"So you think you can dance" made me cry tonight

@mmiller26 (1932)
Canada
August 1, 2007 11:00pm CST
I was watching "So You Think You Can Dance" tonight and saw the performance by Lacey and Neil, choreographed by Mia Michaels. Mia's emotional routines usually get me anyway, but this one had me in tears! Did anyone else see it? What did you think? What was your favorite performance tonight from the top 8?
8 responses
@krebstar5 (1266)
• United States
2 Aug 07
It made me cry too. The whole thing was just so emotional, sweet, and them joyous. That sure is a lot for a dance that only took a few minutes. I nornally don't care for Neil that much, but I feel like he really stepped up with that routine last night. By the way, Mia's park bench dance got nominated for an emmy. Or at least that is what Nigel said last night. That lady sure does have a lot of talent!
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
2 Aug 07
I heard about the Emmy. It'd be really neat for her if she won. Her work is almost always highly emotional and tells a beautiful story, about love or loss, or sometimes both. She seems to have a talent for really bringing out the best in the dancers by forcing them to move and be more than what they are. I like Neil a lot. I really enjoyed the villain/angel routine he did with Lauren a few weeks ago, and I think he has tremendous potential. I do agree with Nigel though, that the choreographers have been bringing the performances down to what the dancers can do, instead of demanding more from the dancers. I think that's why there haven't been as many memorable performances this year. I can't believe the finale is coming up already.
• United States
2 Aug 07
I'm so happy to hear that! The really does have amazing talent. I never really appreicated contempory dance before but this show and her coreography have really opened my eyes to it.
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
2 Aug 07
I never cared for contemporary before either, simply because it didn't move me. It was just a bunch of people dancing fruity and twirling and throwing themselves on the floor. But her pieces seem to tell a story very well, and with such depth of emotion. When the pieces are danced well, the anguish, sorrow, attraction and love displayed is palpable.
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
2 Aug 07
I missed the show last night but caught the video on youtube. One of the commenters there said the dance had something to do with a very personal story from Mia. Did she share that story? What was it? I have a feeling that might make it more moving. What I liked this dance thus far my favorite Mia dance was the park bench and sun flower one. I get rather misty curing that one. I'm going to try to find other vidoes of last nights top 8 so I can catch up.
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
2 Aug 07
Mia Michaels choreographed it to depict the story of her and her father meeting in heaven. Her father passed away a few years ago. So she wanted to tell this story, and I think Neil and Lacey did a wonderful job of staying within the character of the piece. It was very emotional. I was bawling by the time it was over. So was Mary Murphy, who Nigel said was going through a difficult time with her own mother. Mary couldn't even comment because she was so broken up. I agree that the park bench and sunflower routine from last year was wonderful. My favorite Mia routine is still the "Why" routine with Allison and Ivan. I can't find the professional one on Youtube anymore. The only ones left are grainy ones that fans shot while in the audience. But that one was very powerful, and Ivan looks like such a man in that dance.
• United States
2 Aug 07
Oh wow....now I'm seeing it with whole new eyes. How beautiful and moving.
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
2 Aug 07
Isn't it? I think they danced it well. It occurs to me, though, that no matter what Lacey and Neil did, the piece was going to go over well with the judges because it was so personal to Mia. Like you said, without the story behind it, the choreography doesn't have much impact because it's out of context. Knowing the story and being able to sort of put myself in her place is what really made it get to me. In a sense, that seems a little manipulative, but on the other hand, Lacey and Neil did the piece justice. Neil portrayed the wisdom and experience of the father, and the innocence of the child. It's definitely going to go down as one of my favorites.
@ArsonCuff (3116)
• United States
2 Aug 07
I always look forward to the Mia Michaels routines more than anything..and I missed this one! I did not have a favorite really because I only got to see a couple of the routines and then got involved in trying to fix my computer. Currently I am rooting for Sabra to win though.javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$cphMainContent$lbStart','') post response
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@ArsonCuff (3116)
• United States
2 Aug 07
Hmmm..looks like some goobly-goo junk added itself to the end of my response.
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
2 Aug 07
I'm also rooting for Sabra. She's amazingly talented, and seems to be able to perform just about anything they throw at her. I like Neil too, but that's just because he's insanely hot..lol
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
2 Aug 07
I started watching it then I heard about that horrible bridge collapse. So I turned the tv over to see what was going on. I only got to watch a few minutes of it. I am hoping there is some way to see it again.
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
2 Aug 07
You might still be able to catch it on youtube. The person who answered before you said they saw it there. Try "Lacey and Neil" and see what comes up. If you saw the beginning of it, then you probably know Mia's story behind the dance. It was a very emotional routine. I was bawling. lol.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
3 Aug 07
I did find it on youtube but I don't know the story behind it.
• United States
14 Aug 07
I thought it was a really emotional routine. But I think the show was the wrong place for her to showcase it. It's kind of an unfair advantage for Neil and Lacey to have such a moving routine because no one is going to critique it fairly or based on dancing, which is pretty much the point of the show. Nigel even said that technique didn't matter, when the rest of the season he's been up people's butts about technique and oddly specific critiques. I thought the Argentine Tango and Quickstep were better performances, and better for the show. If there was no backstory to the contemporary, it would have been a weak dance. And the show isn't called "So You Want To Have a Really Emotional Backstory to Your Dance, Mia Michaels"...
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
14 Aug 07
You're right. I thought about it, and even posted in one of the threads above, that the dance was pretty manipulative. Nobody is going to put down the dance because of how much it means to Mia. Still, I think Neil and Lacey did capture the innocence and feeling of the piece (even if Lacey did blow it immediately afterward by blowing a flower out of her mouth). The dancing was weak. But in the end, the show really is a popularity contest, not a technical dancing contest. There have been some really strong dancers who have been eliminated simply because they didn't have the personality. That's why they look for America's favorite dancer, not the best dancer.
• United States
9 Aug 07
That was my favorite performance as well! it was very moving!!!!!! i cant believe that she was able to put that together without breaking down! i wouldnt have been able to do that. i cant wait for tonights performance!
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
9 Aug 07
Wow. Did you see tonight's performances? I can't choose who I like most! Actually, I can. Neil and Sabra are my current favorites. If you look at this season, Neil's been in all the really memorable performances. I think maybe Danny and Lauren will go. I don't want to wait til Monday to find out!
• United States
3 Aug 07
yes, i agree lacey and neil had me in tears. everyone on this show is just so talented and i just sit in awe as they dance. i don't care what the judges say...everyone is aboslutely amazing!
• Canada
17 Aug 07
I too had to jump on the crying train. I teard up this year and last year. Both to Mia Michaels routines. I think my favorite performance last night (i'm nt sure if they were the top eight) was Sarah and Jesus, Sarah and Pasha's swing, Sarah and Neils disco. Sarah is most improved and I am very happy that she grew to the performer she is and that she got that far.
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
17 Aug 07
I agree that Sarah improved the most. Considering she was a b-girl and had no experience with any other dance style and had never danced in heels before, she made it look effortless. Mia Michaels has a way of getting as much emotion into her dances as possible, and she forces the dancers to rise to her level. The look on Neil's face when he first sees Lacey in that number...that look of "I haven't seen you in so long, I'm so happy you're here" is enough to set me crying right there. I was surprised that they didn't feature the villain/angel dance last night. For me, that was one of the highlights of the season. And I'm so happy for Sabra!! I was rooting for her (and Neil lol). It's hard to believe she's only been dancing for 4 years. No matter what they threw at her, she nailed it.