SYTYCD Dance @ the Toronto Public Library
After watching SYTYCD do you wonder who Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins or Alvin Ailey are? And what exactly is Bollywood or African Dance? There are many dance references on the show so why not let the Library help you find this information ?
Bob Fosse was a multi-talented and award winning director and choreographer on stage and film. He developed a jazz style that was notable for its angular sexual nature. If you have seen "Cabaret" or "Chicago" then you've already been exposed to the Fosse style.
Jerome Robbins was a dancer, choreographer, director and producer and a giant in the American dance world. He created for TV, film, theatre/stage and also ballet dance. He won multiple Oscars and Tonys and was even a member of the French Legion of Honor. If you know the dance sequences in West Side Story you have seen his work but he also choreographed for the "King & I" , "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Peter Pan". He was closely associated with both the Joffrey and New York City Ballet companies.
Mentioned a number of times on the show was the ground breaking Black American dance choreographer Alvin Ailey. Born into a time of deep and often violent segregation he established one of America's best known dance companies the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
African dance has been performed a number of times on "So You Think You Can Dance". With the huge variety of original African dance it's helpful to look at a wide range of examples including searching on Youtube looking under African Dance lesson.