Wednesday, July 22, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance: Melissa and Ade

(Image from -- Melissa and Ade)

Tonight was the 99th episode of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. In celebration and in anticipation of tomorrow night's 100th episode, Ellen Degeneres joined the three judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, and Mia Michaels. But the celebration wasn't the highlight of the evening.

No, tonight the stars were Tyce, Melissa, and Ade. Tyce Diorio choreographed an incredible piece about brea-st cancer, danced by ballet dancer Melissa, wearing a headscarf often work by cancer patients, and contemporary dancer Ade. It was touching and real and emotional and beautifully, powerfully, delicately, passionately danced. It quite literally took my breath away and I was in tears by the close of the piece. So were both dancers. So was the choreographer. So were all four judges -- all four choked up while giving their feedback to the dancers. It was an amazing, incredible dance, one not to be forgotten.

I highly, highly recommend watching the show Thursday night at 9:00 PM on Fox. (Not sure if it's going to be on earlier because of the 100th episode, so check Fox at 8:00 PM to be sure.) I hope, hope that they will again show the amazing piece choreographed by Tyce and danced brilliantly, fearlessly, and compassionately by Melissa and Ade. It was the most memorable dance I have ever seen on SYTYCD, and I've been watching since Season 1.

Words really cannot express the poignancy of this dance.

Trust me. Don't miss it.

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