dance deja vu

Posted: July 28, 2010 in dance, tv
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Déjà vu (pronounced /ˈdeɪʒɑː ˈvuː/ ( listen) DAY-zhah VOO; French: [deʒa vy] ( listen), “already seen”; also called paramnesia, from Greek παρα “para,” “near, against, contrary to” + μνήμη “mēmē,” “memory”) or promnesia, is the experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously (an individual feels as though an event has already happened or has happened in the recent past), although the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain.


It’s happened twice  on So You Think You Can Dance, though in different countries.  This first is the highly-praised breast cancer routine by Tyce DiOrio.  It was performed first by Melissa and Ade on Season 5 of SYTYCD US (July 22, 2009).  The routine brought the judges to tears.  But in January 22, 2010, Charlie and Robbie from SYTYCD UK Season 1 performed the same routine and still earned praises.  Here are both routines.  See for yourself.

Melissa and Ade was so much better than Charlie and Robbie.  They had more emotion and passion and their movements seemed more effortless owing probably to the fact that Melissa and Ade are more mature in terms of dance experience.  Add to this is the fact that Melissa is way older and thus has more experience behind her to source the emotions from.

The second deja vu is not so obvious.  I just noticed moments of similarity between the two routines.  Not sure if the same person choreographed both but nonetheless…

The first video is from SYTYCD Australia Season 1, performance of the top 12.  Jack emerged as the winner in this season.  The second was shown just last week – SYTYCD US Season 7 featuring the All Stars and the top 6.

What do you think?  Am I really seeing double?


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