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Thanks for including the Rockafeller Skank WC Swing. I know it’s designed to be too cool for ballroom, but damnit, it works.

Can you help a brother out? I have barely any memory for names and faces let alone seasons and routines. However, I remember this one move that flat made me shit my pants.

It was a healthy girl, maybe Donyelle but I want to say she was heavier than that (my memory may be adding pounds) and it was an up-tempo ballroom thing. Maybe a quickstep or foxtrot but I thought it was tricksier than that. I don’t think the partner was Benji. I think it was either one of several Russians built like concrete posts or any of the several brick shithouse black guys who look really better than me with open shirts. Tall and strong are the keywords here.

At the end of the routine, healthy girl X plumb throws herself with reckless abandon–backwards!!–across the stage into the waiting arms of her partner. Clear across the stage with the utmost faith that someone would catch her.

I’ve been looking for two days for that jump but without enough search parameters it’s left to my porous memory.

Please, Mr. Bird. Help me.

–Danceless in Bucks County

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Donyelle and Dmitri, Lindy hop, U.S. season 2 (top 10).

However, that’s a pretty average Lindy hop. If you want to see a much better one, track down Izaak and Arassay doing a Benji Schwimmer Lindy hop in season 1 of the Canadian show (top 8).

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ivoryandhorn said on May 21st, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Taking a moment to delurk so I can say that I really enjoy your SYTYCD posts, especially this “The Best of” series.

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Yes! All made of awesome, though I missed Martha and Travis doing “Steam Heat”, which is one of my all-time favorite Broadway pieces of the series.

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JQ_NW_American said on May 21st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Maybe, if you have a moment, a group routine review? Certainly not as diverse and a lot less to chose from, but with a bunch of different seasons and franchises, there’s got to be a spectrum of AMAZING to INTOLERABLE.

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NCallahan said on May 21st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Huh, well, I’m bored, let’s look at this-

*watches the Katee & Joshua Bollywood routine*

Why the god fuck damn haven’t I been watching this show?!

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Quinctia said on May 21st, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Even if it’s just me in the comments, we need to have a mention of this Lisa/Nico jazz funk routine choreographed by Blake because it’s pretty freaking hot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2c0xYRpxhA

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You may have just enticed me enough through your “best of” series to force me into watching the new season. Congrats.

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Huh, well, I’m bored, let’s look at this-

*watches the Katee & Joshua Bollywood routine*

Why the god fuck damn haven’t I been watching this show?!

Well, I hope that at least prompted you to go watch all the other clips I posted as well. I tend to like the good stuff, after all.

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The dancing is great. The judges are annoying and melodramatic. Especially last night.

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YES YES YES Quinticia!

The Lisa/Nico Jazz Funk number of the ages!

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I second the sentiments on both the #1 Bollywood number (WOW) and the request for a top group routine list. I love big dance numbers.

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