‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Recap: ‘The Next Generation’ Dance Academy Begins

Truth rating: 10
So You Think You Can Dance Recap June 20 2016

By Shari Weiss |

So You Think You Can Dance Recap June 20 2016


“So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” began its Dance Academy on Monday. Get the full recap below!

As Gossip Cop has reported, season 13 of “SYTYCD” is all about spotlighting dancers between the ages of 8 and 13. Those who had successful auditions were given tickets to what’s being called the Dance Academy. It’s essentially this season’s version of boot camp.

The first round called for each contestant to do a solo dance, with All-Star mentors then choosing five to put on their team. That would cut the field down to 50 from 100. From tappers to contemporary dancers to blossoming hip-hop masters, many of them wowed the pros.

In fact, the All-Stars could be heard making “oohs” and “aahs” during a number of performances, and even leapt out of their seats a few times. Each was tasked with choosing three dancers in their own style, and two in other styles. And if a particular contestant was wanted by more than one pro, it would be up to the young aspiring star to pick who they wanted to work with.

12-year-old Tate, a contemporary dancer, had two All-Stars after her. And hip-hop dancer Kida also got to choose from two pros. But there was also heartbreak along the way, too, as the teams filled up, and 50 contestants weren’t selected.

In the second half of the episode, those who remained had to learn a challenging Broadway routine in 90 minutes. Then members from the various teams, such as contemporary and ballroom, had to perform the dance together. But having to do moves outside their typical styles proved challenging for some.

And the All-Stars then had to eliminate one person from their newly-formed teams, leaving 40 dancers in the running. Next week, the Dance Academy will continue and the Top 10 will be unveiled Gossip Cop will be back with another full recap!


  1. Gossip Cop
  2. Mediaite
  3. LawNewz
  4. The Mary Sue