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A Day in the Life of a Season 6 Hopeful at Vegas Auditions

While watching the Vegas week round of auditions, you’ve witnessed the dancers go through a very grueling week of dance. The days are very long and the schedules are jam-packed with choreography. Here is a look at a day in the life of a Season 6 hopeful at Las Vegas auditions.

7:30 – 8:30 AM    The contestants check-in, eat breakfast, and stretch out those tired
muscles from the previous day of solos and hip hop choreography.

8:30 – 8:45 AM    The contestants file into the theater and take a seat while they find
out what’s in store for them that morning.

9:00 – 10:30 AM    The dancers take the stage and learn Cha Cha choreography with Louis van Amstel. They only have an hour and a half to learn the routine, and the genre is completely foreign to many of the contestants. In addition, the dancers must work with partners for this routine.

10:30 – 11:00 AM    While the judges take their seats, the dancers continue to rehearse on their own – without music or choreographers.

11:00A – 12:30 PM     The dancers take the stage in small groups to perform for the judges. They’ve got one shot at the Cha Cha and have to make it count!

12:30 – 1:30 PM    The judges deliberate, critique dancers, and make cuts. A few dancers are offered a second chance and are asked to “Dance for your life.” The select few dance for a chance to move on to the next round of auditions. Some move on, but others are cut.

All of the remaining dancers gather on stage and are told that they have made it to the pop jazz round of auditions. They find out they get an hour to eat lunch and change outfits.

1:30 – 2:30 PM    The hungry dancers grab food and then head up to their hotel rooms to change out of their Cha Cha wardrobe and into clothes better suited for pop jazz.

2:30 – 2:45 PM    The dancers file into the amphitheater in jazz attire.

2:45 – 4:15 PM    Choreographer Laurieann Gibson teaches the hopefuls a jazz routine.

4:15 – 4:45 PM    The dancers rehearse the counts on their own. Meanwhile, the judges take their seats at the head table.

4:45 – 6:15 PM    After being divided into small groups, each group takes the stage to perform for the judges. The rest of the dancers are in their seats or they’re sneaking in a last second rehearsal in the aisle. When the dancers are done performing for the judges, they meet with Cat and the cameras to reflect on what just happened.

6:15 – 7:15 PM    The six judges deliberate and ask some contestants to dance for their life. Cuts are made.

7:15 – 8:00 PM    The remaining dancers are asked to take the stage and they are met with host Cat Deeley. Cat explains that although they’ve mastered two genres of dance in 12 hours, the day is not over. The dancers are divided into groups and are given their group assignment project. This night has only just begun!

8:00P – 6:00 AM    The dancers grab dinner and then begin to choreograph routines based on the music they received. Some groups work well together and go to bed as early as 11PM. Other groups go out and shop for matching costumes. Some groups have a harder time and stay up all night trying to work together.

Now you can see why Vegas week is known to be such a grueling and emotional experience for the dancers!

Comments

2 comments on “A Day in the Life of a Season 6 Hopeful at Vegas Auditions“

  1. Carl Edward - wrote:

    I am very disappointed in the comments Nigel made to the young guy that Danced a “Liturgical Dance”. Nigel is usually supportive of all styles of dance. The Anger in Krump, the Passion in the Tango, The Character of Broadway. Liturgical dance focus is the Higher Being as you call it. Why did you not honor the attributes of that dance! That is the focus of a Praise Dance! You put a really passionate dancer in a very bad place and caused him to lose his focus! I am disappointed in NIGEL. Those were not good comments. You told him to remove the main focus of that style of dance! Why?

    10/19/2009 11:09 PM UTC

  2. susan - wrote:

    Just watched top 20. what is wrong with the show and Fox TV? Aren’t you have to pick 20 talented dancers or talent doesn’t matter anymore? Why did you pick Ryan over Gene, everybody could see that Gene is way better than Ryan. Very wrong pick. Lost all interest to see this show.

    10/21/2009 7:35 PM UTC

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