Sometimes great performances on So You Think You Can Dance touch a deep emotional chord with me. Last night my wife and I started to make our way through some recorded episodes. We came to Alex and Twitch's astounding hip-hop dance, "Get out of your mind!"
We watched it twice. Today I saw it twice more, having been able to find it online. You'll probably have to wait for an ad to finish before seeing the video, but believe me, you need to wait. Then, enjoy.
What's amazing is that Alex is an accomplished ballet dancer. Hip-hop seemingly would be way out of his comfort zone. But he nailed this piece, both creatively and emotionally. The audience went wild, and the judges said it was one of the best performances ever on the show.
I loved the notion of a psychiatrist jumping up, hitting his patient with a clipboard, and rocking out to "Get out of your mind!" Sanity is so overrated. I'll take Alex and Twitch's craziness over sensible sobriety anytime.
To be able to just let go like that, on a stage with many millions watching live television, terrific! This is where dance melds with philosophy, broadly speaking, as so many art forms do.
I kept recalling the performance today. How Alex gets off his therapeutic couch and dances his way to mental health by saying fuck it. Which is what the actual lyrics to "Get out of your mind" (by Lil' Jon) say a lot.
The version of the song played on So You Think You Can Dance was considerably cleaned up. Here's the original of some lyrics heard on the performance:
Cheap therapy. Not recommended for everyone, but, hey, if it works for you, it works.