If last summer was The Summer of the Stage Mothers, this summer is The Summer of Dance (although if you watched Oxygen’s reality show The Next Big Thing about Trapper Felides, a famous children’s performance coach in NYC, you would know the stage moms are still lingering– as are the Dance Moms on Lifetime).
Actually since 2005 I’ve associated the summer with dance. Why? That’s when So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) premiered. While some might say Dancing with the Stars is responsible for the revival of dance on television if you look at the dance styles featured on the show I think it’s thanks to SYTYCD.
While SYTYCD is the original and will always hold a special place in my heart, lately I’ve found it a bit predictable (not unlike its sister show American Idol). In a sure sign of SYTYCD’s success, one of its runners-up, Travis Wall (Season 2), now has his own show (although I feel like the show really jumped the shark last week when Nigel accused one of the choreographers of being mean like Abby Lee Miller and they then cut to a shot of her in the audience). Like The Next Big Thing, All the Right Moves airs on Oxygen starting July 31. Nick Lazzarini, the first winner of SYTYCD, also is featured on the show and I can’t wait to see some of my favorite dancers onscreen again.
This summer I discovered some new favorite dancers thanks to The CW’s Breaking Pointe (a real-life version of Center Stage [for the true pop culture fans out there, I laugh every time “Jody Sawyer and her bad feet” show up on my screen in Pretty Little Liars, my other guilty pleasure of the summer]), a docu-reality series about a set of dancers in Salt Lake City’s ballet company Ballet West. I especially loved Beckanne Sisk; she also apparently appears in the dance documentary of the summer, First Position, which I sadly have not yet been able to see because of the Little Man, but I can’t wait to see it! I mean, who wouldn’t love these feet?