On Saturday, September 24, 2011 the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia was treated to the spectacle that is the So You Think You Can Dance 2011 Tour and Reel Film News has exclusive coverage of this performance!
Before I entered the Patriot Center tonight my mind drifted back toward a quote I remember hearing said by George Balanchine. He said, â€œDance is music made visible.â€ And what we were treated to was a combination of the music of the human soul paired with incredible dances and music we all know and have heard in our lives.
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The performers on stage at the Patriot Center was season 8 winner Melanie Moore, Caitlynn Lawson, Clarice Ordaz, Jess LeProtto, Jordan Casanova, Mitchell Kelly, Ricky Jaime, Sasha Mallory, and Tadd Gadduang. And filling in for an injured Marko Germar was Nick Young.
The sets were minimalistic, allowing for the dancing to take center stage. Behind them were giant LED light boards that allowed the show’s producers to show video or still imagery to add a mood to the scenes we were about to see.
As the lights went down, the excitement in the crowd grew. Then, the performers gradually entered on stage and the performances began. The first performances featured the entire cast of performers showcasing just some of their talents. It was just enough to grow the excitement in the crowd because most had already seen their amazing talents on the television program.
After the first two numbers, both Melanie and Sasha took to the stage to speak to the audience. They announced that due to an injury that prevents him from currently dancing, Marko was not going to be performing, but instead would be replaced by Nick. After they were finished, the show continued.
Some of my favorite and most memorable first act performances included a Bollywood inspired number, Jordan dancing to BeyoncÃ©’s Freakum Dress, Caitlynn’s performance to Me’Shell NdegÃ©ocello’s Shirk, and a sultry performance by the women for â€œdiscarded men.â€
There was a tap performance to Money Can’t Buy Me Love, and Sasha performed to Miri Ben Ari’s We Gonna Win with some real style.
A roughly 15 minute intermission allowed for the crowd to prepare for the conclusion, and for the dancers to refresh, change, and cool down. It was a perfectly reasonable amount of time and just the exact time needed for everyone to get back to their seats.
And next we were ready for round 2 which began with a circus-themed performance. Melanie performed a beautifully to Ingrid Michaelson’s Turn To Stone. This was gorgeous and really showed why she had won the entire competition on the show.
A performance to Coming Home, by Diddy-Dirty Money was masterfully transitioned into a romantic number choreographed to the song Just The Way You Are as sung by Boyce Avenue. This was my favorite transition of the night because it was something more R&B that transitioned into a beautiful romantic number. The dancers were quite impressive.
We were treated to a fantastic (and no other word can truly describe it) leap by Melanie to the song Total Eclipse of the Heart. Nick’s tap dance number was great because it combined tap dancing with Hip Hop. I wouldn’t have believed it could have been done so successfully but it truly was as successful as one would hope.
Jess’ solo drove the crowd absolutely crazy with excitement as he leaped around and played to the crowd perfectly. Following this Sasha danced to the performance that included a wall that garnered so much praise from the judges.
There are plenty of other amazing performances in the show that I could go on and on telling you about, but why spoil all of the fun. This is but a taste of what to expect. But mark my words, although I can give you an idea of what to expect, the performances themselves speak louder than words and that’s why we come to see them. When this tour hits your area, make sure you go and get tickets as you will not be disappointed!