The Top 8 dancers opened tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance with a creepy, school-themed piece from Tyce Diorio. The group danced looking like Wednesday and Pugsley Addams to “Lillies of the Alley” from the Pina soundtrack. It was an interesting piece of choreography and the nice thing about it was that, initially, it was difficult to tell which dancers were which.
First in the competition round, Virgil danced with All Star Jasmine in a Sean Cheesman African Jazz piece. Virgil’s character was trying to win Jasmine over to the dark side but she ended up conquering him, instead. The dance was very good although the glaring difference between Virgil and Jasmine’s heights was a bit distracting. Virgil is safe to dance another week.
After Jim’s solo to “Summer” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Derek danced a duet with All Star Jamie. The two worked with Tyce Diorio in a Contemporary piece to “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” by Stevie Wonder. The dance played with different types of contact and was pretty but not particularly exciting. Derek was in danger, again, this week.
Jaja danced her solo to “Hype City” by Tighteyez. Then, Luther Brown gave Hailee and All Star Fik-Shun a Hip Hop routine to “Let It Go” by Chonique Sneed. The movements were tight and precise but Hailee rose to the challenge very well. After effusive accolades from the judges we learned that Hailee is in danger of going home this week.
Gaby’s Tap solo to “Oye Como Va” by Santana was followed by a Paso Doble from Megz and All Star Paul. Choreographer Jean Marc Genereux created an interesting piece although it fell short with Megz’ technique. She looked a bit like a competitor in the first week and it was impossible not to watch Paul, instead. Megz was also in danger this week.
Neptune danced with All Star Kayla in a Contemporary piece after Derek’s solo. Ray Leeper worked with the pair to “Infinity” by The XX. Neptune did have a few snags in the performance in the disparity between his technique and Kayla’s. He shows great potential, however, even though he was also in danger.
Virgil’s solo was up next followed by a Pharside and Phoenix piece for Jim and All Star Comfort. The concept was very creative Perseus dancing with Medusa. Jim has an incredible ability to learn and do choreography well. However, it is still difficult to buy him as a Hip Hop dancer. Jim is safe this week.
Hailee’s solo to “Vanguardian” by Steed Lord prefaced Gaby and Robert’s Many Moore choreography to “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan. It was very easy to forget that Gaby is a Tap dancer after this beautiful performance. She definitely stepped up to the challenge of Robert’s beautiful style. Gaby made it to the Top 6 dancers.
Jaja danced with All Star (and champ) Ricky in an Al Blackstone Broadway number to “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” by Nat King Cole. The change from krump to Broadway was masterfully done on Jaja’s part. She undertakes every character with such skill that this was an incredible transformation. Jaja is also safe and in the Top 6.
Dave Scott worked with Team Street for a group number to “Finna Get Loose” by Puff Daddy and the Family feat. Pharrell Williams. It was cute and fun although the stage is looking so sparse now that there are soon to be only three members of Team Street!
Team Stage worked with choreographer Tessandra Chavez to “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran. The piece was so dynamic and unique that it really showed off the collective strengths of the group.
Of course, then it came time for the unfortunate business of sending two dancers (one from Team Stage and one from Team Street) home this week. Dancers Derek and Neptune were sent home this week.
Albuquerque viewers can watch SYTYCD Monday nights at 7 p.m. (MST) on KASA Channel 2. Everyone can vote to keep their favorite dancer in the competition by heading to Fox.com.