If you do not currently watch So You Think You Can Dance, let me give you a few reasons that you need to start.
1. Not Your Typical Game/Reality/Competition: The show is as much about the choreographers as it is the dancers. Both parties are “competing” because they love their craft and they want to excel. Wouldn’t it make “American Idol” that much cooler if they only featured songs from up and coming artists sitting right there in the audience?
Even better, the choreographers occasionally dance WITH those who are performing. Take this amazing routine, “Wicked Games” (Emmy nominated!) about the games we all play within relationships. Travis Wall, the choreographer, is about to become the next big thing in dance. He was once a contestant on the show, and although he didn’t win, it’s almost better that he didn’t because the world needs his choreography.
(And if you’re not moved by this routine, you probably have a heart made of stone)
2. Dance is a Powerful Force: Dance, like all other art forms, taps into a Truth and Beauty about the world, showcasing things in a unique and powerful way. Dance is the combination of two incredibly powerful mediums (music and the human body), and, as a result, has the ability to tackle issues at a deeper level.
This next routine is one of the most moving tear-jerking routines I’ve ever seen. Using the song “Gravity” by Sara Barielles, the choreographer Mia Michaels is able to delve deep into addictions and how they control us. There are a few moments in this routine where it’s actually hard for me to breathe, despite the fact that I’ve seen this at least 20 times. The routine has also won an Emmy.
3. Dance causes us to reflect on ourselves. As we process what we are seeing, we process something about ourselves as well. This next dance is a perfect example. “This Bitter Earth” by Mia Michaels is all about aging and growing old. See if you don’t recollect or discover something about yourself as you watch it. (Emmy Winner as well).
4. You Don’t Need to Be an Expert: It’s no secret that I’m no dancer, but this show draws in even the most novice of viewers. There is something for everyone. For instance, I don’t know a lot about contemporary or ballet, but I now know what it’s like to watch a group of dancers offer a breathtaking rendition of lost sea creatures, wandering through the ocean. This routine called “Wave” is wildly entertaining and unique, and I could watch it all day.
So, there you have it. There are only 3 weeks left in Season 11, but you can check out the previous weeks on Hulu!