So You Think You Can Dance has a lot going for it: amazingly talented contestants, knowledgeable and entertaining judges, groundbreaking music, and brilliant costume designers. Most of all, however, we can thank this reality competition for introducing us to some incredible choreographers. From Mia to Tyce to Nappytabs, we've seen some unforgettable routines and we're not the only ones to take note.
SYTYCD has earned a whopping ten Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography, with four triumphant wins. Here's a chronological list of each year's nominated performance(s):
1. 2007 Joint Win: "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" by Wade Robson and "Calling You" by Mia Michaels
This year, the Emmys found two of Season 2's routines worthy of one nomination. Mia's famous "Bench" routine made the cut, of course, featuring Heidi Groskreutz and Travis Wall, plus Wade's group number including all of the finalists. Here's the latter in all its glory, proving once again that zombies rule:
2. 2008 Win: "The Chairman's Waltz" by Wade Robson
Wade came back for a consecutive win the following year for his now classic "Hummingbird and the Flower" dance. We never get tired of watching Jaimie and Hok do their thing on this piece.
3. 2008 Nomination: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)" by Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore rocked this power struggle between Sabra and Neil in her famed Table Dance. Love it!
4. 2008 Nomination: "Fuego" by Shane Sparks
Wow, it seems like all the competition for 2008's Choreography competition came from SYTYCD! Naturally, the Academy couldn't leave out this Transformers-inspired hip hop number from Shane Sparks. Check out Lauren and Pasha kill it!
5. 2009 Win: "Silence" by Tyce Diorio
Tyce's take on the Garden of Eden, featuring Will Wingfield as Adam and Jessica King as Eve, was pure gorgeousness. So were Will's abs. Wow.
6. 2009 Nomination: "Bleeding Love" by Nappytabs
Who doesn't love this hip hop routine with hottie Mark Kanemura and adorbz Chelsie Hightower? The emotionally-driven performance from Chelsie is super moving and Mark is in a suit. That's hot, people.
7. 2009 Nomination: "A Los Amigos" by Dmitry Chaplin
For the first time, SYTYCD was nominated for a Ballroom routine, thanks to former contestant Dmitry Chaplin and his steamy Argentine Tango. Chelsie and Joshua are smokin' together — holy chemistry! Also, we want Chelsie's blue fringe dress. Now.
8. 2009 Nomination: "Mercy" by Mia Michaels
Last but not least, things wouldn't be right with the dance world if Mia wasn't recognized for one of her awesome 2009 pieces. In this case, it was "Mercy," featuring two of our faves ever: Katee Shean and Stephen "tWitch" Boss. Best routine involving a door ever.
9. 2010 Win: "Koop Island Blues," "Gravity," and "One" by Mia Michaels
After losing out to one of her colleagues in 2009, Mia Michaels came back with a vengeance in Season 5, creating not one but THREE Emmy-worthy routines. "Gravity" (aka "Addiction"), Kayla and Kupono's portrayal of a woman under the control of drugs, was a given — the piece was one of the best of the year. Mia's group number for the Top 8, danced to "One" from A Chorus Line, was also awesome. But, the best was seeing Mia explore her lighter side for a change with "Koop Island Blues," performed by Randi Evans and Evan Kasprzak. Here's Mia's unforgettable tribute to the badonkadonk.
10. 2010 Nomination: "Two Steps Away" by Stacey Tookey
Mia did have some competition in 2010 via Stacey Tookey's contemporary number, showing off Kathryn McCormick's mad skillz and proving that Jonathan "Legacy" Perez is way more than just a b-boy. (Oh, and fun fact: Even one of the non-SYTYCD nominees that year still had our fave show on her thank-you list, since Chelsie Hightower was in the race with her choreography for Dancing With the Stars. Pretty impressive!)