If you read my March entry that explained the drastic changes SYTYCD will undergo to make Season 7 the best season ever, then you are aware that Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe announced the most exciting change of them all – the introduction of the All-Stars! The All-Star Pool consists of America’s favorite dancers from the 6 previous seasons to act as rotating partners for this year’s top 10. Each ‘All-star’ specializes in a specific genre of dance. It only took Nigel three weeks (since March 30th to be exact) to reveal the entire cast of all-stars for Season 7 one by one via his Twitter account @dizzyfeet but alas the time has come!
The full cast of returning finalists from past seasons along with their dance genre:
Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Season 4—Popping, Locking, Krump
Comfort Fedoke, Season 4—Hip Hop
Courtney Galiano, Season 4—Contemporary
Anya Garnis, Season 3—Latin Ballroom
Lauren Gottlieb, Season 3—Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary
Neil Haskell, Season 3—Contemporary
Allison Holker, Season 2—Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway & Cultural
Mark Kanemura, Season 4—Contemporary
Pasha Kovalev, Season 3—Standard & Latin Ballroom
Kathryn McCormick, Season 6—Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway and Cultural
Ade Obayomi, Season 5—Contemporary and Classical
Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval, Season 3—Hip Hop
A couple of thoughts: On a good note, the Ballroom power couple Anya and Pasha who occasionally choreograph for Dance is back though unfortunately not dancing together. The All-Star cast is quite heavy on seasons 3 and 4, it only has 1 each from Seasons 2, 5, and 6, and none from season 1! I just think it should be a little more spread out. Also, I’m upset that Nigel ignored my request to include Season 5’s Brandon Bryant and Season 6’s Jakob both of whom turn me on with their beautiful contemporary dancing. Fortunately, Nigel mentioned that he’ll bring on other favorites for the next season. Other than that, I’m really excited to see the highest quality dancing ever on the upcoming season, which will air during the summer—this information I obtained in January through a personal conversation with judge Mary Murphy when I saw her perform in Burn The Floor on Broadway!
Nigel recently clarified via tweet the speculation that the All-Star pros will choreograph like on DWTS: “The All-Stars will NOT Choreograph. They will only dance in their own specific styles. Partners are of the opposite sex and change weekly.” Unlike DWTS, the contestants will rotate with the professional partners based on the dance genre they are assigned. Now here’s an interesting observation, there are 12 All-Stars, 6 males and 6 females, but there will only be 10 contestants that they will be partnered with and 1 will be eliminated each week. This means that each professional will not have to dance each week but rather take turns as the contestants dwindle.
Are you excited by the list of All-Stars? Anybody who you wish made the cut? Are you more excited to see the All-Stars or the contestants on the new season of Dance?