Observing students with a critical eye and responding with thoughtful feedback is something dance educators do in every class. You can let your students practice these skills as well by using So You Think You Can Dance as a format for a role-playing exercise for 10- to 13-year-olds.
There’s a grand tradition of dance on television. Some shows were funky (Soul Train), some were mostly fluff (Solid Gold), but few have made a splash like So You Think You Can Dance.
So You Think You Can Dance, along with other dance-related reality TV shows, has escorted a new excitement for dance into the American living room. We love to see dance in prime time, with male dancers accepted by a public that’s also getting an education on different styles of dance.
Ballroom dance may be undergoing a resurgence, thanks to the popularity of hit TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. But it’s still a challenge to find many men under the age of 40 who know that a fox-trot is even a dance, never mind what the steps are.
The world of contemporary dance is luring boys like never before, glamorized by movies and TV shows like High School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance, and Glee. Guys who are taking modern classes are doing it because studios are making it part of their overall package, and they’re making it attractive.
It gave viewers a sampling of dancers and choreographers from the big leagues—not enough to scare off the culture-shy, but enough to make the open-minded sit up in their Barcaloungers and say, “Whoa! Those guys got skills!”
I’ll never forget the day I landed in “the big chair.” It was shortly after the end of the second season of the hit Fox Broadcasting Company show So You Think You Can Dance. I was at a meeting of artists, wearing my usual hat as the “dance person.” There were a few empty chairs in the room, one of which was large and comfortable looking. One of the artists piped up, “Nancy, you take the big chair; your art form is hot right now.”