Tyce Diorio and Soyon An’s Emmy Win for So You Think You Can Dance

Congratulations Tyce Diorio on winning the Outstanding Choreography Emmy® award at the 2009 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards. This is the first Emmy® win for the choreographer and the fifth win for So You Think You Can Dance. Tyce received the award for choreographing the “Adam and Eve / Silence” contemporary piece danced by William Wingfield and Jessica King during Season 4. Judge Mary Murphy called the dance “one of the most amazing pieces I’ve ever seen on the show.” Will and Jessica returned to So You Think You Can Dance’s fifth season to perform the Emmy® nominated number on a results show.

The winning dance!

Tyce joins So You Think You Can Dance costume designer Soyon An as the 2009 Emmy® Award recipients for the show. Soyon An, won a Juried Primetime Emmy® Award for her work on So You Think You Can Dance Season 4. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the Primetime Emmy Award winners in Outstanding Costumes For A Variety/Music Program Or Special on August 24. The award was granted for Episode #415/416A of So You Think You Can Dance.


SYTYCD earned five nominations for the 2009 Primetime Emmy® Awards:

Outstanding Choreography:
“Bleeding Love” – Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo
“Mercy” – Mia Michaels
“Adam and Eve / Silence” – Tyce Diorio
“ A Los Amigos” – Dmitry Chaplin

From Fox Dance.

Encore Performances from Twitch, Joshua, Katee, Will, Jessica, Chelsie and Mark for 2009 Emmy Nominated SYTYCD Choreographies


Emmy nominated “Silence” (by Unfaithful) – by Tyce Diorio featuring Jessica and Will

Emmy nominated routine: Mercy (Duffy) by Mia Michaels featuring Katee and Twitch

Emmy nominated routine – A Los Amigos (Forever Tango) by Dmitry Chaplin featuring Chelsie and Joshua

Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis) by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo featuring Chelsie and Mark

SYTYCD Top 6 Group opening dance: ‘Send in the Clowns’ Choreography by Tyce Diorio


Group dance: “Send in the Clowns”—Judy Collins (Broadway; Choreographer: Tyce Diorio)

Top 6 Melissa Sandvig and Evan Kasprzak in Tyce Diorio “Getting Married” Broadway Routine


Melissa Sandvig and Evan Kasprzak perform Broadway, “Get Me to the Church on Time”—Matt Dusk | Choreography by Tyce Diorio

So You Think You Can Dance 100th Episode in Pictures and Videos


The 100th episode was bittersweet. We could not make a recap of it because we were totally disappointed with how America voted. How can Janette Manrara be eliminated over Melissa Sandvig and Kayla Radomski?! She and Jeanine Mason are the strongest dancers that could possibly win it all. We would have loved to see Janette and Jeanine battle it out in the Top 4… How sad.

Enjoy the photos anyway.

Backstage with SYTYCD staff and cast

Top 8 week and Elimination Recap


This is a Mia Michaels Contemporary piece done in Season 2 with Travis Wall and Heidi Groskreutz. Watch the Emmy winning performance here.

Jaimie Goodwin and Hokuto “Hok” Konishi of Season 3, performed Jazz, “The Chairman’s Waltz” from Memoirs of a Geisha, Choreography by: Wade Robson. Watch the Emmy winning performance here.

Group dance: “One” – A Chorus Line (Contemporary; Choreographer: Mia Michaels), Watch the performance here.

Ramalama “Zombie” dance from Season 2 with Wade Robson. Watch the performance here.








Katie Holmes in a so-so taped Broadway performance. Watch it here.

Much hyped Katie Holmes SYTYCD 100th Episode Performance Fails to Impress

Was it just us or the Katie Holmes supposed tribute to Judy Garland on the 100th episode special of So You Think You Can Dance was a bit of a let down?

First of all, Katie Holmes’ guest appearance has been the talk of Cat Deeley and Nigel Lythgoe for weeks; and the media was picking it up. They made us think that Mrs. Tom Cruise was actually going to perform LIVE on stage of the So You Think You Can Dance studio. Instead, the performance was pre-taped. It was a Broadway tribute and Broadway is live theater. Worse Katie was lip syncing her own voice!

It was a marvelous routine choreographed by Tyce Diorio and Katie Holmes voice singing “Get Happy” was… nice. Katie Holmes is a sophisticated and talented actress. She’s grown much since her “Dawson’s Creek” days. She was well received in her Broadway debut via the revival of Arthur Miller play “All My Sons,” late last year. She also did a similar feel of tonight’s performance on ABC’s dramedy series “Eli Stone” where she was on this big musical number. She was singing and dancing in a dream sequence and as far as we can remember, she wasn’t lip syncing there.

In the SYTYCD number, she was dressed in all black coat and black nylon stockings with a black hat in very high heels. If there was anything to her performance, she was sexy in black. Our problem was it was taped so the theater live feel to it is lost and half way we were already bored with it. It would have made a huge impact had they did the first part -where she was getting off from the car- on tape and as she was walking away, gets into the studio live with all of the male dancers and actually perform the piece in the flesh with the audience. Even if she lip syncs, there would have been more connection with her than just watching a taped acting. The main dance didn’t have any props outside of the table that needed it to be taped. The dance could have been performed best in front of a live audience being a Broadway dance.

With that said, we were left a tad underwhelmed and disenthralled. Her dancing felt safe. There were no fireworks. It didn’t do anything for us. Katie made no connection with the audience and weren’t on our feet jumping. We were just happy it was over. Next…


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“This Woman’s Work” By Maxwell on SYTYCD 5, Outstanding Performance by Ade Obayomi and Melissa Sandvig


This is what “dance” is all about. Outstanding and memorable piece from Tyce Diorio. Performed perfectly by Ade Obayomi and Melissa Sandvig. Great great music by Maxwell: “This Woman’s Work”

SYTYCD 5 Results Night Top 14 Opening Group Dance, Broadway’s ‘The Wiz’


Top 14 Group dance opening number: “Brand New Day” from The Wiz; Choreographer: Tyce Diorio

Behind the choreography