So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance is a franchise of reality television shows in which contestants compete in dance. The first series of the franchise, created by Idols producers Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, premiered in July 2005 and has broadcast seventeen seasons since. Adaptations of the show began airing in other countries in late 2005 and to date 30 localized adaptations have been produced, representing 41 different countries and comprising more than ninety individual seasons.

So You Think You Can Dance
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Original workSo You Think You Can Dance (American TV series)
Films and television
Television seriesSo You Think You Can Dance (independent international versions, see below)
GenreReality television
First aired20 July 2005; 18 years ago (2005-07-20)

Format edit

Although each varies in the particulars of its format and presentation, all shows in the So You Think You Can Dance franchise share a premise of placing dancers-—who come from a wide variety of dance backgrounds and are often amateur or semi-professional in experience—-in a competition which requires them to adapt to multiple styles of dance. As the competition progresses, a combination of judge decisions and at-home-viewer votes determine which dancers will advance in the competition from week to week, until ultimately one dancer is voted champion of that particular season and receives a prize package that may consist of money, work or training opportunities, additional material prizes, and typically the title of the respective country's "Favorite Dancer" (e.g. "America's Favorite Dancer").

A show in the franchise is typically composed of three phases of competition: initial open auditions, callbacks/finalist selection, and finals/live performance shows. A given series or season may air only one show per week or two, but rarely more. The initial open auditions are typically held at various locations throughout the relevant country and are open to dancers of varied backgrounds and experience levels, though generally there is an age cap (with the age limits being non-consistent between entries in the franchise). Although usually unseen in the final aired edit of the show, some productions may also hold producer auditions, in which the initial talent pool is screened, before the televised auditions. The open auditions are overseen by a panel of judges, typically experts in dance or the entertainment field, who will select a portion of auditioning dancers to advance in the competition. The following stage, sometimes called the "callbacks", "boot camp", or "academy" will further reduce this remaining pool of dancers down to the season's "finalists", usually by putting the dancers through a series of short dance workshops and routines while the judges evaluate their capabilities, adaptability, and overall potential for the competition. The callback phase ends when the judge's panel selects a number of season finalists (typically between ten and twenty total dancers, half women and half men).

Collectively the auditions and callbacks, being edited down considerably, represent only a minority of episodes and are televised during the first few weeks of a season. Following these episodes are the finals (referred to in some entries as "performance shows" or "live shows"), in which the remaining contestants are matched into couples and are assigned new dance styles—-typically, but not always, assigned by a luck-of-the-draw system—each week. These episodes combine stage performances (including solos, duets, and group routines), short "behind-the-scenes" video packets of the dancers working with their choreographers and each other to master the routines, and judge evaluations of the performances to form the bulk of their run-time, occasionally supplemented by guest performances. These episodes are also the point at which at-home-viewers begin their involvement in the show: their votes (combined with judge decisions) will decide which dancers remain in the competition as eliminations reduce the number of contestants weekly until a finale episode in which the winner is revealed. While most of the above are elements shared by all shows in the franchise, entries vary considerably in the details: the number of finalists, the number of shows per week, the manner in which judge decisions are weighted against home-viewer votes, the styles of dance assigned, presentation style, production values, and even the number of winners are all examples of elements of the format that have fluctuated throughout the run of the franchise.

Dance styles edit

The following is a non-exhaustive list of dance styles which have been featured on shows within the So You Think You Can Dance franchise, with notes on nomenclature between versions. Only styles featured in choreographed duet or group routines during the competition phase of the show are listed here; styles featured only in solos or auditions are not listed.

Genre Styles
Western classical styles Contemporary, lyrical, modern, ballet/pas de deux
Street and contemporary club styles Hip-hop, lyrical hip-hop, animation breaking/b-boying, contemporary hip-hop, dubstep, electric boogaloo, krump, house, locking, popping, stepping, voguing, waacking
Classical/standard/smooth ballroom styles Foxtrot/slowfox, tango, Argentine tango, quickstep, waltz, Viennese waltz, slow waltz, English waltz
Latin/rhythm ballroom styles Cha-cha/cha-cha-cha, jive, American jive, lambada, mambo, pasodoble, rumba, African rumba, Cuban rumba, salsa, street salsa, samba, African samba
Jazz styles Jazz, contemporary jazz, modern jazz, lyrical jazz, Afro-/African jazz, commercial, jazz-funk, Latin jazz, pop/pop-jazz, Afro-pop, street jazz
Broadway/musical theatre styles Broadway (musical theatre), burlesque, can-can, tap dancing
American social/traditional club styles Boogaloo, charleston, disco, new disco, go-go, hustle, lindy hop, rock n' roll, swing, west coast swing
Regional/traditional styles Bollywood, dancehall (sometimes alternatively labeled reggae, reggaeton, or reggae-jam), African, Afro-Cuban, bellydance, cabera, capoeira, kalinka, maculelê, malevos, sevillanas, Tahitian, tropak
Eastern classical styles Malaysian classical/contemporary, Chinese classical/contemporary, Indian classical/contemporary

Franchise index edit

Country/Region Show title Language Host Network Premiere[1] Seasons Status
  Arab League[2] So You Think You Can Dance - Yalla Nerkos! Arabic Rita Hayek MTV
Fox Movies ME
2014-09-28 28-09-2014 1 Discontinued
  Armenia Parir te Karogh Es Armenian Grikor Aghakhanyan Shant TV 2011 Discontinued
  Australia So You Think You Can Dance Australia English Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Seasons 1–3)
Carrie Bickmore (Season 4)
Network Ten 2008-02-08 08-02-2008
2014-02-09 09-02-2014
So You Think You Can Dance Dutch
EliZe (Season 1)
An Lemmens & Dennis Weening (Season 2–)
So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (Netherlands) Dutch
Lieke van Lexmond & Dennis Weening RTL5 2013-04-13 13-04-2013 1 Discontinued
  Canada So You Think You Can Dance Canada English
Leah Miller CTV 2008-09-11 11-09-2008 Discontinued
  China So You Think You Can Dance: Wǔ Lín Zhēngbà (Season 1)
So You Think You Can Dance: Zhōngguó Hǎo Wǔdǎo (Season 2)
Chinese Cheng Lei (Season 1)
Hua Shao (Season 2)
Dragon TV (Season 1)
Zhejiang STV (Season 2)
2013-02-16 16-02-2013 Discontinued
  Denmark[4] Kan Du Danse? Danish Thomas Mygind & Anne Katrine Skole TV3 2006-07-20 20-07-2006 Discontinued
  Finland Dance Suomi Finnish Caro Axel Smith Nelonen 2010-08-29 29-08-2010 Discontinued
  France You Can Dance French Benjamin Castaldi NT1 2012-02-16 16-02-2012 1 Discontinued
  Germany You Can Dance German Anna Maier Sat.1 2010 1 Discontinued
  Georgia Shen Shegidzelia Cekva Georgian Imedi TV (Seasons 1–2) 2016 Discontinued
  Greece So You Think You Can Dance Greek Vicky Kaya (Seasons 1–2)
Doukissa Nomikou (Season 3)
Mega Channel (Season 1–2)
ANT1 (Season 3)
2007-02-01 01-02-2007
2017 2017
  India So You Think You Can Dance Hindi Rithvik Dhanjani & Mouni Roy &TV 2016-04-24 24-04-2016 1 Discontinued
  Israel Nolad Lirkod Hebrew Zvika Hadar Channel 2 2005-12-02 02-12-2005 Discontinued
  Kazakhstan Bïle, Qazaqstan! Kazakh
Aisulu Azimbayeva & Aset Arystanbekov Khabar 2016-09-24 24-09-2016
  Lithuania Tu gali šokti Lithuanian Mindaugas Meškauskas TV3 2010-04-11 11-04-2010 Discontinued
  Malaysia So You Think You Can Dance English
Juliana Ibrahim (Season 1)
Jehan Miski (Season 1)
Aishah Sinclair (Season 2)
8TV 2007-04-05 05-04-2007 Discontinued
  New Zealand So You Think You Can Dance English Shane Cortese TV3 2006 1 Discontinued
  Norway[4] Dansefeber Norwegian Kjetil Tefke & Henriette Lien TVNorge 2006 Discontinued
  Poland You Can Dance – Po prostu tańcz! Polish Kinga Rusin (Seasons 1–5)
Patricia Kazadi (Seasons 6–9)
TVN 05-09-2007 Discontinued
You Can Dance – Nowa generacja Polish Ida Nowakowska (Season 1)
Edyta Herbuś (Season 2)
TVP2 / TVP1 2021-09-1010-09-2021
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  Portugal Achas que Sabes Dançar? Portuguese João Manzarra (Season 1)
Diana Chaves (Season 2)
SIC 2010-05-30 30-05-2010 Discontinued
So You Think You Can Dance Scandinavia Swedish
Kicki Berg
Henriette Lien
Vicki Jo
Kanal 5
Kanal 5
1 Discontinued
  South Africa So You Think You Can Dance English Sade Giliberti SABC 1 2007-02-07 07-02-2007 Discontinued
  Tunisia[2] So You Think You Can Dance Darija Walid Al Salami El Hiwar El Tounsi 2019-01-31 31-01-2019 1 Discontinued
  Turkey Dans Eder misin? (Seasons 1–4)
Dans Eder misin? Yaz Ateşi (Season 5)
Huysuz'la Dans Eder misin? (Season 6)
Turkish Güzide Duran (Seasons 1–5)
Seyfi Dursunoğlu (Season 6)
KanalD (1–3)
FOX (4)
aTV (5)
ShowTV (6)
2007 Discontinued
  Ukraine Tancyuyut Vsi! Ukrainian
Lilia Rebryk & Dmytro Tankovich STB 2008-09-12 12-09-2008 Discontinued
  United Kingdom So You Think You Can Dance English Cat Deeley BBC One 2010-01-02 02-01-2010 Discontinued
  United States So You Think You Can Dance English Lauren Sánchez (Season 1)
Cat Deeley (Season 2–)
Fox 2005-07-20 20-07-2005 Ongoing
  Vietnam Thử thách cùng bước nhảy: So You Think You Can Dance Vietnamese Huỳnh Trấn Thành (Seasons 1–4)
Chí Thiện & Chibi Hoàng Yến (Season 5)
HTV7 2012-09-15 15-09-2012 Discontinued
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  2. ^ a b In 2014, an Arabian version of the series was shown in, and accepted contestants from, 11 different Arab League nations, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, as well as Palestinian territories. A newer national variation of the show began airing on Tunisian television in 2019.
  3. ^ The first season of the Benelux version of So You Think You Can Dance was Netherlands-specific while seasons 2-7 broadened to represent Belgium as well. In 2013, a spin-off series involving younger competitors began airing as well.
  4. ^ a b c Individual SYTYCD shows were produced for both Denmark and Norway, each of which lasted two seasons. A third show was then produced that represented both countries as well as Sweden (So You Think Can Dance Scandinavia), which aired one season.
The So You Think You Can Dance franchise has broadcast localized versions of the show in 39 countries since its premiere in the summer of 2005.

International competition edit

In March 2014, CCTV broadcast a promotional episode in which notable dancers from the U.S. and Chinese versions of So You Think You Can Dance competed directly against one another as teams. Titled Zhōngměi Wǔ Lín Guànjūn Duìkàngsài - Super Dancer Born Tonight, the show was shot in Las Vegas but has yet to see a release or announcement in the U.S. The episode featured head-to-head competition between "all-stars" in the form of solos and duets and was judged by an international panel.

The Next Generation edit

In 2013, the producers of the Dutch version of So You Think You Can Dance announced a spin-off series, titled So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, featuring dancers younger than those typically featured on the traditional entries in the franchise. The spin-off lasted only one season. In 2016, producers adapted a similar format for the 13th season of the American series, with competitors between the ages of 8 and 13. Starting in 2021, a Polish revival of the show also uses an iteration of this format.

See also edit

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