So You Think You Can Dance Tangoed into Town

The dance competition show's annual tour brought top contestants, popular routines and new numbers to the Pearl Concert Theater.

Fox’s dance competition show, So You Think You Can Dance, tangoed into Las Vegas on Friday at the Pearl Concert Theater with its annual tour, which features the current season’s top 10 contestants. The event showcases some of the more popular routines from Season 14, along with new numbers choreographed specifically for the live shows. Being a novice at anything dance-related, I felt it was important to bring expert eyes to critique the performance at Palms Casino Resort, so I was joined by my 8-year-old daughter Ilana, an Academy Student at Nevada Ballet Theatre who takes about six different classes and has done so for the past six years.

Photo by Bryan Steffy

The show opened with several fast-paced numbers and also included video intros from a mix of the television series’ judges and choreographers. One standout was “Prism” by Nathan Lanier,  a group number using white blocks choreographed by Chris Scott. Ilana loves a good prop, and this one didn’t disappoint.

“The idea to use a prop that not a lot of people would use was good and the dance was good too,” she said.

Another highlight was Robert and Jasmine’s hip-hop performance to “Perm” by Bruno Mars and their creative use of hairspray during the number.

“I like that they sprayed it and it wasn’t just the can as a prop,” Ilana said.

While the first half of the show moved like quickstep, the post-intermission portion proved to be more like the waltz. With more contemporary and modern dance numbers, Ilana was losing interest fast. Thankfully, the show moved on to Broadway, Ilana’s favorite. After watching Koine and Season 14 winner Lex perform to “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, she was all jazz hands again.

“This was my favorite because they handed out pizza boxes to people in the audience and I thought that was funny,” she said. “Overall, the show was amazing, and I felt like part of the show because of how lively the numbers were and the energy of the dancers.”