That is certainly a bold claim, but the opening number from Tuesday’s Top 20 performance show (full recap here) was such a treat. I still can’t type the moniker “Nappytabs” (or walk by Tabitha and Napoleon’s urban dancewear store in North Hollywood) without feeling weird about it, but anyway, the duo choreographed a superbly shot (in seemingly one take! …but not) behind-the-scenes routine, set to the perfect snazzy song — “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Herb Alpert feat. Lani Hall. The judges, SYTYCD All-Stars, and some choreographers make cameos.
It has a very Xanadu/”All Over the World”-esque vibe, which I know is like the opposite of a ringing endorsement, for sane people. But I promise, it’s so good:
Who’s a more convincing animator — Tabitha D’umo….
Or Nigel Lythgoe?
Maaaaaaaaaaary Murphy! (with a dance assist from Jason Gilkison)
Christopher Scott and Napoleon D’umo join the dancers.
That trumpet on the desk is just screaming hidden gem to me.
And just humor me, if you’ve come this far:
In the So You Think You Can Dance = Xanadu equation, Travis Wall = Gene Kelly.
Coincidence? I think not.