Monday, July 16, 2012

SYTYCD

The acronym alone makes me giggle. It's long, unweildy and makes me think of summer.

In case you aren't a dance junkie the acronym stands for So You Think You Can Dance.

Every summer I let my children stay up way too late watching episodes of the reality show that is the American Idol of dancing. For those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, they even cash in their poker chips to watch, which goes to show just how much the show means to them.

We watch it live, no DVRing. The only exception to that rule is if sleepaway camp or vacation happens to come in between us and our show. We scan the awkward audition rounds, ignoring the inevitable bad dancers while we search for gems. And every year there are gems to be found. People who move their bodies as though gravity is just a rule and they've decided not to follow it.

The kids always have same-sex crushes. Last year Child #1 was in love with Sasha Mallory and this year she's rooting for Eliana Girard. Child #2 crosses his fingers for Will Thomas and last year he was seduced by the break dancing skills of Tad Gadduang.

Although you might think my favorite part of SYTYCD would be the dancing, you would be wrong. My favorite, hands down, nothing better than this, part of the show is the moment when my children  start performing their own SYTYCD-inspired dance routines.

Experience has taught me it's important to keep a straight face during these numbers, even though it's hard when it's a break dancing routine that involves odd facial contortions, hip-thrusting and pieces of paper gratuitously shredded and thrown in the air mid-performance.

The second best part of these routines are the commercials. It's a mark of the difference between my childhood and theirs that, at first, they had no idea the commercial were separate from the program and incorporated them into their routine. It was modern dance with leaps off the coffee table and a side of Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad.

It's still early in the season. I haven't been treated to any spectacular dance routines yet but I can feel them building. Yesterday I walked into Child #1's bedroom and found her practicing a pirouette with one leg in the air. Her eyes were locked on her own reflection in the mirror. "I wonder if Eliana can do this?" she said as she tucked a foot behind her head.

Eliana's skill sets are going to be nationally televised, but I'm lucky because I get my own private showing of SYTYCD, The Garth Family Episodes. I have a feeling season three might be the best yet!

15 comments:

Barbara Watson said...

I haven't watched SYTYCD...ever. But I wish I could watch your kids' version!!

Carol Kilgore said...

Love dance! I'd love to see your kids' version, too :)

Emily R. King said...

I love that show! I wish I had more time to watch it. I wish I COULD DANCE! :) I have dancer envy.

TL Cooper said...

"People who move their bodies as though gravity is just a rule and they've decided not to follow it." - Love, love, love this line. It applies to so many things... Life, writing, love, etc. People who push they boundaries because they've recognized the boundary as just a rule that doesn't have to be followed are the ones who create the best lives, the most engaging work, the things that move us forward.
I think you've just inspired my next blog post. Thanks!! :-)

Johanna Garth said...

Carol and Barbara, you don't know how tempting it was to put the kid's video's on the blog but they would never let me live it down if they found out!

Emily, ME TOO!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh how cute. Yah, we used to redo singing and dancing routines we saw on TV--long before the advent of reality shows. ( kids, we could put on some great shows. Well they were great to us. Mom and Dad were pretty good about keeping a straight face too!

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Mark Koopmans said...

Ohhh, what a great idea... tape our boys while watching SYTYCD and save the videos for the teenage years :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's cute that your children dance!

Gabrielle Meyer said...

We're American Idol fans and I love the performances in our home after an episode! Even my two year old twins get in on the action and I've found them standing on the stone hearth in our living room singing their hearts out in a gibberish that only they can understand. It's really priceless!

Hart Johnson said...

I think had it been this instead of American Idol that was out when my daughter was gung ho (middle school) I might have bought in. I couldn't do the singing thing, but the dancing I might have. I love the idea of your kids dancing to it!

Sarah Ahiers said...

I really LOVED Cole's Paso Doble on the first episode. So great! And we always DVR so we can fastforward through all the judges. We just want to see the dancing

Chuck said...

I am not a fan but my wife rabidly watches every show (mostly DVR'd) and shoos me out of the room when it is on. Reality shows are beginning to wear on me a bit. Plus summer is my "break from so much TV" time of year! Are you ready to hear about the Belize trip??

Jenny Morris said...

Haha, I really do need to come over and watch it with you! My kids love break dancing. It is so fun to watch. We loved Sasha and Tad too. ;0)

Shell Flower said...

I love how kids act everything out. Yours sound adorable. You should film a few of those routines for posterity. I bet they'd get a good laugh later.

Gina Gao said...

Although I don't dance myself, I really love this show. Its amazing how some people express themselves through dance.

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