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Michael Dameski’s Show-Stopping Solo on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Has Paula Abdul in Tears: VIDEO


On this week’s Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance, dancer Michael Dameski (who played the role of Billy Elliot in the Broadway musical in 2008) brought down the house with an incredible solo.

The four judges seemed quite impressed by Dameski's performance. Paula Abdul especially. 

Check out the ‘unstoppable’ performance, AFTER THE JUMP

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  1. I can do that.

    Posted by: the other Ken | Apr 28, 2014 9:51:27 AM

  2. that flip at the 2/3rds mark is so unbelievable. how the hell did he get himself to damn far off the floor?! amaaaazing...

    Posted by: jim | Apr 28, 2014 9:55:39 AM

  3. WOW! What a stud!

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 28, 2014 9:59:35 AM

  4. That was the whole dance? Surely there was more. What happened to the rest of it?

    Posted by: john patrick | Apr 28, 2014 10:00:15 AM

  5. He's fantastic!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 28, 2014 10:11:30 AM

  6. John Patrick, the solos on SYTYCD are very short, I think limited to one minute.

    That was fantastic. But the SYTYCD franchise really bugs me in that they treat dance as a circus act, with the audience screaming after every move, instead of an art, where you take in the whole, then applaud and scream your head off when it's over.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Apr 28, 2014 10:17:14 AM

  7. It's a little unfair to have the star of a Broadway musical compete in a show for amateurs, right?

    Posted by: S. | Apr 28, 2014 10:17:34 AM

  8. Umm...yeah...that'll work.

    Posted by: Keppler | Apr 28, 2014 10:19:13 AM

  9. Not to take away from the entertainment value because I found his performance very exciting but it feels to me more like "dramatic gymnastics" than dance.

    His talent is enormous, and I'd love to see how he dances five years from now.

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | Apr 28, 2014 10:22:19 AM

  10. he played billy elliot, but i don't think it was broadway, and he would have alternated with at least one other dancer, so he is a lead but not a star.
    2 other points, the boy is as gay as a goose (i have been watching by way of videos) and the applause for that show stopping performance stopped the show, they had to edit about 2/3's of it out.

    i have heard of angry sex before, but never angry pirouettes. that was the definition of throwing down in the dance world.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 28, 2014 10:25:26 AM

  11. half right he did play it in australia, but...
    In October 2008 Dameski joined the cast as one of the five Billy's in Billy Elliot the Musical, along with Joshua Denyer (Sydney), Rhys Kosakowski (Newcastle), Dayton Tavares (Sydney) and Joshua Waiss Gates (Hobart) in the Sydney production. His final performance as Billy in Australia was the next to last show there on 13 June 2009, in Melbourne.

    Dameski departed Sydney 20 December 2009 to commence a season in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot The Musical.[2][3]

    Dameski left the Broadway production on 5 September 2010[4] to join the BETM 2nd North American Tour. He was in rehearsals with the new cast of that production in September and early October,[5] before the tour begins in Durham, North Carolina on October 30, 2010. Michael's last performance as Billy was 29 January 2011

    per wikipedia

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 28, 2014 10:32:12 AM

  12. Very good, but dance? More like acrobatics. The show has little to do with dance, it's more like a show to get people screaming. Sometimes there is a good routine, but it's rare.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Apr 28, 2014 10:35:46 AM

  13. "Sometimes there is a good routine, but it's rare."

    Sometimes the partner dances can be brilliant and genuinely moving, but it is rare that the idiot 14-year old girls in the audience shut up and allow the dancers to develop a mood.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Apr 28, 2014 10:39:46 AM

  14. I usually dislike dancing competition shows, but that was freaking amazing.

    I feel a little bad for the other contests though, going up against a Broadway caliber dancer... honestly, I doubt very many of the best dancers on Broadway could do that stuff.

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 28, 2014 10:40:10 AM

  15. It looked absolutely effortless. That's when you know it's great.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Apr 28, 2014 10:54:49 AM

  16. @Dastius, I agree with you. But let's not blame the audience. If this brings more people to see ballet, modern dance companies etc. it is wonderful.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Apr 28, 2014 11:49:42 AM

  17. He should perform in the Olympics for gymnastics in the floor routine.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Apr 28, 2014 12:47:21 PM

  18. "But let's not blame the audience. If this brings more people to see ballet, modern dance companies etc. it is wonderful."

    I used to feel that way about SYTYCD, glad that it is promoting modern dance to people that would never know anything about it. But if the show is teaching the wrong way to respond to it, frankly, I'd rather those people stay away.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Apr 28, 2014 1:10:29 PM

  19. If absolutely nothing else, he has a bright future in Cirque du Soleil.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 28, 2014 2:23:32 PM

  20. Yeah I choreographed that. And, I'm glad that Michael.. that's his name right? Michael.. yeah... I'm glad that he took my advice which was to dance like Jennifer Beals did in Flashdance. "Dance like Jennifer Beals in Flashback!" That's what I said.

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Apr 28, 2014 3:54:12 PM


    Posted by: ACe | Apr 28, 2014 8:08:53 PM

  22. Actually, they had Travis Wall for the night, and the whole episode was pretty amazing. His frequent partner Ranella did an different, but almost as amazing routine to Emile Sande and Brian Setzer Orchestra's Crazy In Love just a few minutes before. Michael's solo took the cake, though.

    Posted by: Tarc | Apr 28, 2014 8:55:18 PM

  23. matt27 - Totally nonsense. The show wins Emmies every year for the best dancing on TV. It's as much dance as anything out there... anywhere.

    Posted by: Tarc | Apr 28, 2014 8:57:43 PM

  24. Pft. I do that every morning when I get out of bed! Big whoop...

    Posted by: daws | Apr 28, 2014 9:00:29 PM

  25. Gymnastics.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 29, 2014 12:23:31 PM

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