SYTYCD 15 Finale 🎊

I absolutely love this show! I had a blast watching the finale. Congratulations Hannahlei for winning Season 15! 🎊  It was well-deserved. 👏  I love the twists they threw in the group routines. It was truly a joyous celebration of dance and another wonderful season. Mandy Moore’s Top 10 routine articulated that joy perfectly. It was like watching the finale of a musical.  It made me feel very happy. 😊

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It’s Slavik VS Hannahlei on SYTYCD!

I think it’s going to be Slavik versus Hannahlei in the finale. Hannahlei did not get a foot wrong all season but Slavik makes me want to root for him. His commitment to his partner and his effort stand out to me. Looking at my Top 3 routines tonight, there are more routines from Slavik.

Melanie & Slavik performed Travis Wall’s choreography to “Gun” by Mas Ysa.  This was fantastic in that they were clearly having a conversation with dance! It was so poetic. It’s a piece that feels like an excerpt from a Broadway musical or perhaps a dance-sical? I don’t know what you call it when there’s no singing, just music and dancing to tell the story.

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More Emmys for SYTYCD please! 🏆💖

This week’s performances reaffirm why I love this show! 💖 I watched all the seasons. That was pure art! 😭  Thank you to everybody who made the episode possible. 👏 Thank you Lord for the lives and talents of these artists.🙌

My favorite was Mia Michael’s The Four Seasons. It made me tear up a bit. I love how Mia’s creations always feel genuine. She is excellent in tapping into raw emotions. I felt the peace and joy in this piece. Mia was able to showcase Darius’ essence perfectly.  He has great technique. He dances with such elegance. There is a sense of  innocence and dignity about him. Although I think he finds it hard to take on characters far from his own personality, which is why his performance comes out flat at times and we don’t feel the  chemistry with whoever his partner is. Take tonight’s Argentine tango for example.  I loved the choreography by Miriam & Leonardo. I felt Hannahlei but Darius’ presence tend to disappear at times.

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SYTYCD just went oh boom!💥

Nigel was right when he said the pairings were perfect tonight. Golly gee, I don’t even know where to start. *deep breath* Okay…best of the night for me was Travis Wall’s piece to Glass Heart Concerto. Emmy! Emmy! Emmy! Just give this genius choreographer another Emmy! This was pure art. I loved everything about about it — the concept, the shapes, the mood, everything. Exquisite!

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[SYTYCD 15 Top 5 Boys] Team Cole? Team Slavik?

The boys are really good this season. The judges probably had a hard time deciding who to keep.

I didn’t get to see Cole Mills’ latin ballroom audition but this contemporary duet with Jaime was breathtaking.  Well, it’s a no brainer since the great Travis Wall choreographed it. I also liked Travis Wall’s piece that Kyle performed. Too bad he didn’t make the cut. I hope he comes back again to try next year.

Slavik Pustovoytov is a new discovery for me. He didn’t get much air time during the auditions and the Academy. His expertise is hip-hop but I haven’t seen him dance solo yet. However, this sultry Tyce Diorio’s jazz piece really made him stand out enough to convince me as a fan to put him on my list too. He stood his ground next to the brilliant Allison Holker. He is my second pick for the boys. Cole only won by a very small margin.

I want to see them dance in their own style soon so I can more definitively decide who to root for this season. But so far, I’m Team Ballroom!