|So You Think You Can Dance|
|Original work||So You Think You Can Dance (American TV series)|
|Films and television|
|Television series||So You Think You Can Dance (independent international versions, see below)|
|First aired||20 July 2005|
So You Think You Can Dance is a franchise of reality television shows in which contestants compete in dance. The first series of the franchise, created by Idols producers Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, premiered in July 2005 and has broadcast seventeen seasons since. Adaptations of the show began airing in other countries in late 2005 and to date 30 localized adaptations have been produced, representing 41 different countries and comprising more than ninety individual seasons.
Although each varies in the particulars of its format and presentation, all shows in the So You Think You Can Dance franchise share a premise of placing dancers-—who come from a wide variety of dance backgrounds and are often amateur or semi-professional in experience—-in a competition which requires them to adapt to multiple styles of dance. As the competition progresses, a combination of judge decisions and at-home-viewer votes determine which dancers will advance in the competition from week to week, until ultimately one dancer is voted champion of that particular season and receives a prize package that may consist of money, work or training opportunities, additional material prizes, and typically the title of the respective country's "Favorite Dancer" (e.g. "America's Favorite Dancer").
A show in the franchise is typically composed of three phases of competition: initial open auditions, callbacks/finalist selection, and finals/live performance shows. A given series or season may air only one show per week or two, but rarely more. The initial open auditions are typically held at various locations throughout the relevant country and are open to dancers of varied backgrounds and experience levels, though generally there is an age cap (with the age limits being non-consistent between entries in the franchise). Although usually unseen in the final aired edit of the show, some productions may also hold producer auditions, in which the initial talent pool is screened, before the televised auditions. The open auditions are overseen by a panel of judges, typically experts in dance or the entertainment field, who will select a portion of auditioning dancers to advance in the competition. The following stage, sometimes called the "callbacks", "boot camp", or "academy" will further reduce this remaining pool of dancers down to the season's "finalists", usually by putting the dancers through a series of short dance workshops and routines while the judges evaluate their capabilities, adaptability, and over-all potential for the competition. The callback phase ends when the judge's panel selects a number of season finalists (typically between ten and twenty total dancers, half women and half men).
Collectively the auditions and callbacks, being edited down considerably, represent only a minority of episodes and are televised during the first few weeks of a season. Following these episodes are the finals (referred to in some entries as "performance shows" or "live shows"), in which the remaining contestants are matched into couples and are assigned new dance styles—-typically, but not always, assigned by a luck-of-the-draw system—each week. These episodes combine stage performances (including solos, duets, and group routines), short "behind-the-scenes" video packets of the dancers working with their choreographers and each other to master the routines, and judge evaluations of the performances to form the bulk of their run-time, occasionally supplemented by guest performances. These episodes are also the point at which at-home-viewers begin their involvement in the show: their votes (combined with judge decisions) will decide which dancers remain in the competition as eliminations reduce the number of contestants weekly until a finale episode in which the winner is revealed. While most of the above are elements shared by all shows in the franchise, entries vary considerably in the details: the number of finalists, the number of shows per week, the manner in which judge decisions are weighted against home-viewer votes, the styles of dance assigned, presentation style, production values, and even the number of winners are all examples of elements of the format that have fluctuated throughout the run of the franchise.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of dance styles which have been featured on shows within the So You Think You Can Dance franchise, with notes on nomenclature between versions. Only styles featured in choreographed duet or group routines during the competition phase of the show are listed here; styles featured only in solos or auditions are not listed.
|Western classical styles||Contemporary, lyrical, modern, ballet/pas de deux|
|Street and contemporary club styles||Hip-hop, lyrical hip-hop, animation breaking/b-boying, contemporary hip-hop, dubstep, electric boogaloo, krump, house, locking, popping, stepping, voguing, waacking|
|Classical/standard/smooth ballroom styles||Foxtrot/slowfox, tango, Argentine tango, quickstep, waltz, Viennese waltz, slow waltz, English waltz|
|Latin/rhythm ballroom styles||Cha-cha/cha-cha-cha, jive, American jive, lambada, mambo, pasodoble, rumba, African rumba, Cuban rumba, salsa, street salsa, samba, African samba|
|Jazz styles||Jazz, contemporary jazz, modern jazz, lyrical jazz, Afro-/African jazz, commercial, jazz-funk, Latin jazz, pop/pop-jazz, Afro-pop, street jazz|
|Broadway/musical theatre styles||Broadway (musical theatre), burlesque, can-can, tap dancing|
|American social/traditional club styles||Boogaloo, charleston, disco, new disco, go-go, hustle, lindy hop, rock n' roll, swing, west coast swing|
|Regional/traditional styles||Bollywood, dancehall (sometimes alternatively labelled reggae, reggaeton, or reggae-jam), African, Afro-Cuban, bellydance, cabera, capoeira, kalinka, maculelê, malevos, sevillanas, Tahitian, tropak|
|Eastern classical styles||Malaysian classical/contemporary, Chinese classical/contemporary, Indian classical/contemporary|
|Arab League||So You Think You Can Dance - Yalla Nerkos!||Arabic||Rita Hayek||MTV
Fox Movies ME
|Armenia||Parir te Karogh Es||Armenian||Grikor Aghakhanyan||Shant TV||2011||Discontinued|
|Australia||So You Think You Can Dance Australia||English||Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Seasons 1–3)
Carrie Bickmore (Season 4)
|So You Think You Can Dance||Dutch
|EliZe (Season 1)
An Lemmens & Dennis Weening (Season 2–)
|So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (Netherlands)||Dutch
|Lieke van Lexmond & Dennis Weening||RTL5||13-04-2013||1||Discontinued|
|Canada||So You Think You Can Dance Canada||English
|China||So You Think You Can Dance: Wǔ Lín Zhēngbà (Season 1)
So You Think You Can Dance: Zhōngguó Hǎo Wǔdǎo (Season 2)
|Chinese||Cheng Lei (Season 1)
Hua Shao (Season 2)
|Dragon TV (Season 1)
Zhejiang STV (Season 2)
|Denmark||Kan Du Danse?||Danish||Thomas Mygind & Anne Katrine Skole||TV3||20-07-2006||Discontinued|
|Finland||Dance Suomi||Finnish||Caro Axel Smith||Nelonen||29-08-2010||Discontinued|
|France||You Can Dance||French||Benjamin Castaldi||NT1||16-02-2012||1||Discontinued|
|Germany||You Can Dance||German||Anna Maier||Sat.1||2010||1||Discontinued|
|Georgia||Shen Shegidzelia Cekva||Georgian||Imedi TV (Seasons 1–2)||2016||Discontinued|
|Greece||So You Think You Can Dance||Greek||Vicky Kaya (Seasons 1–2)
Doukissa Nomikou (Season 3)
|Mega Channel (Season 1–2)
ANT1 (Season 3)
|India||So You Think You Can Dance||Hindi||Rithvik Dhanjani & Mouni Roy||&TV||24-04-2016||1||Discontinued|
|Israel||Nolad Lirkod||Hebrew||Zvika Hadar||Channel 2||02-12-2005||Discontinued|
|Aisulu Azimbayeva & Aset Arystanbekov||Khabar||24-09-2016||
|Lithuania||Tu gali šokti||Lithuanian||Mindaugas Meškauskas||TV3||11-04-2010||Discontinued|
|Malaysia||So You Think You Can Dance||English
|Juliana Ibrahim (Season 1)
Jehan Miski (Season 1)
Aishah Sinclair (Season 2)
|New Zealand||So You Think You Can Dance||English||Shane Cortese||TV3||2006||1||Discontinued|
|Norway||Dansefeber||Norwegian||Kjetil Tefke & Henriette Lien||TVNorge||2006||Discontinued|
|Poland||You Can Dance – Po prostu tańcz!||Polish||Kinga Rusin (Seasons 1–5)
Patricia Kazadi (Seasons 6–9)
|You Can Dance – Nowa generacja||Polish||Ida Nowakowska (Season 1)
Edyta Herbuś (Season 2)
|TVP2 / TVP1||10-09-2021||
|Portugal||Achas que Sabes Dançar?||Portuguese||João Manzarra (Season 1)
Diana Chaves (Season 2)
|So You Think You Can Dance Scandinavia||Swedish
|South Africa||So You Think You Can Dance||English||Sade Giliberti||SABC 1||07-02-2007||Discontinued|
|Tunisia||So You Think You Can Dance||Darija||Walid Al Salami||El Hiwar El Tounsi||31-01-2019||1||Ongoing|
|Turkey||Dans Eder misin? (Seasons 1–4)
Dans Eder misin? Yaz Ateşi (Season 5)
Huysuz'la Dans Eder misin? (Season 6)
|Turkish||Güzide Duran (Seasons 1–5)
Seyfi Dursunoğlu (Season 6)
|Lilia Rebryk & Dmytro Tankovich||STB||12-09-2008||Discontinued|
|United Kingdom||So You Think You Can Dance||English||Cat Deeley||BBC One||02-01-2010||Discontinued|
|United States||So You Think You Can Dance||English||Lauren Sánchez (Season 1)
Cat Deeley (Season 2–)
|Vietnam||Thử thách cùng bước nhảy: So You Think You Can Dance||Vietnamese||Huỳnh Trấn Thành (Seasons 1–4)
Chí Thiện & Chibi Hoàng Yến (Season 5)
- In 2014, an Arabian version of the series was shown in, and accepted contestants from, 11 different Arab League nations, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, as well as Palestinian territories. A newer national variation of the show began airing on Tunisian television in 2019.
- The first season of the Benelux version of So You Think You Can Dance was Netherlands-specific while seasons 2-7 broadened to represent Belgium as well. In 2013, a spin-off series involving younger competitors began airing as well.
- Individual SYTYCD shows were produced for both Denmark and Norway, each of which lasted two seasons. A third show was then produced that represented both countries as well as Sweden (So You Think Can Dance Scandinavia), which aired one season.
In March 2014, CCTV broadcast a promotional episode in which notable dancers from the U.S. and Chinese versions of So You Think You Can Dance competed directly against one-another as teams. Titled Zhōngměi Wǔ Lín Guànjūn Duìkàngsài - Super Dancer Born Tonight, the show was shot in Las Vegas but has yet to see a release or announcement in the U.S.. The episode featured head-to-head competition between "all-stars" in the form of solos and duets and was judged by an international panel.
The Next Generation
In 2013, the producers of the Dutch version of So You Think You Can Dance announced a spin-off series, titled So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, featuring dancers younger than those typically featured on the traditional entries in the franchise. The spin off lasted only one season. In 2016, producers adapted a similar format for the 13th season of the American series, with competitors between the ages of 8 and 13. Starting in 2021, a Polish revival of the show also uses an iteration of this format.