10 So You Think You Can Dance Routines Paired With YA Books

09/06/2013 4:53PM | Posted by: TeamEpicReads | Book Nerds Unite, Fun Stuff, Lists!

We finally figured out a way to combine our two loves: dancing + reading. With help from our community members, we were able to put together this list of routines from So You Think You Can Dance that perfectly match YA books.


1. Ramalama Group + Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

This was the easiest pairing to put together. Zombies + 1800s costumes? This dance routine has Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard written all over it.

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2. Gravity Ft. Kayla and Kupono + Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

“[This dance] reminds me SO much of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and the relationship Alina and the Darkling (sigh) have in the story, with him being slightly controlling and manipulative and her not fighting back until around the middle of the story.” ––Katie F.

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3. Jazz Ft. Sasha & Melanie + Reboot by Amy Tintera

Two strong females kicking butt and taking names? Look no further than the new thriller by Amy Tintera.

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4. Wicked Games Ft. Travis & Amy + How to Love by Katie Cotugno

If you watch the intro video for this dance they talk about how the routine reflects the games people play when they first start a relationship and we feel as though that perfectly reflects the “BEFORE” relationship between Reena and Sawyer in How to Love.

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5. Bang Bang Ft. Alex & Eliana + Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

The dance is all about a man that is constantly getting into the girl’s head and manipulating her. Does that sound like any character you know?

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6. Toxic Ft. Eliana & Cyrus + Splintered by A.G. Howard

“Toxic was spot on for Splintered by AG Howard. With the cryptic song and doll like movement, it fit the dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland perfectly.” ––BridgetHoward3

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7. Bleeding Love Ft. Mark & Chelsie + The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

“Bleeding Love is perfect for The Mortal Instruments because Jace keeps pushing Clary away since they are “brother and sister” yet he keeps coming back and she is torn, but she also comes back to Jace.” ––kassandraphan

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8. Young and Beautiful Group Routine + Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The entire dance is about the reaching the fountain of youth and the need and desire to stay young and beautiful forever. Before Tally is set straight in Uglies, we know she would have been one of these girls.

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9. All That Jazz Ft. Lacey & Kameron + Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Jazz, booze, cigarettes, big dreams. . . oh and the Charleston. That’s what the 1920s were all about and Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen captures that decade perfectly.

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10. Medicine Ft. Tucker & Robert + The Things A Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

The dance piece is about two brothers and one of them has hit rock bottom and the other is trying to bring him back. The book is about two brothers, one has come home from a tour of duty in the war and has hit rock bottom and his younger brother must learn who his brother was once, who he is now and how to bring him back.

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User Comments 4 comments

  1. September 6, 2013 | 6:32 pm

    Wow all of these are perfect pairs!! :D

  2. September 7, 2013 | 12:31 am

    What a fun idea! Ramalama (and Addiction) are two of my favorite dances from SYTYCD. You should check out the original Ramalama dance- it was with the full top 20 from that year (the one you had posted was from a later season where Wade actually danced in it too). Such a great song as well. I will have to check several of these books out! The cover art on Something Strange & Deadly is beautiful! Thanks

  3. September 7, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    I can’t believe I’m not alone in linking SYTYCD routines and the beautiful YA/NA books I’ve been reading! Such a fabulous post!

    For my money, I cannot think of Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” and Not see the Top 16 group Dance from SYTYCD Season 4.


  4. September 9, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Amazing pairings! Love it. Love this concept. We should do this more often.

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