Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, and Travis Wall to Take Part in New Wave LA

Los Angeles Ballet [LAB] Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are thrilled to present New Wave LA which involves four contemporary World Premieres from guest choreographers Josie Walsh, and Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance.

Each choreographer will present an innovative, modern, edgy and world class piece with Los Angeles Ballet dancers. New Wave LA is a ground-breaking program for LAB, commissioning four acclaimed choreographers to create on LAB dancers. This program follows Los Angeles Ballet’s mission of incorporating new creations specifically for LAB dancers throughout its season.

The four choreographers Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall are all elated to be presenting FOUR world premieres in ONE evening which is rarely done in a ballet company. Los Angeles Ballet is also proud to present Transmutation, by LA’s own Josie Walsh, developed from a piece originally commissioned by the First Annual LAB Choreographic Workshop. Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall’s World Premiere pieces are still untitled.

Sonya Tayeh incorporates her deeply rooted form with the essence of contemporary technique, mixing her own ‘quirky’ style into her choreography. This stylized, free-flowing movement is aggressively formulated through one-on-one physical contact. She is currently a choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Mandy Moore is an exciting, emerging choreographer and performer whose work has been seen on films and television shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance.” She was one of the choreographers for Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” World Tour.

Travis Wall is a choreographer who choreographed for “So You Think You Can Dance” and was principal dancer for Wade Robson on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” He was also the runner-up on Season 2 of SYTYCD.

These four outstanding choreographers will exercise their unique style and personality in the World Premieres of New Wave LA. The much-anticipated repertoire will take place at venues across Los Angeles from May 15 to May 30.


Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.

Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.

The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m.

**Performers subject to change

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