Benjamin Millepied & ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Photo of, and by, Benjamin Millepied

Did you see him? Benjamin Millepied was a judge tonight on “So You Think You Can Dance” and the six dancers of L.A. Dance Project were on, too, performing an oh-so-brief excerpt from Millepied’s new work, “Moving Parts,” which premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sept. 22-23. 

Contemporary ballet on Fox TV — a top-rated national show in prime time! Pigs must be flying.

So how did this happen? Here’s the equation — Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance” + Nigel Lythgoe, member of LA Music Center board of directors = Millepied and L.A. Dance Project on “So You Think You Can Dance.” (Remember, L.A. Dance Project’s inaugural season is being commissioned by the Music Center.)

For years — decades — the LA concert dance community has been begging for support like this from Hollywood. This just might be the first step in a long overdue coming together of these two communities, and not just a boost for L.A. Dance Project. Let’s hope so.

As far as Benjamin as a judge, well, don’t quit your day job. You’re no Mary “Hot Tamale Train” Murphy. But that’s okay — I’m sure you don’t want to be. By the way, I would have voted to keep both Audrey and George on the show.

What did everyone else think?

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