Monday, September 24, 2007

So I Think I Can Glance

I watched reruns of So You Think You Can Dance on MTV and I still can't believe a chick won. During the three seasons of the show, the girls seemed to me to be just shuffling around the stage. The men showed the real artistry.

I would have been okay with either of the last two guys, Neil Haskell or Danny Tidwell (pictured), winning. Danny's great physique and fine lines made up for his fluvial sweat, and Neil's gymnastics and fluffy hair made up for his tiresome cockiness. The judges kept talking about Danny's arrogance but Neil was the one who seemed to be stuck on himself. Danny was more noticeable for the gradual diminishment of his masculine traits as his became more comfortable being himself in front of the camera.

The masculinity of the dancing is something that some contestant needs to stand up to the judges and choreographers on. I'm sick of the judges criticizing any guy for not dancing manly enough. That is so last century. Gender roles are becoming more fluid in our culture and this should extend to dance as well. I think Wade Robson emphasizes his strict beliefs on how a man should dance in order to distance himself from his childhood friendship with Michael Jackson.

Pasha KovalevThe third guy in the last three was Pasha Kovalev. He was truly charming, but the abundance of gay material from the former Soviet bloc has left me Slav'd out.

Nick Lazzarini and Benji Schwimmer, the winners of the first two seasons were great performers and exciting to watch when they competed. It was also interesting to learn during their seasons that Nick's favorite dancer is Nick Lazzarini and Benji was proud to spend two years in Mexico in the missionary position.

Above all, my favorite dancer has been Craig DeRosa. His fluidity is awe inspiring. Even though America didn't get it when it voted Craig out early, the producers of the show must have as they used Craig as the first shot during the opening credits on all three seasons.

Craig on a mattress:

Blake McGrath spinning under the influence.