The Last Week of November I Learned to Dance -So You Think You Can Dance

The Last Week of November I Learned to Dance -So You Think You Can Dance
(At the Chicago Theater on November 27)
Story and still photos by Dan Locke

On Friday November 27, 2015.  I was invited to go check out a little tour called "So You Think You Can Dance".  This is a Fox show, and it is not the same show that your mother is watching (Dancing with The Stars).  This show is very hip and moving.  And so was the tour.  On the tour were the top dancers from this season.  They all performed a solo dance then after that, there was a series of dance connected to a theme (they were called suites)  The themes were anything from Africa and slavery to

30s to Bollywood.  All the routines were anywhere from 90 seconds to 3 minutes.  And all the music were songs that you know and love.  They made a point to show the audience why they called it Stage vs. Street.  "Stage" dancer or a "Street" dancer. Stage styles included ballet, ballroom, contemporary, jazz, latin and tap, while the Street styles included freestyle, break dancing, hip-hop, and krump.

On the stage team you have Gaby Diaz, Hailee Payne, Jim Nowakowski, Derek Piquette, Edson Juarez, Alexia Meyer, Kate Harpootlian, Marissa Milele, Moises Parra, and Darion Flores.

And on the Street team you had  Džajna "Jaja" Vaňková, Virgil "Lil O" Gadson,  Megan "Megz" Alfonso, Eddie "Neptune" Eskridge, Jessica "JJ" Rabone, Ariana Crowder, Yorelis Apolinario, Asaf Goren, Burim "B1" Jusufi, and Lily Frias

All dances could do all the different type of styles,  no matter what it was. I was not a dance fan (I have two left feet), but after seeing this young group of dancers, I want to get on my feet and learn a step or two.  I have to say this tour has some of the most Outstanding Choreography I have ever seen.

Like I was saying music that we all know. But instead of me telling you who you will hear,  go check out the show.  And you will see how this is not your mothers dance show.

So the tour is still going across America. Go see it and see if people tell you, So You Think You Can Dance.

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