So You Think You Can Dance Does Homelessness

Tonight, SYTYCD showcased a routine about, in the words of choreographer Stacey Tookey, a homeless man and a businessman who meet in the street and are shocked when they eventually realize that they were once old friends.
The routine was set to Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” (which I must admit, I think is a great choice of music).  It was by far the best-reviewed performance of the evening and garnered unanimous heaps of praise and a standing ovation for Billy Bell.  Thoughts?


  1. I usually don’t care for those types of programs..But I was Impressed….Thanks ~B

  2. That was beautiful and so well done!

  3. ~ Yup, great choice of music! My favorite part was when they were dancing the same exact steps (as one). Clearly, the stereotypical dirty, down & out look, makes the character recognizable as someone you would think was homeless, but the reality can be quite different. Like the time I was having dinner @ a homeless shelter and students and teachers from a local high school were serving the meal that night. I said I was a former high school Art teacher with a current credential. I was exactly like the teachers, who were serving, execpt that I had become disabled and could no longer teach. I don’t think we looked any different.

    I’m curious as to what else the dance was portraying – picking the guy up, but he could not be contained. Was the businessman trying to help him, but he was beyond hope? Then the professional guy turns his back on him. What the heck is the message exactly? Thoughts?

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