Like you, I enjoyed The Hippest Trip in America and watch it every chance I get. However, being the nosey bird that I am, I wanted to know more like...
Was there ever a cutoff in age? In the later episodes (mid 1980's especially), some of those dancers did not look like teens but old enough to pay a mortgage. In fact, one person I went to school with danced on that show at age 27/28.
Was there ever a cutoff in how long you can dance on the show? I noticed today that Cheryl Song (a.k.a THAT Sexy Asian Lady) danced from the mid 70s to the mid-late 80s. That's a long time for something that doesn't pay a salary. Now Damita Jo Freeman, Jody Whatley and Rosie Perez did it right. A couple of yrs. and they got the right exposure...the rest is history.
Why couldn't a dancer wear a wig? This one came from my cousin who claims that Don C. kicked him out of the studio for wearing a permed wig. But the other day, I saw some chick who won the dance contest that had some dirty blonde plastic-looking thing that sat on her head like a helmet.
Why did they stop dancing? You know what I'm talking about! Compare the first 5-7 years to the mid-eighties when women were doing a two-step in tight dresses and the men were either sorta dancing like MJ or jumping around in costumes and props.