Friday, December 16, 2011

Watch "Mobbed" dance segments here with members of SYTYCD

"Mobbed" is a Fox series that is co-directed and choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo. It features very emotional plots of people trying to dramatize major life events (marriage proposals, pregnancy announcements, reveal of birth parentage) via flash mobs, as well as exposition on how to use flash mobs to make the occasion even more fraught with emotion and drama. Many of you will want to skip past the tears and staged drama (not to mention the ads) to get straight to the dancing. You're in luck, we watch it all for you! The latest episode involved an 'accomplice' named Ion trying to make up to 'marks' (also his daughter and wife) for abandoning them with a flash mob apology. Really. The professional dancers include alums of America's Best Dance Crew: most members of Fanny Pak, plus members of Blueprint Cru, Femme 5, and Artistry in Motion. There are also alums from So You Think You Can Dance including Neil Haskell, Jason Glover and Lauren Gotlieb. So, if you want the full episode, click here. Here are the two full dance sequences.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Congratulations to Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo on their Emmy win!

Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (aka Nappytabs) tied for an  2011 Emmy Award in choreography. They won for their work on So You think You Can Dance for :Scars”,  “Fallin”, and  “Outta Your Mind”. Click here for "Outta Your Mind" danced by Alex and Twitch -one of my favorite SYTYCD hip hop routines ever; click here to watch "Scars" danced by D-trix and Robert.  And here's "Fallin", danced by Adechike and Comfort. 
Mia Michaels also won a choreography Emmy for her work on SYTYCD, with her "Alice in Mia-land", "When We Dance", and "This Bitter Earth/on the nature of Daylight". I am disappointed that no award was given to Stacy Tookey for one of my all-time favorite SYTYCD routines -- "Mad World" danced by Billy and Aday. Click here to watch

Friday, August 12, 2011

Congratulations to Melanie for winning SYTYCD - now help pick her G Fit ad!

Contemporary dancer Melanie Moore won So You Think You Can Dance Season 8. Among her prizes: a print ad for G Fit, an energy drink from Gatorade, to run in Dance Spirit Magazine (and probably elsewhere). Click here to vote for the ad you think should be used to represent her and the athleticism of the dance community.  Here's one of my Melanie performances -- dancing with all-star Neill Haskell to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (also available here)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Video: Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) on SYTYCD Top 8 Results Show

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) were the dance highlight of the results show for the So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 Results show. LXD Season 3 will debut on Hulu on August 11, 2011. Also: click here to watch the solo 'dance for his life' by hip-hop dancer Tadd; this peformance helped him make it through to the next week.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Video: Hiphop on SYTYCD's Top 8 show

Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (Nappytabs) and Marty Kudelka choreographed several hip hop routines for the So You Think You Can Dance Top 8 show. My favorite (despite judge Lady Gaga's criticism of the props: Nappytab's choreography of P.Diddy's "Bad Boy for Life" danced by Marko and Ricky. Other hip hop routines for the night: Rihanna's "Take a Bow" danced by Jess and Lauren G., choreographed by Nappytabs (click to watch); Mario's "Let me love you" danced by Caitlynn and Ivan (click to watch), choreographed by Kudelka. Videolinks from

Friday, June 24, 2011

SYTYCD Videos: Quest Crew dances with LMFAO; Farewell montage for Wadi Jones

LMFAO performed "Party Rock Anthem" with Quest Crew on the June 23, 2011 results show for So You Think You Can Dance. The show also saw the too-early departure of bboy Wadi Jones. Here's a farewell montage from mrduckbears18 Youtube.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Videos: Nappytabs choreography on 6/22 SYTYCD + reminder: Quest dances on tonight's show

Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (aka Nappytabs) choreographed two dances for the Top 20 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance on June 22, 2011. Click here to watch the first --Miranda Maleski and Robert Taylor Jr. impersonate woodpeckers.  In the second,  Alexander Fost plays/dances a soldier returning from Afghanistan to reunite with his "wife"Sasha Mallory. What do you think about these two dances?
And, as a reminder, Quest Crew will dance with LMFAO on tonight's SYTYCD results show.

Friday, June 10, 2011

SYTYCD Videos: the 4 hiphop dancers in the top 20; choreo by Christopher Scott (LXD) and Sonya Tayeh

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 picked their top 20 dancers, including 4 who specialize in hip hop: Chris Koehl, Tadd Gadduang, Wadi Jones and Robert Taylor Jr -- click here to see their group performance.  The show that aired on June 9, 2011 featured some stellar choreography including the top 10 girls dancing Sonya Tayeh's interpretation of "Pop, Drop and Roll" by Chonique Sneed (one of America's Best Dance Crew's choreographers), and the top 10 boys dancing to Christopher Scott's (LXD) choreography:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

SYTYCD videos and ABDC connections: Samara Cohen, Virgil Gadson

sIt looks like So You Think You Can Dance is going to be the summer series to watch for fans of America's Best Dance Crew. Virgil Gadson of Phresh Select made it to the Las Vegas round on the show -- click here to watch his performance. We think this is the first time that an ABDC alum went on to the second round on SYTYCD, though we know it's gone the other way with SYTYCD alums later appearing on ABDC (e.g., D-trix and Hok of Quest, Brandon of Dynamic Edition, PacMan of IaMmE, Donyelle of Artistry in Motion). And, here's the audition appearance from wacker Samara Cohen. Thanks for the tips, MichaelC.,Altern, and DirtfaceX!