Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Main Company Auditions
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will be hosting auditions on Saturday, March 5 for male and female dancers, for main company contracts for the –17 season — click here to view the complete and detailed audition schedule. Individuals interested in a position with Hubbard Street should have at minimum two years of professional experience. The audition will begin with a ballet technique class, after which some dancers will be asked to stay to learn repertoire, and demonstrate improvisation and partnering. Please be available to return on Sunday, March 6, as some dancers may be asked to attend a callback. On-site registration begins at 8am on March 5 for main company consideration. Should you choose to register on the day of the audition, please arrive early and bring copies of your resumé and headshot. Headshots should represent your appearance in the studio. The audition fee is $10 cash, or check made payable to “Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.” Click here for further information and a link to register online in advance. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of the organization’s work.
Modern / Contemporary
SYTYCD Season 13 airs Chicago auditions
The second episode of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation premiered Monday, June 6, at 8 pm on Fox Broadcasting Network. This episode took place in Chicago, Illinois, and featured several talented young dancers.
Beginning the episode, SYTYCD introduced the adorable J.T., a year-old jazz dancer. With incredible tumbling and technical skills, on top of a precious smile and wonderful showmanship, he garnered a unanimous vote from the judges to move on to The Dance Academy.
Young hip-hop dancer Tahani was up next. She impressed with her mature dynamics and received a standing ovation from the judges. She was sent to the next level, right before spewing all of her happiness on Paula Abdul. I’m not sure if I would have reacted any differently.
Thereafter year-old soccer player and tap dancer Emma wowed the judges with her quick feet and fun performance to Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted Snake.” Nigel Lythgoe said, “Your tapping is tremendous. You’ve got great rhythm.” Needless to say, Emma moved on to The Dance Academy level of competition.
Joffrey Ballet Principal Dancer Fabrice Calmels joined the judging panel to watch Tia, a year-old ballerina that comes from a long line of dancers. She received positive criticism from the panel and was sent on to the Academy.
Leana was up next. The year-old ballroom dancer was happy to receive a ticket to the next level after fantastic feedback from the judges. Farmer Alex, age 13, impressed the judges with his strong muscles and sharp hip-hop routine. He received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience, and was sent to the next stage of competition.
After a hilarious sibling rivalry montage, tiny dancer Ainslee, age 8, was so incredible on stage, especially for her age. Unfortunately, the judges decided that the SYTYCD stage was not the right place for her at this time. Following a montage of ‘no’s’, breathtaking performances from contemporary dancers Diana, Gwen and Enich turned things in Chicago around.
Closing out Episode 2’s performances was beautiful dancer Daniela. Daniela did a bit of everything in her routine – ballroom, jazz and even acrobatics. Before receiving a ticket to The Dance Academy, Daniela’s teacher/mother joined judges Jason and Nigel on stage for a brief and wonderful dance lesson.
SYTYCD moves to its final audition city next week, New York City, premiering Monday, June 13 with what appears to be even more spectacular dancers.
To read last week’s recap of the L.A. auditions, click here.
By Allison Gupton of Dance Informa.
Photos: Contestants and judges at the Chicago auditions for SYTYCD Season Photos by Chuck Hodes, courtesy of Fox Broadcasting Co.
So You Think You Can Dance Recap: Chicago Auditions
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: A contestant in the Chicago auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION airing Monday, June 6 ( PM ET/PT) on FOX. © Fox Broadcasting Co. CR : Chuck Hodes/FOX
After last weeks episode showcased the talent in Los Angeles, So You Think You Can Dance traveled to Chicago for the next round of auditions. Just like in the season premiere, the dancers shown on SYTYCDs Chicago auditions episode were given Dance Academy tickets by judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo. Which dancers from the So You Think You Can Dance Chicago auditions were shown on television, and what were some of their strengths and weaknesses? Read our recap to find out!
Full disclosure: Other than my ill-fated attempt at hate-watching So You Think You Can Dance way back in season 1 (ill-fated because SYTYCD wound up actually being a good thing for dance, unlike all of those singing reality competitions have been for music), I have never needed a bottle of Haterade when watching this show. The new opening sequence, however, is something right out of television hell. This may kill me by the end of the season.
But nobody cares about that, so lets talk about the actual dancersand their interviews with Cat Deeley. Tonights episode of So You Think You Can Dance opened with one such interview. There were giggles about not having anything to say to America and something about jazz hands. It was all very fuzzy to me because the whole meet the contestants thing has never been something I cared about on SYTYCD, seeing as how more talking equals less dancing. I do, however, remember digging the kids bowtie. Because bowties are cool.
The cool bowtie-wearing kid in question? J.T. Church (age 10). As evidenced by the completely uncool jazz hands in his chat with Cat Deeley, J.T. auditioned with a jazz solo. I was kind of on the fence about this one because, while J.T. definitely had some great choreography and charisma to die for, there were some technique issues that really needed cleaning up. The soft knees in his switch leap and flexed foot in his fouettes were particularly glaring, but even with those mistakes (and a few others), there was just something about J.T. Church that screamed future star.
Judges comments: Nigel Lythgoe was very, very happy to see J.T. dance the way he did, and Jason Derulo was impressed by how much energy he brought on stage. The real winner in the commentary department was J.T. himself, though, when he responded to Paula Abduls question of how much he loved dance: Thiiiiis much!
Next up in the So You Think You Can Dance Chicago auditions was Tahani Anderson (age 12). Now, I saw Tahani and automatically thought, oh, Im glad I finished dinner before I started watching tonight.
Dont worry: It had nothing to do with Tahanis dancing. It wasWell. Tahani will be remembered in SYTYCD history as that kid who threw up on Paula Abdul.
After telling Cat Deeley that, should she win the competition, shed get herself her own room so she didnt have to share with her brother anymore, Tahani took the stage with a sick (pun intended, obviously) hip hop audition. She was amazing in nearly every way only nearly because she was practically turning on her heel, which is a big no-no.
Judges comments: Well, they all stood up with tickets to Dance Academy in their hands, but then there wasnt much talking to be done what with the barfing and all.
Quick pause to talk to contestants about their superpowers or something like that. Less talking, more dancing. Please. The kid with the power for being distracted or whatever probably had a field day with not watching this segment.
The next dancer, Emma (age 10) played the Paula Abdul card and played it very well. Emma did a tap solo so, really, she was bound to be a favorite for both Paula and Nigel to Cold Hearted, and it totally worked? Since Emma mentioned that her mom is a dance teacher, my first thought was that she had better be good; and the kid delivered. My only gripe was that I just flat out didnt like the positions on her pirouettes; but her rhythms and performance quality were shockingly good.
Even though Paula’s music is older than me, I still like to listen to it because I have a sassy side.
Ok, maybe dont make us all feel old, Emma.
Judges comments: Unfortunately, the tradition of Nigel Lythgoe fanboying over great tap solos was cut somewhat short this week. While he did gush about Emmas rhythms (and was more eloquent about it than my those rhythms though in my notes), Nigel chose to make some sort of joke about not knowing anything about the song or the singer. Anything to get a spat between the judges. Excuse me while I roll my eyes.
After piping up with thats my song! during Emmas audition, Paula went on to say that Emma was Phenomenal. Electrifying. And Speedy Gonzalez on those taps but clean as a whistle. Jason Derulo was very interested in Pine-Sol because those taps was clean. English is a lost art.
As could be expected of anyone using a Paula Abdul song for a tap audition and actually dancing well on top of that, Emma was sent to Dance Academy.
The next dancer in the So You Think You Can Dance Chicago auditions was Tia (age 12), a ballerina. Tias whole family dances, so the team at SYTYCD thought we cared about seeing Tias mom practicing with her in high-heeled boots. Im going to go with no. Luckily, that whole mess didnt last long, and the waste of time of it all was well worth the treat waiting in the audience.
You see, Tia came to the Chicago auditions to show off her pointe work, and Chicago happens to be the home of the Joffrey Ballet, where one Fabrice Calmels is a principal dancer. And yes, having formerly been a guest on the judges panel on SYTCYD, Fabrice was in the audience.
Tias solo was, overall, very nicely done. I almost wonder if it would have been even better had Fabrice freaking Calmels not been not only watching her audition but at the judges table in Nigels place.
Real talk: If I had the opportunity to dance in front of this guy and receive one of his pretty much always brilliant critiques? I wouldnt because Id be dead from just considering the possibility. So, given that, Im going to say that my notes on the need for some more turnout in that pas de chat and the slight lean in Tias turnsjust dont matter.
Because Tia not only survived but did a beautiful job, Im thinking she can stand to be a little less than perfect (but she should totally keep working at getting even better).
Judges comments: Ok, but honestly I dont care about any of the judges other than Fabrice right here because he actually gave a technique correction instead of gushing about Tias smile (Jason) or drawing attention to Nigel Lythgoes awkward flirting with the kids mom (Paula).
Fabrice Calmels asked Tia to pay attention to her right foot because she was occasionally flexing it to come down out of her battements, so Im thinking Tia will be doing exactly that from here on out.
Still with us after that? Read more of our recap on the next page!
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Hubbard Street 2 + HS2 Apprenticeship Auditions
Hubbard Street 2 invites dancers with extensive pre-professional training, and/or up to two years of professional experience, to audition for company contracts and HS2 Apprenticeships for the –17 season — click here to view the complete and detailed audition schedule. The audition will begin with a ballet technique class, after which some dancers will be asked to stay to learn repertoire, and demonstrate improvisation and partnering. Please be available to return on Sunday, March 6, as some dancers may be asked to attend a callback. On-site registration begins at 3pm on March 5 for Hubbard Street 2 and HS2 Apprenticeship consideration. Should you choose to register on the day of the audition, please arrive early and bring copies of your resumé and headshot. Headshots should represent your appearance in the studio. The audition fee is $10 cash, or check made payable to “Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.” Click here for further information and a link to register online in advance. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of the organization’s work.
Modern / Contemporary
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“SYTYCD: The Next Generation” Season 13 Recap: Chicago Auditions
Photo by Nathan Sayers
Iyanna began dancing in her hometown of Charlotte, NC, at just 2 years old with ballet and tap classes. Between ages 5 and 9, she took a break from formal training, but never lost her passion for the art. In fact, she could often be found making up her own dance routines with her friends at home.
At 10 years old she decided to give classes another try, and was introduced to a multitude of other styles, including jazz, hip hop and contemporary, at local studios like BB Dance Productions, Charlotte Performing Arts Academy and Miller Street Dance Academy. But it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows—the other dancers had been training during all of those years that she had been away, and she had some serious catching up to do. Thankfully, this didn't hold her back, but increased her determination to succeed. "It pushed me more than ever!"
Beyond her training delays, Iyanna had to build up the mental strength needed to deal with the issues that nearly every Black dancer faces in the industry. "As an African American in the dance field, when you show up to auditions and you're the only one there, you have to push 10 times harder," she says. "I went to an audition for an intensive and was approached by a girl who asked my name, and then proceeded to tell me how she was surprised I came to the audition, since many 'Blacks' don't usually come," Iyanna recalls. "That particular phrase really caused me to analyze just how biased people can be and how much a Black dancer could potentially be underestimated. I truly believe that had it been a hip-hop intensive, and not ballet, that 'surprised' feeling she had would not have been there."
For Iyanna, moments like these have served as motivators. "Without these hardships I've experienced, I know for certain that I wouldn't be where I am today," she says. But she relied heavily on her support system of friends, family and teachers to keep her feeling encouraged along the way.
Photo by Nathan Sayers
For inspiration, she also looked to examples of resilience and success, like Misty Copeland. "Knowing that Misty started dancing in her early teens and seeing where she is now is absolutely amazing," she says. In , Jasmine Harper taught a master class at one of Iyanna's studios that further supported her faith in her dance dreams. "Everything Jasmine shared about her journey and how she was moving through this industry as a dancer of color was super-inspiring."
Currently enrolled in her second year at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (something she describes as a total dream), Iyanna's future goals include creating her own dance film, performing in an awards show and dancing on Broadway. "I grew up watching so many amazing Broadway shows, and one of my biggest fears used to be singing in front of people, so I'd love to overcome that," she says. With her history of overcoming hurdles, there's no doubt she will be ready to rise to the occasion and live out her dreams.
"Iyanna was a joy to have in class. Her work ethic and attention to detail was so appreciated. She would light up the studio with her unique personality. Not only was she determined, but she was so much fun to be around. She's very deserving of any recognition coming her way!"— Siara Fuller, artistic director of Charlotte Performing Arts Academy
Photo by Nathan Sayers
Fast Facts on Iyanna
Go-to dance power move: "An aerial into a needle"
Favorite Broadway shows: "The Lion King, Aladdin and Mean Girls"
Best advice she's ever received: "Don't be stuck on being perfect, because the more you try, the less you will be perfect." —Miss Denise, Iyanna's late dance instructor at Miller Street Dance Academy
Something you'll always find in her dance bag: "A long pair of socks"
Who she'd love to dance onstage with: "FKA twigs, Sabrina Claudio and Ravyn Lenae"
Hobbies outside of dance: "Making music, writing poems, cooking, baking, shopping, and playing basketball even though I'm really bad at it."
Choreographers she'd love to work with: "Andy Pellick and Travis Wall"
If she weren't a dancer, she'd be: "A chef!"Advice for DS readers: "Comparison is the biggest setback. The more you compare, the more you're trying to be something that you're not. It's OK to support and admire other people, but figure out who you are and don't beat yourself up so much. That's one of the biggest things that all dancers do. Know that it's OK not to have it percent figured out right now. Just relax, take your time and go with the flow."
Iyanna is one of three cover model search finalists—learn more about the other finalists and cast your vote here!
So You Think You Can Dance Season Spoilers: Chicago Auditions Tonight
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Contestants line up for the Chicago auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION airing Monday, June 6 ( PM ET/PT) on FOX. © Fox Broadcasting Co. CR : Chuck Hodes/FOX
Last week on So You Think You Can Dance Season 13, talented dancers auditioned in Los Angeles for a chance to move on to the SYTYCD Dance Academy in hopes of ultimately making this seasons top Next up, well see what happened when Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul, and Jason Derulo judged auditions in Chicago. Will there be just as much talent here as there was in L.A.? Youll have to watch to find out, but one things for sure: the SYTYCD Chicago auditions were, um, sick. Check out the clips below to see what I mean, but you might not want to if you have a weak stomach. Fair warning.
Make sure to tune in to tonights all-new episode of So You Think You Can Dance Season 13 on FOX to see who survived the Chicago auditions!1 of 1
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Season 13ofSo You Think You Can Dance(now called So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation) premiered on May 30,
This season has a major change from all the other seasons. This year, the contestants are all children aged Auditions were held in three locations: Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and New York, NY. dancers are to be selected for a Dance Academy portion of the season, from which 10 will be selected for the finals.
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|Orpheum Theatre||Los Angeles, California||February 27,|
|Chicago Theatre||Chicago, Illinois||March 11,|
|Manhattan Center Theatre||New York City||March 18,|
|Finalist||Age||Home Town||Dance Style||All-Star Mentor||Placement|
|Tate McRae||12||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Contemporary/Ballet||Kathryn||3rd Place|
|J.T. Church||10||Haymarket, Virginia||Contemporary/Jazz||Robert||2nd Place|
|Jordan Nata'e Wandick||14||Bakersfield, California||Contemporary||Sasha||8th Place|
|Jake Monreal||12||Miami, Florida||Ballroom||Jenna||7th Place|
|Daniela Avanzini||11||Atlanta, Georgia||Ballroom||Jonathan||10th Place|
|Ruby Castro||12||Miami, Florida||Ballroom||Paul||6th Place|
|Tahani Anderson||13||Victorville, California||Hip-Hop||Comfort||5th Place|
|Leon "Kida" Burns||14||Sacramento, California||Hip-Hop||Fik-Shun||WINNER|
|Sheaden Gabriel||12||Murrieta, California||Hip-Hop||Marko||9th Place|
|Emma Hellenkamp||11||Santee, California||Tap||Gaby||4th Place|
|Female||Male||Bottom 2 contestants||Eliminated|
|Result show date:||7/18||7/25||8/1||8/22||8/29||9/12|
|Leon "Kida" Burns||WINNER|
|J. T. Church||2nd Place|
|Tate McRae||3rd Place|
|Emma Hellenkamp||4th Place|
|Ruby Castro||Btm 2||Elim|
|Jordan Nata'e Wandick||Elim|
|Sheaden Gabriel||Btm 2||Elim|
- Main article: Season 13/Performances