On The Mark

August 3, 2008 at 11:54 am 3 comments

Tonya Plank, a blogger on the Huffington Post, does the best technical reviews of SYTYCD that I have seen/read. About Mark Kanemura, she has said:

…even though he doesn’t do any athletically astounding acrobatics or flashy moves during his solos, Mark is a true original. He is insanely creative. I think, even if he doesn’t go all the way to the end in this competition, he’ll make a name for himself, perhaps as a choreographer. It’s hard to tell from seconds-long solos what he is capable of, but if he has a sustaining vision … with all his pent-up weird energy that could be genius.

Top 8, and Desmond Richardson, Tonya Plank, HuffPo

This week, on Mark’s departure, she predicts he’ll have a huge future in dance, possibly as a dancer or choreographer with a company such as NYC’s Misnomer, which led me to this extraordinary video:

BTW, that’s a Leonard Cohen song they are dancing to: Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye. Brilliance. Back later with more commentary on this dance and the lyric accompanying it, possibly. But right now, I must get out in the summer sunshine.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sytycd  |  August 5, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I’d be surprised if Mark becomes a choreographer. He is definitely unique, but for some reason I just don’t see him being a choreographer.

  • 2. zennifer516  |  August 8, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Hi, sytycd! I actually agree with you. Mark is very young. He has much more growing to do as a dancer…and as a person…….

    I read an interview with Mia where she has said fundamentally the same thing: these kids on SYTYCD seem to want to rush into choreography/teaching, before they have honed their skills as dancers, first. (that’s logical: it’s a rough game, audition after audition after audition, rejection after rejection. With choreography / teaching, at least you get some regular paying work.)

    I’m going to do my best to follow Mark’s career. It will be interesting to see where he lands. On his feet, I think! hehehe

  • 3. karen  |  September 3, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Mark is already a choreographer and teacher.


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