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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Atlanta auditions

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Four years ago, hundreds of “So You Think You Can Dance” wannabes converged upon the Fox Theatre and it was barely above freezing. The dancers were miserable.

This past Saturday, Atlanta weather was far more cooperative and the crowd was far more upbeat. They danced, they made funny faces, they yelled “Welcome to the ATL!” A group spelled out “ATL.” Anything for a few seconds of camera time.

Atlanta wasn’t even originally on the audition itinerary. But due to Nigel Lythgoe’s schedule, they had to move it from Charlotte. This will be the third time the city has hosted “So You Think You Can Dance” auditions in eight seasons. Surprisingly, Atlanta has not had a single representative among the finalists of the first seven seasons.

Acworth hip-hop dancer Kevin Crawford, 26, has auditioned six times and has made it before the judges (including Lythgoe) three times for a solo dance. He could never get a ticket to Vegas, however.

If anything, he’s creative and knows how to stand out in a crowd.

Here’s video of Crawford suggesting a group of auditioners crowd surf one of the dancers while the camera guys shot promotional moments for an episode set to air this summer:

[I checked with Crawford Monday: "It didn't happen this year. But it's encouraging to know [executive producer] Jeff [Thacker] gave me some advice to work on my technique and not give up.”]

Kevin Crawford works with Alex Aparacio on North Ave. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Kevin Crawford works with Alex Aparacio of Greensboro, N.C. on North Ave. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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cameras over dancers

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Deonna O'Neal, from Huntsville, Ala., 19, preps for her moment in the sun.

Deonna O'Neal, 19, from Huntsville, Ala., 19, preps for her moment in the sun. Her dream: dancing with Usher or Janet Jackson.

John Palermo from Biloxi, Miss.has a nickname: "White Chocolate."

John Palermo from Biloxi, Miss.has a nickname: "White Chocolate." He had a blood disorder for three years that made him appreciate life. Dancing for him, is, "like putting gasoline ona fire."

Haikem Stewart of Conyers shows some of his moves for the cameras.

Haikem Stewart, 21, of Conyers and an Augusta State student shows some of his moves for the cameras."I'm here to win it," he said. "Are they ready to see me dance? That's the question!"

On Monday, the judges Lil C, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy showed up,along with Cat Deeley.

Mary Murphy, post treatment from thyroid cancer, looks great!

Mary Murphy, post treatment from thyroid cancer, looks great!

Since Cat couldn't make it Saturday, the SYTYCD producers re-created the line outside the Fox Theatre and had Cat mingle on Monday.

Since Cat couldn't make it Saturday, the SYTYCD producers re-created the line outside the Fox Theatre and had Cat mingle on Monday.

11 comments Add your comment

Kaye

February 21st, 2011
12:48 pm

I can’t wait to see the audition footage.

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Smitten

February 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

I ain’t going unless the delicious Miss Catherine Deeley is in the house.

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Kevin

February 21st, 2011
9:46 pm

Woh! So truly encouraged, thank you!

Freakshow Blue

February 21st, 2011
10:34 pm

I think Atlanta’s lack of dancing ability has something to do with the women at the cheetah and tattletales. Some of those girls look good but when you get over their nakedness you realize they couldn’t dance their way out of a wet paper sack. Thank god for their other talents.

n8

February 21st, 2011
11:19 pm

I look good with a beard :P . Atlanta is rocking the nation with their moves! Can’t wait to record some more of you guys!

Carlos

February 22nd, 2011
12:16 am

2nd Cup

February 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

The dances everybody does on these shows are so cliche it’s painful to watch. Trying to be stars seems to be more important than doing something original and talented.

kelly&carriefan

February 22nd, 2011
3:48 pm

Wait….Cat Deeley was here….and I missed her?!

Ola

February 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

I’ll be back, season 9 is my time to shine.