This season of So You Think You Can Dance has weeded through its top ten dancers selected from the grueling audition process until only four remain. They are tap dancer Emma, jazz dancer JT, hip hop dancer Kida, and contemporary dancer Tate. They have been through highs and lows in the competition and are ready to win. This week’s show opened up with a broadway number set to “Ease on Down the Road” from the musical “The Wiz” choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, better known as NappyTabs. The two have been involved in the show for years, but some may remember their choreography for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” music video. What made this routine unique was how the top four dancers were dressed as crash test dummies who came to life. The rest of the September 6th show was equally unique. This episode, the young dancers would dance with a different all star in a style outside of their usual style and then would repeat their favorite routine from this season.
First up on stage was Kida who did an African Jazz number with all star Sasha, choreographed by Sean Cheesman, and featured intricate black and white costumes. Kida said that this one was the hardest routine he’d had to learn. Judge Paula Abdul loved the routine, saying, “I really saw you rise to the occasion…that was not an easy routine and you executed it beautifully.” Later, he performed his favorite number: “Winning” by Fingazz choreographed by Christopher Scott. Donning their colorful suits and suspenders, Kida and Fik-Shun brought just as much energy as they did the first time. Judge Jason Derulo could think of nothing better to do than stand up on the judges’ table and dance.
Next up was Tate who was accompanied by all star Jonathan for a salsa number choreographed by Stephanie Stevenson. The dance featured Tate effortlessly executing several lifts and jumps in a hot pink fringe jumpsuit. “Those lifts were crazy!” judge Maddie Ziegler said after the routine. Jason said of the contemporary dancer, “You became somebody different tonight.” Afterwords, Tate joined her usual all star Kathryn for a redo of Travis Wall’s routine set to “She Used to Be Mine” by Sara Bareilles from the hit broadway musical “Waitress,” which Bareilles wrote the score and lyrics for. Judge Nigel Lythgoe commented on Tate’s progress as a dancer, saying, “You’ve been growing before our very eyes this season.”
Tap dancer Emma then took the stage with all star Jenna for a contemporary routine set to “How Long Will I Love You?” by Ellie Goulding. Choreographer Jaci Royal based this number on the story of a mother who tells her daughter that she is adopted. Emma told Cat Deeley, “It’s such a deep story, and I was just hoping I would pull it off.” Jason told her, “When someone goes into a different genre and shines the way you did, that shows something special.” Reunited with Gabby and in her natural element of tap, the two performed their “Walk Like an Egyptian” number choreographed by Anthony Morigerato. Nigel, a former tap dancer himself, was clearly proud as he told Emma, “You have represented tap so well, my darling, congratulations.” Maddie said, “I’m so glad Gabby picked you in Academy week.”
Last on the stage was JT accompanied by all star Marko for a bollywood routine by Nakul Dev Mahajan. The story behind the number was a man telling his younger brother that he has become king and that he is now the prince. The high energy routine received positive marks across the judging panel. Nigel said, “Kid, you just went from being super cute to super good–super great.” Jason added, “I think you’re limitless. Cute is for puppies, you’re strong and you’re limitless.” Paula said very little and opted to throw the black hat she was wearing across the stage to him in a “my hats off to you” gesture. Later, JT joined his all star Robert to recreate Travis Wall’s Mirror routine, which has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube since it was originally performed. Paula had a few more words to say this time around, “If I could bring down and hold a star for every time you made me smile, I would have the whole of the universe in my palm.”
There were no eliminations in this episode. All the votes from this week will go towards the finale show next week, Monday September 12th, 2016, in which the winner of So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation will be crowned.
Story by Madison Lazenby
Edited by Eliza Grigsby