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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:08 am 
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Mary drives me nuts. My husband mutes the TV every time she starts talking.

I really like it better when the judges start getting pickier and give actual criticism. The audience doesn't like it, but what do they know. A dancer needs to know how to improve, and we all know that we can ALWAYS improve.

Do you guys have Canada's Best Dance Crew, so a similar such thing? We loved that program, partially because the judges were actually critical and insightful and really helped the crews get better each week.


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Voted off this week: Caroline and Jesse


Bottom three:

Caroline & Jesse
Lisa & Vincent
Lara & Miles


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I was watching the NBoC this past Wednesday, so missed the show, but Francis and Lara were voted off. Danny and Allie were in the bottom three for the first time, but not such a bad thing since we got to her do a small (not overly technical) bit to Don Q. Whoda thunk we'd actually see ballet on SYTYCD?!

I suspect part of the reason that Danny & Allie were bottom 3 is that they had to do hip hop which is not her strength. But judging from CTV's summary, the judges thought she did a very good job.

But, we have a ballerina in the top 10!

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Wow, great for the ballet dance form.

We have not had good female representatives of ballet down here. I'm not sure why.


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Sorry for the lack of updates - I was out of town last week and didn't see much of the show yesterday.

However, the ballerina has made the final! I was sad to see Lisa go because she really has the most technical skill of the lot, but I suspect she was a bit too sophisticated for some folks and I think a younger, less polished dancer will get more out of the opportunities that come with the top spot.
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Wow, exciting. a ballerina in the finals. I hope they do something interesting with her.


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:O)

I just found out that Allie, the ballerina, won the bronze medal at this year's Adeline Genee Competition. Which makes it a bit strange that she decided to go via SYTYCD Canada, a competition that isn't really likely to be where AD's are looking for new dancers. Nor does the prize really amean itself towards a ballet career.

My guess is that a) her body is a bit curvy for North American companies and b) at 19 she waited a bit too long to focus on ballet. My guess is that companies are looking for slightly younger and ballet focused dancers for new apprentice/corps contracts. It could also be that she's good in the Genee stuff, but not rounded enough to fit into one of the big companies.

However, with Rex Harrington as one of the judges, she may have the opportunity to get some ballet contacts. I doubt she's NBoC quality, but Harrington surely knows people in the ballet world.

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She could of also decided that the structured world of a ballet compnay is not to her liking.


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Well, the ballerina didn't win it, but she was the runner-up. Pretty darn good!

The winner was Nico.

For those who haven't been following the show, Nico is a 24 year old from Quebec who lists his profession as dancer/choreographer and his favorite styles as hip hop/contemporary.

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De the top ten do a tour like in the States?


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Yes - I think they will hit a few cities in each province and maybe a show or two up north.

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I actually like that they do the tour. It gives all those dancers a good job for a couple of months. And gives the public a chance to see the dancers live, which we all know is very different from seeing a performer on TV.


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This has to be a first - SCYTYD winners getting to guest star with a ballet company: (I might just have to go to my local cinema...)

So You Think You Can Dance Canada's Nico and Allie Join The National
Ballet of Canada in The Nutcracker Live in HD
December 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm



December 11, 2008... So You Think You Can Dance Canada's inaugural
winner Nico Archambault and runner up Allie Bertram will join The
National Ballet of Canada onstage in The Nutcracker live in
High-Definition (HD) on December 13 at 2:00 pm ET as Cannon Dolls.

The Nutcracker live in HD is being shown exclusively at 79 Cineplex
Entertainment theatres across Canada and will also be broadcast on
Bravo! on December 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT.

The Nutcracker live in HD is presented by TD Waterhouse, with additional
funding by John and Claudine Bailey.

"TD Waterhouse is proud to support this outreach initiative of the
National Ballet. We're distributing complimentary movie passes to inner
city youth through The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme and the TD
Waterhouse Investment in Youth Initiative," says Bill Hatanaka, Group
Head Wealth Management, TD Bank Financial Group and Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. "It is our great pleasure
to help make this simulcast possible and ensure that young people across
the country experience the magic of The Nutcracker at this special time
of year."

TD Waterhouse is the top sponsor of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in
Canada, which encourages young people to invest their time, energy and
efforts to set and achieve goals.

The Nutcracker will be filmed using six HD cameras at the Four Seasons
Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and will be transmitted live
to 79 Cineplex Entertainment theatres throughout Canada.

The Nutcracker live in HD is a three-way partnership between The
National Ballet of Canada, Cineplex Entertainment and Bravo!.

Admission for children ages 3-12 is $9.95, for seniors is $17.95 and
general admission is $19.95, plus applicable taxes. A special Family
Pack price is also being offered for $49.95, plus applicable taxes,
which includes two adult or two senior admissions and two child
admissions. The Family Pack is available at participating theatre box
offices only. A special group rate is also available for groups of
twenty or more at $16.50 per person (general admission) and $8.50 per
child. For more information on group rates, call 1 800 313 4461. For
more information on tickets and theatre locations, visit
www.cineplex.com.

The Nutcracker on Stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing
Arts:

The Nutcracker choreography and libretto are by James Kudelka, music is
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set and costume design are by Santo


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 Post subject: An interview by Mary Ellen Hunt in the SF Chronicle
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Cheryl Burke: 'Dancing With the Stars' tour

Mary Ellen Hunt

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Two-time "Dancing With the Stars" champion Cheryl Burke has all the right moves, but she also has her heart in the right place when it comes to dancing. For Burke, 24 - who's been nominated twice for Emmys for her choreography - that means giving back to the community she grew up in, as well as teaching at her new dance studio in San Francisco and using her celebrity charm to promote one of the causes she holds dear: physical fitness. We caught up with Burke before she embarked on a 38-city "Dancing With the Stars" tour with partner Maurice Greene.


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From the SF Chronicle.

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Dance review: 'Dancing With the Stars' and pros

Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle Pop Culture Critic

Monday, December 22, 2008

The pleasures of "Dancing With the Stars" aren't that much different from NASCAR. For all the spectacle and talent involved, a large portion of the audience is watching just to see if Warren Sapp is going to crash into the wall.

There are also the catty judges, the occasional fainting Osmond and the very real possibility that Adam Carolla might begin the Paso Doble by riding a unicycle. Artistic excellence is celebrated weekly on the ABC series, but it shares the stage with failure, humiliation and audaciousness.


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