Friday, December 21, 2007

Danny And Mary Video Interview

In the snow, barefoot. San Diego's Fox 6 interviews Mary Murphy and Danny Tidwell, along with Benjamin Houk, director of this weekend's performances of The Nutcracker in Escondido.

Mary just lost her Dad. Our thoughts go out to her family.


Neil In MTV Musical

Neil's movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, we'll see Neil Haskell next summer in MTV's The American Mall, from the producers of High School Musical. In fact, if you believe the article, there are 2 Neil Haskells in it.


6 Hours on MTV Today

Late notice. If you've started your holiday vacation, check out the 6 hours of So You Think You Can Dance programming today on MTV, beginning at 10am Eastern. It's not clear which season these shows are from.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Video From NYCDA

15 year old Taja Riley, sister of SYTYCD almost-finalist Deja Riley, performing Travis Wall and Ivan Koumaev's choreography at NYCDA. She reminds me of Josephine Baker in this one.
Video uploaded by IvanKoumaev

SYTYCD News Roundup

Pasha and Anya perform: Stamford, Ct. is the location for 2 performances this weekend of Rhythm Of Love, billed as "The Best of Ballroom" meets "The Best of Broadway". This preview in The Stamford Times includes a quote from Anya Garnis:

The show offers dynamic competitors Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis ["So You Think You Can Dance" finalists just back from the national tour], Benito Garcia and Emilee Peterson, Felipe Telona, Jr. and Carolina Orlovsky-Telona, Garry and Rita Gekhman, JT Thomas and Tomasz Mielnicki [smooth champions from "Dancing with the Stars"], and Jose DeCamps and Joanna Zacharewicz [also featured on "Dancing with the Stars"]. Garcia, a well-known dancer who began his career as a Fred Astaire Dance Studio teacher, is cast as in the role of dramatic lead in "Rhythm of Love," the timeless tale of boy meets girl, boy misses getting the girl because he's so focused on learning how to dance, boy finally dances with the girl of his dreams. He plays opposite Peterson as the dramatic female lead.

Garnis, who appeared in last year's production of "Rhythm of Love," is excited that her sport is receiving so much attention in this country.

"The ballroom world is a little bit isolated, compared to every other type of sport, so I feel that it's the right time and great for us as ballroom dancers," she said, adding that they train as hard as any athlete to succeed. "It takes so much stamina and physical and emotional preparation for the competitions and the shows. It's definitely an artistic sport."


Shauna teaches tonight in Santa Cruz. Her Myspace bulletin:
just wanted to let you all no that...
*** i will be teaching class tomorrow.. Thursday, Dec. 20th
at 'No Limits' in Santa Cruz, CA!

2600 south rodeo gulch, suite c
Soquel, CA. 95073

-5:30pm-6:30pm juniors class($15)
-6:30pm-8:00pm advanced class ($25)

HaPpY HoLiDaYs!
-Shauna :)

Audition cities prepare: Salt Lake City's Fox 13 featured a video report on the upcoming season 4 auditions. Charleston, S.C.'s CityPaper posted the video of Travis Wall's audition there for season 2.

Sabra, Dominic, Hok On New Years Eve

SET YOUR TIVOS: Sabra, Dominic, and Hok join Cat Deeley for Fox's New Years Eve Live from Times Square. Also performing will be Fallout Boy, Lifehouse, Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis.

LINK to Press Release

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Season 4 Press Release

Here's the official press release from Fox regarding season 4.


Audition Dates Also Set For Charleston, SC; Washington D.C.; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; and Salt Lake City

Fresh off this year's successful cross-country performance tour, the hit summer series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE begins another search for America's Favorite Dancer. In Season Four producers expand their auditions from four cities to six including Dallas; Charleston, SC; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; and Salt Lake City in search of dancers who best represent the rhythm of the nation. Auditions for the fourth season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE are as follows:

Cities Dates Venues
Dallas, TX Jan. 17, 2008 TBD
Charleston, SC Jan. 31, 2008 TBD
Washington, D.C. Feb. 21, 2008 TBD
Los Angeles, CA March 6, 2008 TBD
Milwaukee, WI March 20, 2008 TBD
Salt Lake City, UT April 3, 2008 TBD

Audition venues will be announced shortly. Log on to for the latest information.


Casting is open to persons between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of the audition who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., or possess a current legal visa allowing them to seek employment in the U.S. without restriction as to employer.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE promises to keep America moving to a different beat as dancers skilled in everything from hip-hop to ballroom compete to be named America's favorite. Entering its fourth season this summer on FOX, the hot series from the creators of AMERICAN IDOL and the producers of "American Bandstand" is hosted by Cat Deeley. Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy will once again judge the competition and many renowned choreographers will return as guest judges. Talented dancers who spark the judges' interest during auditions will be invited to call-backs, where they will work with top choreographers. During the call-back week, the judges will choose the Top 20 dancers who will continue in the competition.

The Emmy-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finished its third season as the No. 1 show in its time period among key demographics. The Season Three champion, Sabra Johnson, was voted America's Favorite Dancer and waltzed off with the cash prize of $250,000.

Two-time Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment, Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.

About 19 Entertainment

The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has achieved over 40 No. 1 singles and 15 No. 1 albums. Fuller also has an impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the UK alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while its three television series to date have consistently topped children's viewing figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. "Pop Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the UK, while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard in the United States.

About Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

Founded in 1957, Dick Clark Productions, inc. ("dcpi") is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcpi produces perennial hits such as Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. dcpi also produces popular weekly television programming, including So You Think You Can Dance, and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of American Bandstand, among other things. For additional information, please visit

Danny Interviewed About The Nutcracker

Patricia Morris Buckley interviews Danny Tidwell for the North County Times about his upcoming performance in The Nutcracker:

"The score is just beautiful," he said. "I especially like the Russian music. It's a high energy, character kind of role."

Playing a role like this is nothing compared with the energy it took to be on TV.

"That was a competition," he said, "so I was always a little nervous. Still, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I especially liked going on tour afterwards."


Rebecca contributed to this report.

Neil & Lauren's Let The Drummer Kick

SYTYCDA has the video of Neil Haskell and Lauren Gottlieb doing Mia Michaels' Let The Drummer Kick contemporary routine, aka the goggle dance. It was only performed once on the tour, in Reno on the last night.


Benji Update

Beginning in January, Benji Schwimmer will be guest teaching at Tremaine Dance conventions in Vancouver, New York, Indianapolis, and Dallas.


Benji posted 10 random things to his Myspace blog, including how grateful he is that he will be busier in 2008 than he was in 2006 and 2007 combined. He also talks about D.E.M.A.N.D.(Dancers Everywhere Making A Needed Difference), his project "to raise funds to distribute wherever a need may arise", primarily in Mexico for now. More info here.

Selly contributed to this report.

Sabra Wins Again

Thanks to you and your votes, Sabra Johnson is BuzzSugar's Best Reality TV Winner for 2007.

This one was a two-way race from the start, with Apolo Anton Ohno, the winner of the spring season of Dancing With the Stars, pulling out to an early lead. But Sabra Johnson, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance, ultimately surged ahead to take the title. Vying for third: Helio Castroneves, the most recent Dancing champ, and Jaslene Gonzales of America's Next Top Model.

I'm not sure what "Best Reality Show Winner actually means, but if it has anything to do with talent, there's no question in my mind that Sabra deserved the honor.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Shauna And Unity Dance Ensemble

Warning: we told you about this performance ahead of time. If you could have been there and weren't, don't watch these videos as you will probably kick yourself so hard you'll miss the holidays.


One Man's Karma

Shauna's solo.

Huge thanks to our friend Cami for sharing these videos.

Ticket Auction Extended...Meet Danny! (SoCal)

The ticket auction has been extended until 9am PST tomorrow. See the comment thread here for the extras added to the offer by movmnt magazine and Danny Tidwell. David Benaym:

Because of his effort to reach out and support DRA and to show Ted that this auction is not such a bad idea, Danny will meet and thank personally the generous bidders after the show Saturday Night.

And because it's almost christmas, let's include a few presents... :-)
- A complimentary subscription to movmnt for a year
- A signed copy of Moving Still, signed by every performers featured in the book. (Yes that includes Danny and Travis :-))

Original auction details here.

Nutcracker performance info here.

Nutcracker Ticket Update

The ticket auction was apparently not the best idea I've ever had. Several people we had hoped would help spread the word were unable to do so for various reasons. I'm still trying to get something for Dancers Responding To AIDS by selling the tickets on Craigslist San Diego.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A New Day Reminder

We told you on the 6th about Celine Dion's A New Day...One Night Only, being broadcast to 200 theaters around the US tonight. It's a rare opportunity to see Mia Michaels' choreography on a large scale.

Mia attended the final performance of A New Day, Saturday evening in Las Vegas. We found 2 stories about the show.

LINK to Yahoo review and videos.

LINK to New York Times story.

It looks like I won't be able to make it. If anyone goes, please let us know how it was. Here again is the list of theaters.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Video Interviews From Portland

Portland, Or. DJ Cabanaboy interviews tour cast members.

Lauren, Jaimie, and Danny.

Danny and Dominic.


Videos uploaded by CabanaBoyRemix