I just watched my DVR recording of last night's So You Think You Can Dance. The guest performance by Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre amazed me. It also brought back one of the most embarrassing moments of my entire college experience (and trust me, there's stiff competition for that title).
In college, I was part of my school's Dance Company (I've learned to phrase this carefully, ever since the time I told a someone, "I danced in college..." and her response was, "Cool--did it pay well?" I stared at her blankly, not comprehending that she thought I'd spent the hours between my Chinese Foreign Policy and Crafting the Long-Form Essay classes spinning around a pole in my underwear, rather than standing at a ballet barre...) Anyway...
One of our guest choreographers was from Alvin Ailey. I was terrified, and it showed. At one point, I did one too many pirouettes, lost my spot, and came terribly close to throwing up on said guest choreographer. "Are you okay?" he asked, looking at me with thinly-veiled horror. "I'm fine," I gasped. And then, without thinking: "It's just your sweater...it's so orange...it's making me dizzy..."
Needless to say, I was in the back row for the rest of that piece.
And for the record, the money was terrible :)
One other thought about last night's show (aside from my LOVE for the top ten dancers): is it just me, or did Katy Perry look like the evil sister Lisa from Dirty Dancing? You know, in the talent show scene where she dressed Hawaiian and sang "You can wackle all you wanna, while I hula all the day away"? Just a thought.