Dancing is an extremely physically challenging art form that takes its toll on a dancer’s body. Because of this there can be unexpected injuries that keep a dancer from performing … yet the show must go on.
In preparation for the Top 8 Performances, injuries forced two dancers (a Contestant and an All-Star) to sit out the show and substitute dancers were called in to save the day. First, when Billy Bell and All-Star Allison Holker were rehearsing Spencer Liff’s Broadway choreography, Allison’s pre-existing rib injury worsened and she had to step out of the dance and get medical attention. Since she couldn’t participate, the show called on another SYTYCD superstar, Katee Shean, who was Season 4′s top girl. Then, when contestant Alex Wong was rehearsing the night before the show he injured himself. And with a plaster cast on his foot and the possibility of a ruptured Achilles tendon, the doctors ordered the ballet dancer to sit out from tonight’s show until they get the MRI results back so choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan’s assistant, Marla, stepped in.
You can only wonder what the intense pressure must feel like to step in at the last minute to perform on LIVE TELEVISION in front of millions. We fans are certainly grateful when they do.