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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ holds tryouts in Atlanta for a third time Feb. 19

Nigel Lythgoe in 2009 at the last "So You Think You Can Dance" auditions in Atlanta. CREDIT: Rodney Ho

Nigel Lythgoe in 2009 at the last "So You Think You Can Dance" auditions in Atlanta. CREDIT: Rodney Ho

Atlanta has had plenty of representation on shows such as “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Amazing Race,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice” and “American Idol.”

But there’s one show where locals can’t seem to get a break: “So You Think You Can Dance.” Over seven seasons and about 130 finalists, not a single one has hailed from metro Atlanta.

Twice before, the show has even hosted auditions in Atlanta (once at the Fox Theatre in 2007, another time at Woodruff Arts Center in 2009.) That didn’t even help.

But those Fox producers sure are optimistic about our fine city because they are coming back a third time for season eight this summer. They are scheduled to show up at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Feb. 19. The press release said the original audition site for this region was Charlotte but that was changed for unknown reasons.

More details from the press release:

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM at each venue. Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition in the event of a callback.

Dancers must be either a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident of the U.S. or possess a current legal Employment Authorization Card enabling him/her to seek employment freely in the U.S. (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules.

The most famous person from “So You Think You Can Dance” to come from this area didn’t make it too far but certainly made an impact: Bryan Gaynor, a man with scoliosis but a cool robotic dance style. I’ve seen him since in other venues. He’s still an inspiration.

In a Thursday 7/19/07 photo, Kennesaw State University student Bryan Gaynor demonstrates his expertise at doing the robot dance.  Gaynor, who suffers from scoliosis, has become a minor celebrity after his appearance on the television reality show "So You Think You Can Dance."   More than 100,000 people have viewed him online.    He is well-known on YouTube.   Goes with Enterprise story by Christian Boone.   PHOTO BY ANDY SHARP/STAFF.

In a Thursday 7/19/07 photo, Kennesaw State University student Bryan Gaynor demonstrates his expertise at doing the robot dance. Gaynor, who suffers from scoliosis, has become a minor celebrity after his appearance on the television reality show "So You Think You Can Dance." More than 100,000 people have viewed him online. He is well-known on YouTube. Goes with Enterprise story by Christian Boone. PHOTO BY ANDY SHARP/STAFF.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

4 comments Add your comment

Stephanie

January 26th, 2011
2:13 pm

Any word on how fans can view the auditions without trying out? ;)

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Karie

January 26th, 2011
4:10 pm

So you think you can dance only becomes worth the watch towards the end of the season. I’m not sure I really want to stray away from Top Chef. The next episode looks amazing – especially if you’re a Soprano’s fan. http://foodiegossip.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-chef-all-stars-episode-8-sneak-peak.html

Traffic Headache

January 26th, 2011
9:29 pm

I can think of better things to do than watch the wannabes of So You Think You Can Dance. Like watching spiders mate.