Posted Jun 16, 2007 @ 9:49 PM
I agree with you in some respects WelcomeStranger. I agree that pirouettes do not a good routine make (god knows I wanted Travis to do something, anything, different during his intro dances). However, beautiful, precise spins should be in every lyrical dancers catalogue of moves, IMHO, and I always found it kind of weird that Melody never seemed to do them, to the point that I wondered if she could do them at all. I will have to see if I can find that solo you mentioned.
I really like lyrical dance, but there hasn't really been a female lyrical dancer on this show to really draw me in. Allison had great emotion, but I wanted more solid technique from her. Melody bored me. I loved Ashle in season 1, but more for her partner work. Except for her audition and her "tribal" solo, I thought Ashle just looked like a derivative jazz dancer in her own style. Natalie was the closest to what I am looking for in a female lyrical dancer: great technique, great performance quality. I didn't enjoy her backstage personality, however.
I can see Jaimie following in Melody's HMV footsteps. I was never really drawn into Melody's dancing during her solos -- she never really moved or excited me. It was just leg, leg, leg. I think Jaimie can come across as cold and bland on camera, but I'd like to give her a chance. Her solos on YouTube have been impressive, so I am hoping she'll capture my interest this season.