Dance fans got a chance to see and then vote for their favorites from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance along with other dance champions from around the world this weekend, at the launch of the national tour of Dancing Pro’s Live at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre. While only blocks away daredevil Nik Wallenda was getting ready to walk the walk 50 stories above the Windy City.
Just another Sunday in Chicago–with nobody missing a step.
Do we think they can dance? We must. Emmy-award-winning So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars are both long-running successes. The stars of those shows along with some of their European and Canadian counterparts were giving it all they had and then some at Dancing Pros Live.
For the first time together on stage, this weekend in Chicago, these dance pros were in top form as competed with one another to see who would be number one.
The live show in Chicago was hosted by Alan Thicke, star of the hit TV show Growing Pains. The Dancing Pros featured Edyta Sliwinska and Chelsie Hightower from Dancing with the Stars, and Ryan Di Lello, from So You Think You Can Dance. They were accompanied on stage by: actor and dancer, Oscar Orosco, and vocalists Joanna Pacitti, from “American Idol” Season 8, and Angel Taylor, from “The Voice” Season 2 and many other pro dancers. A panel of 3 celebrity judges included Chicago’s own WGN News Anchor Dina Bair.
The show’s format was similar to the popular TV shows and had almost a game-show type appeal. After watching short videos about their show/routine prep, each of the five pairs danced 2 rounds of dance solos that included contemporary lyrical, samba, swing, tango, waltz and the jitterbug. In between solos they had group production dances that included dance styles and songs from all genres to appeal to all audiences.
Production dance highlights included songs: Hey Big Spender, Bohemian Rhapsody, a Michael Jackson mix, and more.
What separated this show from other dance performances is that as audience members, we had the opportunity to “join the show” when we voted for our favorite dance couple via a remote attached to our seats. While the results were tallied, we were treated to a final production dance before they announced the winning couple and runner up. The audience clapped and cheered for their favorites and whether pleased or not with the decision that was made, the dancers and audience all celebrated with a fun closing number.
And yes, they definitely can dance.
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