Some of my favorite So You Think You Can Dance routines - VIDEOS
So I started thinking about my favorite pieces from past seasons. I thought about how I got goose bumps when Anya and Danny did the Viennese Waltz. I remembered how Benji's solos always put a smile on my face. I'll concede that season four hit it's stride after this week. But, you can't argue that previous seasons, especially two and three, left a lot for these new dancers to live up to.
Some of my favorite pieces from Fox's hit show are after the jump. I'll probably come up with more but here's something to start you off. Enjoy!
Let's start with that Danny / Anya waltz routine. Usually the Viennese Waltz, much like the Quick Step, can be the kiss of death on this show. But these two pulled it off beautifully. They looked so mature up there. Of course, it didn't hurt that both of them are stunning. I still get goose bumps when Danny turns her (sorry, I don't know the term).
Last week, we saw another great Viennese Waltz by Twitch and Kherrington. This was nicely danced as well, but the story behind it took it to a whole other level emotionally. I think this left a lot of viewers in tears.
Let's talk about Disco. So, far the disco this season has been drab. Courtney and Gev's piece the first week was too contrived. And I think everyone was a bit surprised that Will and Jess's routine didn't land them in the bottom three this week. (I will say that Will was wonderfully entertaining in it though.) Here's two disco routines you might have forgotten. Natalie and Musa's piece shows just how important it is to have a strong guy when it comes to partnering. On the other hand, Lacey and Kamryn's piece shows how important a great female partner can be.
This is hands-down my favorite Latin ballroom routine EVER on the show. Sure, I know you're going to say that Benji and Heidi had an advantage because they're cousins and dance partners (champions to boot). It still made for good entertainment. Try counting how many turns Heidi does.
Here's my favorite contemporary piece from choreographer Mia Michaels. I know I've said that I find her work inaccessible, but this one had me on the edge of my seat. Lauren and Danny are believable as lovers and both are technically proficient enough to pull off Mia's "alien" movements.
We know by now that the solos are just as important as the duets on this solo. These are two of my favorite solos. It's hard to put it all out there in thirty seconds. They have to mix tricks and choreography. Plus the dancers have to relax enough so that they can show the judges how much joy they get from dance.
I love this solo by Natalie. She's very sexy and quirky. And that turn she does from the floor onto the tops of her feet is awesome. Benji's solo shows that ballroom dancers too can be amazing solo artists. He was there to win from the beginning.
Here's one of my favorite Wade Robson pieces. I think many of you will agree it's pretty darn good.
"Rama Lama Bang Bang" is one of my favorite group pieces. The song is fantastic. The choreography has just the right amount of kitsch. And the performance? Take a look.
So that's it for now. What are your favorite dances from past seasons? From this season? And how do you think season four measures up with past seasons?