Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
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.
Take my advice. I am not using it.
RE: Tape Gate
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.
My all time favorites were the Hummingbird Dance and the Cancer Dance (best I can describe them).
Seeking form amidst the void.
But if that's not possible, gimme a Margarita...shaken, not stirred...and hold the salt, please.
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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Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
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.
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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