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