So You Think You Can Dance 5 - Top 18

So You Think You Can Dance, 2009 - Top 18

This page features videos of the dance performances from the Top 18 and Top 18 results nights. The performances were strong again this week. Here's how we grouped them.

Memorable Performances

Four of the performances stood out as most memorable. They are:

  • Karla and Jonathan - Contemporary by Stacey Tookey - “Falling Slowly” by The Frames
  • Janette and Brandon - Disco by Doriana Sanchez - “Loving You is Really My Game” by Brainstorm
  • Melissa and Ade - Jazz by Sonya Tayeh - “24 Hours (the Ashton Shuffle A-Bomb Remix)” by Terry Poison
  • Asuka and Vitolio - Waltz by Louis Van Amstel - “Dreams are More Precious” by Enya

Strong Performances

  • Randi and Evan - Jive by Louis Van Amstel - “Shake a Tail Feather” by Ray Charles
  • Caitlin and Jason - Hip Hop by Shane Sparks -”Missin you” by Trey Songz
  • Kayla and Max - Pop Jazz by Brian Freedman -”Hot Like Wow” by Nadia Oh

Good Performances

  • Jeanine and Phillip - Tango by Tony Meredith - “Violento (Up Mix)” by Bailango
  • Ashley and Kupono - Hip Hop by Shane Sparks - “Imma Be” by the Black Eyed Peas”

Performance Videos

Watch the videos at Top 18 Performances.


After the Top 18 videos below, you'll find the dance videos from the results night when available.

  • Great group dance: “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder; Mia Michaels choreography
  • Classic Indian dance demonstration: Amrapali Ambegaokar; the second half is absolutely incredible
  • Dance for your life solos, 1
  • Dance for your life solos, 2

Caitlin and Jason were the first couple in the bottom three. While the judges gave them mixed results on their hip-hop, last week's Bollywood was among my favorite SYTYCD performances ever. I disagree with this result. Ashley and Kupono were in the bottom three as were Kayla and Max.

Judges felt Caitlin's solo was very strong and that Jason's was one of the best they'd ever seen. Ashley and Max were eliminated, but neither result was unanimous.

Results Videos

Watch the videos at Top 18 Results.