VIDEOS: So You Think You Can Dance Best All-Time Performances

Tonight is the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance 2012 season 9. There will be lots of knockout dancing, emotionally charged moments, and over the top performances. I can only expect high levels of performances from the new class So You Think You Can 2012. For the past eight seasons, the choreographers and the dancers have worked tirelessly to present to the audience highly intricate dance numbers and great stories. I cannot wait to see who will be the standout contestants, and what will be the standout performance of So You Think You Can Dance 2012.

So as we approach the new season of So You Think Can Dance 201,2 its time we look back at some of the best moments from previous seasons. Let’s look at my top five favorite So You Think You Can Dance pieces. It was really hard to narrow down it to just five performances, but here is my best attempt:

#5.Chelsie Hightower & Mark Kanemura’s “Bleeding Love” Hip Hop Performance from Season 4

Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura were both standouts  all season, but their combination of in sync dancing, drawing on the story of a couple in turmoil and the very popular “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. The steal her heart moment stayed in my head many years after that performance.  Truly, a classic number.

#4. Stephen “Twich” Boss and Sasha Malloy’s “Misty Blue” Hip Hop Performance from season 8

I don’t think using the term “hot” really accurately captures the steam that came from my television as they performed that piece.  The comments that came after, made it more memorable: “soggy milk.” Twich, since he’s become an all-star continues to do some of the best hip-hop dancing in So You Think You Can Dance history, and this one was no exception. This performance did not just scream “sexy” but it was danced so well, and had these little subtle technical moments. Sasha Mallory stood out ,to me, the most the entire season. Her contemporary performances radiated beautifully, but in this number she shows she really can dance anything. As Twich said this number was “better than breakfast”

#3.Robert Roldan & Allison Holker’s  “Fix You” Contemporary Performance from Season 7

Adding past contestants as choreographers is probably one of the smartest moves the producers of So You Think You Dance have done. Travis Wall and Benji Schwimmer were my favorites on season two, and they have choreographed some of the best and most memorable performances.  Travis Wall made this piece to give tribute to his mother and let her know she means everything to him. Robert Roldan and Allison Holker excellently captured a son trying to be the support his mom needs. After leaps, lifts, and lunges the audience and judges were left in tears. It did not help that “Fix You” by Coldplay played the whole time, one of the most emotion inducing songs of all time. Travis Wall really deserved his Emmy nomination after this one, and a great body of work all season.

#2.Travis Wall and Heidi Groskrutz “Calling You” Contemporary Performance from Season 2

This was one of the first pieces that I saw that really brought the emotion and technique. I love Mia Michaels as a choreographer and each performance after this one, she just pushed the dancers to their limits. I think this was probably the dance that made me love Travis Wall as a performer and made him runner-up. Heidi Groskrutz also held her own on this one. Such beauty and love signified in this piece, and the bench prop really helped show how simplicity can go far in a performance.

#1. Alex Wong and Twich “Outta Your Mind” Hip Hop Performance from Season 7

Click hereto relive this great clip. (Sorry, embedding disallowed.)

I do not think I have ever been so mad someone had an injury and could not continue performing. I was rooting for Alex Wong to win the whole thing.  Then  after seeing him do this performance and the mixture of ballet and hip hop…Legen-wait for it-dary!  There may be a lot of great performances, but I can not think of any one better than this.

It really was hard to narrow it down to just five, so here are some other favorites.

As stated, Benji Schwimmer and Travis Wall are probably my favorite performers of all time on So You Think You Can Dance history, and them doing their “Gyrate” geek hip hop number was so funny and memorable.

Twich really has had some of the most memorable performances in So You Think You Can Dance history, and his performance of “Mercy” with Katee Shean was one of the first. Four words: swinging on a door.

So what were your favorite performances of So You Think You Can Dance past seasons? Tell us about them in the comment box.

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