As you might know from a previous post, Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas choreographed two routines on So You Think You Can Dance on Fox last night. Below you can watch him talking about it with Kristyn Burtt. She also asks him on Dancing With The Stars. He doesn’t give her many hints of what’s happening in the new season, but, it’s a fun interview. To see more interviews with Kristyn from last night, see Dance Network Facebook. Also below are the two routines choreographed by Mark recorded by @Idolxfactor1.
If interested, be sure to catch So You Think You Can Dance on Fox tonight. Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas choreographed two routines which will be fun to watch. More info below. Also, if you’d like to watch a snapchat where Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert stop by to visit him, see Pure Derek Hough.
Guess the cats out the bag 😉 https://t.co/MYYbwxOP30
— Mark Ballas (@MarkBallas) August 22, 2016
Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber and Emma Slater choreographed a Cha Cha for Tahani & J.T on “So You Think You Can Dance” last night. You can see some photos, video, and the fun routine below. Dang, these kids are so good.
— ✨Danielle✨ (@luckystars00) August 2, 2016
— Sasha Farber (@SashaFarber) August 2, 2016
Lesley Ann Warren And DWTS Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Karina Smirnoff And More To Dance In “Dance To The Movies”
Broadway World is reporting that Dancing With The Stars pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, and Karina Smirnoff will be dancing in “Dancing To The Movies” from August 10- 14 at the Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue , New York. Lesley Ann Warren, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol finalists will also be dancing. For tickets, see this link. I so love this idea for a show and the producer tells us more shows are coming. We’ll post more when we know more.
The Gateway presents the high-octane dance extravaganza DANCE TO THE MOVIES at Patchogue Theatre from August 10-14. Tickets start at $59 and are available online at www.gateway.org or by calling the Box Office at (631) 286 1133. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
Starring Dancing with the Stars Pros, and So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol finalists! It celebrates and reinvents some of Hollywood’s best musical moments live onstage. Seven of TV and stage’s top choreographers bring the songs to life – with a fresh new vision!
DANCE TO THE MOVIES recreates some of the most memorable musical moments and iconic characters from movies like West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain and Moulin Rouge. With new, stunning dances to scores from such movies as Dirty Dancing, Titanic, The Matrix and Harry Potter. A perfect evening of cinema magic – LIVE onstage.
The Patchogue engagement features Dancing with the Stars celebrity pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts and Karina Smirnoff at select performances; So You Think You Can Dance finalists Jonathan “Legacy” Perez and Hailee Payne; and American Idol finalists Vonzell Solomon and Von Smith.
More at Broadway World.
DWTS Sasha Farber And Emma Slater Choreograph For So You Think You Can Dance, Jenna Johnson And Allison Holker Interviewed
Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber and Emma Slater choreographed a Jive for Tahani & Jake on “So You Think You Can Dance” last night. You can watch them in rehearsals below and the ending result was on FIRE (Goodness! They are so GOOD! I should be watching this show! 😯 ) You can also watch new interviews with Jenna Johnson, Allison Holker, and tWitch with Kristyn Burtt. Note how Allison says she hopes to be back on Dancing With The Stars this coming season and “that’s the plan” (like in a previous interview). Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording and Kristyn for the fun interviews!
I wasn’t planning on writing another edition of “Questions We’re Tired of Answering” so soon after the first edition, but after the sh*tstorm I witnessed on Twitter in the past 36 hours since Derek & Julianne won an Emmy for their “Elastic Heart” routine with Tessandra Chavez, I felt it necessary to field some of the questions I’m seeing over and over again about the Emmy’s.
Before I get into it, though, let me just say this: I think a lot of these questions are stemming from the increase in “entitlement mentality” I’m seeing from a lot of the pros – and some of the fans are starting to buy into it. Contrary to what some seem to believe, not every pro deserves a MBT, an Emmy nomination, an Emmy win, movie roles, Broadway gigs, book deals, endorsements, etc., simply by showing up and being a pro on DWTS. That, in itself, is a privilege; things like MBT’s, Emmy’s, etc. are rewards for merit and hard work – not entitlements. If a pro wants these things, to quote Britney Spears, “you better work, b*tch!”. Let’s try to keep that in mind…
Why does SYTYCD get so many more nominations than DWTS?
To understand this, you have to understand that there’s two components for success in the “Outstanding Choreography” category at the Emmys: the strength of the choreographic content, and the strength of how it was performed. Therefore, you’re much more likely to get nominated if a) your choreography is strong, creative, and innovative, and b) you’ve got a skilled dancer performing it. Thus, it’s kind of easy to tell why it’s easier for SYTYCD routines to get nominated: all of them are performed by professional dancers, and because the choreographers (usually) aren’t limited to tailoring their choreography to the skills of their dancers, they can take more risks and do more off-the-wall stuff. Choreography for DWTS, on the other hand, tends to be limited by the skill set of the celebrity – which affects what exactly the pros can include in the routine, and how well it gets performed on show night. On top of those two factors, the Academy voters tend to be more from the contemporary style than from ballroom – and thus have a bit of a bias towards contemporary routines (of which there is usually quite a few on SYTYCD) and a bit of a bias against ballroom (which is the bulk of what we see on DWTS). Most years, the best that DWTS can hope for is (1) nomination, against usually 4-5 from SYTYCD. So for me to see some people complaining about [insert pro here] and [insert another pro here] not getting nominated as well, I feel like puking – cause the fact that DWTS was actually able to get TWO nominations this year is HUGE…whining about them not getting more is a tad greedy, I’m afraid.
Why wasn’t Sharna nominated for an Emmy for her choreography for Noah? It was awesome!!!
The explanation above kinda explains this one, too – Sharna likely didn’t get nominated because the routines she created for Noah were rather limited in their choreographic scope, and were not performed by a skilled dancer. Let me repeat for good measure: it is incredibly hard to get nominated for a routine that isn’t performed by a dancer with a high level of skill. It’s not impossible – Derek did get nominated last year for some of his choreography for Amy, who wasn’t quite as physically limited as Noah – but it’s certainly not probable. While the choreography Sharna did for Noah was great for someone as physically limited as him, I’m not sure it would stand up as great choreography for someone that was completely able-bodied. Would you still be as wowed by choreography if, say, Alfonso danced the same routine? I doubt it. Remember, when DWTS is up against dynamic routines danced by professional dancers on SYTYCD, they’ve gotta bring their A-game – solid routines danced by skilled dancers. This explanation in particular seems to be one that Sharna & Noah fans just can’t seem to wrap their brain around – I’ve gone blue in the face explaining this one, only to have the people asking say “Well, I still think she should have been nominated. That choreography was incredible!” That’s great – their routines were awesome and Sharna did an incredible job showing what Noah could do. No one can take that away from her. But just understand that it was incredible choreography FOR NOAH – not necessarily incredible choreography, period. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Why wasn’t Mark nominated for his choreography with Sadie and/or Willow?
IMO, because he focused a bit too much on production value…at the expense of choreographic content. These past two seasons, Mark has choreographed a LOT of routines that were very set and costume-heavy…and it seemed to dominate those performances, to the detriment of the actual dancing being done. His Halloween paso doble with Sadie kinda sticks out in my mind as a good example – I enjoyed it, but even I can admit that the OTT costuming and set kinda distracted from the actual dancing. The set and costumes OVERWHELMED the dancing, rather than working with it. Derek’s “Walking on Air” routine with Jamie Goodwin is a good example of the set working WITH the dance – the set itself was almost like a 3rd dancer, with all of the moves choreographed with it in mind. Ditto for “Elastic Heart” – the set itself was actually choreographed into the dance. I think if Mark would focus more on the choreography itself instead of the set & costumes, we might see more nominations for him in the future – especially if SYTYCD kicks the bucket after this season, which is looking evermore likely from their dismal ratings.
Why was Witney nominated??? IT WASN’T EVEN HER CHOREOGRAPHY!!!
This is me emphatically rolling my eyes. To those of you still repeating this tripe started by a few disgruntled pros (and one rather scheisty-seeming outside choreographer) on Twitter/Instagram, please stop – we’ve already talked about it at-length here, but here it is again, once more, with feeling: if you don’t have a formally-written contract with an outside choreographer to help with a certain routine, the Academy will not give them co-choreographer credit in the event of a potential nomination. Academy rules, fools. And judging from what SYTYCD choreographer Spencer Liff said in the link I posted above, ghost choreographers are well aware of this rule – so for this Alan dude (and most of “The Fam”) to suddenly be crying foul is kinda…d*ck. If you’re of the camp that is trying to claim that she shouldn’t have been nominated because the choreography “just wasn’t that good”, hehe…ok. Whatever you say. Nevermind that it was choreographed for possibly the most skilled male celebrity that we’ve ever had on DWTS, and he KILLED IT – and the Academy agrees that the choreography was outstanding. And then it gets even weirder – I’ve had more than a couple people try to write off the Carlton jazz routine because “it was derived from a dance that Witney didn’t choreograph”. The fact that people are (probably pretending to be) genuinely upset that about 15 seconds of a nonsensical dance with TWO STEPS was used in the routine makes me not want to live on this planet anymore. So, were you guys expecting her to give Alfonso credit for “the Carlton dance” or something? It ain’t even really his dance, either – he cites Courteney Cox & Eddie Murphy as his inspiration for it. Should they have been given credit? Do you people now see how ridiculous you sound? At this point, you may as well just admit that you just don’t like Witney…cause this is really reaching, kids.
Why wasn’t Allison nominated???
I have to kinda eye roll at this one, too, because it seems like some are drinking the “Allison was awesome on SYTYCD; therefore, by default, she is also awesome on DWTS” Kool-Aid. For as stellar as Allison is as a contemporary dancer/choreographer, she is still a mediocre-at-best ballroom choreographer. And again – the bulk of the routines on DWTS are still hardcore ballroom. On top of that, her first season with Jonathan didn’t really have any standout routines, and some of her strongest routines with Ryker were a bit derivative (i.e. their paso – it was good, but how many Pirates of the Caribbean routines do you think the Academy has seen in the last 10 years?). Maybe we’ll see some nominations for her once she steps up her ballroom game, but right now? Just not cutting the mustard as a ballroom choreographer yet, though she is improving. She’s probably more likely to get nominated for any pro-dance collaborations she does – particularly if she does them with Derek.
America’s Ballroom Challenge is Back – Mary Murphy talks DWTS, Ballroom, and Derek and Julianne Hough
Mary Murphy’s not on So You Think You Can Dance anymore – she says there will be very little ballroom, which is a damn shame – but she’s talking America’s Ballroom Challenge. Honestly, one couple on SYTYCD attempted a Cha Cha the other night and butchered it badly – worse than some on DWTS – so maybe the change isn’t so bad. From Yahoo TV (thanks to Motisima):
“On So You Think You Can Dance, most of the time you’re seeing two people who have never ballroom danced, and it’s kind of all smoke and mirrors,” Murphy tells Yahoo TV. “Honestly, they can edit everything to get the best vantage of every step. And Dancing With the Stars is the same thing, too — you’re dancing with a celebrity, sometimes they have danced, sometimes no dance. For these people [on America’s Ballroom Challenge], dance is their life. They are professionals at the highest level. You will see the best of the best.”
RIDER: Derek Hough
“Julianne and Derek are about as good as you’re going to get,” Murphy said. “Derek, especially, I’ve been watching that kid since he was 7 years old. For me, the pinnacle was that Argentine Tango the other night [on Dancing With the Stars]. I just was so impressed with him. There was just such maturity about him. I feel like I’m seeing him as a young man now, as opposed to looking at him always as a kid.”
Hey, just an reminder! “Dancing Pros Live” only has 5 shows left. If you live or are travelling to the east coast in April, try and see the show as Drew Lachey, Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska, and Chelsie Hightower are dancing as well as dance champions from all over the world. It’s a MUST SEE! You can read my personal review and experience of the show and go backstage with Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff at this link. I had such a blast. If interested in tickets and scheduling information, see the official site of “Dancing Pros Live”.
Also, we updated the schedule for Ballroom With A Twist. Their Spring and Summer Schedule is starting to take shape. To read more about it, see this post.