Montreal definitely didn’t disappoint! Not only are you guaranteed to find talented dancers in Montreal, but you’re also guaranteed to find a diverse mix of dancers who can show you something you’ve never seen before.
The show started off with some of Montreal’s best ballroom dancers. Season one’s Vincent Noiseux came to support his girlfriend who tried out, and the former partner of season two’s Vincent Desjardins came out as well. We also saw Yonni, the Cuban ballroom dancer who danced his shoes off, and Denys who showed us a ballroom lyrical routine. All in all, Montreal knows how to ballroom.
Of course not all Montreal dancers can be good…Philippe, who calls himself Phairy, came back for the third time. His bad auditions have been aired each year, and this year he got a lot of camera time. This guy knows he can’t dance, he just wants attention, but for some reason the judges keep giving it to him. This year they even let him try out Blake’s Bootcamp. Of course that was a train wreck but at least it was entertaining.
We also saw the return of some extremely talented dancers who almost made the cut in past seasons. One of those dancers was Justin Jackson, another was Jenny Dailey. Justin is one of the best tappers there is. In the past he wasn’t as strong in other styles but after training specifically for this show he improved his dance technique and now everything about him seems more mature and ready for this experience. This was the third time he tried out for the show and both times he got to the finals. This year seems like Justin’s year. Jenny tried out last year with her twin sister Jayme Rae, who made it all the way to the finale. She had a great audition and she is definitely separating herself from her sister, but we’ll see what happens.
Montreal brought some fresh styles to the table, like belly dancing, Irish, and Bollywood, but nothing was as unique as LazyLegz. Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli was born with Arthrogryposis which affects his legs. He needs crutches to get around, but somehow he has managed to create his own form of break dancing using his crutches as props. This audition was in no way like other auditions from people with disabilities. Usually we admire their strength but acknowledge that they aren’t good enough, not this time. Luca was extremely talented and he did things that blew the judges away. Realistically he can’t be on the show as a contestant, but Montreal is a city of possibilities and opportunities, so the judges let him go through to the finales to experience choreography and to challenge himself.
Montreal is the city to beat this year. Tonight at nine the two hour finals week episode will air and then this Sunday, just a week after the season premier, the top twenty will be revealed!