Oh and hey, she's gorgeous.
It's a good thing that I'm too
(Considering my remarks a few weeks ago on the subject of solos, I'd be remiss if I didn't note that her "Contemporary Pointe Solo [is] choreographed by Isis Masoud [and] Marcie Russo." Good on them for putting together a great showcase, and good on Eliana for being amazing.)
A couple further, broader points, both about ballet. I'm admitting to some optimism about the emphasis SYTYCD is placing on ballet, which is all the more remarkable since the auditioning ballet dancers have mostly been male (Chehon, Daniel Baker, and lamestain Stephen Jacobsen), Eliana is this season only the first person to audition en pointe (and I will never say no to pointe work). Second, I applaud Eliana's decision to perform sans tutu,
Incidentally, I've started watching Breaking Pointe -- in brief, the first episode concentrates on relationships at the expense of the dance (maybe the CW is aiming at SYTYCD's demographics?) -- and along with having just seen Black Swan (bleh) a number of weeks ago, I'm in a bit of a balletomane mood. Also, discussions surrounding Breaking Pointe have pointed out that among American companies, SF Ballet is rivaled in prestige only by ABT and NYCB, which makes me want to redress the number of times (zero) that I've gone to see them.
As for SYTYCD and this audition episode:
You can practically see Nigel ticking off all of the Prototypical SYTYCD Dancer checkboxes during her performance:
Mildly entertaining -- the kid has dance skills, but maybe not wacking in particular (e.g. his arms are not as articulated as Lockerooo's).
Another checkbox dancer, but with an important addition: executing a hacky series of tumbling and turns (hacky in the artistic sense) that's missing only the hair-tossing, and I'm surprised to hear Nigel and Mary actually give voice to her lacking expression.
Joke mustache, ugh, I bet he doesn't even have enough Crisspoints for it. (Two-for-two with the 30 Rock jokes? I'm totally Reaganing.)
If the origins of her solo don't lie with Travis, I'll eat a hat,* mostly bhe doesn't strike me as a Bjork fan -- especially since "Hunter" came out fifteen years ago (i.e. I'm old). Furthermore, Homogenic is the Pitchforkiest of all Bjork albums, and we all know which dude reps Pitchfork around these parts. (Answer: him! Not me!)
* The hat is made of chocolate pie.
Megan also looks just like Sam, so I hope at most one of them makes it to the competition, otherwise we'd get the Chelsie/Chelsea or Courtney/Kortni/Quartknee confusions all over again, to the tenth power.
Between the martial arts and the overachieving, could Cole be any more stereotypically Asian? (Though to be honest, he looks half-Asian.) A couple things bug me, though. That bandana really needs to go, and the shaping of his legs looks weird to me -- I expect his kicks to go higher, but he mostly keeps them below his waist.
I.e. him with the Cyr wheel. Another complete performance, but with the added OMIGOD of "How many times has this guy crushed his fingers or his toes practicing his routine?"
We've seen her moves a hundred times before (particularly all the floor work), but she separates herself from the typical 18-year-old with all the maturity of someone who can rent a car in her own name. Epic!
It may just be me, but I think I'm hearing Best Coast everywhere now, especially in places I'd least expect them to pop up (considering how much the lead singer likes to pen odes to weed). Aside from "When I'm With You," I'm not so hot on them, though, and instead prefer the fancy leggings of the Dum Dum Girls.
Last week, I forgot to point out the b-girl buried in a montage who is doing what appear to be some awesome backspins, and I do believe she gets a ticket to VEAGS -- so, despite all the warning signs of a debacle, more reason for provisional optimism this season.
And one last, additional reason for provisional optimism is this girl:
To quote myself on my Tumblr: WAHT.