Review: So You Think You Can Dance - Top 12 Perform
by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 25th 2009 2:35AM
(S06E17) This week determines the top ten of So You Think You Can Dance. We welcome the top twelve dancers and judging by the audience, Legacy and Jakob are the most loved. With Dancing with the Stars ending this week, I'm happy that I can devote more time to this show because the dancing is a higher caliber and it isn't just a celebrity popularity contest.
Tonight we got to see the first Can Can and the return of the Lindy Hop. I am happy that the show continues to break the boundaries of dance and shine a light on new choreographers.
Ellenore & Ryan - Lindy Hop (Carla Heiney) - After seeing the Lindy Hop on Dancing with the Stars, I have to say that this performance was miles better. There was this trust level that Ellenore had for Ryan that made the performance a lot of fun, she just swung around like a doll. They definitely captured the spirit of what a Lindy Hop should be.
Kathryn & Legacy - Jazz (Sonya Tayeh) - I like the quirkiness of Sonya's choreography, and she always does a good job of making sure the hip-hoppers fit the character. Legacy outshone Kathryn with all his air flairs, crab walks and headstands, Kathryn just stood there, posed a little bit and did some high kicks.
Karen & Victor - Argentine Tango (Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin) - While the couple executed the steps and the head whips right, the best part was the ease of the lifts. Both Victor and Karen fit the characters and produced chemistry after one week. Nigel points out that Victor has a bit of a duck walk and I never noticed that before.
Mollee & Nathan - Hip-Hop (Jamal Sims) - I love the confused look of Mollee looking at the phone as if she's never seen a land line. Mollee wasn't hard enough for the performance, but had all the steps right. If she had pain in her ankles, I didn't see it. Nathan was better in the performance and the rip in his pants proved it.
Noelle & Russell - Samba (Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin) - The dance didn't seem gritty enough. Their walk sequence was really slow. I didn't think that Noelle had enough hip action and she faked it by thrusting forward. I was really confused by the fact that they ended several bars after the music.
Ashleigh & Jakob - Lyrical Jazz (Sonya Tayeh) - Ashleigh does a great job of not being ballroom, keeping her body very liquid. Jakob does an amazing job, but I expected that from him. His strength and flexibility are awe inspiring. It will be a shame when the two are broken because the two have such strong chemistry together.
Ellenore & Ryan - Broadway (Spencer Liff) - Spencer's story is about the temptation of fame. I loved how the two had character, even in the small bits. Like their first dance, Ryan's lifting skills had so much ease. The quirky doll-like way Ellenore performed the whole routine was great to watch. Her extensions were amazing.
Kathryn & Legacy - Viennese Waltz (Jean Marc and France Généreux) - Kathryn is supposed to be the guardian angel in the waltz. I do think there was a lot of solo work done in the beginning, but their couple work had trust. Their lift sequence was pretty, and I could see they attempted some rise and fall in their posture.
Karen & Victor - Hip-Hop (Laurie Ann Gibson) - I'm not sure if Victor is too fast or Karen is too slow, but their synchronicity wasn't the best. I thought the two lifts seemed tacked on. There was something that didn't match the music, but that would be Laurie Ann's fault.
Mollee & Nathan - Can Can (Tyce Diorio) - The Can Can originally was a couples dance with high stamina. I was happily impressed by the first Can Can. The kick sequence was amazing how both had height and timing. The spin sequence seemed like they tacked that on for Nathan. The two didn't lose energy by the end and Mollee's ankle still wasn't a problem.
Noelle & Russell - Contemporary (Tyce Diorio) - Tyce wants the dancers to paint themselves, with the assistance of SYTYCD alum Katee Shean. I thought the dance was powerful and there were some different beautiful shapes made in their holds. I loved the vertical hold. Noelle was amazing, but Russell did really well for not having training.
Ashleigh & Jakob - Cha-Cha (Jean Marc and France Généreux) - Ashleigh is finally in her realm, but Jakob has some hips on him. I liked how the chair was incorporated. I love how Ashleigh returned to that ballroom technique of mugging for the camera; it fit really well for the dance.
Who will be in the bottom? I can see Karen & Victor in the bottom. I would hate to see Victor go because he's such a cutie, but the judges would probably keep all the other men before Victor. I don't know who else would accompany them, but I still am unsure of both Kathryn and Noelle, I still find the two to be interchangeable.
Who shouldn't make the top ten? Leave your comments below.