After taking a week off for the Independence Day holiday, “So You Think You Can Dance” returns with the final auditions before the dancers who survived go to the Dance Academy.

Getting the show started is Ballroom dance couple Andrew Avila and Melany Mercedes who are returning from last season with a saucy Salsa that brought the judges to their feet. The duo got their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Next up was Michael Sales who began Break Dancing at age 14. After earning some great comments from the judges, Michael got his ticket to the Dance Academy.

Mariah Russell has watched SYTYCD since she was little and dreamed of being on the show. Her Contemporary dance routine touched the judge’s heart and earned her a ticket to the Dance Academy.

In a clip of Contemporary dance auditions; Shamus Moriarty, Olivia Alboher, and Luke Phillips all earned their tickets to the Dance Academy.

Phoebe Kockhis was born with Down Syndrone and began dancing when she was two and a half years old. She has had a dream of being on the show since she was six years old with the first episode in the series. She earned cheers from D-trix and some positive remarks from the judges. While she did not move on in the competition, Nigel invited her to be his guest at the Dance Academy and have some fun.

James Cody returns to SYTYCD for his fourth try of getting on the show. He was last on the show in season 12 and made it to the Academy in Las Vegas. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, James said that his dancing is a mood stabilizer and he feels better than he has in a long time. James had D-trix making all kinds of noises and Nigel dancing in his chair. Nigel said that James is brilliant at what he does, but fears that James doesn’t put in the work. With the deciding vote, Laurieann put James through to the Dance Academy.

Maia Bliudnikas has been dancing since she was nine years old. Mary called her audition one of the most perfect performances of the auditions. With four yeses, Maia got her ticket to the Dance Academy.

In the final audition of season 16, tap dancer Eddie Hoyt returns for another try. Whie he didn’t make it on the show last season, he was offered a teaching position at Centerstage. After bringing the judges…and the crowd to their feet, Mary was very emotional in her comments, saying that she has never cried over a tap routine before. Even D-trix had tears from the dance. Eddie revealed that he didn’t choreograph the routine; adding that he freestyled it because he needed to feel it. Eddie got his ticket to the Dance Academy. D-trix said that if Eddie survives the Dance Academy, then he would be a contender and even a finalist.

Next week, it’s on to the Dance Academy and the toughest week of their lives.

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