Both Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul mentioned how they felt like Ruby was a different person after the two-week break with a fiercer attitude in her performances and I fully agreed. Although Jason and Nigel weren't thrilled with her Broadway duet with Tahani later on during the Aug. 22 episode, all of the judges were singing Ruby's praises after a Mark Ballas jive with All-Star Paul. Yet, her solo and her dance in her preferred style from Aug. 22 didn't matter when it came to scoring since the votes were tallied after the Aug. 1 episode. Regardless if they "mattered" when it came to scoring though, I was glad that Ruby — who had been in the bottom two with Sheaden before — was still around to show off just how capable of a dancer she is.
It doesn't seem coincidental that all of the ballroom dancers from the Next Generation were voted off early and it may have something to do with the inevitable awkwardness of partnering two people of such varying ages in that specific genre of dance. Ballroom was the only style that partnered people of different genders and with many ballroom dances featuring a sensual element, the choreographers had to get pretty creative when it came to the dances between the All-Stars and their Next Generation partners.
With Ruby gone, there are no Next Generation dancers who specialize in the style anymore, but that doesn't mean you won't see the other younger dancers being partnered together and challenged to learn the intricate moves. But with Ruby's elimination, the glory days of ballroom on So You Think You Can: The Next Generation are over and it doesn't make her leaving the show any easier.