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So You Think You Can Dance
June 2, 2009, 2:56 am
Filed under: At the Center

Miami’s best dancers brought the style and spice the city is known for to the Emmy-winning, “So You Think You Can Dance” season premiere that aired on Fox Television on Wednesday night with record-breaking ratings. The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall provided the backdrop for the taping last February for the two days of auditions, open to dancers ages 18 – 30 and featuring all styles including salsa, ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, African, and tap.

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Contestant hopefuls lined up around the Adrienne Arsht Center and along Biscayne Boulevard, some having waited since the wee hours of the morning. The air was full of electricity as the diverse array of dancers from all over Florida, as well as neighboring states, warmed up and chatted up their competition.

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Performances were critiqued by judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Tyce Diorio, and in the end, Miami proved to be a breeding ground of dance talent. After the two days of grueling auditions, 32 dancers were given airline vouchers for a trip to the competition finals in Las Vegas. Here, these 32 will compete to be one of the coveted 20 to appear on season five of the hit weekly dance competition program. The dance equivalent to “American Idol,” viewers of “So You Think You Can Dance” call in and vote to save their favorite dancers from the judges’ elimination. At the end of the summer series, one dancer will be voted America’s favorite dancer.

Feedback about the Adrienne Arsht Center as an audition venue from the dancers, cast, and crew of “So You Think You Can Dance” was nothing but positive. The consensus was that the Knight Concert Hall stage provided a beautiful space for showcasing the dancers’ talents.


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