So You Think You Can Dance, one of primetime television’s most popular reality competitions, is bringing this wildly popular show to the stage of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for Performing Arts. Celebrating their 11th season, the Top Ten finalists will make their way to West Palm, one of more than 70 tour stops, for an 8 p.m. performance on Nov. 26.
The first leg of the tour kicked off Oct. 1 in New Orleans and will come to an end on Dec. 19 in Utah. The dancers will return for the second leg of the tour on Jan. 22 in Bakersfield, Ca.
The tour lineup includes Bridget Whitman, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal, Jacque LeWarne, Jessica Richens, Ricky Ubeda, Rudy Abreu, Tanisha Belnap, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart.
The tour will include almost 70 of the dances that were seen in season 11, as well as new choreography specifically for the tour. While the dancers are very hush-hush about which routines will appear on stage, a special piece set to “The Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler is likely to be performed in each city. Ricky Ubeda (season 11 SYTYCD winner) and Zack Everhart will dance together as will Jessica Richens and Valerie Rockey. The dancers of this piece all placed in the top four of SYTYCD’s 11th season.
“I’m really happy that we get to do our equality piece,” Ubeda said. “It’s just really cool to get to spread the message, to go out to all of these cities and all of these towns and inspire people and just get a message across … it’s definitely one you’ve got to see in person.”
Ubeda is a Miami native who began dancing when he was 8 after being inspired by the very show that sparked his interest in dance.
“People like Nick [Lazzarini] and Travis [Wall] were guys dancing contemporary and made it just look cool. And they were so funny and awesome that I thought, ‘I want to do that,’” Ubeda explained to Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast. “And it’s cool that now you flash-forward and I’m on the show working with the people who inspired me to even start.”
Tickets to see Udeba and his fellow finalists are on sale now. Waltz on down to pick up your tickets, which start at $30 and may be purchased at www.kravis.org, by calling the box office at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471, or in person at the Kravis Center box office located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, or through StubHub. Group discounts are available; contact Group Sales at (561) 651-4438 or (561) 651-4304 for information.