This summer I got completely addicted to season 11 of the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” For those of you who have been living under a rock, SYTYCD is like American Idol but for dancers, except, in my opinion, AI keeps gets worse every season, and SYTYCD keeps getting better. This season was full of amazing dancers and choreographers (though, as you’ll see, I am clearly partial to Travis Wall’s work). Every week I had a new favorite piece that I would fangirl over until the next week’s episode.
What I love so much about dance, and about this show, is the dancers’ abilities to really make you feel something just through the movement of their bodies. There is so much that can be said, so many stories that can be told, and so many different emotions that can be evoked through dance. Obviously, here at CMB we are partial to the emotion of love (but, really, who isn’t?), and there were plenty of numbers in this past season that were all about falling in love and all those crazy emotions that come with it. So here is a list of six of my favorites. I think I’ve watched the first one over 100 times since it aired in August, but they are all amazing. Be warned, these dancers WILL give you goosebumps.
1. Jessica and Casey, Choreographed by Travis Wall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCeA-jrLYwsMusic: Like Real People Do by Hozier
2. Valerie and Zack, Choreographed by Anthony Morigerato
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkrBAa3jshYMusic: Sing by Ed Sheeran
3. Carly and Serge, Choreographed by Travis Wall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICXa7_cM3YEMusic: Latch (Acoustic) by Sam Smith
4. Ricky and Valerie, Choreographed by Travis Wall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFsOx2QI_4sMusic: Oh Darling by Gossling
5. Emily and Casey, Choreographed by Travis Wall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g57TXCh42YcMusic: All Of Me by John Legend
6. Valerie and Ricky, Choreographed by Spencer Liff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0b1k937J4MMusic: I’ve Got The World On A String by Frank Sinatra
For those of you who are curious, Ricky (the cute short guy with the beard) took home the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” at the end of the season. Valerie was the runner up and Jessica and Zack were the other two semi-finalists. All of these dancers astound me; their dedication to the art form, their amazing technique, and their psychical strength make me wish my mom had forced me to take dance classes as a kid.
All videos via FOX.
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