Bang Bang Perfection!


Last week on So You Think You Can Dance, the all-stars were released into the mix and the level of dancing expected was raised that much higher.  For some, I thought the routines were good and, in other cases, I thought they were better.  Chehon’s hip hop with Lauren was far from perfect, but it was definitely a step up for the ballet dancer.  His contemporary pieces have gained my attention and he has slowly been showing his personality to the audience, but this routine is where Chehon showed his most.  He loosened up and gave some character, which was very nice to see.  I’m honestly looking forward to what he brings this week.  Cyrus was another who didn’t deliver perfection, but definitely pulled off his dance.  The animator was given contemporary for the first time and, although he’s no Travis Wall, he gave his all and he did his best.  There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that he loves to dance and is willing to learn, but now it’s just a matter of if he can continue to keep his passion alive.  On the other hand, Eliana was the sole competitor that, in my eyes, gave SYTYCD fans everywhere perfection.  Being paired with Alex, one of my favorites, and dancing a Stacey Tookey routine, there was a lot she had to live up to, but Eliana, without a doubt, nailed it.  From the music, to the lights, to the costume, the dance was beautiful, but those were only the nice details added on to Eliana and Alex’s flawless dancing.  Hands down, Eliana was my favorite of the night.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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