So You Think You Can Dance recap: Don't Judge a Dancer By His Shoes

The top 20 is revealed after a grueling round of callbacks in Los Angeles quickly eliminate the good from the great.
Ep. 05 | Aired Jun 25, 2014

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Round Three: Jazz Choreography

The next style taught by Sonya Tayeh demanded an athletic approach to jazz, which the choreographer said needed to be on fire—figuratively of course. (We aren't in Vegas any more after all.) Again, dancers were being thrown if the genre was unfamiliar to them, especially Marie Poppins and fellow krumper Jaja. However, tapper Zach Everheart proved that a dancer shouldn't be defined by the shoes they wear most often and was the "star of his group" according to Nigel and was still able to shine while out of his element. Steven unfortunately didn't really have a clue. He probably had other things on his mind since his wife finally gave birth, so maybe it was a good thing that he was one of 12 dancers sent home. And if he needs a nanny, Marie Poppins is now also available after getting eliminated as well. After being told this by Cat (and totally making her nervous), Jaja gave a performance worthy of a Shankman stank face. She was given a chance to dance for her life and did it, so she will be one of 65 dancers going on.

Round Four: Ballroom Choreography 

There is no rest for the rhythmic as another long night of choreography begins with show alums Dmitry Chaplin and Anya Garnis demonstrating a flirty routine to Kesha's "Timber." Some contestants took flirty the wrong way and got a little too physical with each other; one dancer accidentally knocked her partner's tooth out with her elbow. After another hour of being taught the moves, the partners were given the entire night to learn the routines (and hopefully one another's name) before performing in the morning.

Standouts in this round include tapper Zach Everheart (again) and his partner, fellow tapper Valerie Rockey, who both had a great ability to draw attention to themselves while performing and were deemed Tara's favorites. Mary was a fan of contemporary dancer Rudy Abreu, who wanted to prove he could be more than just that (a common theme here, clearly). He definitely proved it with his "amazing" performance. It was nice to see Emilio Dosal back again after having to withdraw last year when he was kicked in the face during the first rehearsal of the top 20. He's come back more confident and more prepared and ready to surprise judges. One surprise is that he is a member of the same dance crew with Jaja and they wisely choose to partner together, and they make it through.

Round Five: Contemporary Choreography 

Usually the "dreaded" contemporary round can bring some of the most intense moments of the callbacks with high stakes and high expectations from choreographer Travis Wall. In fact (according to Cat's voice-over at least), it was one of the most successful contemporary rounds in years. Bridget Whitman, who had auditioned for the show as a way of honoring her late father, threw herself a little too much into the piece and was almost dropped by her partner at one point, however, and was given the chance to dance for her life. Though not unanimous (the men were not fans), Bridget became one of 21 girls and 29 boys to make an even 50 for the next group rounds.

NEXT: One love, not enough eliminations

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