From a media release:
- Kenny Ortega and Paul Becker join the panel as Guest Judges, Oct. 22 and 23
Romina and Dario are the next dancers to leave the stage on So You Think You Can Dance Canada it was announced live on CTV tonight. Sixteen competitors will move on in the competition and will take to the stage next Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV with the hope of becoming Canada’s favourite dancer. Next week’s episodes feature special guest judges Kenny Ortega, the Emmy-Award winning director of the upcoming High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and Canada’s own Paul Becker, choreographer for Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers and the upcoming New Muppet Christmas Special.
The three couples who received the lowest number of votes following last night’s country-wide poll and had to dance for their lives this week were Lisa Auguste, 27 and Vincent Noiseux, 22, who performed a hip-hop routine; Caroline Torti, 23, and Jesse Catibog, 29, who performed a hip-hop routine and Romina D’Ugo, 22, and Dario Milard, 19, who danced a jazz pop routine. After “dancing for their lives” and performing their solos, the judges deliberated and decided that Romina, who danced a salsa solo and Dario, who danced a unique contemporary solo would be sent home.
The Top 18 kicked off the results show with a dance routine that fused Bollywood and Bhangra, a Punjabi dance form. Choreographed by Southern California native Nakul Dev Mahajan, who has worked on So You Think You Can Dance as well as The Office, the performance was a mesmerizing blend of intricate and synchronized movements. Covering the stage in a wash of colour, the competitors performed in bright costumes that merged traditional and contemporary as “Nagada Nagada” from the Jab We Met soundtrack carried them through the performance.
Next week the competitors will face a new judging panel, as Kenny Ortega and Paul Becker join Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux behind the desk.
Emmy Award-winning Ortega is the Director, Producer and Choreographer behind the popular High School Musical films and will be in Toronto to promote the premiere of High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The California native has choreographed for some of the industry’s biggest musical artists including Madonna, Michael Jackson and Elton John. Ortega is also the choreographer behind the popular films Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and TV show Gilmore Girls.
No stranger to So You Think You Can Dance Canada viewers, Becker is a Victoria, BC native who appeared as a judge during the audition tour and was the mastermind behind last week’s stunning Top 20 Capoeira group number. A choreographer, writer, director, stuntman, actor and editor, Becker has worked with the Jonas Brothers and on The New Muppet Christmas Special.
Stepping onto the So You Think You Can Dance Canada stage on Wednesday, October 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm local listings) are:
- ALLIE Bertram, 18, a Ballet dancer from Calgary
- ARASSAY Reyes, 21, a Contemporary/Latin dancer from South Surrey, BC
- CAROLINE Torti, 23, a Contemporary dancer from Oakville, ON
- DANNY Arbour, 26, a Latin and Ballroom dancer from Montréal
- FRANCIS Lafrenière, 28, a Ballroom dancer from St. Bruno, QC
- IZAAK Smith, 19, a Hip-Hop and Contemporary dancer from Prince George, BC
- JESSE Catibog, 29, a B-Boy from Toronto
- JOEY Matt, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Calgary
- KAITLYN Fitzgerald, 18, a Contemporary dancer from Loretto, ON
- LARA Smythe, 25, a Contemporary/Acro dancer from Toronto,
- LISA Auguste, 27, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Rexdale, ON
- MILES Faber, 21, a Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary
- NATALLI Reznik, 28, a Hip-Hop/Latin dancer from Toronto
- NICO Archambault, 23, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal
- TAMINA Pollack-Paris, 19, a Hip-Hop dancer from Toronto
- VINCENT Noiseux, 22, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
For those who missed this week’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada Performance and Results episodes, catch an encore on MuchMusic Sunday, October 19 from 9-11:30 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).
Highlights from each week’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca.