The hit television dance competition “So You Think You Can Dance” will take its top contestants from 2010 on the road with a live U.S. tour following the season seven finale scheduled to take place mid-August. While Choreographer Mary Murphy stepped down from the judging panel for this season, Mia Michaels took her place alongside Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman. Currently the competition is just heating up, with three competitors left in the running to be the winner. Still on the show are Billy Bell, Jose Ruiz and Ashley Galvan. Although they’ve been eliminated from the Top 11, Alexie Agdeppa, Cristina Santana, Melinda Sullivan, Alex Wong, Lauren Froderman, Robert Roldan, Kent Boyd, Adechike Torbert will all be join the finalists on the tour through the fall.
This season some concepts of the show were varied for a more compelling “So You Think You Can Dance”. As the first season in high definition, season seven also marked the first season with live performance shows, like the result shows, doubling the pressure put on the dancers. This season the contestants could no longer choose their dance genre each week, but rather choose a partner, and dance in their partner’s specialized style. Finally the season was to be extended, with one dancer eliminated from the competition each week instead of two.
Forty dates are booked for the upcoming outing, beginning September 19 at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA. The coast-to-coast U.S. tour will run for two solid months before wrapping November 17 in Glendale, AZ. The tour will be visiting Boston University’s Agganis Arena on October 11th. This fall’s trek is just the latest for the televised dance competition, a follow up to the fall 2009 tour. This year’s venture will feature the season’s Top 11 dancers and hit about 40 major US cities.