Thursday, September 4, 2014

Videos: SYTYCD finale highlights: Les Twins;,Dtrix & Emilio dance together; Pharside & Nappytabs as highlighted choreographers

The Season 11 So You Think You Can Dance concluded yesterday, with Ricky Ubeda earning the title of America's favorite dancer (at least for now). There were a lot of dances featured as season highlights, including both routines choreographed by Chris 'Pharside' Jennings (member of ABDC's Supreme Soul) and Krystal 'Phoenix' Meraz, and one choreographed by Napolean and Tabitha D'umo (danced brilliantly by Emilio Dosal of IaMmE and all-star Jasmine). 

The other highlights for me were two new dances for the show that showcased the difference between highly capable dancers doing hiphop moves vs. true hiphop dancers - a dance with the top 10 plus allstars (including Dtrix), as well as a special performance from Les Twins. There is a way that hiphoppers like Dominic 'Dtrix' Sandoval (member of ABDC's Quest), Emilio Dosal, and Les Twins dance that is rarely matched by the other talented dancers. They hit harder and more solidly, show a different spirit and a sense of joy at these moves that just doesn't feel like it's matched by the other dancers-- even winner Ricky, who I had pegged as the deserved winner of the season as soon as I saw his audition. But judge for yourself.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Video: Brian Puspos - "Rocket"

Mos Wanted's Brian Puspos brings the smooth moves back to Urban Dance Camp with this soulful routine to Travis Garland's cover of "Rocket".  Look at that body control! From URBAN DANCE CAMP YouTube.