‘So You Think You Can Dance’ episode 2 recap: Season 14 continues with Los Angeles auditions

The Emmy-winning “So You Think You Can Dance” continued auditions for its 14th season Monday night with dancers taking the stage in Los Angeles in front of series judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Vanessa Hudgens. In the audition phase of the show, dancers perform in front of the panel for a chance to move on to the next round at The Academy, otherwise they’re sent home or given a second chance to learn pre-determined choreo and prove their skills later in the day. Also on hand is host Cat Deely who provides brief introductions of the spotlight auditions throughout the episode.

Below, read our “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 14, Episode 2 recap of the auditions in the order in which they were showcased on Monday’s episode. Who stood out? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts down in the comments section.

Tristen & Jensen: Tristen and Jensen have been dancing ballroom together since they were 12 and 11 years old, respectively. Jensen’s sister, Lindsay Arnold, competed on season 9 of the series, so the audition was a chance for her to live up to the family name. Dancing a high energy samba, the couple showed a lot of personality, but according to ballroom expert Mary, they missed some of the connections that would have made their routine a little cleaner. Despite those minor flaws, the panel handed them their tickets to The Academy.

Cody Ostrenga: Cody, a mounted shooter horse riding champion, sees SYTYCD as an opportunity to follow his true passion, dance–specifically, hip hop-infused belly dancing. Though Nigel found a great story in Cody’s transition from horse riding to belly dancing and applauded his courage, the three judges advised him to keep training and return in the future with more experience under his belt.

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