Tony winner Savion Glover brings his expertise as a choreographer to the FOX reality competition show So You Think You Can Dance on the August 29 episode, the 250th episode of the show.
In its 13th season, SYTYCD has gone through All-Star seasons and varieties in format. This season, called So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, features contestants between the ages of 8 to 13. This season also features judges Nigel Lithgoe (a co-creator and executive producer on the show), pop stars Jason Derulo and Paul Abdul, and a younger 13-year-old judge, dancer Maddie Ziegler.
After open auditions in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, approximately 100 dancers attended the Dance Academy. Ten finalists were chosen to compete in the final phase of the competition, paired with All-Stars from previous seasons to serve as dance partners and mentors.
The final five compete on August 29, hosted by Cat Deeley. The prize for the winner is $250,000.
Sources have not yet revealed if Glover’s choreography will be featured in a group number or a routine for a single contestant/All-Star pairing, but only one of the top five, 11-year-old Emma Hellenkamp, competes in the style of tap. If audiences are to see the breadth of Glover’s work, it’s likely he’ll be working with Hellenkamp and her mentor, Gaby Diaz.
Tune in to FOX August 29 at 8 PM ET. Check your local listings.
Glover's name has become synonymous with tap dance, having revolutionized the art form. Glover was nominated for a Tony Award this past season for his choreography in Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. He won the 2016 Drama Desk Award for this work. Glover was seen on Broadway in his Bring in ‘da Noise Bring in ‘da Funk, for which he won the Best Choreography Tony Award and was nominated for Best Actor in A Musical. The show itself earned nine nominations and four Tonys back in 1996.
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