‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour hits Austin Friday night

Jaja and Edson Juarez perform a hip-hop routine choreographed by Misha Gabriel. (Fox photo)
Jaja and Edson Juarez perform a hip-hop routine choreographed by Misha Gabriel. (Fox photo)

The “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12 tour rolls into Austin this week – and the stars of the show are promising fans a production that’s bigger and better than ever.

It all happens Friday night at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theatre. Tickets are still on sale.

“We have a very, very strong show,” said dancer Hailee Payne, who calls Utah home. “It’s going to be super fun. The show is so different than the other tours. We’re all about the dance.”

The tour kicked off Tuesday in North Texas and will, over the next four months, hit about 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

“This is what dancers feed off of,” Payne said. “To have a huge audience, that’s amazing.”

Dancer Edson Juarez, a resident of Mission in South Texas, said he’s especially excited to be stopping in Austin.

“It’s my favorite city in Texas,” he said. “Austin’s my fave. Any time of the year, it’s gorgeous.”

Even after 12 years on the Fox network, “So You Think You Can Dance” still manages to draw a crowd wherever it goes. Payne said she thinks she knows why.

“The show keeps inspiring people,” she said. “It’s a small stepping stone for people to start their careers.”


‘So You Think You Can Dance’

8 p.m. Friday

Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theatre

Tickets: acl-live.com

Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ is looking for Austin home cooks

"MasterChef" judges Christina Tosi, left, Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot
“MasterChef” judges Christina Tosi, left, Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot

As the current season of Fox’s reality competition “MasterChef” rolls on, producers are already planning for Season 7. They’ll be landing in 11 cities looking for talented home cooks to compete against each other for a prize of $250,000, their own cookbook, and a “MasterChef” trophy.

Think what you’ve got to impress judges Gordon, Graham and Christina? Austin auditions are slated for Aug. 29. No location has been revealed, but the most current audition information can be found on the show’s casting website.

Here’s the complete list of audition cities and dates:

San Diego, Calif. Saturday, Aug. 15
Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday, Aug. 15
Las Vegas, Nev. Saturday, Aug. 22
Detroit, Mich. Saturday, Aug. 22
Austin, Tex. Saturday, Aug. 29
San Francisco, Calif. Saturday, Aug. 29
Chicago, Ill. Saturday, Sep. 26
Louisville, Ken. Saturday, Sep. 26
Jackson, Miss. Saturday, Oct. 3
New York City, Saturday, Oct. 3
Los Angeles, Calif. Saturday, Oct. 10