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    I wonder if the reason I never like tap as much as other styles is because there is so much focus on the rhythm that there isn't as much room for emotional connection. I respect it, but I never seem to enjoy it as much...


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    I like tap the way it used to be when danced by such as Ann Miller, Gene Kelley, Donald O'Connor, Vera Ellen, the Nicholas Brothers, Bobby Van, Ray Bolger, etc., etc., and so forth. (There are several others, but I can't list them all) It had rhythm and tapping, but it also was lovely with great dance moves. Today's tap doesn't really grab me. It looks ungraceful and doesn't move me.
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    I did not care for the speedy all you can say in 8 seconds segment on each couple. While I could understand the guys' lower pitched voices better, I hardly understood anything the girls said. I would prefer that they just let each contestant tell us perhaps 5 things they would like us to know about themselves and let that be it. It wouldn't take that much more time, and we the viewers would get more out of it.

    The tappers both obviously have personality, but I am afraid on this season it is going to be an uphill climb for them against some very stiff competition. Just a quirk I guess, but while I suppose they had a reason for putting Valerie in that short costume, I really did think it was the wrong one. I know they wanted us to see her feet and her Dorothy red shoes, but I think she would have looked sharper in the feminine version to match
    Zack's outfit. The way they had her dressed reminded me of the way they dress little girls for their tap numbers in dance recital....
    They didn't have to convince me that dancing up and down those steps in tap shoes was tricky business!

    The ballroom folks with the exception of Marquet and Malene are blending together in my mind to a certain degree. The two of them jumped out, and I would have liked to have seen them take on a tango or something really spectacular while they were paired together.

    I enjoyed the two guys and the hip hop, but I have got to say that I don't remember Teddy at all, and that is a surprise because he is nice-looking, and he was definitely showing some stage presence when the two of them were standing with Cat and the discussion was going back and forth. I chuckled when his eyebrow casually went up as if his nerves weren't invovled at all. I am trying to figure out how he slipped by the radar as I call myself watching all of the auditions.

    The ballerinas were good, but I think they didn't stand out because there was no guy dancing in the number. Even if there had just been one dancing between the two of them, for me it would have felt more natural and their expertise would have been showcased better.

    Again with the contemporary dancers, a lot of them have blended together. Stanley with his high jumps stood out, and of course Jessica and Ricky to me were a given. In fact, I expected their routine to be the last one because I had heard so much talk about Ricky, and I remembered Jessica's original audition and then saw when they put her back through to dance for her life after she failed to hip hop well.

    Somebody somewhere commented that it is a shame that two people are going to get cut dancing in their own genres, and I agree....that is kind of sad even though I did enjoy seeing what they could do in their own fields with some of the outstanding choreographers that the show hirers.
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    I'm just surprised any costume tape would be white. In the little pro-theater I did it was always a nude color but my experience with these types of things is very limited.

    Still - poor gal. I would of been so embarrassed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Florimel View Post
    I like tap the way it used to be when danced by such as Ann Miller, Gene Kelley, Donald O'Connor, Vera Ellen, the Nicholas Brothers, Bobby Van, Ray Bolger, etc., etc., and so forth. (There are several others, but I can't list them all) It had rhythm and tapping, but it also was lovely with great dance moves. Today's tap doesn't really grab me. It looks ungraceful and doesn't move me.
    THIS!!!! SO MUCH THIS!!!! I can't handle these hobbled over stances. Yes, I know tap is supposed to be loose but it seems like all the tappers of late have been so focused on their feet they forget their upper body is supposed to look good as well. I'm not including Aaron Turner though - I luuuuhved him.
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    My all time favorites were the Hummingbird Dance and the Cancer Dance (best I can describe them).
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    .... The tappers both obviously have personality, but I am afraid on this season it is going to be an uphill climb for them against some very stiff competition. Just a quirk I guess, but while I suppose they had a reason for putting Valerie in that short costume, I really did think it was the wrong one. I know they wanted us to see her feet and her Dorothy red shoes, but I think she would have looked sharper in the feminine version to match
    Zack's outfit. The way they had her dressed reminded me of the way they dress little girls for their tap numbers in dance recital....
    Yeah. I really didn't like that they put her in that "girlie" dress when the style of the dance was so "masculine." The mismatch between the dance and the outfit made her look awkward when she really wasn't.
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    Re: 7/2 SYTYCD 11: Top 20 Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by Bloomers View Post
    Somebody somewhere commented that it is a shame that two people are going to get cut dancing in their own genres, and I agree....that is kind of sad even though I did enjoy seeing what they could do in their own fields with some of the outstanding choreographers that the show hirers.
    I think that is probably the fairest way to cut a dancer, because if they are dancing their specialty they're all the the same playing field.

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    Re: 7/2 SYTYCD 11: Top 20 Performance

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    Yeah. I really didn't like that they put her in that "girlie" dress when the style of the dance was so "masculine." The mismatch between the dance and the outfit made her look awkward when she really wasn't.
    I wasn't as upset over the costume, I think Valerie has a look and a tap ascetic that is a throwback 40's style and I sort of liked that they acknowledged that with her costume. I remember from SYTYCDC when Tara Jean won, she wasn't a tap specialist, but she could tap, so she had a 40's tap dress for her Broadway number with Everett the hoofer and it was great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBlsQGSs6jU I hope Sean Cheeseman is on and brings something like that routine for Val. Valerie is awesome at tap and one of my favorites, along with Jessica and Malene at this point. If Valerie can pull off other styles I think she has a very good chance of going very far.
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    Re: 7/2 SYTYCD 11: Top 20 Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_Griss View Post
    Yeah. I really didn't like that they put her in that "girlie" dress when the style of the dance was so "masculine." The mismatch between the dance and the outfit made her look awkward when she really wasn't.
    Masculine? Really? It reminded me of a routine Ann Miller or Eleanor Powell would have done and they were FAR from masculine. I thought her outfit was cute, but I was more focused on the tapping than the costumes.
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    I think Jessica and Ricky did a great job, however I wonder if they had danced it to different music if it would have had the same effect. For me, it was the music that made everyone suck in their breath and caused the audience to be silent. The dancing was really good, but I don't think it would have been given as much high praise had it been set to other music.

    Do you ever wonder if we have 2 ballerinas and 2 tappers just so there could be 2 doing each style?

    I did like that everyone got to dance their own style before anyone gets cuts- it seems much more fair this way.

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    Re: 7/2 SYTYCD 11: Top 20 Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybaybie View Post
    I think Jessica and Ricky did a great job, however I wonder if they had danced it to different music if it would have had the same effect. For me, it was the music that made everyone suck in their breath and caused the audience to be silent. The dancing was really good, but I don't think it would have been given as much high praise had it been set to other music.

    Do you ever wonder if we have 2 ballerinas and 2 tappers just so there could be 2 doing each style?
    I think the music perfectly meshed with the dance style, but I think the dancing was brilliant. For me, whenever a choreographer decides to use minimal music that the dancers actually have to fill in the silence with movement it is very risky for the dancers. Every move is exposed, it's not masked by a catchy tune.

    Glad to see more than one ballroom or one tapper or one ballet dancer in the top 20. I think it's about time the show advanced more dancers in other styles. We've been overrun by contemporary and jazz dancers, but the other styles are just as worthy.
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