So You Think You Can Dance Tour To Stop at the Beacon Theatre in New York City Tonight

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So You Think You Can Dance, the 11-time Primetime†Emmyģ Award-winning show that†sparked Americaís fascination with dance, has hit the road to captivate audiences again this fall with more stops than ever before. Tonight, the†So You Think You Can Dance Tour†is stopping at New York City’s iconic Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The So You Think You Can Dance Tour†features this seasonís most popular routines, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. The tour gives fans around the country the opportunity to experience the action brought into their living rooms each week on the beloved summer series, with a variety of sizzling, one-of-a-kind dance routines they have come to expect from their favorite dancers.

The tour kicked off on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans and is crossing the United States and Canada with more than 70 stops. The first leg of the tour will finish up on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Maverick Center in West Valley City, UT. The dancers will return for the second leg of the tour, starting at the Rabobank Theatre in Bakersfield, CA, on Thursday, Jan. 22.

The Season 11 dancer lineup includes the following Top 10 finalists: Bridget Whitman, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal, Jacque LeWarne, Jessica Richens, Ricky Ubeda, Rudy Abreu, Tanisha Belnap, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart.

We caught up with dancer†Casey Askew†and alternate†Emily James†to talk about what it’s like being on tour, their favorite city they’ve performed in so far, and how they’ve grown as a dancer since their first audition. Check out the Q&A below. To see when the So You Think You Can Dance Tour comes to your city, click here.

CS4U: So you guys are currently on tour! How is it being back with everyone from the show?

Emily: “Oh, itís awesome! Itís really cool being back with everybody in kind of a different atmosphere. There doesnít seem to be as much stress going around. Weíre having a lot of fun being all together touring.”

CS4U: Thatís awesome! You perform some of the fan favorite dances on tour. Is there a favorite of yours that didnít make it into the show?

Emily: “I think one of my favorites I did was my contemporary duet with my partner, Teddy. We were a little bummed we couldnít do that one on tour. That was definitely one of our favorites from the season.”

Casey: “I feel like all of my favorite dances are on tour.”

CS4U: And how is it performing those fan favorites for your fans in person?

Casey: “Itís really fun because they know all the dances and there are certain ones that they get really excited for. So itís really fun performing a fan favorite dance because they just get really excited and it pumps us up when weíre on stage.”

CS4U: And what city has been your favorite to visit so far?

Emily: “Thatís a tough one! Theyíve all been so different but also so great. I think one of my personal favorites was probably St. Louis because we had a day off there so we had a little more timeówe didnít have a day off, but we woke up really early to try and explore the city, and I had never been so it was really fun.”

Casey: “My favorite cityÖI have a couple. One was Minneapolis. I feel like the audience there was just really in it with us, and they were pumping us up a lot on stage, and thatís actually a big facto. Weíre not trying to pit our audiences against each other, but Minneapolis had an amazing crowd and amazing energy, and that just made the energy for all of us performing so much better. I also loved Austin. I think that city is just such a beautiful city. I had never been to Texas, and after going there I want to go back, definitely.”

CS4U: How would you say youíve changed over your experience from your first audition until now?

Emily: “I think, for me personally, itís a confidence thing, and just being able to go out on a stage and just give it my all without over-thinking everything. I think I was a little bit timid at my first audition, and if I had to do it all over again I think I would know to go on stage with a bit more confidence in what Iím doing and just kind of own my individual style a little more.”

Casey: “Iím a lot stronger. Thereís a lot of partnering because everything is duets with a girl, so youíre constantly lifting. I think I got a lot stronger as partners through the show, so Iím really happy about that.”

CS4U: Could you tell our readers at home why they should go see the show?

Emily: “You should definitely come see the show because itís a whole new ballgame, the live show compared to on TV. On TV, we kind of had to more perform to the cameras because our audience had to watch us through a TV screen. But being up close and personal to the show, itís just so cool because you can really feel our energy being thrown out to the audience. Itís a very exciting and entertaining show, and it never stops. Thereís always something going on on stage.”

Casey: “Yeah, I would say I feel like people should come to the show because youíre seeing it a completely different way than the live shows. Like Emily said, before we were performing through a TV screen, which a lot of things can get lost through the TV. I feel like when you see it live itís a completely different thing and I feel that itís a completely better show than when we were doing it for the cameras just because you have that raw energy of us on the stage thatís a lot more intimate than watching us on TV screens, so thatís why people should come see the live show.”

CS4U: If you could describe the show with one word, what word would you use?

Casey: “I would say ďseamlessĒ because thereís a lot of added transitions into the show that make all the pieces flow together so itís not just like you watch a danceóblackoutóand then another dance comes on for no reason. Thereís lots of cool transitions between the duets that make the show very seamless.”

CS4U: Thanks so much for talking to us, guys, and we wish you the best of luck on the rest of your tour and your careers!

 

 

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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