Nigel praises Maksim for keeping his face straight, as opposed to grimacing. First-class, he says. Mary says it's hard not to watch Faina when they're dancing together, but he partnered well. Tabitha and Napoleon agree, and he's through to choreography.
Collage of nameless dancers of different styles getting sent through to Vegas, and Cat tells us after the first day ended, successful dancers head home to pack for the next round.
Nobuya Nagahama, 27, of Woodside N.Y., hopes to join them. Possibly by vogueing. He also dances hip-hop and tap and ballet, so there are any number of ways that he could be awesome.
He's a lot of locking and kicking and hopping, but it's mostly the same moves over and over again. But you know what? He's got personality, dammit. Mary can't stop laughing at the goofy grin. Nigel compliments his locking, although it's often not as tight as it should be, but the speed is great. "My fear is that you may not be able to do anything other than that," he says. Nobuya says, haltingly (thanks to a thick Japanese accent and the fact he's out of breath), that he can do other stuff, but admits he doesn't like it as much. Mary liked it too, as do Tabitha and Napoleon, and he gets sent through to the choreography round, where he joins 45 other dancers being put through their paces by Season 3's Lauren Gottlieb. Cat tells us they've got just thirty minutes to lock it down. The Mutation dancers give up after seeing what they're up against. After the results, Maksim gets sent through by Mary, who cannot fake a rejection to save her life. Nobuya? The judges see a lot of promise and send him through. Cat gives him a little bow.
Day two. First up is Arielle Taylor, 20, from Princeton, who auditioned two years ago, but wasn't ready. Now she's going to "be fierce."
She gets going, and Nigel says he remembers her from before. She dances contemporary. Shockingly, my tolerance and appreciation of this form seems to be growing with each season of this show that I watch. That's not surprising, I suppose. It's probably not healthy to be constantly rolling my eyes.
She seems really good, and Nigel says he remembers her and wonders what happened to her. She tells him that in Vegas, she was cut because he felt that she was too "contained" in her dancing. Mary and Tabitha and Napoleon all like her, with Tabitha praising her for trying out again, and they give her a ticket straight through to Vegas.