So You Think You Can Dance: “Vegas Callbacks, Part One” Review - AVClub

AVClub: What does So You Think You Can Dance have to gain from the new “stage versus street” conceit? Was the change made to highlight the growing number of dance styles emerging outside of classrooms and professional stages by showing off the range of street dancing? Was it made to give the show greater appeal in urban markets by giving street dancers equal attention in the competition? My best guess is the show needed to make a change after 11 seasons of a formula that was garnering diminishing ratings returns with each new year, and pitting stage dancers against street dancers is a solid enough hook. But as these first episodes of season 12 have proven, there’s more to lose than there is to gain from this new angle.

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