Toronto Dance Audition Behind The Scenes

Toronto Dance Audition Behind The Scenes

Toronto Dance Audition Behind The Scenes

Toronto Dance Audition

On Friday, we held a dance audition in Toronto for my new BDX Street Team. Great turnout of hot, sexy dancers! Everyone was ready to learn, support every dancer in the room and finally show their stuff.

I started with an introduction and shared the purpose of the dance audition. Looking for dancers who fit the inviting energy and positive dynamic of Byfield Dance Experience.

We discussed how we only need so many dancers who are at a strong level in terms of dance technique and performance. As much as I’d love to accept everyone on the team, not all will make the cut. And that’s ok, that’s just the reality of how a dance audition works.

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I introduced many of my BDX team behind the table who came to support, film, take photos and notes. The pressure was on- with 2 video cameras and 3 still cameras rolling!

Hip hop dance teachers Cartoon and Hollywood encouraged the group to dance with passion, pay attention to details and use opportunities to bring out their personality. These are important notes that not only apply to a dance audition, but to anytime you set foot in a dance class

…because not only does it improve your game, but you also raise the bar and energy of everyone around you. Many dance auditions in Toronto can be stressful, but we proved that at BDX that pressure only makes you a better artist and performer.

It’s important to remember that when you’re at an audition, it’s not always about YOU. Don’t be selfish. Yes, dance your fullest and show what you have to offer. But by continuously encouraging your peers to achieve their fullest potential is a greater reward in itself.

Toronto Dance Audition at BDX

Toronto Dance Audition at BDX

Congratulations to everyone who came to audition, you should be tremendously proud of yourselves!

– Shawn B

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

SYTYCD Canada TV Commercial Photos

Hey gang,

Have you seen the TV commercial for So You Think You Can Dance Canada yet? The commercial is promoting the upcoming Canada auditions. I think it looks pretty sweet.

Here’s some behind the scenes pics of the dancers from the shoot. Enjoy!

SYTYCD Canada Commercial shoot1

Tha girls: Dani, Eva (my beautiful gf!), Alana and Addie

SYTYCD Canada Commercial 3

Tha boys: Troy, Jordan and James

SYTYCD Commercial 2

The full gang. Good lookin’ bunch!

You can catch the SYTYCD Canada commercial on CTV weeknights between around 8 – 10 pm, and through the day on Saturdays.

As always, feel free to post your comments!

Shawn B