I DVR this show so I can fast-forward over the dead-mom stories: sorry, but I watch the show for the dancing, not the pathos.
I don't care how many people in your family suffered from pink eye or tripped over a crack in the sidewalk. All that matters is if you're a good dancer. I hate when people trot out sob stories about how they're doing this for their mom's co-worker's best friend's cousin. Shut up & dance. I know the producers ask questions during the interviews but this is a good a time or these dancers to learn they can decline to comment or give a nice white lie like, "Nothing sad has happened to anyone I know so I'm just going to dance as well as I can!" I hate blatant attention whores like the guy who lifted up his shirt, said he had better abs than Twitch, & then said, "Oh, yeah, and my grandmother died!"
Shane is an exception to that rule. He knew he was going to be asked about his stutter since he obviously can't hide it (how freaking adorable was Cat while talking to him about it?) but more than that,his dancing developed as a result of his stutter so I see how the two were related. I still loathed the way Nigel addressed it though. "You have a stuttering problem." I'm not saying he has to be ultra PC (lord knows that is never going to happen) but it's pretty rude.
I loved Shane. Most of the bonebreakers I've seen try to emphasize the shock value but Shane made the dislocations look fluid and beautiful and elegant.
This is exactly why I loved his bonebreaking style so much! I get that there's a lot of shock factor in bonebreaking so many of those dancers use it to their advantage (which is especially smart for street performers), but Shane made it look so flowing & almost natural, even though bonebreaking is about as unnatural you can get. Instead of that hard crunchy style we've been shown by other bonebreakers on the show, he makes it almost seem like he's a really flexible circus contortionist.
Forward lunges, back bends and besti-squats seem to be the new overdone HMV moves for this season.
I must have seen that awkward lunge + back bend + arms out move at least four times last night. Doesn't even look that pretty. That can go back wherever it came from.
To be fair, HMV requires skill, control, & flexibility. It's definitely been overdone, but it's still an actual skill. The lunging back bend pose requires skill to do well but most of the people I've in this pose during auditions don't have the back flexibility to make it look right. They're just leaning back, letting their bodies do whatever they want to do. One of my pet peeves in dance performance is when people insist on doing moves that aren't fully developed yet. The awkward backbend pose is the equivalent of doing a split leap when you can only get your legs to 90 degrees. No shame in that, so keep working on it but don't do it in front of an audience at that point.
Does anybody remember what happened to the hoop dancer? That's two native dance styles that have been minimized and/or mocked by the show so far this season (Nigel's comment about the Olympics - the complete lack of context for the haka dancer and the hoop dancer). Nigel makes a big deal out of how his show supposedly educates people about dance. Hmmmm.
I couldn't believe how blatantly disrespectful Nigel was to the hoop dancer. What really frustrates/annoys me about Nigel very consistently is his hypocrisy. He loves to tell us how lucky we are to have this show bringing different styles of dance to educate the American heathens, acting like he's this a knowledgeable dance expert who is magnanimously granting us this gift courtesy of his generosity but he's actually quite ignorant/intolerant of all but the most basic traditional dance styles. At least once every season, he says he's never seen a particular dance move that I, someone who hasn't danced in years, HAVE seen before. That doesn't make me an expert. It just makes Nigel a very uninformed producer. The way they treated the haka performer was ridiculous but at least we were spared seeing most of the judging. The hoop dancer was treated just as badly & they were dumb enough to show us Nigel's rude comments.
I actually thought the way that they bundled the hoop dancer, the male pointe dancer, & the chicken lady together as the "haha, time to point and laugh" segment was extremely disrespectful. Nnotice that while the producers thought these three were wacky enough to draw attention to & mock, they didn't think these dancers deserved the minimal respect of having their names on the screen like the other dancers who auditioned. They spent all of the bird lady's time on her interview with Cat, footage of her posing in a tree, & Nigel reacting with his lame "What the cluck?" nut only showed about 5 seconds of her actually dancing. She had on pointe shoes so I was hoping we'd get some amazing ballet but I didn't see enough to get any sense of what she did. The male pointe dancer offended Nigel's traditional sensibilities (remember how badly he reacted to the two male ballroom dancers who auditioned together a few seasons ago). Mary had to join in on the homophobia by making a comment about him curtseying. Never mind that he actually danced en pointe - why would they show us more than 5 seconds of that? I actually don't know very much about Native American dance so I have no idea how skilled the hoop dancer was but it was offensive to me that they treated him & the haka dancer so shoddily. I LOVED when the hoop dancer told Nigel that he already performed at the Olympic opening ceremonies 10 years ago. SUCK IT, NIGEL.
The Exorcist daughter was much better than the little Cyrus wannabe but seriously, show, DO NOT encourage people bringing kids to the auditions. I hated that mini-Cyrus's mom said he always gets a great reaction from audiences. That's because people are nice & they like to encourage tiny dancers but that doesn't mean your kid is actually good. Applause does not represent your child's talent level. I don't want to sound like a big old meanie because I think it's wonderful when kids show an interest in dance at a young age. I hope he keeps dancing but he looked like a 4 year old who taught himself to dance by watching Cyrus on tv aka he wasn't very good. It's not the end of the world. He is so young & can learn a lot but trotting out a kid who isn't a great dancer is not my idea of interesting tv. It reminded me of last season when some little girl in a tutu got on stage. The awww factor doesn't go very far for me because you could find hundreds of kids like that in any city. Not all of them have stage moms who are going to camp out in line so their underage child who is not old enough to actually compete can be on tv for 2 minutes.