'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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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' Results: Pulling The Tigress Out

By Sabrina Rojas Weiss

It's got to be a sign of the quality of dancers "So You Think You Can Dance" has amassed in recent seasons that they're no longer judged on how well they execute their steps. Instead, the judges struggle to explain these very intangible criteria: growth, humor, commitment, maturity. It's all so vague, I'm itching to see someone really screw up, fall on their face and drop their partner, just so we have some concrete reason to send them home. Sorry, I'm going to dance-fan hell for that, aren't I? Anyway, here are my own arbitrary categories for last night's episode.

Completely Agreeing With the Judges' Praise For:

Kathryn and Legacy: Once I was able to tear my eyes away from Legacy's bare torso, I noticed that Kathryn was indeed killing it (as Adam Shankman put it). She had fire in her eyes and drama in every movement.
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So You Think You Can Dance: The Top 10 Are Marvelous

Well-played, top 10! They're not the most emotive or individually charismatic group of dancers in So You Think You Can Dance history, but technically these dancers are taking this show and running away with it. You know how Tiger Woods forced championship golf courses to remodel in order to keep up with his over-the-moon drives? In the same way, these dancers are so good that the show is eventually going to have to stretch to keep up with them. Now, let's discuss tonight's top 10 competition show, including an outstanding choreography premiere by Sytycd alum and fan favorite Travis Wall... Couples • Kayla & Evan performed a waltz by Tony Meredith and Melaine Lapatin. Evan...
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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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