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'tWitch,' Travis Wall to serve as mentors to street and stage dancers this season on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

by jmaloni


Mon, Mar 16th 2015 03:15 pm

Premiering Monday, June 1, on FOX

"So You Think You Can Dance" all-stars, along with honorary all-star first lady Michelle Obama, to teach "#gimmefive" dance at White House Easter egg roll Monday, April 6 

Season 12 of "So You Think You Can Dance" will bring back two powerhouse alumni - Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Travis Wall - as mentors to the top 20 finalists. They join new judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo, alongside returning judge Nigel Lythgoe and host Cat Deeley.

Beginning in the Las Vegas callbacks round, the dancers will be divided into the best street and best stage dancers. Wall will mentor the stage dancers and tWitch will mentor the street dancers. Although they have never faced each other in competition, they will go head-to-head now, fighting for one of their dancers to be crowned "America's Favorite Dancer."

"So You Think You Can Dance" premieres Monday, June 1 (8 p.m.), on FOX.

The stage dancers will feature those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the street dancers, hopefuls skilled in styles such as hip-hop, animation or breaking. When the competition goes "live," the top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the season finale.

Additionally, the "So You Think You Can Dance" all-stars - tWitch, Travis, Jasmine Harper, Marko Germar, Robert Roldan, Kathryn McCormick, Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, Phillip Chbeeb, Comfort Fedoke and Fik-Shun - along with honorary all-star first lady Michelle Obama, will teach and perform the "#gimmefive" dance at the White House Easter egg roll Monday, April 6. The "#gimmefive" theme of this year's White House Easter egg roll celebrates the fifth anniversary of Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative.

tWitch originally won over critics and fans alike with his performances on season four of the series, during which he captivated audiences with his dancing skills and charisma. Just short of making the top 20 in season three, he came back the next year to earn a spot on the show, as well as the runner-up title. With his unique hip-hop skills, he has continued to dance, choreograph and judge on subsequent seasons, while also starring in the popular film franchises "Step Up" and "Stomp the Yard." He currently can be seen as a guest D.J. on the hit talk show "Ellen."

Four-time Emmy Award-nominated contemporary choreographer Wall has long been known as a visual musician. In 2006, he was the runner-up on "So You Think You Can Dance." Wall has served as choreographer and guest judge on the series, having created some of the most popular and memorable pieces in its history. He produced and starred in the docu-reality series "All The Right Moves" based on his dance company, "Shaping Sound." After two successful tours, "Shaping Sound" is back on the road domestically and internationally for its third tour, beginning this fall.

Wall's most recent collaboration can be seen on the music video for Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water," for which he not only choreographed the moves, but also danced. He holds the distinction of being the only choreographer to be asked back three times to choreograph the prestigious Macy's Stars of Dance segment on "Dancing with the Stars." Also, he was the assistant choreographer on the 82nd Academy Awards, he choreographed for the Los Angeles City Ballet Co., and he choreographed parts of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, working with Florence and the Machine, Chelsea Handler, Eminem and Drake. Wall also provided choreography for "Step Up: Revolution," the fourth installment of the movie franchise. 

Over the course of its 11 seasons, "So You Think You Can Dance" has received 44 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 13 Emmy wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels (2011, 2010 and 2007); Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (2014 and 2011); Tyce Diorio (2009); and Wade Robson (2008 and 2007). The hit series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes in 2014, 2010 and in 2009, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012. "So You Think You Can Dance" recently celebrated seven Emmy Award nominations, including repeat nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality - Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality - Competition Series (for Cat Deeley). The series won a Teen Choice Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2012 for the category of Best Reality Series - Competition, and Deeley won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2012. 

Visit the official "So You Think You Can Dance" site at fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos. "Like" "So You Think You Can Dance" on Facebook at facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd and #stagevsstreet.

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