Times-Union Center – Moran Theater
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Tour 2014 shimmied its way into Jax on Thursday to a packed house. The diverse audience of women, men (more than I anticipated seeing), and teens and tweens was clearly made up of die hard fans of the hit TV show and not just season ticket holder out just to see whatever show was on stage. These were true fans out for the live experience and the excitement in the air was palpable. As an avid viewer of the show, there were plenty of familiar dances seen on the series that were thrilling to see live, but also a nice balance of new acts peppered in to keep it fresh for long time fans like myself. Much like the show the acts varied from Broadway, tap, jazz, and classic choreography along side the more modern edge moves all of which complimented one another with seamless non-stop set transitions from one number to the next.
Season 11 winner Ricky Ubeda lived up to every expectation along with surprisingly good performances by Jessica Richens and Marcquet Hill. Fan favorite Rudy Abreu showed a notable improvement from his time on the show to the live stage. But the standout performance of the night was from Tanisha Belnap. I underestimated her talents just from watching the show. Live she was a beast on stage that I could not take my eyes off of. Regardless if you are a fan or a newb to the show, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE live had all the right moves for an exciting night out.
by Jessica DuPont
for Movement Magazine