So You Think You Can Dance: Top 20 Performs
Disclaimer & confession: I’m a dance fanatic. Summer dance shows make me giddy. And this year is no exception!
So much power! HELLA strong ladies and gents. The top 10 girls are the strongest I think the show’s ever had. Warrior ladies, all of them. And the fellas aren’t so bad either. And praise the dance gods, this seems to be another shirtless year! Yay, man candy!
Dancers are elite athletes: the things they can do with their bodies, the power they generate and the control they exhibit sometimes defies human limitation (and imagination). Hours of rehearsal. Blood. Sweat. Tears.
As a former dancer, seeing how far dance has come, in part due to shows like this (it’s NOT like Dancing With The Stars) is amazing. The things dancers can do these days is incredible: dance has evolved and styles are coming together to form new genres every day. And while I love watching dancers who’ve trained their whole lives to dance professionally, my heart definitely lies with dancers who haven’t taken conventional routes to get to the top 20.
The video above showcases 3 such dancers: Brandon is a stepper. Cyrus is an animator (like popping… on steroids) and Cole? A martial arts king. None of them are conventional dancers, and have stepped out of the box to combine their styles with genres that even the best dancers cannot learn overnight.
They are MASTERS in their own right, but not the kind of dancers that usually make it through to the top 20. Very excited to see how the choreographers tap into their unique set of skills this year!
Skip ahead to 6:08 to see them do their thing for the first time on stage! INCREDIBLE.