Nattering With Nigel (Lythgoe)

By Victoria Looseleaf

If it’s May it must be time for another season of Fox TV’s hit series, So You Think You Can Dance. We gotta say: We love the show and are excited to see another batch of dancers, some fabulous, some not so fabulous, some wacky, some wonderful. The point is this: SYTYCD is a great showcase for both choreographers and performers alike. And the big news this season (its 9th, canyabelieve), is that the show has been scaled back to just one night a week from two.

But don’t fret, dear readers, it’s all good. In fact, there will be more dance, not less, and we got the scoop straight from the horse’s mouth, Mr. Nigel Lythgoe, himself (right, with Angelina Ballerina). Click here to read our Dance Magazine story about the revamping of the show; click here to read past posts about the Brit who has done so much to promote dance, including his starting the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization to help underprivileged young people realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers and to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Right on, bro!

Finally: Click here to read about the dynamic Debbie Allen, who will be a judge during some of the auditions; click here to read about Sonya Tayeh, who’s doing another new work for Los Angeles Ballet this month. And since we don’t want any of you getting carpal tunnel syndrome from all this clicking/linking business, here’s one final click that also concerns dance. In this case it’s about the Minkus of dancemakers, Benjamin Millepied (he’s Natalie Portman’s beau), and his work for Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. We’ve also got some of the skinny on his so-called 2012 L.A. Dance Project.

In the interim, put on your dancing shoes and let’s all get our groove(s) on!

About Victoria Looseleaf

Victoria Looseleaf is an award winning arts journalist and regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, KUSC-FM radio, Dance Magazine, Performances Magazine and other outlets. She roams the world covering dance, music, theater, film, food and architecture. Have pen - and iPad - will travel! Her latest book, "Isn't It Rich? A Novella In Verse" is now available on Amazon. Thank you for reading! Cheers...
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