Did you catch the television episode of So You Think You Can Dance the Memphis auditions? Well in case you missed out and didn’t get a chance to see the Memphis jookin’, pop lockin’, hip hop dancing and more, we’ve got a small re-cap of what you missed.. which was a lot, according to reports, around about 4,000 to 5,000 people from Memphis to Nashville to Atlanta waited in line at the Cadre Building in Downtown, Memphis, TN to perform or rather audition for the TV show fifth season casting dance competition.
Memphis: Day 1
Lil’C joins Nigel and Mary at the judges table. If I had to dance for Lil’C I think I’d be more than a lil’ intimidated. He watches the dancers with such a serious intensity. It’s nice to know he’s paying attention. I guess he wants to make sure he doesn’t miss anything buck.
Memphis-juker Marico Flake is a police officer. He was recruited for his strong people skills because a lot of people go to Memphis to party, so he’s got to have the skills to diffuse all sorts of situations. But what about his dancing? It is cool. Nigel enjoys it. Lil’C sees great humor and personality, and Mary likes his use of the stage. He’s so Vegas.
Contemporary dancer Caitlin Kinney is the sister of Megan, who made it through to Vegas from Miami. With only five years of dance training, she’s remarkable. Nigel thinks she has fabulous feet. Mary tells Caitlin this is her destiny. Lil’C calls her a blessing. Is there any doubt? Next stop: Vegas.
Memphis: Day 2
Contemporary dancer Anna Dunn sees dancing as an outlet. Even though her father took his own life, he was a dreamer and she knows he’d be so proud of her. Nigel thinks she’s over choreographed and wants her to calm it down. Mary loves everything except the constant head bouncing. Lil’C also lost his dad to suicide, but wants to see Anna use that pain to connect. After choreography she’s sent to Vegas.
Contemporary dancer Travis Prokop had it hard in high school. Although his dad was the head football coach (or maybe because of it) Travis was teased for wanting to dance. But his father is completely supportive, and even Nigel gives him a hand for that. Nigel, Mary, and Lil’C want to see more strength. Lil’C likes his technique though. After choreography, he’s sent to Vegas.
You might recognize Broadway dancer Evan Kasprzak from last year. He made it to the Top 40 in Vegas. I loved him last year, and I love him this year. Nigel calls him superb. Lil’C calls him amazing, but they all question whether or not he can bond with another style. They know he can do choreography, so hello Vegas.
Contemporary dancers Lauren and Lydia Guerra are twins, but Lauren is technique and Lydia is performance. Nigel calls them a joy. Mary thinks they gave a solid performance. After choreography and a fake out by the judges, they’re both sent to Vegas.
Tap dancer Ryan Kasprzak is the big brother of Evan. Nigel thinks he has an excellent performance. Mary thinks he’s clever and fun. Lil’C thinks his solo is amazing and likes the use of his prop throughout. He’s sent straight through to Vegas.
~ TV Guide
Watch the videos of people getting ready to audition in Memphis, TN.