Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tango and Samba -My Favorite Two Dances

One of the many of my favorite dances in the TV show, So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)-Kathyrn and Ryan Dancing the Samba. This year top 20 are now touring the US.

Fox TV show "So you think You can Dance"(SYTYCD) is one of my favorite reality TV show. I like it better than ABC "Dancing with the Stars"-another dance show that is also popular here in US. "So You Think You Can Dance" is an American dance competition and reality show that airs on Fox in the United States.
The series first premiered on July 20, 2005 and has a similar premise to the American Idol series of singing competitions, with nationwide auditions leading to the discovery of the next big star. The show was created by Idol's Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is produced by 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions. A mixture of contestants are chosen for the show, ranging from unknown street dancers to winners of national championships. All contestants have to work their way through a rigorous audition process. By the end of this process, 10 to 20 dancers (depending on that season's format) of various styles are chosen to compete on national television. Over the course of the show, dancers are assigned different dance styles and partners each week to test their versatility.

It was the #1 rated show in summer 2006 for adults aged 18–49. The first season was hosted by current American news personality, Lauren S├ínchez; since the second season it has been hosted by former British children's television personality and one-time game show emcee, Cat Deeley. Spin-offs were announced in August 2006; there are currently versions of the show in New Zealand, Ukraine, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Germany, Greece, Poland, Malaysia, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia and Portugal, with several other versions in the works.

So You Think You Can Dance holds auditions in major cities across the U.S. each season, looking for the top dancers in each city. Dancers with all types of backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Salsa, ballroom, hip hop, street dancing, contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, and many other types of dancers can be seen auditioning for a chance to win the grand prize—which, in the past, has included a new Hybrid SUV, $100,000 in cash, and a dancing role in Celine Dion's Las Vegas show—of US$250,000 and the title of "America's Favorite Dancer." In its six seasons, the winners have been Nick Lazzarini, Benji Schwimmer, Sabra Johnson, Joshua Allen, Jeanine Mason and Russell Ferguson. The show has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography and a total of six Emmys altogether. The first video was from the 2008-2009 season. Do not forget to view the related dances in the video.

This second video is The TANGO dance to the music of La Cumparsita. The music reminded me of my teenage years. My late Dad was a good tango dancer taught me to dance the tango, while I was in high school. Today, I could still dance the classic tango in spite of my years. If you love the Tango, you will enjoy this next video.

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