Thursday, January 3, 2008

SYTYCD News Roundup

Lory Pounder of Summit Daily News profiles Sweet Dreams choreographer Mandy Moore:

Now, her passion for dance has taken her all over the world and even landed her a choreographer job on the hit television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“L.A. is very much you are only as good as your last job,” explained Mandy who met people with the dance show when she assisted a woman working on “American Idol.”

They called asking her to help with the audition tour after the second season aired, which meant she traveled to cities and taught combinations to the dancers. Then, the first piece she was hired to choreograph for two contestants during the last season’s television competition was a contemporary one.

On the night the piece she choreographed was being performed, she drove up to the studio where the dance show is filmed, parking the same way anyone going to see it would. She got out of her car and walked up to the front of the building. That’s when she saw it — a parking spot marked by a big yellow cone with her name on it. She stopped in her tracks, so excited that she took a picture of it.

“I hope I always continue to stay as inspired and excited,” said Mandy who is also hoping to be back for the next season of “So You Think You Can Dance.”


Our friend Dancing Fool tips us to a story about Sabra giving back and paying forward:
Last month, the 21-year-old famed dancer from Roy, Utah made a special trip to Nampa, Idaho to put on a workshop for teenage dancers. Johnson taught a variety of dance styles to participants who paid $5, which will be used for scholarships for children who can't afford dance classes. Last month's workshop successfully raised $2,000.


MC Hammer joins the dance media bandwagon with a new site called
The Web site, scheduled to debut in mid-January, will try to upstage YouTube and become the Internet's hub for sharing and watching dance videos. DanceJam then hopes to make money by grabbing a piece of the rapidly growing Internet advertising market, which is expected to rake in $27.5 billion in 2008, according to eMarketer.