Saturday, August 25, 2012

Exclusive interviews with SYTYCD All-Stars: Allison Holker, Kathryn McCormick, Jaimie Goodwin

Chris Trondsen interviewed six of the So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars who
returned to perform on this season's Top 10 show. They talk about what
it was like to return to the show, their partners this week, current
projects, and how to keep up with them. Click here to watch the
interviews with Allison Holker and Jaimie Goodwin. Below is our interview with Kathryn McCormick .

Exclusive interviews with SYTYCD Allstars: Alex Wong, Twitch, Nick Lazzarini

Chris Trondsen interviewed six of the So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars who returned to perform on this season's Top 10 show. They talk about what it was like to return to the show, their partners this week, current projects, and how to keep up with them. Click here to watch the interviews with Alex Wong and Nick Lazzarini; below is our interview with Twitch.

Video: Street Kingdom - "Hype Out"

Members of Street Kingdom performed in the Ukraine's Hype Out Dance Event in August 2012. From MaliceTM Youtube.

Video: Kyle Hanagami and Koharu Sugawara ' "Skin"

Kyle Hanagami and Koharu Sugawara choreographed and perform in this compelling dance video. From kylehanagami Youtube. Click here to watch

Friday, August 24, 2012

Exclusive interviews with SYTYCD Top 8 dancers on style, all-star partnerings, roommates, and more

Chris Trondsen interviewed the Top 8 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance after the taping on August 21, 2012. They talk about a variety of topics including the choreographers, their all-star partners, the pressures of being in the bottom 2, their roommates, the differences between SYTYCD and the real dance world, roommates, changing their persona, and reality TV. Come back in the next day or two for interviews with the all-stars, choreographers, and judges.
Cyrus and Lindsay:

Chehon and Cole:

Eliana and Tiffany:

Will and Witney:

Video: Can (Poreotics) - "Robot Family"

Can Nguyen (ABDC5's Poreotics) teaches the folks at Just Kidding Films how to reach their robotic potential

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Enter our So You Think You Can Dance Winners contest for prizes!

Time to reenter our So You Think You Can Dance  Winners contest. If you think you know the boy and girl who are going to win, then prove it!  Submit the names of the 2 dancers - one male and one female -- who you think will win this season's competition.  The prize goes to the first person to get it right, based on the week they submit the answer. If more than one person submits the right answer in that same week, we'll employ a tiebreaker rule to be determined. The prize for each will be a Tshirt of your size and choice, value up to $35 or an iTunes gift certificate worth $30..

To enter: Each week, we'll publish a new post for this contest. When the weekly post is up, add a comment with the names of the 2 winners. Subsequent weeks' entries will be accepted from Thursdays/Fridays (once I put up the new contest post) until the show begins airing on the East Coast (Wednesdays at 8pm ET).   You can enter this week's contest now -- deadline for the entry: August 29, 2012.   Good luck!

  • Create a user name you will use every week for the entire contest, and make it memorable (not just a common first name or word).
  • MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE THE WORDS SYTYCD Winners' in the comment (so I can search for them easily)
  • You can also submit by email at 

Videos: World of Dance Bay area winner Beta 010, Stepboys, Funkdation

World of Dance uploaded videos of highlights from the WOD Bay area event in August 2012. Below, watch the performance by  Beta 010 who swept all the awards: Crowd Favorite, Best Costume, Best Theme, and 1st place!). And click here to watch the second place winners Chapkiss Dance and ABDC alums Stepboys and Funkdation

Exclusive videos from HHI: Elektrolytes show some moves, answer fan questions

Chris Trondsen interviewed Elektrolytes at 2012 Hip Hop International. Click here to watch the ABDC7 winning crew show some of the moves in their routine for the competition and talk about why they want to compete at HHI. In the second video, the crew answers fan questions including who would get killed first in a horror movie, who would be the villain in a movie, where they want to travel to, what food they'd dive into, and their favorite candy.

Take our survey: what were your favorite dancers on the So You Think You Can Dance Top 10 show?

Take our survey: what was your least favorite performance on So You Think You Can Dance Top 10 show?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Join us now for live play-by-play of the SYTYCD Top 10 episode!

The Play-Play/Party Room/Critics Corner for tonight's So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 episode  is now open! Tonight, it's the Top 10. Two more dancers will go home tonight.   Join me for play-by-play, if you can't watch live or just want some other opinions. The Play-by-Play will be in the comments section of this post.

And, let us know what you think about the show.  Were the right people sent home tonight?  How would you compare this to other seasons?  This is your party -- humor,  conspiracy theory, nostalgia and almost everything else (except obscenity and abject disrespect) are expected and welcome!  

Video: IaMFree - Pacman in Croatia

IaMFree is back for Episode 3, featuring Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb tutting in Croatia. Go to Youtube for all the IaMFree episodes.

Video: Jabbawockeez dance with Phillie mascot Phanatic

Short and funny: To promote their performances in Atlantic City, Jabbawockeez (ABDC Season 1 champions) visitied a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game and danced with their mascot, Phanatic.

Hypersquad Studios x HippoEsthetics

Check out this video of members from Hypersquad studios (home studio of Academy of Hype) dancing while rocking HippoEsthetics gear. This video's information says that they'll be performing on August 26th at DunkXchange in Honolulu, Hawaii, so if you happen to be there, be sure to check it out.

Join us tonight & tomorrow for So You Think You Can Dance Play-by-play, surveys, contests, & interviews

Join us tonight to watch and react to the So You Think You Can Dance Top 10 show.

- Starting just before 8M ET, we'll have Play-by-play, in case you want to find out what happens as it happens.  Feel freee to comment along with me!
- Tomorrow we'll have surveys on the favorite and least favorite performances of the night.
- We'll have the third round of our contest with prizes -- Predict the two winners.
- We're planning to interview the eliminated dancer and the choreographers at tonight's taping and will have interviews posted in the next few days 

So, please join us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Video: Mike Song Tutting Tutorial #6: Isolations

Mike Song is back with another tutting tutorial - basic isolations. Go to MikeSongDance Youtube to catch up with the rest of his tutorials.

Video: Megan Lawson (Fanny Pack) - "Boyfriend"

Megan Lawson (member of Fanny Pak from ABDC seasons 2 and 7) does solo to Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend". From Meganquwre Youtube.

Video: Ian Eastwood (Ft. Quick Crew) - "Till I Die"

Ian Eastwood (member of ABDC7s Mos Wanted Crew) and Quick Crew dance to Chris Brown's "Till I Die" while in Czechoslovakia. From DJIcon Youtube.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Video: Di 'Moon' Zhang (IaMmE) dancing in Italy

Di "Moon" Zhang (member of ABDC6's IaMmE) filmed scenes of his dancing in Florence, Sicily, and Venice. From DImoonZHANG Youtube.

ABDC alum news: New Elektrolytes site, new Poreotics Fan of the Month Contest!

 - Elektrolytes (winners of America's Best Dance Crew Season 7) have a new website with videos, pictures, merchandise, and information on booking them. Just go to

- This is the one-year anniversary of Poreotics' Fan of the Month Contest. This month, you can choose from any of the past challenges to win. Good luck!

Video: Dumbo (Poreotics) freestyle at Hit the Floor

Matt 'Dumbo' Nguyen was a judge at Hit The Floor Competition in Quebec on August 18, 2012. He also entertained the audience with some freestyle. From Hitthefloor2011 Youtube.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Video: Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew, ArchiTEKs) & Alan Truong - "Lessons for the Lover"

Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew, ArchiTEKS) and Alan Truong (ArchiTEKS) recently collaborated at a workshop, performing to Usher's "Lessons for the Lover". From TheArchiTEKS Youtube.

Brat Pack (choreographed by Lorena Liebman from Blueprint Cru) - audition video for Bieber's Believe tour

The Brat Pack from Canada's Got Talent is the all boys 8 Count crew. They are also Canadian Hip Hop Championship silver medalists. Here's their audition for Justin Bieber's "Believe" tour, choreographed by Lorena Liebman (ABDC5's Blueprint Cru).

MercerMZ review (with lots of videos): So You Think You Can Dance Top 14

So, after having 2 weeks to rest and relax as the Olympics thrilled and excited viewers all over the world, the remaining dancers geared up to take on one the most interesting episodes from any season in the USA's version of the show. I say interesting because I have mixed feelings about tonight's episode; On one hand, I like to revisit old routines that I enjoy, but on the other hand, I've complained in the past about the British re-using routines from both the US and Australian version of the show. It's mostly because I'd rather see new, original pieces rather than playing the comparison game to a piece that may not be as good as the original. Still, with tonight's performance, comparisons will be inevitable, so as an added part to my usual reviews for each routine, I'll be making comparisons to the original performances, which you'll be able to view and compare as well.

Why all the talk of comparisons? Because tonight's episode of SYTYCD was a tribute to the Emmy-Award winning contemporary choreographer Mia Michaels. Yes, sorry to those who may not be as interested in this style as, per se Ballroom, Broadway, Jazz and, of course, Hip Hop, but all of tonight's routines were in the exact same style: Contemporary. Each couple had to recreate one of Mia's memorable contemporary pieces from the last 8 seasons. So how did the couples compare to the original routines? How did this episode compare to the last few? And did America make the right choice in picking the Bottom 6 dancers? Let's find out.

Click here to read the full review, with the videos of both this episode's dances and the originals to which they were compared. Here's one of my favorites, danced by Cole and Lindsay: