I am often asked by new audience members of all ages, but especially young people, what should they look for at a dance performance. I decided to ask my colleagues to answer this question in one sentence.
The season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" is a black tie affair. We all gather to watch which of this year's favorite dancers will be crowned the winner, but let's take a walk down memory lane first.
Each of the four finalists -- Eliana, Chehon, Tiffany and Cyrus -- will dance five times. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't all jazzed up for this episode. Finales are like graduation night and Chrismas Eve all wrapped into one.
Turns out this episode is dedicated strictly to the fabulous works of Mia Michaels, meaning all of the choreography has been danced before on the "SYTYCD" stage, and become some of the most famous ever on the show.
Overall, it was a really strong first episode. All received good reviews, but some better than others. Now, the dancers are going to have to spend the week practicing for next week and then get eliminated? That can't be right.
Because I've watched every season of the show and my dream job is to guest-judge the series, I feel like I have the inside scoop on what the judges and voters are looking for. So here are my Top 3 guys and girls -- in honor of Season 9 crowning both a top male and female dancer.