S4 - Susie Garcia: Hot (Pink) Tamale
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 11:31 AM
Her bio below:
Susie Garcia (25) is a Latin/Salsa dancer born in Miami, FL. Garcia graduated with a B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts. She is a high school teacher who previously was a dancer with the Miami Heat for six years. Garcia has performed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards and Latin Grammy Awards, and danced on Shakira’s “Oral Fixation World Tour.”
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 12:29 PM
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 12:37 PM
Good for her for being able to balance her teaching and dance careers. And good for her for owning her sexuality when (by many accounts, apparently) teachers are 'supposed' to remain asexual and disembodied. Over on the Fox SYTYCD boards, a handful of her students are rooting for her and saying how inspirational she is for them.
Edited by c vulgaris, Jun 6, 2008 @ 12:39 PM.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 12:38 PM
We don't know what she teaches, but with a BFA I'm thinking it's something artsy, which gives some leeway for her *style*.
She's the epitome of a Miami Girl. Loud and proud.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 1:30 PM
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Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 1:50 PM
New World School of the Arts offers a comprehensive B.F.A degree dance program essential for today’s professional dancer. We are conservatory-based, grounded in classical ballet and modern dance technique leading exposure to newer and World dance forms.
So she has potential to excel in Latin, hip hop AND contemporary. I wish we'd seen more of her in Vegas.
Anyone find out where/what she teaches?
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 1:54 PM
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 1:54 PM
She was on Shakira's tour? Was that in case they lost Shakira, they'd have a spare?
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 5:30 PM
Also, on a more shallow note, I can't decide if she is a total tranny, or if she is actually kinda hot. I like the Shakira vibe, I must admit.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 5:46 PM
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Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 6:52 PM
I like the hair just fine, actually, although I would tone down the eye make-up. I wonder if Shakira wanted all her tour dancers to have that hair, because it reminds me a lot of some of Shakira's looks. Maybe a Miami thing again? Some of the comments directed at Susie's looks ring a little hyperbolic to me, though... she's not that ho-ish or skanky. She was more covered up than some of the contemporary girls in their tiny tops and shorts.
Again, I have to go back to how authentic her look is to where she is from. And compared to some of the chicas I saw strolling down Lincoln Ave., Susie's pretty pulled together. I have to ask if the leotard with side cut-outs and baggy pants is a new "in" look in dance studios, because one of the other dancers was rocking a similiar look in the Top 20 photos. One or the other is OK, the combination doesn't work for me. I sincerely hope that doesn't show up on her in a solo.
Edited by shimi, Jun 6, 2008 @ 6:52 PM.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 10:58 PM
Although adding Shakira's tour to her resume is pretty sad IMO, since Shakira only had back-up dancers for maybe 3 minutes of the Hips Don't Lie portion of the show. The rest of the show featured Shakira solo.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 @ 11:24 PM
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Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 12:30 AM
It would be great to see her do flamenco, especially if she's decent at it. I wonder if she'd do straight-up flamenco or do a club kind of fusion.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 1:12 AM
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 1:30 AM
I'm trying to figure out why so many people are blaming her for Kelli Baker's elimination. If anyone took Kelli's spot, it's one of the contemporary dancers, particularly Kherington. Susie seems like an easy target for people to talk shit about.
Edited by princessu, Jun 7, 2008 @ 1:35 AM.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 2:52 AM
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 8:41 AM
She does seem nice enough as a person; not at all like Jessi ( who she's being compared to a little bit). Maybe when the show starts we'll see something else, but I didn't even see bimbo-ness from her reactions to the judges ( no talking back or defensiveness) or in how she worked with other dancers. She seemed all-pro which made me respect her much more when I re-watched her episodes.
You dress to stand out and to represent your dance style ( and maybe your city) when you audition for a dance gig, not your day job. In any case, I think a lot will depend on the first dance she draws. I think if she draws Latin or Hip-Hop she may well kill it, but will be written off nonetheless as doing her "typical" schtick. Which would suck. It may be better for her to get something like Contemporary if she can surprise the judges and audience with what she can do, a la Lacey's first dance. Of course, the risk is that she will not be as good, which will justify sending her home post-haste.
Looks like she can't win either way, huh. Hope she has a fierce DoD ready, and a smart costume choice.
Edited by shimi, Jun 7, 2008 @ 12:00 PM.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 10:53 AM
If anyone took Kelli's spot, it's one of the contemporary dancers, particularly Kherington.
I know! Personally, I was extremely sad [and confused that] Kelli didn't make it, but the first thing I thought was, "Damn, she should've made it instead of Kherington." Susie is a totally different genre and is one of the only TWO ballroom/latin female dancers this season; they would NOT have substituted her for another contemporary dancer, i.e. Kelli Baker.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 3:22 PM
"How do the boys handle it?", I thought she actually side-stepped neatly by saying that she is often mistaken for a student. That was a nice way of getting out of the trap the show tried to lay for her in hoping she'd probably say that her students lusted after her, etc.
Very good point indeed.
I swear every teacher under 40 gets mistaken for a student at some point, unless you have like a totally receding hairline or a floor-length beard. I really don't think Susie looks younger than she is at all.
The more I hear about her training, the more I want to give her a shot. First impressions are a bitch.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 5:12 PM
I agree. And maybe I imagined it, but I thought when they were doing the couples dance, I saw susie wearing a long flowy pale plue outfit. I think she dresses to fit the circumstances. Besides, the couples get dressed by the stylists, so as long as she manages to escape the bottom slot each week, we won't be seeing much of her personal style anyway. I doubt she goes to rehearsal a shakira'd out.
You dress to stand out and to represent your dance style ( and maybe your city) when you audition for a dance gig, not your day job.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 @ 10:04 PM
I didn't like her Suzie Kay Letourneau audition but she wasn't half bad in the small blips we saw in Vegas. I seriously hope she gets a make-under (and some sandblasting) otherwise her whack face is going to be creepy distracting.
Posted Jun 8, 2008 @ 2:16 AM
I just wish she could do something about the eyebrows though. I don't want to judge her based on her appearances, but her eyebrows seriously distract me from her dancing. Whenever I see her, all I'm envisioning is her standing in a mirror with a sharpie, drawing in her eyebrows.
Posted Jun 8, 2008 @ 10:22 AM
And she did look good in some of her Vegas snippets. I was just too blinded by my initial strong dislike for what I thought she portrayed to notice. Let that be a lesson to me!
Posted Jun 8, 2008 @ 12:35 PM
I will say she looked pretty good in the other video. (And YAY for Jimmy in that video! He was fantastic!) I know she's getting a lot of comparisons to Snow, which I think have definite merit, but if we're talking S1, she also reminds me a little bit of an (admittedly, less talented) Kamilah. Actually, if Snow and Kamilah had a little dancing baby, it'd probably turn out a heck of a lot like Susie.