So You Think You Can Dance? Sterek AU: In which classical ballet dancer Derek and self-taught street hip-hop dancer Stiles meet on a televised dancing competition.
Derek used to partner with his sister Laura in a traditional ballet troupe until an injury ended Laura’s dancing career. Now Derek is looking for a way to recreate himself in the dancing scene. Stiles, meanwhile, decides to audition for the show on a drunken dare from his friend Scott. He never thought that he’d actually get on it!
Derek dislikes Stiles blasé attitude (“This is serious Stiles! You can’t just throw yourself into a new routine without knowing what you’re doing. Do you want to break something? If you do, just tell me. I’d be happy to break it for you and get it over with.”), and Stiles thinks Derek needs to chill out and loosen up (“It’s dancing, Derek. D-A-N-C-I-N-G. It’s supposed to be fun. This isn’t rocket science. You listen to music and you move your limbs. That’s it.”).
Tension between them comes to a head when they are paired together for a routine on the show. All the anger, frustration, worry, humor, and pressure ignites in a passionate dance. Which then leads to passion off the dance floor as well.