The fourth season of the TV dance contest “So You Think You Can Dance” gave N.C. Dance Theatre's Dwight Rhoden his moment in the sun – actually, a pair of them. It brought him in to choreograph a duet that ended up getting two performances in front of its millions of viewers.
So maybe we shouldn't feel too sorry for Rhoden that when the touring version came to the Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, Rhoden's duet for Katee Shean and Will Wingfield was left out. Rhoden already received a hefty consolation prize through the plugs on TV.
As it was, the show gave the crowd – made up overwhelmingly of faithful viewers of the show – three hours' worth of what hooked them on the TV version. The mere mention that the duet with the briefcase and the duet with the door were coming up after intermission was enough to send the crowd into shrieks of anticipation.
And the dancers, even though they had been on tour nearly two months, gave them everything they wanted. The TV winner, Joshua Allen, flung himself into his hip hop acrobatics. In a duet with him, the lithe Shean was his equal as a crowd-pleaser, drawing a roar from the crowd when she leaped into his arms. In the briefcase number – a duet depicting “a girl and a jerk,” as one dancer put it – Chelsea Hightower and Mark Kanemura faced off with a sharpness etched in acid. But the show had plenty of affection, too, especially in the waltz by “Twitch” Boss and Kherington Payne. Just the way Boss lifted her and returned her to earth was graceful enough to be romantic.