Tuesday, July 22, 2008

So You Think You Can Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog

In the 5th grade, I won an impromptu dance contest for an anti-drug campaign that came to my school. They corralled a bunch of classes into the cafeteria, put on some music and said they'd give a prize to the best guy and girl dancer. I won a t-shirt and some buttons.

When I was in the 6th grade, I was voted "Most Likely To Become a Solid Gold Dancer."

My friends and I watched "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (the movie, not the Cyndi Lauper video) and begged our moms to enroll us in dance class. I tried ballet and jazz for a season, but wasn't a big fan.

I've taken some hip-hop classes at my gym and can hold my own. I joke that in my next life, I'll be a back-up dancer.

Naturally, I'm a big fan of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance. I got into it during the second season. Lucky for me my co-worker (CW) is also a big fan. And even luckier for me is that her sister works for FOX and was able to get us into last night's taping for this week's So You Think You Can Dance!

My CW's sis told the folks at the show that I was pregnant, so they originally had seats guaranteed for us. But then apparently some celeb wanted to attend the taping so our guaranteed seats were no longer guaranteed. Not a big deal. When we arrived and asked for a specific contact, as instructed, she came to great us at the VIP Gate. She was excited to chat with me about being pregnant, seeing as she had an 11-month-old son herself. She gave us some swanky badges and said that although she couldn't get us seats, we'd be welcome to rest in the Green Room when I got tired. Sweet!

They made us leave cell phones and cameras at the door, so sadly I have no pics to share. Take my word for it, though, when I say that the Green Room was pretty cool - a lot of tables with gorgeous floral centerpieces, a barista making blended drinks and coffees, a buffet table, flat screen TVs to watch the taping if you were hanging there instead of in the studio, etc.

After chilling in there for about a half hour, we were escorted into the studio. The stage, and set overall actually, is MUCH smaller in person than it appears on TV. We were asked to wait in another area while they ushered in "the masses" (aka peeps who didn't have the cool VIP badges like us). After everyone was seemingly settled, they brought my CW and I to a little mosh pit area to the right of the stage (if you're looking at the stage from the audience's point of view). We were only standing there for a minute and a half before our lovely point of contact came over and said, "Oooh, we got some seats for you gals!" She led us to the risers where there were seats for me to rest my pregnant feet. It was also a much better vantage point of the stage.

My CW leaned over and said, "Thank you for being pregnant!" Heh. I've said it before and I'll say it again - pregnancy has its priviledges.

We were seated behind Joshua and Chelsie's families, so if they show them holding up signs during tomorrow's episode, look for me behind them.

We also had a pretty good view of the choreographers' section. Most of my favorites were there as they had choreographed routines this week, which just made me gleeful.

My CW and I were most excited to see Will, Twitch and Joshua. Love those boys! I'm also a big fan of Courtney and Chelsie.

I won't reveal any spoilers, but I have to say that this was probably the best episode of the season. There's a really different but surprisingly relevant guest judge this week. There was probably only one performance that I wasn't a huge fan of. And I'm not just saying that because I was there to experience it live. Even the judges noted that it was a really good night.

If you're a fan, be sure not to miss this episode.

Michael: Stripper? Could I ask you a question? About women? Um … should I tell my girlfriend that you danced up on me?
Elizabeth: Secret secrets are no fun. Secret secrets hurt someone.
Michael: Wow. Thank you.
- The Office


  1. I love SYTYCD! I think this season is really good but I was hella mad that Kherington got the boot. I'm still not over it:(

    I do love the boys though. Will's body is so sexy.

  2. Still jealous. Ummm, Will needs to go STAT. Everyone else should stay and they should all win YAY! Trust that I will not be missing this week's episode.

    p.s. I cried when Gev got kicked off.

  3. nice! I'm going to look for you tomorrow. I take a hip-hop class at my gym too and love it- although i don't think I could survive outside of the confines of the mirrored glass in the workout room. ;)

  4. OMG - I work for the guy who created the show and even I can't get tix for the Monday tapings. That's so awesome!!!! I'm a HUGE fan of the show as well and can't wait to see this week after reading your blog.

  5. yay for VIP badges! i LOVE that secret secrets quote.

  6. Eeek! I'm so excited! Will & Katee are mine and Daniel's faves. We'll look for you! How fun!

  7. VIP passes + pregnancy = fabulous

  8. I've always known there was one dancer missing on Solid Gold (I loved that show).

  9. I don't watch the show, but maybe I'll tivo for a shot at my pregger friend soaking up all the pregnancy benefits. :)

  10. oh that is so cool you got to go to the show. sounds like fun!

  11. when i was little i used to tell people i wanted to be a dancer on solid gold. you must have the grooves, baby!

  12. I loved the history from your dancin' days :) You're like the umpteenth person to suggest watching So You Think You Can Dance. Glad pregnancy has it's perks. Think you can work your magic for the Jack show?

  13. I LOVE SYTYCD!!!! I cannot wait for tomorrow's episode. I wonder if you made it into the background.

  14. OMG!!! I'm so so so so jealous!!! I can't wait to see tomorrow's episode. :-)

  15. Slow, slow, quick, quick slow! (Sorry, you mentioned Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and it popped into my head!)

    Yeay for TV shows and being pregnant! :)

  16. Oh!! I am SO jealous! I will be looking for you tonight!

  17. You are SO lucky! I love that show - just finished watching it, in fact - and love Will, then Katie, then Twitch, then Joshua. I wish I had been there!

  18. Love your dance stories. In the eighth grade I had two friends come over and try to teach me some dance moves. (I think back then it was stuff like the 'running man' or whatev) Well it ended with them telling me I was hopeless!

    I love the variety of dance on SYTYCD - even have my hubby hooked. Very cool you got to see a live taping!! Last night as we were watching the show all I kept thinking was 'Man the only negative about being in the audience is you can't fast forward thru Mary's high pitched comments'. (I love her reviews... when she talks normal - but as soon as the high pitch hits, I cringe!)

    It was a great night! Will's solo last night was awesome. I wish I had Chelsea's legs. Courtney was my fav girl solo. Katee really does capture the room when she dances. Twitch is my boy crush. I wish I had half their talent! Makes me want to sign my kiddees up for dance (um. when I have kiddees).

  19. Lucky! I am so jealous. I'm a little obsessed with the show. My mom made me quit dance after 10yrs as I was entering HS and I have yet to let go of that resentment. My last year of dance, I was lucky enough during a dance workshop at a competition in Orlando, to take a class with Mia Michaels. I had no clue who she was back then though.