After a two week break due to Olympic coverage, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation came roaring back last night. We had the chance to catch up with some of the Next Generation, their All-Star partners, choreographers, and even a judge.
Order of dances for Week 6:
- Kida and All-Star Fik-Shun – Choreographer: Luther Brown, Hip-Hop
- Tate and All-Star Kathryn – Choreographer: Mandy Moore, Contemporary
- Emma and J.T. – Choreographer: Travis Wall, Contemporary
- Ruby and All-Star Paul – Choreographer: Mark Ballas, Jive
- Kida and Tate – Choreographer: Mark Ballas, Paso Double
- Ruby and Tahini – Choreographer: Al Blackstone, Broadway
- Emma and All-Star Gaby – Choreographer: Nick Young, Tap
- T. and All-Star Robert – Choreographer: Al Blackstone, Broadway
- Tahani and All-Star Comfort – Choreographer: Jamal Sims, Hip-Hop
First up we caught up Choreographer Jamal Sims
TV Source Magazine: You did an amazing hip hop number with Tahani and Comfort, what challenges did you have using props with such a young dancer?
Jamal Sims: I did a number on here before with tennis rackets and it didn’t go so well. When I thought the song (“Banji” by Sharaya J) I thought about the things that were going on, The Suicide Squad, The Joker. I felt comfortable with Tahani because she is on a different level than most and I knew Comfort could handle props, because I’ve worked with Comfort a couple of times. I knew she was able to do it and with Tahani, I was just praying and it happened!
Choreographer Mark Ballas
TVSM: Having danced your entire life, dancing as a child did that help you connect with the kids?
Mark Ballas: Oh yeah, that’s my favorite, teaching the young ones because they are so fearless. They follow directions so well; they just throw themselves into it. I think as we get older in life, we start to fear things, start to overthink, start to over-analyze and I think that’s what has been so great with this season.
It’s inspiring, even for people my age, dancers my age, and even for the little little ones that want to do this. You win every side of it because these kids are fearless. I’m in the audience cracking up at JT, when I love something I laugh. When he landed and looked into the audience, and Tahani the way she was shaking, and Ruby is just stunning. Kida and Tate with the Paso Doble, mind blown. At the beginning of the week I was like how are they going to get through this, it’s such a different style.
If you have not grown up hitting those shapes, making those line, and understanding how to wait it’s hard. But Kida went home every night and did his homework and everyday he came in and I was more and more impressed. And tonight I was floored at how good Tate and Kida looked.
Judge Paula Abdul
TVSM: Being a veteran in the entertainment industry does that help you find a balance with critiquing such young dancers?
Paula Abdul: I think it’s my nature, being a professional, being a performer, being on American Idol. I always know what it’s like to be an artist and put yourself out there. You need to give constructive criticism. You have to always start with positive because the way our spirit is as a performer. If it goes straight negative and after comes but “it was way good,” you don’t hear any of that. You always hear what’s first and that sets the tone.