'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: Out Of The Comfort Zone

By Sandrine Milet

After Wednesday night's (June 23) episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" and with only 10 contestants remaining, it's easy to say that at this point, it's anyone's game. There weren't any outstanding performances (such as Alex Wong's last week) nor were there any terrible routines that made the judges say "get ready to dance for your life tomorrow." But although there was a lack of standing ovations, dramatic tears or complete upsets, one thing is for sure: We got to see many of the dancers step out of their comfort zones.

The best was getting to see Billy Bell, the amazing technical contemporary dancer, attempt to krump in a routine with Comfort that was choreographed by Lil C. He definitely seemed out of place, which Adam pointed out was a "failed experiment," but I'll have to agree with Nigel in that he really tried his best and gave it his all. I don't think we'll be seeing him krump again any time soon, but the judges concluded that he's an amazing dancer besides that, so it really doesn't matter (but isn't versatility a big part of the show?).

Jose chose Katherine, and together they danced a Bollywood routine. Even though he struggled with the style (and struggled to even understand what Bollywood is), he had fun and kept a smile on the whole time while tackling the steps. Robert was also completely out of his element, as he was paired up with Anya to dance a steamy Paso Doble. I thought the performance as a whole was great, but the judges weren't in complete agreement. Nigel thought it was fantastic, Mia wanted more power and commitment and Adam agreed with both of them (he, apparently, is "Switzerland").

This time around, the judges thought that Melinda (the tapper) did a solid job in a contemporary routine with Ade with choreography by Stacey Tookey. I found the routine to be forgettable, but the judges felt that her legs, feet and lines were impressive. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see Ashley dance in a style different then her own (the Travis Wall jazz routine didn't look more like a contemporary routine), but all in all, she looked great.