Tiffany Geigel, 23, from Brooklyn, has spinal thoracic dysplasia. Her spine never straightened as she grew up, she tells us. Her body is disproportionately sized, like her legs are half her body and her head sits right on her shoulders and her arms seem longer than they should. The effect is kind of like a real-life version of when a cartoon character is flattened by something landing on them, and then they get up and walk away. She has a conversation with Cat about the fact that she wasn't expected to live after she was born, and every day she has to deal with the laughter and the stares. "I have to try to ignore it and remember that I'm a dancer. She credits her mom for making her do things that she would have otherwise given up on.
She dances contemporary, and -- thank god -- seems pretty good. Nigel says he's not going to pretend that it will be easy to critique her, and then asks about her condition. She explains she only has three vertebrae out of the usual seven. God bless Nigel, who doesn't patronize her -- he gives it to her straight about her not straightening her legs enough, and not lifting her arms high enough. Then he rightfully praises her for her bravery. "You've said, 'right, well I'm going to push this body that I've been given in ridiculous areas. I'm going to go dancing! I'm gonna do this! I'm gonna do that!'" He says that anybody who sits on their ass and complains that they can't do something should look at her and be inspired by her. On the other hand, he doesn't think she's right for this competition. Because... she doesn't look right? Mary simply says it's fantastic that she's here, and Tabitha makes some noise about everyone taking the stage after her will be inspired. I don't know. I think she could have at least been sent to choreography.
Maksim Kapitannikov, 25, from Brooklyn, N.Y., is going to be doing the cha-cha with Faina from Season 3! You move over, Maksim. Send Faina straight through. We'll deal with you later. He's really good. She still smoulders, but she's not auditioning.
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.