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Neil Haskell and Ariana DeBose in Bring It On: The Musical

Neil Haskell partnered Melanie Moore in a memorable Season 8 piece.

Every time I catch a musical in Los Angeles, Season 3 finalist/Season 7 and 8 All-Star Neil Haskell leaps on to the stage. You might remember that I unexpectedly caught him as Snowboy in West Side Story earlier this year. On Saturday night, I attended a new musical comedy called Bring It On: The Musical, and I was delighted to see that Neil had a large role as Steven, the main character’s boyfriend. Not only does he dance in this part, but he also shows off his acting and singing chops! I was also excited to see Season 6’s Ariana DeBose in a major role as Nautica. When I attended Vegas week during Season 6, I witnessed Ariana’s mesmerizing solo and was bummed when she was eliminated during the first week of the show. Seeing Ariana dance, sing, and act in Bring It On: The Musical made me realize she’s really found her niche in musical theater. To top it off, the show’s Director and Choreographer is Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed two Broadway routines on So You Think You Can Dance’s 4th season and 6th season.

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Neil Haskell in West Side Story

Neil Haskell stars as Snowboy in the touring production of West Side Story.

I’m an avid musical theater fan, so when I heard that West Side Story was coming to The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, I purchased tickets. I sat in my seat and flipped through the Playbill to see if any So You Think You Can Dancers or American Idols were in it, and sure enough I saw a familiar name—Neil Haskell!

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Behind the Scenes of “Jar of Hearts”

Artist Christina Perri got her big break on Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance when Billy Bell and All-Star Kathryn McCormick danced a Contemporary piece by Stacey Tookey to her song, “Jar of Hearts.” After the song aired on June 30th, fans responded extremely well to the song and flocked to iTunes. The unsigned singer suddenly sold over 100,000 copies of “Jar of Hearts,” performed on talk shows, and was invited back on So You Think You Can Dance to perform the song during the Top 7 results show. During this performance, Christina was joined by All-Stars Allison Holker and Neil Haskell in a piece choreographed by SYTYCD Executive Producer Jeff Thacker.

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The All-Stars Open Up

The 12 All-Stars have partnered the Season 7 contestants all summer.

We recently caught up with So You Think You Can Dance’s first-ever all-stars. Week after week they’ve put out some of the most memorable performance in SYTYCD history alongside the talented Top 11 of Season 7. Here is what some of the all-stars had to say about being back on the show that launched their careers.

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