Vegas week begins on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 with judges Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen and Adam Shankman joining Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe on the judges panel.
Next week, the Vegas rounds continue.
Re-cap and video after the jump…
The solo round:
Nathan Trasoras – 18 – Downy, CA – He was only 17 years old, and too young, when he tried out for SYTYCD Season 5. Nigel handed him a ticket to Vegas, but told him to come back in the fall. It looks like this kid will go far. – VIDEO
Ellenore Scott – 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Whoa. Nigel was saving this one as a Vegas week surprise. Her solo, both comic and skilled is tremendous. She’s totally Top 20. Has to be. – VIDEO
The solo round ends with a round of cuts. One poor dude named Chance got 6 nos. Sads!
Allison Becker, the hearing impaired dancer, and Thomas Hamilton, who hopes that dance will be a way to escape from a violent environment, are both cut. 41 dancers are cut on the first day. – VIDEO
The same-sex dancers, Willem DeVries and Jacob Jason perform together. Jacob is cut, while Willem stays. They don’t even get to say good bye. – VIDEO
Hip Hop round with Napoleon and Tabitha
The dorky Teddy Tedholm, the crazy-pants dancer from Boston, manages to make it through the hip-hop round, but his fellow Boston auditioner, Jean Lloret a B-boy with mad skills does not. Hm. – VIDEO
Ryan Kasprzak (brother of Season 5 Top 20 contestant, Evan Kasprzak) gets a split vote from the judges, barely making it through the round. The judges tell him he has to bring it next time. – VIDEO
Ballroom next–Louis Van Amstel puts the routine together. It’s really hard. Billy Bell gets smacked in the face by his partner’s flying elbow and ends up with a bloody nose. – VIDEO
Krumper Russell Ferguson is handling the ballroom. Ballroom dancer, Iveta Lukosiute helps him (she’s the 10 dance worldwide champion). They make it through to the next round. The judges can’t believe Russel kept up with Iveta. – VIDEO
BBoy Legacy, a Hip-Hop dancer from Phoenix and Jonathan Litzler, the cute tumbler from the New Orleans auditions, do not impress the judges. They come back later to dance for their lives. A nearly-broken nose and a lack of rehearsal time didn’t keep Billy Bell from advancing to the next round.- VIDEO
Ryan Kasprzak dances the ballroom round with a taller partner–and she’s wearing heels. Nigel chews Ryan out, then cuts him. He calls his brother Evan to give him the bad news. I’m thinking Nigel didn’t want another Kasprzak brother outstaying his welcome. Nigel tries to make it up to Ryan by giving him an obscene amount of screen time. – VIDEO
Jonanthan and Legacy dance for their lives. Jonathan dances beautifully, but the judges feel that he lacks personality. Mia tells Legacy he’s an asshole, but says yes anyway, as do the other judges. – VIDEO
Nathan Trasoras and Atlanta auditioner Amber Jackson make it to the next round.
Teddy Tedholm and New Orleans Bounce dancer, Shelby “Skip” Skipper are sent home.