I know people have been blogging/Facebooking/Tweeting about SYTYCD for, what, years now? I know because I have been tuning out whenever I see the letters SYTYCD. But I'm into it now and I have a couple of questions and comments. First of all, can someone explain chemistry to me? What is it? If you are an actor or a dancer and have chemistry with someone, does that mean you are secretly in love with them? Or get along with them really well? What is it? I ask this because I am wondering how being a gay man-dancer affects your chemistry with your hetero-woman dance partner. Are we allowed to talk about this? I guess I'm wondering if an element of chemistry is sexual attraction.
Next, so much depends on choreographers, right? There are the ballroom people who are great (the woman was on What Not to Wear, remember?), and there's Mandy Bore--I mean Moore, there's a bunch of other ones--including the notorious Russian Folk Dance creators who I picture as a sort of goofy version of Boris and Natasha. (Pity, they won't work in THIS town again.) And then there's Wade Robson. Wade Robson is the only one who knows how to make people look cool. He's cool, I guess, but more than that he can make up dance movements that make you look cool. That's a real talent. I think Wade Robson is some kind of genius. I mean, a lot of people say he is and I agree.
You can't talk about Wade without mentioning Michael Jackson--another genius who somehow could figure out which weird movements look cool all together. All the individual moves of Thriller are so strange. Who would have guessed the cumulative effect would be so awesome? Of course Wade was one of Michael Jackson's child proteges, along with Macaulay Culkin. And out of respect for Wade who is fiercely loyal to MJ, no jokes. But he must have learned a lot from him about dancing. Seriously.
I do think Wade is really cool, but there's something about being so obsessed with Michael Jackson that you copy his exact movements and outfits that is a little disarming and maybe just a tinge on the nerdy side of cool. Also, ever see a cool guy move his shoulders that fast? I bet you haven't. Wade pulls it off with aplomb--all 6'4 of him.