Let's start with the highlights they didn't have time to show us before tonight:
Michael Kim a popper from Washington D.C. He auditioned in Season 2 but was eliminated in Vegas. In the meantime he's been training and it certainly pays off. His great dancing gets him sent straight through to Vegas.
Katee Shean and Natalie Reid roommates from Los Angeles. That whole onesie thing is awesome. Strange, but very interesting. Katee's contemporary piece is great. The crowd loves her and so do the judges. She's sent straight to Vegas. I'll call Natalie's piece contemporary but she has an interpretive dance flair. Very dramatic. Nigel is engrossed, Mary thinks it's unique and different, and Mia thinks it's honest and vulnerable. Like her rommie, she'd sent straight to Vegas.
Janette Manrara and Romulo Villaverde they Salsa their way into choreography after looking very rough in their warm-up with a botched lift. Their tricks and lifts are great. Nigel thinks Alex DaSilva would have loved their routine (hello huge compliment). Although all the judges uniformly love Janette their not so sure about Romulo, who has sloppy footwork. After choreography Janette is through to Vegas and Romulo gets sent home.
And on to the Milwaukee auditions
Our guest judges are husband and wife hip-hop team Tabitha and Napoleon.
Bianca Revels our first audition of the day is a tap dancer who is a full time student and started dancing as a kid. She's trained with a lot of impressive dancers including the late and great Gregory Hines as well as Savignon Glover. The judges are duly impressed, with both her technique and her mentors, and send her straight through to Vegas.
James Davis I guess I should know by now that if they talk big they usually can't deliver. Even though he's been training for a year with various choreographers his time on stage doesn't seem to be a result of that. Mary finds him silly, not "simply irresistible" as he had hoped. Napoleon says he can't dance. James wants to go through to choreography to prove himself but the judges send him home. He threatens to try out again next year.
Evan Kasprzak I wrote down that his style is Broadway but the judges talk about Gene Kelly and Evan evoking the dance style of the 1940s and 50s. I think he is a delight to watch, as did the judges. He's put straight through to Vegas.
Victor Campos his strange dance, and with a mask no less, is meant to symbolize "the conflict of individuality and societies pressures." The judges have no conflict in sending him home, especially when he's rude to Nigel without cause.
Travis France I'm not sure toe touches and haphazardly moving across the stage qualify as a dance style. The judges send him home.
Kourtni Lind Kourtni's good friend and dance instructor, who also goes by the name Mom, accompanies her daughter to the audition. Moving to Los Angeles at the age of 16 to dance shows some serious motivation to be a dancer. And she delivers big time. Her contemporary piece is very dramatic. Nigel thinks it's well choreographed and Tabitha thinks Kourtni communicates beautifully. Of course she's sent straight through to Vegas.
Tom Kozol I would call his style jumping with hip-hop elements. The judges are clearly amused. They encourage him to keep dancing and keep having fun, but send him home to tend to his earless goats.
Ashley Henry she wants to be on the hot tamale train so badly she can taste it. Her hip- hop routine leaves much to be desired but her charisma carries her through to choreography. The judges aren't that impressed but they encourage her to take lessons and hope to see her back next year. Ashley does them one better telling them she's already signed herself up for ballet. I really love her attitude. I hope she comes back next year and brings it.
Susie Garcia the 24 year-old teacher from Miami who is regularly mistaken for a student. Are we surprised? She calls her style of dancing, "Latin sassy flavor." The judges call it weak with some glimpses of good dancing. After being put through to choreography, this schoolteacher is headed to Vegas.
Rebecca Hart auditioned in Los Angeles and was told her dancing wasn't from the heart. Her contemporary piece is nice and gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from both Nigel and Mary. Tabitha sees an element of artifice in her dancing but Rebecca makes it though to Vegas this time.
Brice Casimir there are some people in life that are a joy to be around and he seems like one of those people. Originally from Cameron, Africa Brice relocated to Phoenix about 2 or 2 ½ years ago. He works part time in a retirement home and brings joy to many people there, especially those that don't have any family. The judges think his hip-hop piece is lacking an emotional connection to the audience but they send them through to choreography. Unfortunately he's not good enough to make it to Vegas.
My favorites from Day One are Evan Kasprzak and Kourtni Lind. They were just delightful to watch. Ashley Henry gets an honorable mention for her great personality and amazing attitude.
Cooper Zamorano his contemporary style reminds Nigel of Travis Wall. While I like his piece, there is just a little too much spinning for me. I wanted to see him dance a little more. The rest are in agreement with Nigel, as am I, and Cooper is off to Vegas.
Yesenia Gomez hip-hopper Yese made it to Vegas last year but no further. She went home and immediately went about changing her life. After they judges gave her a chance she was finally ready to make changes in her life. She lost 50 pounds and has been training all year for this. Unfortunately her knee, which she hurt recently, gives out on her and she can't continue. Nigel urges Yese to take care of herself and hopes he'll see her next year. I'm disappointed she's not going to Vegas again, but I think she'll be a force to reckon with next year. What an inspiration.
Philip Courter a good friend of Yese and a great B Boy. He tried out last year as well. He's got a lot of personality out on the dancer floor and I like his piece. He's very emotional as the judges prepare to critique him. Nigel couldn't take his eyes of Philip and Tabitha and Napoleon love him. He's going to Vegas.
Raymond Love I don't think we've ever seen Nigel stop an audition so quickly, give the dancers advice, and then have them start again. Nigel wanted to see more of a connection between the partners, more emotion, and so did I. Nigel thinks Raymond might be a great choreographer but he doesn't make it to Vegas. What did you guys think about him? I didn't love Raymond's reaction to Nigel when he thought Nigel was implying something about his sexuality. I'll let you make your own suppositions and observations about him but I'm very curious to hear your thoughts.
Hao Hou strange outfit and not very good dancing. He's goes big (I guess) and goes home.
Lizz Plott our auditions started with a tap dancer and now they end with one. Although tap is what she does and who she is Lizz chose to audition last year with a contemporary hip-hop piece. I personally don't remember her from last year and it seems as if she didn't make it to Vegas. But she does this year. The judges think she's great.
Our mystery dancer turns out to be Travis Wall. I enjoyed his dancing. That's really all I have to stay about that.
My favorite from Day Two is Philip Courter.
Join me back here tomorrow for Vegas week. I. Cannot. Wait.
Lets start with the highlights they didnt have time to show us before tonightMichael Kim a popper from Washington DC He auditioned in Season 2 but was eliminated in Vegas In the meantime hes been training and it certainly pays off His great dancing gets him sent straight through to VegasKatee Shean and Natalie Reid roommates from Los Angeles That whole onesie thing is awesome Strange but very interesting Katees contemporary piece is great The crowd loves her and so do the judges Shes sent straight to Vegas Ill call Natalies piece contemporary but she has an interpretive dance flair Very dramatic Nigel is engrossed Mary thinks its unique and different and Mia thinks its honest and vulnerable Like her roomie shes sent straight to VegasJanette Manrara and Romulo Villaverde they Salsa their way into choreography after looking very rough in their warm-up with a botched lift Their tricks