So You Think You can Dance Season 7 on May 27th, changes and the all-stars cast!

Meet the Season 7 All-Stars

Twelve former SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show favorites are set to return to summer’s No. 1 series as All-Star Dance Partners. Skilled in various dance styles from Krump to Contemporary, the Season Seven All-Star Dance Partners are: Stephen tWitch Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya Garnis, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha Kovalev, Kathryn McCormick, Ade Obayomi and Dominic Sandoval. Each week, finalists will be partnered with a different All-Star dancer.

As previously announced, America’s favorite summer series returns for its seventh season Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX with some exciting new twists, including 10 finalists competing and only one dancer eliminated per week.

The 12 All-Stars are …

STEPHEN “tWitch”BOSS

Representing: Hip Hop / Popping / Locking / Krump

Appeared: Season 4 (runner-up)

Memorable Routine: “Forever,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Dave Scott and performed with Comfort Fedoke

Stephen “tWitch” Boss was half of the partnership in the “Mercy” dance that earned choreographer Mia Michaels an Emmy nomination. This summer, he will star in “Step Up 3-D,” and he soon plans to begin working with the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Currently, Boss belongs to the dance troupes “Breed OCLA” and “Chill Factor Crew.”

COMFORT FEDOKE

Representing: Hip Hop / Krump / Popping / Locking

Appeared: Season 4 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Party People,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo and performed with Mark Kanemura

Comfort Fedoke attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas, TX, where she was a featured dancer on the local dance television show, “Dallas Dance Club 21.” Fedoke has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Brian Friedman, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Chuck Maldonado, Miley Cyrus and Rosero, and has appeared on GLEE.

COURTNEY GALIANO

Representing: Jazz / Broadway / Cultural / Disco / Contemporary

Appeared: Season 4 (Top 4)

Memorable Routine: “The Garden,” a Jazz number choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and performed with Mark Kanemura

Courtney Galiano began her career as a New York Knicks City Dancer. Galiano has appeared in national television commercials and danced in music videos for Adam Lambert, Kat DeLuna and Daddy Yankee. Galiano loaned her voice talents to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” performed in the television movie “Camp Rock 2” and appeared on GLEE and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

ANYA GARNIS
Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 12)

Memorable Routine: “Girlfriend,” a Jive choreographed by Tony Meredith and performed with Danny Tidwell

Anya Garnis is currently a guest choreographer for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s U.S. and Australian versions, and has been a featured guest dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” Her credits also include the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards and the series “True Blood.” Last fall, Garnis made her Broadway debut in “Burn The Floor” and toured the globe with the production.

LAUREN GOTTLIEB

Representing: Jazz / Hip Hop / Contemporary / Broadway

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Night of the Dancing Flame,” a Jazz number choreographed by Wade Robson and performed with Neil Haskell

Lauren Gottlieb has worked with Shakira and Mariah Carey, and has appeared in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” with Miley Cyrus. Her television credits include GLEE, “The Ghost Whisperer,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Teen Choice 2009,” as well as commercials for Subway, AT&T, Old Navy and Nike. She recently completed work assisting Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo on the choreography for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS.”

NEIL HASKELL

Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 3)

Memorable Routine: “Are You The One,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Danny Tidwell

Before competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Neil Haskell worked with Twyla Tharp on Broadway’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Shortly thereafter, Haskell landed a role in the television movie “The American Mall.” His theater credits also include the off-Broadway production of “Altar Boyz,” the original Broadway cast of “9 to 5” and “Girl Crazy” at New York’s legendary City Center.

ALLISON HOLKER

Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural

Appeared: Season 2 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Why,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Ivan Koumaev

Allison Holker has been dancing since she was nine years old. Holker was featured in the tap dance show “Revolution” in New York and performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Her television credits also include “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.” Most recently, she performed and toured with “Ballroom with a Twist,” which was choreographed by Louis Van Amstel.

MARK KANEMURA

Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultural

Appeared: Season 4 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Beautiful,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Chelsie Hightower

Since competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and performing in the nationwide tour, Kanemura has toured with Lady Gaga, performed on “America’s Got Talent” and the “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” and appeared in several music videos and commercials. His stage credits include “The Nutcracker,” “Sweet Charity,” “The King and I,” “Grease,” “Tommy” and “Gypsy.”

PASHA KOVALEV

Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Let’s Get Loud,” a Cha Cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin and performed with Jessie Peralta

Born in Siberia, Russia, Pasha Kovalev started dancing at age eight. Following a successful career in ballroom competition, he made appearances on several television shows, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” He has choreographed for both the U.S. and Australian versions of DANCE and recently starred in the Broadway cast and touring company versions of “Burn The Floor.”

KATHRYN McCORMICK

Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultura

Appeared: Season 6 (Top 3)

Memorable Routine: “At This Moment,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden and performed with Jakob Karr

Kathryn McCormick began competing in her home state of Georgia at an early age with her local dance studio team, “Augusta West.” During her junior year of high school, she was invited to join the Tremaine Dance Convention’s Apprentice Company. In late 2008, she secured her first professional role as a supporting dancer in the “Fame” remake. McCormick was also chosen to dance on this year’s Academy Awards.

ADE OBAYOMI

Representing: Contemporary / Jazz / Cultural / Broadway

Appeared: Season 5 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “This Woman’s Work,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Melissa Sandvig

Arizona native Ade Obayomi has toured with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and appeared in the film “A Diva’s Christmas Carol.” His love of dance earned him a scholarship to Chapman University, where he also studied sound engineering. He recently performed on the 2010 Grammy Awards with Beyoncé, appeared in the music video for Rihanna’s “Hard” and was a featured dancer on Alicia Keys’ world tour.

DOMINIC “D-trix” SANDOVAL

Representing: Hip Hop / Breaking

Appeared: Season 3 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Make It Work,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Shane Sparks and performed with Sabra Johnson

Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval started b-boying in 1999 at the age of 13, and joined the Flexible Flav crew in 2000 to tour and compete with them. Sandoval was part of Quest Crew, who won Season Three of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew.” He currently travels and performs around the world, and has performed for Ellen DeGeneres, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Pitbull, Sean Kingston and Donna Summer.

So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit DVDs Released

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Your Favorite Dancers from the Hit Series Show You How to Get Fit and Have Fun

You’ve seen exactly what they can do on the wildly popular show

“So You Think You Can Dance.” Now six of the hottest dancers from past seasons will show viewers how to get in top shape with the release of two brand new fitness DVDs on July 21: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Tone and Groove and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Cardio Funk. With nearly 20 million viewers each week “So You Think You Can Dance” is a pop culture sensation entering into its fifth season on air. For the first time ever, fans can tone and sculpt their bodies by moving along with the incredible dancers from the show as they demonstrate easy-to-follow routines in a variety of genres.
In Tone and Groove viewers can flex and condition their muscles with Stephen “Twitch” Boss as he takes them through a Hip Hop routine, tighten their abs with Dmitry Chaplin through the Cha Cha and then stretch it out with Katee Shean doing jazz. Cardio Funk turns up the heat as Courtney Galiano puts viewers through their paces on the disco floor, Travis Wall gets hearts pumping in a contemporary routine and Lauren Gottlieb’s Hip Hop dance works up a sweat. With over 90 minutes of calorie-burning and body-sculpting moves, each DVD also includes a warm up and cool down session, a bonus workout, behind-the-scenes interviews with the dancers and more. The DVDs arrive just in time for the highly-anticipated finale of season five and will be available for the suggested retail price of $16.99 each.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Tone and Groove and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Cardio Funk are each presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital English Stereo sound. The following details each disc:

tone+groove_sytycdTone and Groove:
o Introduction
o Warm Up
o Workouts:
o Hip Hop – Twitch
o Jazz – Katee
o Cha Cha – Dmitry
o Tone and Groove Bonus Workout
o Cool Down

Bonus Features:
o Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
o Interview with Twitch
o Interview with Katee
o Interview with Dmitry

cardiofunk_sytycdCardio Funk:
o Introduction
o Warm Up
o Workouts
o Hip Hop – Lauren
o Contemporary – Travis
o Disco – Courtney
o Cardio Funk Bonus Workout
o Cool Down

Bonus Features:
o Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
o Interview with Lauren
o Interview with Travis
o Interview with Courtney

Courtney Galiano and Shane Sparks Want to See Your Best Moves

The Knicks City Dancers are officially holding open auditions for anyone that has what it takes to rock the floor at Madison Square Garden.

Famed hip-hop choreographer/reality show judge, Shane Sparks, will be there! Shane has worked with various hip-hop legends such as Aaliyah, Monica and Brandy and has won the American Choreography Award for his work on the 2004 film, “You Got Served.” Shane Sparks will use his experience from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America’s Best Dance Crew” and will be judging the auditions, helping to decide who has the talent for a spot on the Knicks City Dancers squad. Think you’re good enough?

Show up ready to go on Sunday, June 28th @ Madison Square Garden!

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For more information about the audition, visit here.

Check out last year’s audition in the videos below and get the feel of how huge this event is! See what it takes to earn the right to dance on the court at The Garden. Alex Iglesias and Arielle Solc give us a behind-the-scenes look:

6/25 SYTYCD 5 Results Are In for the Top 18

We have seen disappointment on this show repeatedly over the years, and we have watched it since year one. We go to see the show live each year, and are repeatedly stunned by the endearing personalities and inspiring talent of the dancers. So when we see any dancer that does not deserve to go home get eliminated, we are saddened.

When that dancer was part of a team that wowed us the night before and was clearly, if not the absolute best, among the best of the night, we are even more disappointed. And yet, we have yet to see what we considered the top three of either the male or female groups eliminated before the top 10. And we felt the same this week.

Still, last night, Randi and Evan were weak and were lucky. We believe it is their cute personalities and their humble origins that make them both way too lovable to vote against. Cuteness won out, and this couple was pardoned for a less than stellar evening last night. They escaped the bottom 3, but we think they deserved to be there more than one couple that was placed there and would eventually lose a dancer.

Caitlin and Jason were very weak last night in their Hip Hop routine. Jason was better, but wasn’t stellar. Caitlin has no feel for hip hop at all. But we feel that what transpired is ashame in a way, because we think that hip hop is the least important dance to master. Honestly, it is not in the same category as ballet, contemporary and ball room. This show has brought it to the forefront and made it entertaining, but to eliminate a dancer that is excellent because they cant “hit” a Hip Hop routine is sad. But would this doom them? Well, it did put them in the bottom 3.

Ashley and Kupono were also weak in their Hip Hop, and as we mentioned, when you get to go last, you have a chance to really nail the routine and get the most votes because the audience will remember you the best. The problem is, if you don’t, they remember that as well. Ashley and Kupono stepped out and embarrassed themselves. There was no style to their dance. It hit about as hard as a helium balloon. And the moves were as crisp as over-cooked spaghetti. Nothing about this performance did anything for us. In the other dances, one dancer was significantly better than the other. In this dance, neither did it for us. And they went to the bottom 3. So of the two soft Hip Hop performances, both couples were sent to dance for their lives.

max-ashleyKayla and Max performed one of the absolute best routines last night. Janette and Brandon were better, but there is no way this couple was in the bottom 3, and yet, there they were. America abandoned them. We expected Ashley and Kupono. We expected Caitlin and Jason. But Kayla and Max? No way. Compare them to any other couple last night and they were as good or better consistently than almost any of them. But America did them a disservice and placed them in a situation in which they had to dance for their lives.

Where does that logically place us? Well, Kayla is untouchable in our minds by the judges. They have promoted her too strongly, so if she didn’t fall down and hit her head on the stage, she wasn’t going to get sent home. That left either Caitlin or Ashley. It could have gone either way, but Caitlin’s solo was much better and that put the final nail in Ashley’s coffin. A sad ending to a great season and a horrible follow up to last week’s stellar performance. All primarily because of hip hop, a dance that, while fun, really is weak in the world of dance competition. Ashley is not the best of this group of women, but she did not deserve to go home yet, and it is pathetic that it is because of a hip hop routine.

Jason pulled out a spectacular solo and is amazing as a stand alone dancer. We would have been very upset if he had been eliminated as well because of being assigned a weak dance style. He wasn’t. He was great and the judges acknowledged it.

But what comes next is ashame no matter which dancer gets eliminated. Max was in one of the two or three best couples last night and shouldn’t even have to dance for his survival. And Kupono is an incredibly diverse and talented dancer. Kupono’s solo, though, was weak. He should have done much better. But the judges went for diversity over quality in this case and eliminated Max. Max was robbed because he should never have had to do a solo tonight. It was sad, but he wasn’t the man that was going to win this competition anyway.

FOX 11’s Jane Yamamoto reviewing the So You Think You Can Dance results show with Courtney Galiano

That said, two dancers departed that could not have been the winner of this year’s competition, so we don’t feel all that badly about their departure. However, we believe one was the luck of the dance draw and the other a victim of an audience that missed the performance.

We did pick two of the couples in the bottom three correctly. We do think Ashley lost the solo and thus was the correct gal to ship off. Max isn’t diverse enough. At best he is a Dmitri, a fourth place finisher. But we still felt he did not deserve it this week.

So, we were left a bit perplexed at one of America’s choices for the bottom three, but were in tune with the other two. We did expect Caitlin’s elimination, but could have seen either Kupono or Max go home.

The hardest thing now is it splits a couple. Max and Kayla were great together. Max is a great leading man for Kayla to follow on the floor. He has possibly the best partnering skills out of the group of men this year. As a result, Kayla has to dance with a partner with whom she is not familiar. And Kupono has a vastly different style. It could be very difficult for Kayla to get past that, and certainly it puts them at a severe disadvantage next week.

Couples who are safe and dancing next week:
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Brandon and Janette
Karla and Jason
Evan and Randi
Ade and Melissa
Asuka and Vitolio
Philip and Jeanine

Bottom Three:

Kupono and Ashley
Caitlin and Jason
Max and Kayla

Eliminated: Max Kapitannikov and Ashley Valerio

Elimination Week Video Recap

Profile Spotlight: Courtney Galiano

Courtney Galiano is a stunning brunette dancer in the finals of So You Think You Can Dance Season 4. Her specialty is contemporary dance and she turned 20 on June 12. Courtney is from Dix Hills, NY. She graduated Commack High School, and is now studying childhood education at St. Joseph’s University.

Courtney has had dance training in lyrical, tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop, so there is little that is out of her element. Her dancing throughout the competition has been phenomenal. Katee has overshadowed Courtney this year, but anything could happen in the finals. Sabra was a surprise for us last year, and we were surprised again last week as the television audience loved Courtney, pushing her past Chelsie into the final four of the contest.

Courtney auditioned in Charleston, SC and got there at 4 AM with her grandparents!! The show played her up from the get-go. It appears they recognize the talent well before the audition, and select them for the seemingly impromptu cameos we see during the auditions. So, the show already knew they had found a winner before she made it through the door.

And Courtney has NOT disappointed. She is a finalist in the show, and one of the most diverse dancers ever to appear on So You Think You Can Dance. She picked a highly competitive year to audition, and she is at the very least in the top 4 of all those talents, and at the very least number 2 of the women with an excellent shot at number 1!

Courtney looks punished of late. She has paid her dues in this competition and her legs are bruised over what looks like about 80% of the surface. She has earned her way through this competition, never giving any less than her best and never letting any one of her partners down.

She has been awesome in all her solos, and it clearly showed in her audition! Mary’s contribution to Courtney was “You are a real cutie patuti up there”. Guest Judge Tyce Diorio said she has a “beautiful face, and beautiful body”. Seems that they got so wrapped up in Courtney’s captivating appeal that they forgot it was a dance competition, but they are right, Courtney is a knock-out, and it is sometimes difficult to separate that fact from how well she dances!

Courtney said “Send me to Vegas!”. They did, and she has proven to be one of the best selections the judges have ever made!!




Know more about Courtney at Fox.