Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Dance Friday #12 - solos

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Haven't been able to see much of this week's SYTYCD, so will be indulging in that here. One of my favorite things about the show is getting to see the various solos. Dance in one of its purest forms, stripped down to one dancer, an empty stage and their own creativity.

Katee Shean came in second in her year, after almost getting cut at the final decision. While her dancing is exquisite here (note the finger flutter in her finish) it's the expression of pure unbridled joy on her face that sells it for me:

I came home late during an episode that featured Alvin Ailey dancers as special guests, flipped the TV on pronto as I didn't want to miss them. The screen immediately filled with Will Wingfield's solo. I thought it was one of the Alvin Ailey troupe until his numbers flashed at the bottom of the screen.

I am delighted that Travis Wall is now in the stable of choreographers for the show, and would love to see him as a guest performer now and again.

Denise Wall gets major good dance mom points for having not one but two sons place second in their seasons. I have had the chance to see Danny Tidwell live, and that is pure beauty in motion.

In my rational mind, I know that Allison Holker has the same muscles everybody else is born with, but the way she moves with such apparent ease and bliss, I still have my theories.

This Mollee Gray clip isn't from a SYTYCD episode, but it is set to one of my favorite songs of all time. I love her energy.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful clips, Anna. Katee has always been a favorite of mine - as well as Will - but the one from Danny I had never seen before. Thanks for sharing!

Anna Carrasco Bowling said...

Thanks, Kimberly. Katee has always been consistently amazing, and I can't remember Will ever disappointing in his season. Glad you were able to see Danny's solo. I remember him getting a comment from some judge that he doesn't *think* he can dance, he *knows* he can dance.