Turn The Beat Around Movie Airs Sunday May 30th

Turn The Beat Around movie

Turn The Beat Around movie


Featuring choreography from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge Tré Armstrong –

Starring SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1 finalists Romina D’Ugo, Miles Faber and Natalli Reznik

Also starring Pop/R&B sensation Jason Derulo, and Brooklyn Sudano, daughter of Disco Queen Donna Summer

An encore presentation airs Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET on MuchMusic –

Produced by Protocol Entertainment in association with CTV for MTV U.S. –

If you loved movies like Step Up, Save The Last Dance, and Center Stage, then you’ll do backflips for Turn The Beat Around.” – Seventeen Magazine

Toronto, ON (May 19, 2010) As summer temperatures start to soar, CTV brings back disco fever with the premiere of the CTV Movie TURN THE BEAT AROUND, Sunday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, with an encore presentation airing Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (check CTV.ca and MuchMusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Scheduled to air following the Season 7 premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (May 27) on CTV, the timely feature-length movie created in association with CTV for MTV in the U.S. follows an ambitious young dancer who is determined to revive disco. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stars were cast by MTV U.S. to light up the stage for North American viewers, including judge Tré Armstrong, who provides the choreography, as well as Season 1 Top 20 competitor Romina D’Ugo, who stars in the lead role. Top 4 finalists from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s first season, Miles Faber and Natalli Reznik, make appearances in the film as well. TURN THE BEAT AROUND will be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its broadcast premiere.

**Media Note** – Download press kit and photos from TURN THE BEAT AROUND at www.ctvmedia.ca.

Romina D’Ugo stars in TURN THE BEAT AROUND

Featuring a special performance by Pop/R&B sensation Jason Derulo (“Whatcha Say”) in his first on-screen role, TURN THE BEAT AROUND follows dancer Zoe Benjamin (Romina D’Ugo) as she strives to make it in the cutthroat L.A. dance scene. When Zoe comes up with the idea to revive the disco dance scene, she convinces wealthy club owner Michael (David Giuntoli, PRIVILEGED) to open a new disco club. As her personal and professional lives collide, Zoe finds herself torn between Michael and her dancer boyfriend Chris (Adam Taylor Brooks, 90210). Contributing to the drama is sexy, ambitious choreographer Malika (Brooklyn Sudano, the real-life daughter of Disco Queen Donna Summer). Zoe must fight to overcome all the obstacles before her in order to become the dancer she’s always wanted to be.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND is a testament to the talented Canadian dancers that have been discovered and fostered through SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Now viewers south of the boarder are privy to what we already knew…Canadian dancers are world class.”

We’re really proud to showcase homegrown performers in the rising genre of musical drama for TV,” said Steven Levitan, Producer. “The experience our key dancers gained through SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was a crucial factor in the success of this movie and now they’re being seen all over the world.”

Featuring stunning dance sequences that combine cutting edge hip-hop dance moves with stylized classic disco, TURN THE BEAT AROUND also features a new soundtrack, with original remakes of classic disco songs by some of today’s most popular new acts including Cobra Starship and Sing It Loud.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND also stars Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Shauna MacDonald (AARON STONE), David Keeley (TERRY), Jennifer Miller (THE BEST YEARS), Dewshane Williams (FLASHPOINT), Simin Aamin (FORBIDDEN SCIENCE), Kevin McGarry (BEING ERICA), Shawn Byfield (Hairspray), Ofilio Portillo, Natalie Krill (M.V.P.) and Raquel Gil-Jimenez. Along with Romina D’Ugo, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 1 finalists Miles Faber, Natalli Reznik, Tamina Pollack-Paris, Caroline Torti and Bre Wong also appear in the film.

Produced by Protocol Entertainment in association with CTV for MTV, TURN THE BEAT AROUND was filmed in multiple locations throughout both Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.

Executive Producers are: Steve Levitan (KAYA) for Protocol Entertainment and Tony Krantz (WONDERLAND) for Flame Ventures. Bradley Walsh is Director. Andrea Raffaghello (ZOS) is Producer and Jessica Sharzer (Freud’s Magic Powder) is the writer. Tré Armstrong (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA) is Choreographer and Evan Bogart (Beyonce’s “Halo”) is Music Supervisor. Lisa Silfen, Chris Linn and Robin Palmer serve as executives for MTV. Brett Burlock is Director, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

About Protocol Entertainment

PROTOCOL ENTERTAINMENT has produced a diverse slate of television and feature film productions since its founding in 1993. Its productions range from the critically acclaimed, international hit childrens’ series: GOOSEBUMPS, ANIMORPHS, DEAR AMERICA and THE SADDLE CLUB to the one-hour series: CODE NAME ETERNITY, POLICE ACADEMY, the half-hour dramas KAYA and TRAIN 48, and Spenser for Hire MOWs. Its feature films include Pocahontas and Puck Hogs. Its productions total over 600 episodes of television drama. PROTOCOL is led by Steve Levitan and is based in Toronto, Canada.

About CTV

CTV, Canada’s Olympic Network, is also Canada’s largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada’s most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada’s premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. More information about CTV may be found on the network’s website at www.ctv.ca.

– CTV-

For more information:

Christy Sullivan, CTV Inc., 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@ctv.ca

Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@ctv.ca

Juno Awards Flash Mob Takes Over Toronto

2010 JUNO Awards Flash Mob Toronto

2010 JUNO Awards Flash Mob at Yorkdale Mall, Toronto.

This is frickin’ sweet! How many times do you get to see regular people bust out in public?

I created the dance choreography, planned rehearsals, & direction of the event. The filming & editing by THE Chris James of Grey Area Productions http://www.GreyAProductions.com

All the craziness happened Saturday March 27th. Dancers rehearsed at my studio Byfield Dance Experience, downtown Toronto, and at Yorkdale Mall the night before. Thanks Yorkdale!

So… What ‘chu think?

I hope you RATE IT 5 STARS, because the majority of dancers in the video are REGULAR PEOPLE, not trained professionals.

A massive Congratulations to everyone involved, from start to execution. You created buzz and excitement for the upcoming JUNO Awards, got little kids dancing (did you see?)… and even put a smile on the mall’s security chief!

– Shawn B

About The Author:

Shawn Byfield (www.ShawnByfield.com) is an award winning choreographer, show director and a leading expert in dance lessons and industry advice. His extremely fun approach to learning is a must for anyone looking to achieve their highest potential through dance.

Don’t Miss Turn The Beat Around On TV!

I’m dancing and acting in this upcoming MTV film, “Turn The Beat Around.” Watch the trailer…

Hope you didn’t blink, or you missed me. 😉 It’s a story about a lovely young dancer struggling for the opportunity to live her dream of starting a disco club.

Directed by Bradley Walsh, this film features Toronto talent galore! Including a few cool cats from So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s first season. We had a blast working together last summer.

Watch us in action February 26th. Stay tuned to CTV and MTV for exact times in your area.

– SB

So You Think You Can Dance Canada SYTYCD Feedback

So You Think You Can Dance Canada SYTYCD Feedback

So Canada, what do you think of our dance show so far? I’ve been watching each week. I’m very happy that we have the chance to show off our own unique talent. Canada definitely has extremely strong, technical dancers from coast to coast.

Click below for SYTYCD Canada show highlights:

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Highlights

So, would you agree? Do you think our talent is just as strong as our dancing friends on the American show?

SYTYCD Canada Top 20 guys (dance.ctv.ca for more pics)

SYTYCD Canada Top 20 guys (dance.ctv.ca for more pics)

And what do you think of our production, choreography, host and judges?

Do you think Canada is on point with our voting? Or do you think dancers who’ve been eliminated should still be on the show?

What other dance choreographers would you like to see show their work? Who should be a guest judge? Who’s your favourite dancer in the competition, and why? Did you enjoy a live taping?

SYTYCD Canada Top 20 girls (dance.ctv.ca for more pics)

SYTYCD Canada Top 20 girls (dance.ctv.ca for more pics)

This page is where you can discuss your thoughts, share some feedback and voice your opinion. I’ll post updates on the show whenever I can. Have fun, and remember to vote!

– Shawn B


PS: Play nice, no rude comments. Offensive comments will be deleted immediately. If you’ve been watching Canada’s So You Think You Can Dance, let us know what you think in a mature manner.

So You Think You Can Dance Canada Voting

Update: Monday December 8, 2008

Well, the final Canadian show of So You Think You Can Dance just aired. And I must say, my gut KNEW the final two would be Allie and Nico. Both are fantastic artists, who give more than just dance steps and surface.

Well… The results came in, and Canada voted:

Nicolas “Nico” Archambault

As Canada’s Favourite Dancer! Congratulations!

Nico wins Canada's first season of So You Think You Can Dance!

Nico wins Canada's first season of So You Think You Can Dance! See more pics: dance.ctv.ca

I would like to congratulate the ENTIRE cast of contestants. Every single dancer on the SYTYCD stage deserves a tremendous round of applause, support and praise for pushing through rigorous rehearsals, injuries, exhaustion… and demanding the most from their minds and bodies.

As a performer and choreographer, I know first hand how difficult it can be to appear on stage week after week. But these truly talented artists showed Canada what it means to live passionately through dance.

Sure, it’s easy to for the public to think “that’s so easy” while we sit on our #ss at home, watching the show on boob tube twice a week. But just one show consists hours of rehearsals every day. Yes, EVERY DAY. You think you’re stressed? Just try and learn a new dance routine every day for three months and tell me how you feel!

Thank you to the top twenty dancers, for inspiring Canadians from coast to coast with your honesty and joy.

– Shawn Byfield

Update: November 27 / 08

Final 4 dancers on So You Think Canada!

Final 4 dancers on So You Think Canada!

So we’re down to the last four contestants on SYTYCDC: Allie, Natalli, Miles and Nico. Unfortunately, Lisa and Izaak have been voted off the show.

Congratulations to Lisa and Izaak. They worked so hard, and have grown so much though the competition. They deserve your props!

Who will be the last guy? Nico? Miles? And the last lady? Will it be Natalli or Allie? Canada, YOU DECIDE, because you’ll be voting for our final two dancers!

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Arassay and Vincent say bye to Leah

Update: November 21/08

So You Think You Can Dance Canada is now in Top 6!

Lisa, Allie and Natalli are our remaining ladies. Izaak, Nico and Miles are the 3 boys left. Who will take it to the final four?

Can anyone predict who will actually WIN the contest? Will it be one of our sassy ladies, or will one of the men hold it down? Not sure…

Get more updates on the CTV website, dance.ctv.ca and see some great photos. Post your comments below, and remember to vote y’all!

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So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Canada is alive! Paul Becker did some cool Capoeira choreography to start off the results show last night. But why was the show only half an hour?

Canada, if you want to keep our favourite dance show running, pick up the phone and vote for your favourite dancers. So You Think You Can Dance Canada has some SERIOUS talent!

Kevin and Bre first to go. (From dance.CTV.ca)

Kevin and Bre first to go. (From dance.CTV.ca)

We had the first round of phone in votes with the Rogers network Wednesday night (the writers made sure Leah mentioned “Rogers Recap… and to place your vote with Canada’s most reliable network” or somethin’ like that). I love the branding Rogers. 😉 Pretty soon you’ll own Canada…

And the verdict: Luther, Jean Marc, Tre and Blake decided that contestants Kevin and Bre were the first to head home. We’ll miss you, friggin’ talented the two of you!

Anyhow, will our Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance compare to the integrity of the American production? Let’s hope so. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be watching every week to support.

Shawn Byfield