On Wednesday, Oct. 25th, the touring group from Season 14 of Fox’s hit television show So You Think You Can Dance spun and leapt its way onto the Durham Performing Arts Center stage. So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2017 is high-energy production that showcases a very talented cast of dancers whose stellar moves earned them a spot in the finals of Season 14 of the television show.
The Wednesday-night crowd was a mix of parents and kids who were obviously over the moon about seeing their favorite television dance stars in person. The energy at DPAC was palpable, with young dance hopefuls and fans screaming and cheering the videos showing prior to the beginning of the show. The whole auditorium was abuzz with anticipation.
The troupe dazzled from the very start of the show. Three giant video screens projected pulsing balls of light as all dancers appeared on stage and executed precision moves a la Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation. Laser lights bounced around the audience as the thump thump thump of techno-pop shook the arena and the dancers appeared in tableau. The audience went wild.
This show has something for everyone. The dancers worked their way through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and their costumes changed to give their moves that much more flavor. The 1970s were white vests and afros, bellbottoms and vests, while the 1980s were more techno and breakdancing moves. There was everything from red hot jazz to Michael Bublé’s inspired liquid mellow mood music. There were tribal drums, feathers and flamenco costumes. There was a tribute to James Brown funk and even the spoken words of Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.”
There were a few small props used all evening, such as a bistro table for the song “Miss Otis Regrets” and interesting use of clothes rack during a particularly interesting duet. For the most part, however, the stage was a blank canvas to showcase the physiques and techniques of these terrific dancers.
The members of the troupe are all at the top of their game. Raleigh, NC dancer, choreographer, teacher, and musician Robert Green was making a visit home and was a fan favorite. The other fine performers from the show included Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey, and Mark Villaver and Season 14 All-Stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. They gave it their all for the entire two hours of the show.
Each dancer got a chance to solo, dance in pairs, dance in groups and to showcase their unique talents. We found we were drawn to the moves of the beguiling and blue-haired Kaylee Millis, who has a unique style that, in our opinion, made her shine even when dancing with the others.
Throughout the show, brief video interviews with the choreographers who created certain pieces gave the audience a small peek behind the curtain and enhanced the visual feast on stage.
After two full hours of amazing moves, these dancers barely broke a sweat. The crowd stayed energized and cheered each twirl, pop, and move. The sheer physical abilities of these dancers are remarkable.
By the time the finale started, everyone was up on their feet cheering. We were tapping our toes and singing “Funkytown” all the way to the car. Unfortunately, that’s the full extent of our own dance moves. But at least we got to enjoy these gifted performers’ abilities. We can’t wait to see them again!
SECOND OPINION: Oct. 17th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Lori Wiggins: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/article179355146.html.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR 2017, featuring the Season 14 Top Ten Finalists and All-Stars (Durham Performing Arts Center, Oct. 25).
SYTYCD SEASON 14: https://www.fox.com/so-you-think-you-can-dance#season-14.
So You Think You Can Dance (annual Fox televised dance competition since 2005): https://www.fox.com/so-you-think-you-can-dance/ (official website), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472023/ (Internet Movie Database), http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/think-dance/191775 (TVGuide.com), https://www.facebook.com/soyouthinkyoucandance/ (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/Danceonfox (Twitter page), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_You_Think_You_Can_Dance_(U.S._TV_series) (Wikipedia), and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ3qd_tz3GBCzCT76-yXQCw (YouTube).
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Pamela Vesper has been a Raleigh resident for more than 20 years. A local attorney for licensed professionals, when she’s not in court, Pam can be found watching or participating in local theater productions or enjoying the vibrant Raleigh music and craft beer scene. She also loves indie and foreign films and was an anchor on the local cable show, Movie Minutes. Pam has an opinion on just about everything; just ask her. Click here to read her reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.