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Inside the Choreographers mind…

Nico Archambault and Wynn Holmes, Danny Arbour, Mandy Moore and Melissa Williams reveal the highs and lows of their choreographic processes to CTV.

Nico Archambault and Wynn Holmes: Jazz

Nico: We both just love the song “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding.
Wynn: It’s a love story. It’s light. It’s sweet.
Nico: It’s about a new love, fresh love.
Wynn: It was inspired by a great picnic.

Nico: Losing Shelaina was difficult.
Wynn: But she definitely made the right decision. We were excited to work with Tara-Jean again – we just choreographed the (Season 3) promo with her and we just finished working with her. We were totally familiar with each other.
Nico: Because she wasn’t a competitor, she was really calm and supportive, totally relaxed

Mandy Moore: Contemporary

Mandy: The piece is about the power of remembering. I envisioned this man walking in a place he’d been before and everything about it was so familiar – the sights, the smells, everything – and he was able to recall being there with one of his loves, a long-lost love. The beauty of memory is that it comes and goes, and can be just so real. There are certain songs that I can hear and I can instantly remember being 16, driving around with my boyfriend, the blue sky and the wind in my hair. It’s amazing what you can conjure up!

The whole process was just a joy. I love the part in the choreography where he picks her up and I tried to get her to feel like she’s dipping her knees in river water. He picks her up and she dips her knees down and every time my heart just about bursts whenever I see that part.

Read More at CTV & See videos of the performances.

August 28, 2010 I Written By

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Vancouver Represent – SYTYCD Canada Top 20 has West Coast Flavour

I am biased.

I was born and riased in Vancouver and although I have family across Canada my heart is and always be, WEST COAST!!!

I am thrilled with the Vancouver representation in the Top dancers!!

Charlene Hart, 22, Abbotsford, B.C.
Danielle Gardner, 21, Surrey, B.C.
Kirsten Wicklun, 20, Vancouver
Nathalie Heath, 23, Surrey, B.C.

I will be rooting for these hometown gals the whole season!!!

I really like Danielle especially seeing how much she has overcome medically. I still worry about her health, but fingers crossed she stays healthy!

All four ladies are super talented and I am excited to see some west coast flavour on the show!

Here is a local news article on the gals:

Surrey’s Danielle Gardner, 21, and Nathalie Heath, 23, are both in the coveted group of 11 men and 11 women from about 150 dancers that were selected from an audition phase held across Canada earlier this year. Another finalist, Kristen Wicklund, 20, is listed as being from Vancouver, but attended Fraser Heights Secondary in Surrey.

Gardner has been dancing since she was a toddler, attended Langley Fine Arts School and is experienced in all types of dance. Heath started dancing at age four and in addition to contemporary, is trained in jazz, ballet, modern, musical theatre, street jazz and hip hop. Wicklund’s background is mainly in ballet, but she’s also experienced in other styles through her formal training.

The local trio join Abbotsford dancer Charlene Hart to comprise the four B.C. dancers in the top 22.


I Written By

I am a blogger and reality tv lover. I blog here for SYTYCD but mostly the Canada version, since I live in Vancouver BC. I also blog about other reality tv shows on my own blog