nigel except for Big
Poppa, who done incredibly well, thinking he was cut,
doesn't want to as he moves on. And with his big
reaction, he has heart, personality and love to make
it...awww...but what about Melody & Nick? They got the
glue to move on to the next round. Sandra the tap dancer
is next up, and her dancing took her to Hollywood as she
joins Ionis, Yusmia, Kyle, Cinya, Allan, Kyle, Melody,
Nick, Blake, Nicolas, and 2 more people of 13 as they
head to Hollywood.
50 people. 5 Choreographers. and next week, they go to
Hollywood to improve their game for 5 days. Will Ashley
improve her dancing? How will Nick do in lyrical class?
and Who will face intense pressure in 5 rooms? Find out
in 7 days. I'm Pierre Kelly and until then, dots & power
pellets, i'm out.