'SYTYCD' Season 9 premiere: Shafeek Westbrook wows the judges

Shafeek Westbrook may be a street breakdancer, but he had a clear mission when he turned up for New York's "So You Think You Can Dance" auditions. He wanted to prove to judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio that breakers can cross genres. Mission accomplished.Fans of the show know it's true. We've seen hip-hoppers like Tadd Gadduang make it not only to Las Vegas, but to the final rounds of the competition. And it looks like 22-year-old Shafeek, a Philadelphia native, may be another contender to take his game from the streets to the highest echelons of the dance world.His routine combined classic breakdance moves with a contemporary, interpretive flow that left the judges breathless. And not only was his dance amazing, so was his inspiration: "A friend of mine died in 9/11," he said. "My dance was supposed to be him climbing out of the rubble of the World Trade Center."Shafeek, you...

'So You Think You Can Dance': 2012's Season 9 kicks off with auditions

With "American Idol's" winner -- Phillip Phillips -- declared, FOX and producer Nigel Lythgoe are ready to move on to the summer portion of their reality competition entertainment: "So You Think You Can Dance's" Season 9.Host Cat Deeley returns to shepherd the competition through the summer while Lythgoe and Mary Murphy are returning to their usual spots behind the judges' table. But, there are a few changes in store for this season -- which isn't surprising to die-hard "SYTYCD" fans. Let's review them before the action kicks off tonight with the first audition show:It takes two: Two winners -- one male and one female -- will be declared this season for the first time in the show's history. While that's fabulous news for the 2012 crop of dancers we wish it had been a possibility last year so Marko Germar could have joined champion Melanie Moore in the winners' circle.One night stand: Like it or...

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 9 Schedule: Performance Shows Begin July 11

The ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance will be unlike any season before. That's mostly because FOX cut the show down so it will only air once a week and there will be two winners: one male and one female.

So You Think You Can Dance 2012 Season 9 “Auditions #1 and #2?

So You Think You Can Dance  2012 Season 9 “Auditions #1 and #2? airs Thursday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis : The pursuit of “America’s Favorite Dancer” begins tonight on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE! Watch what happens when the most talented dancers – skilled in everything from Ballroom and Ballet to Salsa, Jive, Hip Hop and Krumping – all compete for a prized spot on the live  shows. See who impresses the judges  and who trips up in the “Auditions #1 and #2:  Dallas  and New York” two-hour season premiere episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing on a special night, Thursday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More...  

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 9: Two Winners and More Changes

When So You Think You Can Dance season 9 begins on May 24, there will be some changes. There will, of course, be plenty of insanely good dancing. That's a given. But the format of So You Think You Can Dance will be very different.