What a week! I was as thrilled as anybody that no one got cut from the Top 20 last Thursday, but the other tap shoe had to drop eventually and FOUR dancers were eliminated. Yikes! And you know me, or you’re starting to: I’m an emotional kinda gal. So yes, I’ll admit that I MAY have gotten a little misty-eyed when the unlucky quartet were sent home. But ONLY a little misty-eyed. And if it happened to be MORE than a little, hey, my cats will never, ever tell on me!
Now, before we get into last night’s performances, I thought I’d try to address a few of your comments about Missy and why her cha-cha with Wadi was so highly praised. (Well, at least her half of it.) Part of what the judges (on SYTYCD or in any dance competition, really) are looking for is technical accuracy — is the dancer performing the steps correctly and with all the desired nuances? And for the most part, Missy did. This was extra noteworthy because she was dancing outside of her normal genre. Moreover, though, whether her performance made you go “Wow!” it did encapsulate kind of “the cha-cha vibe,” that sorta intangible “something” that a judge will look for from a tango. Will it thrill everyone? Obviously not. But then, the cha-cha, as a dance, may not thrill everyone. Isn’t how we respond to a dance, in the end, as subjective and personal as the way we react to music or sculpture or film? READ FULL STORY