Although some reluctance regarding the Team Street vs Team Stage concept of this season’s SYTYCD, I had to cave in quite quickly and once again, this show is everything you could wish for. And then some.
With my two season favorites, Džajna “Jaja” Vaňková and Gaby Diaz, in the finale, I’m as happy as a boy could be and it could easily go either way on Monday. Up until the performance finale show I was absolutley convinced that Jaja would win it all, but after seeing Gaby’s wonderful tap solo and the brilliant tap duet with all-star Zach in the performance finale show, I definitely changed my tune. Miss Diaz exceeded and peaked at the right moment. But we’ll see on Monday.
Throughout the season there’s been plenty of beautiful pieces to indulge in, so I decided to put together my favorite performances of the season.
1. THE PROMISE Choreography by Justine Giles. Performed by Kate Harpootlian and Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge
Beautifully set in a small, private space with such intricacy and subtlety that it moved the very core of me and I can watch it over and over again. Contemporary dancer Kate came out of her shell and street dancer Neptune exceeded over my expectations, and together they performed a touching and inspiring piece. Best this season.
2. YOUTH Choreography by Tessandra Chaves. Performed by Jaja Vankova and Alex Wong.
Krumper and animator Jaja Vankova turned out to be an extraordinary actress in her dancing, besides the fact that she developed with incredible speed throughout the season. In this piece about the tragic disease Alzheimer, she is nothing but exquisite, beautifully accompanied by all-star Alex Wong. Her performance breaks my heart every time.
3. LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Choreographed by Al Blackstone. Performed by Jaja Vankova and Ricky Ubeda
Yet another beautiful performance by Jaja. Here’s in wonderful unison with last season’s winner Ricky Ubeda, she masters the art of Broadway, with razor sharp elegance, on point musicality and an outstanding character. She basically kept suprising me week after week and she is as the judges claimed, in all fairness, a chameleon.
4. ANGEL Choreographed by Mandy Moore. Performed by Gaby Diaz and Robert Roldan
My other favorite of the season, Gaby, has also week after week proven that she deserves the place in the finale and the one performance that stood out for me was this one. Thanks to her sensibility and elegance and her way of almost undertoning her performance, while her body does extraordinary things is amazing.
5. EARTH INTRUDERS Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. Performed by Top 10.
Hands down, the best group routine of the season. The once somewhat contrived choreography by Sonya Tayeh is nowadays taking leaps and bounds towards greatness.