Boxes of chocolates, bouquets of roses, overstuffed teddy bears... These are all great ways to show your Valentine that you care. But we can’t think of a better way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day,” than enjoying the 5 most romantic contemporary routines ever to grace the So You Think You Can Dance stage.
5. “Falling Slowly”
In Season 5, we fell rather quickly for this Stacey Tookey routine to The Frames’ “Falling Slowly,” featuring contemporary dancer Karla Garcia and salsa whiz Jonathan Platero. The two connect the technical steps with tender embraces — making us believe they really are falling for each other.
4. “If it Kills Me”
Contemporary dancers Jeanine Mason and Jason Glover had us swooning over their performance in this Travis Wall routine to Jason Mraz’s “If it Kills Me.” Travis skillfully incorporates a heart-shaped locket into his choreography, but, ultimately, it’s Jeanine and Jason’s unabashed abandonment to the emotions of the steps that makes this routine so memorable.
And that kiss at the end...phew, that’s romance!
3. “Right Here Waiting”
Season 5 certainly packed in the romance with routines that made us feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Melissa Sandvig and Ade Obayomi floated through this Mandy Moore routine to Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting.” It was a sweet SYTYCD moment, with sweeping movements and breathtaking lifts that Melissa and Ade made look effortless.
2. “Turn to Stone”
One of the most moving dances in SYTYCD history was this Season 8 Travis Wall routine to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Turn to Stone.” Melanie Moore and Marko Germar hypnotized the judges and America with their beautiful technique and heart-felt performance. They may have been portraying stone statues, but their expressiveness wasn’t at all hard or cold.
One of our all time faves!
On Season 7, a love story unfolded before our eyes, as we watched Kent Boyd and Lauren Froderman dance this Travis Wall routine to Howie Day’s “Collide.” Kent and Lauren told a tale of young love through their movement and portrayed a teenage couple on prom night. All of the elements were there: great choreography, smooth dancing, and powerful emotions.
This routine also ended in a smooch on the lips — sending the audience into a frenzy. Romance was in the air!