After a two week break for the Olympics 2016, So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation is back with the Top 6. The contestants all danced a solo, with their All Star partners in their genre of dance and with another contestant as well.
During the break, they were given the task of coming back with one of their skills to show the other contestants and All Stars. Ruby was first to reveal her skill as a filmmaker with a hilarious video of her doing the Bean Boozled Challenge. Tahani brought her love of fashion and taught everyone how to make bows. Tate revealed probably the most surprising as a singer/songwriter, and wow does she have a voice. J.T. showed off his pogo stick skills while Emma brought in her trombone to play. Lastly, Kida impressed with his knowledge of sign language.
First up was Kida with All Star Fik-Shun. Choreographed by Luther Brown, the motorcycle themed hip hop piece did nothing short of impressing the judges. Paula even said it was getting boring to keep complimenting them every week, but that’s a good thing. During his interview with host Cat Deely, it is revealed Kida has a crush on one of the other contestants but refused to reveal. We even tried to get it out of him and Fik-Shun after the show, but were only left to guess.
Tate and All Star Kathryn were next up to perform. Their contemporary piece was all about sisterhood and the two even admitted to becoming so close they felt like long lost sisters who were reconnected. While the judge’s were naturally blown away by Tate’s performance, Nigel did say he wanted Tate to work on bringing more emotion out in her performance.
The first contestant duo to perform was Emma and J.T.. The two danced in black and white, with only a rose in color. The dance was meant to be about crushes choreographed by Travis Wall. J.T. admitted it was a little easier to perform the dance with his crush Emma. The judges thought there were some shortcomings in their performance, but the two still seemed pretty upbeat.
Ruby and her All Star Paul were the next duo up, performing a jive piece that brought us right into the 1950’s. Choreographer Mark Ballas explained the dance was meant to be lighter than their previous performances and show more of their personalities. The performance had judge Jason dancing in his chair and Ruby was told it was like she came back from the break as a whole new dancer.
Kida and Tate were the next partners to step outside of their comfort zones and perform a Paso Doble dance. Kida played a gypsy musician who is distracted by Tate. The performance was more mature but both of the contestants stepped up to the plate and completely killed it. Paula applauded their ability to execute a difficult style.
Ruby and Tahani were the next pair of contestants to perform together. Al Blackstone choreographed this performance, having the two girls dance a broadway piece as best friends with one of the friends moving away. Maddie was impressed by their ability to stay in character, however Jason didn’t see this one as a stand out performance.
Emma performed with All Star Gaby and revealed she has been Gluten Free for a day. The pair tapped to “We Will Rock You”. Instead of following the well known beat, they made their own beat to the music. The judges loved the extra sound they added to the song and agreed that Emma is right up there with Gaby’s tap skills.
J.T. was up with All Star Robert. The two danced a broadway piece, with J.T. so accurately being inspired by older and more experienced dancer Robert. At the end, the signature hat Robert wears for the performance is handed down to J.T. While the judges weren’t impressed with J.T.’s partner dance with Emma, Nigel went on to say this performance will go to live on in his memory. They were even told they were the judges favorite pairing in the show.
Last up to perform was Tahani and All Star Comfort. Choreographed by Jamal Sims, the pair danced to the song “Banji”, which means Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality. The song was perfect to represent the pair who performed as Girl Scouts gone bad and with a bat in hand for 90% of the performance. Paula described the performance as fierce with Nigel saying Tahani inspires everyone.
At the end of the show, one had to go home, turning the Top 6 into the Top 5. Unfortunately for Ruby, it was her time to go with the lowest votes. Tune into So You Think You Can Dance Next Generation Monday at 8ET to see the top 5 perform next week!