One of the most noteworthy dances in Monday night’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” wasn’t performed by the contestants for viewer votes. It was a group routine featuring the show’s nine remaining “SYTYCD” all-stars and choreographed by Travis Wall, himself an all-star having competed in the second season before crafting dances for the show. The contemporary group routine was set to Nina Simone‘s rendition of “Strange Fruit,” a song about the lynching of African-Americans, and staged in front of a barren tree. Watch it above.
Wall had the benefit of some of the show’s most accomplished dancers when putting together this emotionally challenging routine: Gaby Diaz, Comfort Fedoke, Fik-Shun, Marko Germar, Allison Holker, Jenna Johnson, Paul Karmiryan, Robert Roldan, and Cyrus Spencer. And they might just help him earn another Emmy nomination next year for Best Choreography. Wall has been nominated seven years in a row, winning in 2015 for the routines “Wave,” “When I Go,” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” That string of nominations includes a bid this year for another trio of dances: “The Mirror,” “Send in the Clowns,” and “She Used to Be Mine.”
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