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So You Think You Can Dance is Back

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It must be summertime because So You Think You Can Dance is back for another season. And season 11 at that. Can you believe it? Season 11. I mean, I remember they did those two back-to-back seasons one year, but I still cannot believe it’s season 11. (Confession, it makes me feel old.)

But let’s talk about the show. First, what do you think of the new opening sequence? I think it’s sharp, maybe a little overworked, but sharp. It’s definitely less cheesy from where it’s been in the past.


all photos via fox.com

OK. The other big change, we’ve got crews now?! Will SYTYCD try to fill part of the void left behind by Mario Lopez and ABDC? Maybe, but doesn’t seem likely. Especially considering the first group out of the gate was on ABDC… aren’t there new crews to highlight? I gotta admit, I was voting up a storm for Chloe’s Syncopated Ladies.

Auditions went from New Orleans to Chicago last night. I always love when they have Wayne Brady as a guest, but I didn’t know that you can say a$$ & b*tch on TV, Wayne! Killer zumba moves though, right?

Now on to the dancers. I gotta say, I really enjoyed watching brothers Skip & Shane in New Orleans. Their style is unique and it caught my attention. And then, Trevor Bryce. Talk about an entertainer. He may not be the greatest technician but who cares? When you can own a stage like he did, that’s what people care about. (Something I try to reinforce to my students all the time.)

In Chicago, the brothers impressed again. I expected Miami siblings Nick and Ruby to perform the same style, but I was pleasantly surprised at watching each show off his own strengths. On the flip side, let’s talk about Caleb who first showed up this season in New Orleans and then in Chicago. Dancing aside, I want to admire his spirit to try again. But, what are the judges teaching him about the industry by putting him through on his second chance. You only get one shot to impress in this business. I guess the moral of the story here is TV is not the real world, folks.

PS. You can find a playlist of all the music featured on last night’s episode on Fox.com.

Spring Break in New York City

nyforplay2What do dance teachers do for Spring Break? They don’t go to the beach. They head to New York City, of course. And that’s just what I, and my dancin’ mom, did a few weeks ago. We saw Newsies. We saw Kinky Boots. We shopping at Capezio. We danced down sidewalks. And while I could only make a weekend of it, she stayed a little longer for classes and more shopping for dance shoes. Here’s a few more snaps from our weekend.

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The dancing in Newsies was to die for. Unbelievable. Talk about needing a foam roller at the end of the night. Those guys were jumping everywhere. And Kinky Boots delivered in its own right, of course. The vocals in this Tony-winner knocked us off our feet boots. Seats were at a premium, so some of the visual effects of the choreography were lost on us as we were in the balcony. But the singing. The singing, you guys.
nyforplay3nyforplay1We went to Ellen’s Stardust Diner after seeing Kinky Boots. If you’ve never been, this is the diner to go to for a unique NY experience. One where the waiters and waitresses are up singing the whole night. And, it’s open 24 hours, so it’s ever too busy for you, just come back in the morning.
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And, though we didn’t have it, it’s worth noting that you can get a bowl of Gene Kelly’s Beef Stew. It’s no family recipe or anything, but always fun to see little tributes pop up in the least likely places.

Dance Links for Your Weekend

I know, I know. It’s been forever and a day since I saw you last. I’ve been busy, you know, dancing. Getting ready for a couple recitals and taking a quick trip to New York to take in a couple of shows (thoughts to come.) But for now, some links.

• An nice post that asks, are dance reality shows helping dance?

• Because even dancers snack, popcorn with a twist.

• And, proof that even the pros (yes, the Rockettes) don’t always get it right by showtime. 

It’s the Day of the Show, Y’all

AroundHere_Dance“It’s the day of the show, y’all.” That’s what we say on opening day, right? Well. Today is the big debut of DanceKellyStyle.net. I’m so glad you’ve found your way here, no matter what corner of the Internet you chasséd in from.

So what is DanceKellyStyle.net? Let’s break it down. DanceKellyStyle is all about dance (duh.) And (Kelly) is the one behind it. And style is everything else: Like music. And teachers. And products. And performers. And dancing all around us. (and there’s more to come, I promise.)

And if there’s anything you think is missing, just get in touch. Tell your friends. Tell your teacher. Tell your students. We’re ramping up for a big first year and I hope you’ll stick around to see what happens next.