In Part 1 of the two-part Season 1 finale, the dancers salute the 25th anniversary of the Michael Jackson song "Thriller" and its video. They also must perform a synchronized dance rendering of the Jackson song "Man in the Mirror." Performer and choreographer Toni Basil makes an appearance.
The dancers practice in the art of storytelling, creating a routine that incorporates a concept, props and the modern-dance discipline. Jacques Heim, founder of the Diavolo dance company, is on hand as a guest judge.
The remaining dancers showcase their acting prowess for actor Jason Alexander. Then, they step up to master choreographic moves from the stage show "Damn Yankees." Alexander and choreographer Lee Martino serve as guest judges.
An appearance by Luke Cresswell, founder of the percussive dance troupe Stomp, highlights a challenge that features the remaining hoofers performing rhythmic Stomp-themed moves and traditional dance steps.
The dancers are divided into two teams and must perform an erotically charged tango before one of the hoofers is eliminated. French choreographer Cati Jean and dancer Carolina Cerisola serve as guest judges.
The 12 aspiring dancers party at an L.A. nightclub before having to master a Spice Girls dance routine. Appropriately, Spice Girl Mel B. is on hand as a guest judge. Elizabeth Berkley hosts and Jerry Mitchell serves as the hopefuls' mentor.