Throughout the years on So You Think You Can Dance, we've met more and more fresh faces in the choreography circle. One of our favorite newcomers is most definitely Season 7 breakout Dee Caspary, and we're beyond psyched that he's back with us for Season 8.
Born in 1975, Dee began taking dance lessons at the age of 10 and was cast in Disney's Kids Incorporated by the time he was 12 years old. Fun fact: Other celebs who rocked child star status on the popular show include Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mario Lopez, and Stacey Ferguson — as in, Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas. Cool, right?
Dee moved on to the music industry, dancing with American Idol's Paula Abdul, including appearances in the videos for “Knocked Out,” “Forever Your Girl,” and "Straight Up." Next, he toured with 1980s princess Tiffany and boy-band pioneers New Kids on the Block, before making his silver-screen debut in the movie-musical Newsies. (PS: Best. Movie. Ever.)
By the time Dee reached his twenties, he decided to become a choreographer full-time. He's been creating magic ever since, picking up his fair share of awards along the way, not to mention a ton of fans, ourselves included.
Here are our top 3 dances from Dee's SYTYCD repertoire... see if you agree!
3. "Skin & Bones": Melanie Moore and Marko Germar
This wasn't our best of the night pick last week for nothing! In fact, it was this gorgeous "moth" dance that inspired us to feature Dee as our choreographer of the week today. Beautiful and effortless, this performance was breathtaking, start to finish.
2. "You Can Only Disappear": Adéchiké Torbert and Kent Boyd
This contemporary piece was definitely one of the highlights from Season 7. We love the way Dee can give two dancers completely different steps, yet they look like they are performing one singular move together. If you don't know what we're talking about, check out the part where Kent is leaning forward in a low arabesque and Adéchiké jetes past him, almost as if he's using Kent's extended leg as his runway. Awesome.
1. "That Home": Lauren Froderman and Robert Roldan
Considering our love of both props and napping, this "pillow" routine is a no-brainer for our favorite Dee dance ever. Our favorite part is when Lauren tosses Robert the fluffy pillow before jumping into his arms... that lift looks so much more fun with that cushy landing. Anyhoo, this was yet another gorgeous example of Dee's ever-flowing style.