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    Re: Danny Tidwell - Season 3

    Am I the only one who thought Danny was mocking Cedric at the end of his solo?

    Right as the announcer went "So you think you can DANCE-dance-dance...", he stopped doing his style, went to the front, and ended with a mock elasto-boy sliding thing like Cedric does all the time. I thought it was an intentional jab at the person he couldn't believe just got more votes than he did, and I thought it was a really nasty thing to do!

    Did anyone else notice it? Am I reading too much into that gesture? I just couldn't believe he would do that for any other reason- it's just not his style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aota Bass;2456690;
    Am I the only one who thought Danny was mocking Cedric at the end of his solo?

    Right as the announcer went "So you think you can DANCE-dance-dance...", he stopped doing his style, went to the front, and ended with a mock elasto-boy sliding thing like Cedric does all the time. I thought it was an intentional jab at the person he couldn't believe just got more votes than he did, and I thought it was a really nasty thing to do!

    Did anyone else notice it? Am I reading too much into that gesture? I just couldn't believe he would do that for any other reason- it's just not his style.
    I did have the same thought, Aota, that he was copying Cedric. I wasn't sure if he was mocking him, or if he was trying to show America that he could also do what Cedric does. If it's the latter reason, then it could still be seen as somewhat mocking, because he would be saying that Cedric isn't all that unique.

    Dunno, but I truly did think it was a weird move for Danny to do, and had nothing to do with the rest of his dance.

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    Nah, I think he just got to the end of what he planned to do, walked up to the front of the stage, realized the bump was going on and sort of just grooved a little. It didn't come off as well as he'd probably intended, but I don't think it was mocking.

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    I agree.
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    Re: Danny Tidwell - Season 3

    So do I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues Songstres;2456187;
    And who knows what might have been said that was edited out? You never know.
    I don't think the edit could have been that quick as the show is live at that point, but stranger things have happened.
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    Re: Danny Tidwell - Season 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Aota Bass;2456690;
    Am I the only one who thought Danny was mocking Cedric at the end of his solo?

    Right as the announcer went "So you think you can DANCE-dance-dance...", he stopped doing his style, went to the front, and ended with a mock elasto-boy sliding thing like Cedric does all the time. I thought it was an intentional jab at the person he couldn't believe just got more votes than he did, and I thought it was a really nasty thing to do!

    Did anyone else notice it? Am I reading too much into that gesture? I just couldn't believe he would do that for any other reason- it's just not his style.
    I thought it was, too. It didn't fit the rest of his dance at all, and he's waaay to polished to just end up at the end of the countdown with nothing to do. He would have done another spin or something. But he seemed to quickly make his way up front just to do that. I thought it was mocking, or "I can do that, too." Either way, bad form.
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    Actually, it could be "edited" that quick, as there are multiple cameras and Danny's mike could have been turned down almost instantaneously. I know that when I went to DWTS tapings, those shows are live to the East Coast and we see tapings in the West and the sound was completely different when I watched the taping of the live show I went to. They were able to take out a couple hecklers, and other obnoxious sounds from the crowd as well as comments. Plus as you mentioned earlier, there is lots of stuff going on during the commercial breaks. Whoever the director was, he (or she) could easily switch cameras and control mikes in order to edit out something they didn't want aired. Although you are right JLuv, it isn't nearly as easy and sometimes not 100%fool proof when it is a live show.
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    So He Knows He Can Dance: A Prince Among Paupers
    By GIA KOURLAS

    The mission of the popular television show “So You Think You Can Dance” is not to crown America’s favorite dancer, but to find Leroy from the 1980 film “Fame” — a gritty dancer with attitude who possesses nothing but a soaring jump and the ability to spin on a dime. It won’t hurt if the new Leroy is also an emotional wreck. America loves nothing better than to see arrogance crushed to reveal deep vulnerability.

    But Leroy, it turns out, is an elusive muse, and the show, now in its third season and open to both men and women, has failed to produce a dancer of much distinction. (“So You Think You Can Dance” pairs dancers who perform a different style of dance each Wednesday at 8 p.m., Eastern and Pacific times, on Fox; the following night, results of an audience vote are announced. After a round of 30-second solos performed by those in danger of elimination, two dancers are sent packing.)

    This summer, however, there is a prince among the rest, whose backgrounds range from ballroom to hip-hop. His name is Danny Tidwell, and though he has strategically placed himself in the category of “contemporary dancer,” ballet fans in New York know he represents a great deal more.

    As a corps member at American Ballet Theater, which he joined in 2003, Mr. Tidwell performed many lead parts, including the eerie spirit in Michel Fokine’s “Spectre de la Rose.” But even though he seemed about to rise through the ranks of one of the world’s finest companies, two summers ago he made a mystifying move: he quit Ballet Theater and joined Complexions, a contemporary-ballet company. (Currently, Mr. Tidwell is a freelance dancer and also a creator of movmnt, a magazine focusing on dance, music and fashion.)

    On television it’s difficult to tell if Mr. Tidwell is trying to reinvent himself as Leroy or if he is the classically trained version of that character. He has been accused of arrogance by the show’s judges. Even after Mr. Tidwell was selected to be one of the show’s top 20 contestants at the start of the season, Shane Sparks, a choreographer and judge who didn’t want him on the show, observed that he “stood there like he was God’s gift to the world.”

    The judges took Mr. Tidwell on in the hope of changing him, attitude and all. But he doesn’t need any changing, and both his unflinching poise and his chiseled, determined jaw seem to indicate that he knows it.

    By his own account, Mr. Tidwell, 22, didn’t have an easy childhood. In an interview on the show, he said: “When I was younger, I got into a lot of trouble. Getting the opportunity to dance really got me out of that.” It also provided the opportunity to meet “the lady who took custody of me when I was 12 years old.” Dancing, he explained, was his salvation.

    The woman who adopted him, Denise Wall, is the mother of Travis Wall, Season Two’s runner-up; Mr. Tidwell first studied at her studio in Virginia Beach, before training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington.

    If Mr. Tidwell is different from the other dancers on the show, the distinction has as much to do with his dignity as with his impeccable line and his ability to infuse slight choreography with authority, rare on such a talent show. When it comes time for him to pose while a phone number for viewers’ votes flashes on the screen, he never mugs for the camera. It’s sad, yet hardly a surprise, that such behavior could be taken as superciliousness.

    Even more disturbing is the idea that “So You Think You Can Dance” has emerged as a viable option for real dancers, including Mr. Tidwell, who don’t have to look far to see that career options have been greatly depleted. At its best, the show provides a kind of kicky fun, the good side of cheesy. But it’s also outdated and perpetuates many stereotypes about what constitutes good dance (speed is in, subtlety is out), what language is used to describe it and how training makes boring dancers.

    The biggest culprit is the show’s executive producer and judge, Nigel Lythgoe, from his implied homophobic comments (he approves of the way the show’s male performers dance like “dudes”) to his misguided criticism and declarations about what a dancer should be. His obsession with discovering and promoting the show’s “unique dancers” — conceivably someone like Leroy (played in “Fame” by Gene Anthony Ray) — must be driving hard-working dance teachers mad.

    In one episode, Mr. Lythgoe declared: “What I dislike are dance snobs, and those are people who think you need a formal training with years and years of experience before you can be called a dancer.” He continued: “You don’t just need a formal training. It’s because you have a great feel for dance.”

    While contestants on shows like “American Idol” have become combative with judges, dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance” retreat. Suffering humiliation, even vague and unfounded, is part of the vocation. When Mr. Lythgoe criticized Mr. Tidwell’s hip-hop routine, his subservient reply — “Yes, sir” — was heartbreaking.

    The audience didn’t vote Mr. Tidwell and his partner into the next round, but they performed solos that were deemed strong enough to save them from elimination. Then an odd and hilarious thing happened: During Mr. Lythgoe’s speech revealing the audience vote, Mr. Tidwell began laughing so uncontrollably that he had to cover his mouth.

    It’s impossible to say if his giggle fit had to do with Mr. Lythgoe’s ridiculous summation or if the amateur quality of the show finally hit him in full horror. All that really matters is that Mr. Tidwell has managed to survive another week. It’s impossible to know what will happen on the show, where talent and experience seem to count for less than a sentimental speech about a dream.

    It has been reported that there is a remake of “Fame” in the works. Casting has not yet been announced, but Mr. Tidwell, win or lose, should play Leroy. He’s earned it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/ar...=1&oref=slogin

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    Wow... great article. It is so right on. Not a big fan of Nigel's I'm guessing.

    Although he surely likes Danny. Wouldn't it be great to see Danny really let loose and perform something in his on style (longer than a cheesy 30 seconds).
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