SYTYCD Canada Most Recent News: Dance Choreographers And Changes

CTV Announces the Final Three Judges for So You Think You Can Dance Canada

Here’s the most up-to-date SYTYCD Canada news. Make sure to READ every word, as some dance audition dates or locations have changed.

Good luck to everyone, and remember if you need a hip hop dance class to whip your butt into shape before the Toronto dance audition, you know where to find me! 8)

– Shawn B

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  1. Melissa Williams and Sean Cheesman to serve as special guest judges and choreographers
  2. So You Think You Can Dance judge and choreographer Dan Karaty joins the audition tour in Halifax as special guest judge
  3. CTV announces venue change in Halifax and date change in Toronto

Toronto, ON ( April 21, 2008 ) CTV announced today the additional So You Think You Can Dance Canada judges set to spark dance fever across the country. Making their debut at the Halifax auditions on Monday, May 5 is star choreographer Melissa Williams from Windsor, ON, who has worked with such artists as Prince and Bryan Adams, and special guest judge Dan Karaty from the hit U.S. series So You Think You Can Dance. Calgary native Sean Cheesman, the current host and lead judge of the U.K. dance competition Dirty Dancing: Time of Your Life, will make his debut as a special guest judge in Calgary on Monday, May 12.

Williams, Cheesman and Karaty join the seven previously announced So You Think You Can Dance Canada judges, including permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux; alternating third judges Luther Brown and Blake McGrath, who is also the audition tour choreographer; and special guest judges Rex Harrington, Paul Becker and Mary Murphy. The cast is completed by series host Leah Miller.

“From Prince to Tina Turner, Melissa, Sean and Dan have worked with some of the world’s most electrifying artists,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative and Channels, CTV Inc. “Canada’s dance talent will surely benefit from having these mentors participate in the series.”

The So You Think You Can Dance Canada judges will continue on the audition tour at the following cities on the dates listed below (subject to change):


– Monday, May 5 @ Cunard Centre (NOTE UPDATED LOCATION) 961 Marginal Rd. (Tré Armstrong, Melissa Williams, Dan Karaty)


Monday, May 12 @ MacEwan Conference & Event Centre, 2500 University Drive N.W. (Tré Armstrong, Jean Marc Genereux, Sean Cheesman)


Tuesday, May 27 @ Théâtre St-Denis, 1594 St-Denis Street (Tré Armstrong, Jean Marc Genereux, Dan Karaty)


Monday, June 9 (NOTE DATE CHANGE) @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, John Bassett Theatre, 255 Front Street West (Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown, Mary Murphy)

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Below is a list of biographies for the So You Think You Can Dance Canada judges:

About Melissa Williams

Windsor native Melissa Williams is one of the most innovative choreographer/directors working in the entertainment industry today. Recognized for her versatility, musicality and keen eye for the stage, Williams is also known for her sexy, edgy, athletic, “rock-n-roll meets theatre” choreography. It began in 1993, when Williams embarked on a four-year experience with Prince. In 1997, Prince and Mayte called upon Williams to choreograph a three-act dance concert featuring the music of Prince and the NPG, called Around The World In A Day. After spending months choreographing, rehearsing and helping to develop the New Power Generation Dance Company, Williams found her love for live theatre. Williams has since worked with some of the most established artists in the industry, including George Michael, Bryan Adams, Michael Caine, Randy Quaid, Catherine McCormack, Carmen Electra, David LaChapelle, McG, Paul Verhoeven and Joseph Kahn. Over the past two years, Williams and her company, DM Creative, have choreographed and staged live musical productions around the world including Grease The Musical, HAIR The Musical, Generations, Piano Man and Undercover.

About Sean Cheesman

Calgary’s Sean Cheesman is an internationally-renowned dancer/choreographer who has worked with some of the world’s top entertainers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, TLC, Prince, Vanessa Williams, Carmen Electra, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Cher and Britney Spears. From his Canadian beginnings as a figure skater and dancer, Cheesman went on to study at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. In the years that followed, Cheesman toured with Janet Jackson as a choreographer and dancer. He subsequently choreographed the Diamonds and Pearls tour for Prince as well as tours for Faith Hill and No Angels. As a performer, Cheesman appeared in the film The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston. His television works include The Ride Divine, Guys Next Door, MTV, the Soul Train Music Awards and Janet Jackson’s performance on Saturday Night Live. Cheesman teaches dance workshops on three continents and has written, directed and choreographed large-scale musicals in Russia and Japan. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two MTV awards for choreography, and was also nominated for a Bob Fosse choreography award. Cheesman is currently the host and lead judge of the U.K television series Dirty Dancing: Time of Your Life.

About Dan Karaty

Dan Karaty is currently a judge and choreographer on the American version of So You Think You Can Dance. Karaty made his Broadway debut in Footloose during his junior year at NYU. By his senior year, he was touring with Britney Spears and had appeared on the MTV Awards and The Billboard Music Awards. Karaty and his friend Wade Robson collaborated on Spears’ first Pepsi commercial and the ‘NSYNC World Tour. Karaty went on to choreograph videos and tours for Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, ’NSYNC and Spears, and most recently choreographed the feature film Music & Lyrics with Hugh Grant.

For a complete list of bios for all the So You Think You Can Dance Canada judges, please visit

Published by ShawnByfield

Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

10 thoughts on “SYTYCD Canada Most Recent News: Dance Choreographers And Changes

  1. What just happened!!!Vincent was supposed to be in top 1!!!He is the best dancer of all times!! I just can’t beleave it!!! Restart the show, he should be back!!!

  2. will some footage or any footage of the toronot auditions june 8 at toronto convention center be on tv ???

  3. i want to know the correct date for the toronto audition if its possible pls its very important for me cause i want to try my shot at this and iknow i have the talent and personality to make it work thank you and have a nice day

  4. Hey there….

    Im stuck in the middle of trying to book a trip at the end of June, but I know the final round of auditions is at that time. (Dont want to book anything just in case I make it).

    Do you know the exact date of that final round of auditions at the end of June in Toronto???

    Please respond if so!

    Thanks so much!


  5. Tickets

    Where can we get tickets to watch this Canadian version?



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