Sorry for the lateness of this review, but here we go! This is basically a post of my thoughts and favourite moments from the finale. I’m going to be honest and say that I haven’t been following the season each week. SYTYCD Canada has always been missing something for me. I haven’t been able to figure out what it is, but each season has been disappointing for me. I must say, season 3′s finale show was impressive! Amanda Cleghorn, Janick Arseneau, Denys Drozdyuk and Jeff Mortensen were still in the game for the title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer. SPOILER: If you didn’t watch, the winner was…Denys! I thought it was a pretty fair game for all 4 dancers, anyone could’ve walked away with the prizes. Congrats to Denys though!
Since I haven’t been able to keep up with SYTYCD Canada, I will be updating this post every week with a link to the episode where you can watch it online. I apologize for not being able to download the whole episode myself and upload them to youtube. Check this post after every show and the link should be there. Huge thanks to carlopietroniro on idolforums! You are saving me loads of work!
Last night, SYTYCD Canada revealed the dancers that will be competing this season for the title of “Canada’s Favourite Dancer”! Yes, we do spell favourite with a “u”. Anyway, looks like they pulled a SYTYCDUS move and changed it to a top 22. 11 boys and 11 girls. They will be continuing with the original format with no all-stars, obviously. I included each dancer’s audition if it was aired. The selected dancers are as follows:
Did your favourites make the cut? I’m glad Hani Abaza, Kirsten Wicklund and Jera Wolfe made the top 22! Tonight the top 22 will perform for the first time. I’ll be sure to include a download link to the episode if I can’t do a video recap!
As promised, here’s my recap of the SYTYCD Canada auditions which wrapped up last night. The audition tour consisted of Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. I am loving all the talent and am super excited to find out who makes the top 20! I tried to include an even amount of auditions from each city. The Vancouver auditions were definitely my favourite…gotta show some hometown love! Unfortunately, there were a couple videos that had the audio disabled, so I’m not able to show them to you which is really sad because they were a couple of my favourites! Those being Jenny Dailey and Justin Jackson.
Who are your favourites?! I loved Hani Abaza, Sebastien Mersch, Jera Wolfe, Janaye Upshaw, Kirsten Wicklund and Alvin Collantes!
Some videos have a little colour glitch at the beginning, but it’s only for a few seconds so don’t worry!
Tonight, SYTYCD Canada held their season 2 finale. The final four consisted of Tara-Jean Popowich, Jayme Rae Dailey, Everett Smith and Vincent Desjardins. Tara-Jean and Jayme Rae are both contemporary dancers, while Everett is a tap dancer, and Vincent is a ballroom dancer. The finale two were Tara-Jean and Vincent. Tara-Jean was then crowned the winner of SYTYCD Canada season 2! Congrats to Tara-Jean! Looks like this year was the year for female winners! Here are a few highlights of Tara Jean’s journey on the show:
• AMY Gardner (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB. • ANTHONY Grafton (24) is a Ballroom dancer from Calgary, AB. • AUSTIN Di lulio (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON. • CODY Bonnell(19) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON. • CORYNNE Barron (18) is a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton, AB. • DANIEL Dory (23) is a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal, QC. • DANNY Lawn (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Brockville, ON. • EMANUEL Sandhu (28) is a Contemporary and Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC. • EVERETT Smith (25) is a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON. • JAYME RAE Dailey (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QC. • JENNA LYNN Higgins (18) is a Jazz and Lyrical dancer from Toronto, ON. • KIM Gingras (23) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QC. • MELANIE Buttarazzi (22) is a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge, ON. • MELANIE Mah (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON. • NATALIE Lyons (23) is a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax, NS. • NICOLAS Bégin (24) is a B-Boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City, QC. • TARA-JEAN Popowich (20) is a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB. • TATIANA Parker (21) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Toronto, ON. • TAYLOR James (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Vancouver, BC. • VINCENT Desjardins (20) is a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivieres, QC.
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Ranging in age from 18 to 28, the Top 20 dancers vying for the coveted title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer are (in alphabetical order):
• AMY Gardner (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB. Amy, who is also formally trained in jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, street jazz and musical theatre, has traveled around the world performing, including Spain, Australia and parts of Africa. Amy has also participated in a variety of competitions throughout North America.
• ANTHONY Grafton (24) is a Ballroom dancer from Calgary, AB. Anthony has participated in competitions around the world, including in England and throughout the United States. Formally trained only in ballroom, Anthony is looking forward to trying out new styles of dance on the show.
• AUSTIN Di lulio (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON. Dancing from a young age, Austin appeared in the feature film Hairspray and has also worked with choreographers Marty Kudelka, Adam Shankman and Tyce Diorio.
• CODY Bonnell(19) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON who is also trained in ballet, jazz and tap. Cody’s former dance teachers, friends and especially his family have been his biggest support and unlike any other experience in his life, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has been life changing.
• CORYNNE Barron (18) is a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton, AB. At the age of 15, Corynne trained at both the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Edmonton School of Ballet before leaving Canada for England to further continue her studies with Kate Simmons Dance Ltd. Corynne is trained in contemporary, ballet and jazz.
• DANIEL Dory (23) is a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal, QC. Born in Haiti, Daniel is also trained in contemporary, and has performed in cities across North America, including New York and Los Angeles. Daniel also had the opportunity to perform as part of the opening act for Celine Dion’s 2009 concert in Montreal.
• DANNY Lawn (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Brockville, ON who is also trained in hip-hop, jazz, ballet and acro. An adventure-seeker, Danny spends his time off the dance floor cliff jumping and has also performed with pop stars Katy Perry and Kreesha Turner.
• EMANUEL Sandhu (28) is a Contemporary and Ballet dancer from Vancouver, BC. Emanuel, who is also a Canadian national champion figure skater, trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, as well as with notable choreographers including Menaka Thakkar and Roberto Campanella.
• EVERETT Smith (25) is a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON. As the first-ever tap dancer to make it into the Top 20, Everett has taken his tap shoes around the globe and competed at the World Tap Championships in Berlin, Germany. Everett also performed in the feature film Hairspray and is trained in various styles of dance including jazz, ballet and hip-hop.
• JAYME RAE Dailey (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QC. Also trained in hip-hop, house, classical ballet, jazz and jazz funk, Jayme Rae auditioned with her twin sister who’s a big source of support in her life.
• JENNA LYNN Higgins (18) is a Jazz and Lyrical dancer from Toronto, ON who cites her mom and dance teacher as her biggest supporter. Also trained in ballet, Jenna Lynn is looking forward to perfecting new dance styles.
• KIM Gingras (23) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QC. A member of the Montreal-based Blueprint Dance Company, Kim believes her professionalism, passion and performance are the three key elements that helped her get into the Season 2 Top 20.
• MELANIE Buttarazzi (22) is a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge, ON who is currently enrolled in York University’s Dance program. A musician as well, Melanie learned to play guitar at the age of eight and is also trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip-hop and flamenco.
• MELANIE Mah (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON. Melanie performed across North America in a variety of dance competitions and is also trained in ballet, jazz/lyrical, hip-hop and tap.
• NATALIE Lyons (23) is a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax, NS. Natalie has had the opportunity to perform live with artists including Nelly Furtado, Keshia Chante, Timbaland and Flo Rida. When not on the dance floor, Natalie spends her time cooking, hiking and playing volleyball.
• NICOLAS Bégin (24) is a B-Boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City, QC who has specialized in hip-hop and break dancing for almost 16 years. Nicolas has performed with the Quebec-based B-Boy crew Q.C. Roc as well as at an array of events including the 400th Anniversary of Québec City in 2008 and the 2006 JUNO AWARDS.
• TARA-JEAN Popowich (20) is a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB. Given the opportunity, Tara-Jean would most like to work with choreographers Mia Michaels or choreographer and fellow Albertan, Stacey Tookey and cites her mom as her greatest source of inspiration.
• TATIANA Parker (21) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Toronto, ON. Tatiana, who has performed as part of the Massari World Tour, is greatly supported by her family and friends – especially her brother Noah.
• TAYLOR James (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Vancouver, BC who is also trained in jazz and hip-hop. Taylor has traveled all over Canada and the U.S. as an instructor and performer and spends his spare time taking photographs.
• VINCENT Desjardins (20) is a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivieres, QC. Vincent originally began dancing because of his sister, and has been performing in Ballroom competitions in major cities around the world ever since. Vincent has performed in New York, Toronto and Blackpool, England.
So you may not be aware of this, but SYTYCDISM co-founder Alanna and author Lindork are both Canadian and right now is a good time to announce that because So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 2 premieres in Canada tomorrow! (Tuesday!)
This is what the SYTYCD Canada schedule looks like for the next two weeks in terms of audition rounds:
Tuesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) – ** PREMIERE ** Toronto Auditions Wednesday, August 12 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) – Vancouver and Saint John Auditions Tuesday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) – Montreal and Edmonton Auditions Wednesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET (two hours) – Finals Week
Some SYTYCD America names who are also involved/have been involved with SYTYCD Canada are:
- Jean Marc Genereux (Permanent Judge) - Blake McGrath (Judge and Choreographer) - Mary Murphy (Guest Judge) - Mia Michaels (Guest Judge and Choreographer) - Dan Karaty (Guest Judge and Choreographer) - Stacey Tookey (Choreographer) … and probably more that aren’t coming to mind for me right now, lol.
Last year’s winner was Nico Archambault from Montreal, QC:
And here’s a video of him performing his solo at the SYTYCDCA 2008 Tour!
Nico Archambault (WINNER) – SYTYCDCA Tour 2008 Solo:
And here’s a promo from last year (I can’t find this year’s promo online but it’s good too..) featuring SYTYCD US’s Blake McGrath!
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To get the Canadian ISM readers pumped up for tomorrow, as well as show the American ISM readers how talented Canadian dancers are, click
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to see a few more memorable routines from SYTYCDCA Season 1 (mostly tour videos because YouTube has removed pretty much all of the clips from the show unfortunately)!
Also click HERE to go to the official SYTYCD Canada site!
Top 10 Group Routine (Choreographed by Mia Michaels) – SYTYCDCA Tour 2008:
Vincent Noiseux & Lisa Auguste – SYTYCDCA Tour 2008 Contemporary:
Vincent Noiseux & Lisa Auguste – SYTYCDCA Tour 2008 House:
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Lisa Auguste & Miles Faber – Contemporary:
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For Americans who’ve been asking SYTYCDISM how they can watch SYTYCD Canada, my only answer right now is to wait for clips to show up online because they will! They just usually end up being taken down pretty quick too. lol
iDance is a convention for all of us Canadians. This convention has all 20 SYTYCDCA contestants on the 2009 faculty. They will be going to Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary so far. More locations will be added soon. Not all of the contestants will be at each and every locations. Only the Montreal faculty has been finalized. Registration is open until the capacity is reached.
For more info on iDance, its faculty, convention dates and registration, go here! The site is very snazzy, so be sure to check it out!