Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Dance Friday #106 - SYTYCD epsiode 7 and Step Up Revolution preview

Note: I wrote this post before learning of the Colorado theater shooting, a cruel and traumatic event. Not a happy day to be sure, especially for those directly affected. Posting anyway because I do believe dance can heal and make a statement. Thoughts and prayers with Colorado.

Excited as I am about Step Up Revolution, especially with all the familiar faces -tWitch! Mia Michaels! Travis Wall! Philip Chbeeb!- and the focus on flash mobs, which I find fascinating, especially with all the sharp choreography and the costumes (I could stare at the suits and fedoras mob for ages, seriously)and to get a live number on the show, I could have gone for a bit more tWitch (okay, I have favorites, I'll admit.) Then again, not everybody can be the star of everything every time (they'd be tired!) and there were so many wonderful dancers that I can't complain. Really good to see Phillip Chbeeb again and having the dancers behind the judges as well got the energy up even higher. Also, I want Kathryn's dress.

All in all, really looking forward to this movie.

I do miss the result show, but the new format is fun, too. Less fun was having to bid farewell to Janaya, Alexa, Daniel and Nick. Hate to lose all of them, but competition is tough this year. Very pleased to have Chehon (aka "that guy who was really really good, according to DH, and yes, I will keep mentioning that b/c DH insists he doesn't like "the dancing show." I love him anyway.) and Witney still with us, especially after their amazing Bollywood display:

Love the speed, the precision, the sheer variety of movements that I'm guessing are not second nature to either ballet or ballroom dancers (at least not on this continent) and Nakul Dev Mahajan's choreography always shines. Loved this.

Other standout for the night for me was Amelia and Will's Sonya Tayeh routine. Softer side of Sonya? Who knew? Loved the lighting, loved the music, loved the acting from both dancers, and the whole bleak but hopeful feel.

What about you, dance fans? Any favorites so far?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Dance Friday #105 - SYTYCD top twenty and post #600

So much stuff in the first competition episode of SYTYCD season nine that I'm going to have to resort to bullet points.

*Openng number involving Christopher Scott choreography and furniture!

*NappyTabs bebeh on the way! I am going to imagine that this is the sonogram:

*I know they said other stuff about the National Day of Dance, but I could not hear any of it over my own squee-ing upon hearing that Travis Wall will be performing the Mia Michaels bench routine with Allison Holker. I hope Heidi G is well and happy but Travis and Allison!

*Amelia as a kitty!

*Cyrus does Broadway choreography!

*Ballroom dancers drawing their own style! Paso doble and Viennese Waltz - my two favorite ballroom dances in the same show!

*Audrey and Matthew in Travis Wall routine with chaise lounge that they really need to return to my office. Loved the turn of the century setting and the use of "Unchained Melody," but Titanic the greatest love story? Oh Travis, Travis, Travis, I'll give you some romance novels when you drop the chaise off. Love stories are better when nobody dies, but more on that later.

*Not pleased that we're going to lose four dancers next week, as I still love everybody, but such is the nature of the beast. Couldn't vote this time, as I had to watch this on the DVR, so will feel slight twinge of guilt for whoever gets cut. I may have to come back for a more specific recap later.

What I am pleased about is that this makes post number six hundred for Typing With Wet Nails. Still rather impressed with myself that this has been going that long, and ready for more. I'd give you all cookies if I could for sticking with me, but since I can't find the cookie port on my laptop, here's Cookie Monster: