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.
Tyce Diorio has become an internationally acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning choreographer for his work on So You Think You Can Dance. While in Los Angeles, DanceLifeTV.com sat down with Tyce to reflect on his roots as a young dancer from Brooklyn, New York, and his successful career as a pro dancer and choreographer. We got the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a choreographer on SYTYCD, and Tyce shared his thoughts on competition and what dance means to him.
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.
Meet Nakul Dev Mahajan, director of Los Angeles’ NDM Studios, where Bollywood dance is thriving and being passed on to the next generation. Learn what Bollywood really is and how its culture is being preserved here in the United States. Mahajan’s dancers have been seen on So You Think You Can Dance and at performances throughout the country. Their passion for the art is contagious!
A Los Angeles landmark for dancers, the Edge is home to some of the most recognizable choreographers and teachers in the industry. Not only will you enjoy a tour of the school, but you’ll hear insights from Bill Prudich, founder and executive director of the Edge, as well as Sonya Tayeh, a faculty member and choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance.
He grew up at his family school, the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where DLTV caught up with him at its 75th anniversary performance. Teddy spent 2008 touring the world with Janet Jackson and has been the assistant to “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Mia Michaels. In this DLTV interview Teddy describes what dance means to him and how it has become his life’s passion. You’ll be amazed at his insights.
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.”