This individual moves in synch with the music (SLYT)
September 14, 2014 10:22 PM   Subscribe

Holy crap! How is this not actually a CGI manipulation? Astounded is the most mild word I can come up with! Thanks so much for posting!
posted by hippybear at 10:52 PM on September 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by MartinWisse at 10:58 PM on September 14, 2014

iGlide from the DragonHouse Crew is a frequent creator of how is that not CGI moments as well.
posted by bpm140 at 11:10 PM on September 14, 2014

I well know this isn't fake or anything, but on the other hand some of that stuff is obviously impossible for a human to do.

Therefore the only possible answer is: He must be a robot or a dozen squirrels wearing a human costume or something.
posted by aubilenon at 11:11 PM on September 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

Fik-Shun actually (and deservedly) won So You Think You Can Dance last year. Here's his audition. Here he is dancing jazz. Here he is dancing a waltz. Here he is dancing a contemporary routine. Here he's dancing with Stephen "Twitch" Boss, whom he is probably the evolution of. Here he is performing as an All-Star in the 2014 season.

Basically: Fik-Shun has body control on a level that is incredibly rare even for professional dancers and demonstrated repeatedly that he can dance at a top level in essentially any style; he was widely considered one of the fastest learners in SYTCYD history. He is an unbelievably rare talent.
posted by mightygodking at 11:13 PM on September 14, 2014 [18 favorites]

Slurm is a hell of a drug.
posted by benzenedream at 11:16 PM on September 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

First of all, goddamn.

Second of all, goddamn.

That was both super mesmerizing and super overwhelming to watch.
posted by Hermione Granger at 11:21 PM on September 14, 2014

Reminds me of this guy, who was posted on MeFi back in 2011.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 11:28 PM on September 14, 2014 [3 favorites]

This seems to me like an evolutionary step beyond David Elsewhere. And also amazes me that it has been 13 years since this first blew my mind.
posted by umberto at 11:34 PM on September 14, 2014

Fik-Shun and Melanie Moore are probably my favorite SYTYCD winners; I love their jazz routine together. None of my picks won in the previous seasons.

The CGI-like moves are a dance style called animation, which is a form of popping. Cyrus Spencer, the runner-up in an earlier season of SYTYCD, specialized in this style. He was a great dancer, if not as incredibly versatile as Fik-Shun.

Fik-Shun is a dance-school kid - as opposed to "street" dancers without formal training, who rarely rise to the top on SYTYCD. Still, the raw talent there boggles the mind.
posted by fatehunter at 12:34 AM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

If we're just talking animators on SYTYCD, it would be a horrible omission to not mention Jade and Blu-Print's dueling animation routine from two years ago.
posted by mightygodking at 5:19 AM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

He's really good. I would contribute to some kind of fund to let him study with a great storyteller mime (in the vein of Marcel Marceau). If anyone else is interested in seeing what happens when Fik-Shun is combined with classical mime, MeMail me! He probably wouldn't do it, but oh geez I just see so much potential.
posted by amtho at 6:12 AM on September 15, 2014

When I was like 8 we took our first family trip to NYC and literally the only thing I was interested in doing was finding the corners where dudes were supposedly breakdancing on flattened cardboard boxes.

My daughter is about 3.5 years old and showing normal interest in dance class and such. It takes all the parenting know-how I have not to "tennis father" her: "NO! DO IT AGAIN! I'm sorry but you will not be eating ANYTHING until you get that left shoulder pop more on point."
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 6:40 AM on September 15, 2014

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