So You Think You Can Dance Episode Summary
So You Think You Can Dance upon casual, first glance just seems like another cheesy spin-off of American Idol, or Dancing With The Stars. Most people find the very idea of reality television somewhat nauseating, and at best it is a guilty pleasure that you are embarrased to say that you actually watch. This show does have its elements of cheese like bad auditions and drama-filled eliminations, but this show is leaps, and bounds ahead of its predeccessors.
The young dancers on this show actually take time to learn their craft. Many young people who compete on the show are from every top dance company in the country with a mix of street dancers who were never given an opportunity to shine. Each week the dancers have to learn diverse choreography from everything from ballroom to hip-hop.
The primary element that makes this show stand out from the crowd is the choreography of the dance. The choreographers behind the scenes are classically trained, and have often worked with everyone prominent in pop culture. The choreography can be hard-hitting, or very emotionally charged. The choreography even expresses social awareness with muses from everything from breast cancer to domestic abuse. Most choreographers on the show have recieved numerous Emmy nominations.
Mia Michaelson is an Emmy-Winning choreographer on the show, she is currently a judge this season. Her choreography almost takes the viewer to a higher plane of physical expression. She takes you to a place even for a few seconds, that makes the viewer forget that they are watching reality television. She forces the dancers to go to a place in their bodies and minds that few people want to go. Mia Michaels is a true artist whose choreography is powerful, yet nakedly real. She has worked with everyone from Madonna to Prince. She was the creative choreographing force for Celine Dion's show in Las Vegas, that lasted for five years.
The element that drives any dance is the music itself. Music is what feeds the dancer, and makes every single breath come alive. So You Think You Can Dance understands music in a very honest manner.The show does cater to today's pop music, but it also provides a massive playing field for indie artists. So You Think You Can Dance offers many unknown artists an opportunity to have their music available, to millions each week.
Each week So You Think You Can Dance offers the viewers performances from the world of dance. Viewers who might not get the chance are exposed to performances from professional dance companies, or Broadway shows. Musical guests are also an integral part of the show as well. This show has given artists a place to debut to the world. Artists who have debuted on this show include but are not limited to Katy Perry, OneRepublic, and even Lady Gaga got her start here.
This season a choreographer chose a piece of music by an unknown musician named Christina Perri. She was a struggling songwriter just wishing that her songs could be heard beyond her immediate circle. After her song was featured in a routine, viewers started searching feverishly for this angst-ridden song. The show's producers decided to have Christina perform the now superhit on the show. This caused fans to purchase Christina Perri's song in groves. Her career path is still fresh, but one thing is sure, the singer who was an unknown waitress only weeks ago, can thank this show for launching her to millions around the globe.
So You Think You Can Dance is a pleasure to watch as an avid fan of both dance and music. So before you roll you eyes in disgust, remember that this show is furthering the exposure of dance and musicians. In these times of uncertainty it is vitally important that television can further the growth of the arts. Dance and music at its most basic form is about human expression, and So You Think You Can Dance shows the world that passion and art still matter.