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Thursday, June 22, 2006

So You Think You Can Dance

I'm really surprised that none of the American Idol fanatics on this blog have posted on this (admittedly stupidly titled) show. It seems right up their alley, and I think it's a bit strange that the only Junkette who doesn't watch Idol is the first to post about it. I'd watched part of the first season, and really enjoyed it, but somehow forgot that I'd liked it until I tuned in last night. People, it's soooo entertaining. The contestants are serious, devoted dancers who come from all sorts of styles, who are then partnered up with people who may come from an entirely different dance background, and are assigned different dance styles to compete in each week. Last night a pop-locker had to dance the jive, a hip-hop dancer had to do modern dance, and a jazz dancer had to do old-school hip-hop. And, despite some weaknesses, they were ALL good. They rose to the challenge, pulled themselves out of their comfort zones, and worked really hard with their partners to perform mesmerizing routines.

Some of the partnerships are obviously more successful than others, and it's really interesting to watch. One of the pairings, Dmitry (a latin specialist) and Joy (a jazz/lyrical specialist) had to perform a latin dance. Now you'd think that Dmitry's experience in this area would help Joy, but it didn't. At all. Because Dmitry wasn't able to tone down his own perfection to make Joy look less hopelessly outmatched. He was too into his own world to recognize that his over-the-top latin-ness just made Joy seem lost. In comparison, Jason (a hip-hop specialist) was really unselfish in the old-school hip-hop routine he performed with Aleksandra (a contemporary/lyrical specialist). During rehearsal it became clear that Aleksandra just would not be able to completely overcome her training to make movements smooth and really get the flavor of the old-school, bopping, sharp movements of the hip-hop routine the choreographers had given them. And Jason, who could have KILLED that routine with his sharpness, softened his movements just enough to make it look like he and Aleksandra weren't performing entirely different routines.

And the judges are great. They say more than "pitchy" and "DAWG!". At one point one of the judges, Mia, told Heidi, a latin/swing dance specialist who'd performed a "pop" routine, that her movements weren't substantial enough, that she was too light and needed to be more grounded and the audience, of course, booed. But when Heidi had a chance to respond she really sincerely thanked Mia for the criticism, because she came on this show to become a better dancer! And I believed her. It was AWESOME!


Blogger Red Fraggle said...

Interesting. I have all of the episodes DVRed and haven't watched them yet. Last night I started watching the auditions, and was too bored. I think I'll skip right to the current round of people who can actually dance. I know that I really liked Dancing with the Stars, so hopefully I will like this as well.

6/22/2006 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Friend of a friend said...

Apropos of nothing in this post except Laura's comment that no one is blogging on the show . . . Why are you all not covering How to Get the Guy? Has no one watched it? I wanted to hate it, but I love it--the best kind of show, as one of you all pointed out in a previous post. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

6/22/2006 12:48 PM  
Blogger Laura Holt said...

Hmm, friend-of-a-friend-who's-actually-a-friend-of-this-junkette, I'd heard that show was terrible and depressing so it wasn't really on my to-do list, but on your recommendation I'll check it out.

6/22/2006 12:55 PM  
Anonymous friend of a friend said...

I didn't find it depressing at all. I found the girls' issues with dating to be rather realistic, which is refreshing. And it offers advice on actual dating (ranging from being set up by friends to the benefitst of internet dating), rather than just putting a bunch of gorgeous women in a house together to fight over one too-good-to-be-true single man.

Disclaimer: One of the things I think makes it great, I must admit, is that the "love coaches" typically offer the exact same advice that I give my girlfriends on dating. So I feel hopeful that if my present career doesn't work out, I have a future as a television love coach.

Also, I loved the following quote regarding kisses on first dates: "A date without a kiss is just an appointment."

6/22/2006 1:05 PM  
Blogger Laura Holt said...

Ok, with gems like that I'm definitely adding this to my Tivo schedule.

6/22/2006 1:22 PM  
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