So You Think You Can Dance Auditions in Phoenix! Mia Michaels is the guest judge.
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Here are the highlights from the So You Think You Can Dance auditions in Phoenix.
Sasha Mallory – 21 – Bakersfield, CA – Sasha appears to have some sort of backstory. Her family is there at her audition with her, and just the sight of them makes her burst into tears. There’s got to be a story there. Her quirky style earns her a ticket straight to Vegas.
Allison Becker – 21 – Keller, TX – Allison became hearing impaired after contracting spinal meningitis at 16 months. She probably has some hearing, because she’s obviously keeping the beat as she dances and her speech is pretty good. Allison moves Mary to tears–she reminds Mary of her cousin who was also deaf and “didn’t make it.” Mary doesn’t go into the details, but I assume suicide. Allison advances to Vegas after choreography. She’s not a strong dancer, but she is good TV.
Jacob Jason and William DeVries – 29 – West Hollywood, CA – Here’s where Nigel makes amends for the cracks he made about a same sex dancing duo last season.
His snarky “brokeback dancing” comment on twitter about the pair–who were mediocre to begin with–angered a lot of dance fans. So this new season features a talented same sex couple. And you can tell that Nigel and Mary still don’t like the concept much, but they go to great lengths to compliment their dance skills and their “courage.”
Mia is flat-out crying. I dunno, isn’t turning the pair into a symbol for gay rights a little condescending? Why not just acknowledge the form as a new configuration of a traditional dance style and leave it at that? Both make it to Vegas after choreography, and with that, Nigel has probably mended that broken fence.
Jonathan “Legacy” Perez – 27 – Studio City, CA – And tonight’s star is the irresistible B-boy, “Legacy” He’s not only a hard-hitting street dancer, but he’s really good looking too. And everybody seems to know him, which gives him an air of plantiness. If he can dance other styles, he could go far. No clue whether he can do anything other than b-boy stuff–the judges allowed him to bypass choreography and go straight to Vegas. Maybe they know something that we don’t.
Next week’s audition city– Boston, MA.