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'So You Think You Can Dance' winner Melanie Moore on being 'out for blood,' taking on the world of ballroom, and what's next

'So You Think You Can Dance' winner Melanie Moore on being 'out for blood,' taking on the world of ballroom, and what's next
Less than 24 hours after So You Think You Can Dance frontrunner Melanie Moore received 47 percent of the vote to be named America’s Favorite Dancer, she shared her feelings with EW. “I feel so blessed,” she says. Then in uncharacteristic fashion, the Georgia pixie admitted that she was confident going in to the finale because she was ”out for blood.” So what else did Melanie have to say that will surprise you? What was her one complaint about the show, and where does she see herself after the tour (hint: there may be a watermelon coming her way!)? Read Melanie’s interview after the jump.
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'So You Think You Can Dance': Travis Wall predicts the winner and tells us what's next

'So You Think You Can Dance': Travis Wall predicts the winner and tells us what's next
Travis Wall is sad to report that you will not see him in this week’s So You Think You Can Dance two-part finale. The Emmy-nominated choreographer, and season 2 Sytycd runner-up, tells EW, “I was supposed to do the finale, but I had to cancel because I got the movie.” Indeed, Wall is currently in Miami creating contemporary pieces for Step Up 4, starring season 6 contestant, and season 7 and 8 All Star, Kathryn McCormick. “It’s my first movie to choreograph,” he says. “I’m really excited.”

But back to Sytycd: After getting his first shot on the judges’ panel this year,
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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Jesse Tyler Ferguson guest judges Top 12

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Jesse Tyler Ferguson guest judges Top 12
So You Think You Can Dance welcomed Jesse Tyler Ferguson to the judging panel this week for the Top 12 live performances. The Modern Family star joined Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Sonya Tayeh to have his say on the remaining contestants taking part in Wednesday night's live show. Each couple had to perform two dances. Here's what the judges said: Sasha and Alexander - Paso Doble Dance: Choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie Lapatin, the dance is described as a "battle with love and hate and masculinity". Alexander says that his character is "ready to kill" and Sasha jokes she will "beat his ass". It ends in a kiss. Nigel praises the routine, adding that Alexander had a job keeping up with Sasha. He adds that although Alexander got a little sloppy at the end, he was much stronger than he has been recently. (more)
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'So You Think You Can Dance' top 12: Who's going to the top 10?

You want to be in the top 10? You can't handle the top 10!

And as much as effusive "Modern Family" star and guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson would like all the dancers to carry on for another week, two more members of the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 8 cast will fall during Thursday's results.

So before we tear these happy partnerships apart, forcing the remaining 10 into the strong, experienced arms of the "Sytycd" all-stars, they get one more night together.

And two dances. 

But who made the best of their first double feature -- and who's almost definitely dancing for their life this week? We've got analysis, couple by couple, right here:

Alexander and Sasha

Dance #1: Tony Meredith and Melanie Lapatin (she of the greatest "Sytycd" moment ever) choreograph a postmodern Paso Doble where the dancers play dueling matadors. The judges don't go overboard in their praise, but
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‘So You Think You Can Dance’: The Top 12 Perform

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: The Top 12 Perform
Adam Rose/Fox Cat Deeley hosts “So You Think You Can Dance

It’s down to the final 6 couples, and next week they will break up the pairs. So tonight, the couples dance twice! The judges give specific critiques and say interesting and useful things, overall. And if you were waiting for it, tonight’s the night Ryan got told.

Next week will be the top 10—those are the ones who tour. They’ll also announce who the All-Stars
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Qfest 2011 Review: Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies is a quirky but charming comedy with a classical sensibility. Co-directed by Daniel Beahm and Erika Randall Beahm, the film is about two sisters and their overbearing stage mother, once a champion dancer. The light, playful nature of the film is evident from the opening credits. Great care was taken in staging, choreographing and staging the entire film to work whimsically with the musical score.

Shannon Lea Smith plays Tasi Campari, the younger sister and something of a wild princess. Tasi is also the dancer of the two sisters, her mother.s protégé. Laurel Vail (The Echo Game) plays Toni Campari, the introverted and calm sister who often serves as the voice of reason in their family. Melanie Lapatin, a choreographer and actress in real life, plays the Campari girls. mother Sheri. She.s a colorful, energetic handful of a woman with passion for what she does, whether
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So You Think You Can Dance Returns with 12 Former Contestants

Twelve former So You Think You Can Dance show favorites are set to return to summer's No. 1 series as All-Star Dance Partners. Skilled in various dance styles from Krump to Contemporary, the Season Seven All-Star Dance Partners are: Stephen Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya Garnis, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, Ade Obayomi and Dominic Sandoval. Each week, finalists will be partnered with a different All-Star dancer.

As previously announced, America's favorite summer series returns for its seventh season Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox with some exciting new twists, including 10 finalists competing and only one dancer eliminated per week.

Hosted by Cat Deeley, the hit dance competition series will inspire and amaze viewers as dancers skilled in styles ranging from Hip Hop to Ballroom compete to be named America's Favorite Dancer. Last season's winner, Russell Ferguson, danced off with a $250,000 cash prize,
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So You Think You Can Dance: The Results

Meredith Hoffa: Sytycd's season six results are in and I couldn't be more bonkers-thrilled. I cannot believe there is not some sort of parade I can partake in.

The final three contenders -- Russell, Jakob, and Kathryn -- all had the chops to be worthy of the title of America's Favorite Dancer (lamest title ever), but from the beginning of this season, it was Russell who really gave me major jazz hands. Is there anyone who doesn't love an underdog story? Here's a truly dear-seeming guy with little technical training who was the first krump dancer to ever make the top 20. So it was mind-blowing when he was able to pick up every style that was thrown at him, week in and week out, from pasodoble to lyrical jazz to Bollywood to samba. Plus, his ginormous smile has become one of my favorite sights ever; the guy has joy literally
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Dance Teacher Magazine's Summer Conference

Teaching has proved to be a vital secondary skill in the development of many dancers' professional careers. It can be a valuable method of supplementing your income between performing jobs — both at the start of your career, when you're just beginning to build your reputation and résumé, and as you near the end of your performing tenure, as a way to stay employed in the profession. For midcareer dancers who may want to move into jobs as dance captains or assistant choreographers, strong teaching skills are essential. Even choreographers rely heavily on teaching gigs to try out new material, as well as to scope out dancers they're interested in hiring.If you're looking to expand your repertoire of teaching styles, pedagogical strategies, and choreographic or kinesiological information, there is still time to register for Dance Teacher magazine's summer conference, to be held Aug. 9-11 at New York City's Jacob K.
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