Fans of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance know Travis Wall as a former competitor turned choreographer on the dancing competition series. Starting July 31, they'll get a chance to know Travis personally, as he stars in the Oxygen reality series, All The Right Moves.
The new series documents the lives of Travis and his close friends Teddy Forance (Dancing With The Stars), Nick Lazzarini (season one SYTYCD winner) and Kyle Robinson (also from DWTS) as they launch their own dance company, Shaping Sound.
"[It's] five to seven hours of rehearsal a day, but you're coming home and trying to figure out what you're going to put in the show," he explained. "[For] SYTYCD, they only give us five hours with the dancers before we actually head to stage, and then we go on stage for 30 minutes, and we do a camera blocking, and we throw them out on television. For Step Up, we only had two weeks of rehearsal to put all the numbers in the movie together. We had four choreographers on it and we threw those numbers out so fast. There's a duet at the end of the movie and I had seriously twelve hours to put it together."
All The Right Moves premieres on Oxygen on July 31.
More info at the source and at the official website at Oxygen, but Travis promises there will be two dances per episode and that in the future he wants to transition to directing. The other interesting tidbit I learned from another article is that Travis choreographed Nastia Liukin's new floor routine. If she makes the Olympic team, we may get to finally see it (she's currently only competing on bars and beam).
Although most of the articles/interviews focus on the four guys, Shaping Sound has a lot of members including several SYTYCD alumni (Allison Holker - YAY!, Melanie Moore, Noelle Marsh, and Jaime Goodwin). There are a total of 26 dancers in the company. There's a lengthy interview with Travis, Nick, Teddy, Kyle, Jaime, and another girl in the company named Taja in last month's issue of Dance Spirit.
I LOVE Nick Lazzarini and SYTYCD so I'm totally excited about this new show. I've been seeing tidbits about it here and there in dance publications since last summer but now that they've finally decided on the premiere date I thought we should have a thread for it (even though it's still over a month away).