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Nick Lazzarini is the winner of season 1 of So You Think You Can Dance. He specializes in jazz and has also trained extensively in contemporary, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop. Before winning So You Think You Can Dance, he went on an international tour with RAW Dance Company, founded by Mia Michaels. Nick was featured in Step Up: Revolution and has performed at the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the American Music Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards. He has danced alongside some of the most notable musical artists in the industry, including Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Florence + the Machine. Nick was a founding member of Evolution Dance Company and Shaping Sound. He is on faculty at JUMP Dance Convention and tours regularly as a teacher and choreographer.
Tyce Diorio is one of the dance industry’s most sought-after choreographers for television, film, and stage. He is best known as an Emmy Award-winning choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, where he appeared for 13 seasons. He is credited as the choreographer for Taylor Swift’s “RED”, “1989”, and “Reputation” World Tours, along with her “Shake It Off” and “Look What You Made Me Do” music videos. Some of his other notable music videos include The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Lorde’s “Green Light”. Tyce has coached and choreographed for many celebrities including Katie Holmes, Megan Mullally, Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Laverne Cox, Queen Latifah, and Tom Cruise.
Tyce has also had a robust professional career as a performer. He has danced live with Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Mýa, Kelly Osbourne, NSYNC, and more. He was a lead in the Broadway musicals “Fosse” and “Chicago” and has worked one-on-one with notable dance choreographer Twyla Tharp. His film credits include Showgirls, Starsky and Hutch, 13 Going On 30, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Epic Movie, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. His choreography was featured on Grey’s Anatomy, Drop Dead Diva, Bones, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and in the musicals “Sweet Smell of Success” and “Music City”.
Kaelyn Gray is a hugely successful tap dancer and choreographer. She became the youngest ever choreographer and creative director for Paramount’s Kings Island and Kings Dominion in her early twenties creating a show that toured for three years. Kaelyn then went on to audition for So You Think You Can Dance in season 3 and placed in the top 24 female contestants. She began to gain notoriety as a teacher with conventions, competitions, and tap workshops across the country. In 2009 she became a member of the company Tap Factor before co-founding her own tap company, ProtoTap, in 2011. Kaelyn has taught alongside some of the biggest names in tap, including Gregg Russell, Maud Arnold, Sarah Reich, Angela Carter, and Ryan Lohoff. She is on faculty at Tap the Map and the BellaMoxi Dance Convention, and has received national choreography awards for her work. Kaelyn is also the founder of Tap Dance Tutorials, also known as #BringTapToThePeople, which showcases Kaelyn’s classwork and tap material worldwide. Her videos have received over half a million downloads in over fifty-five countries.
Drew Burgess is well-known in the dance world as a performer, choreographer, and master teacher. His career began on Live with Regis when he was featured on Amazing Kids Week, and some of his former competition titles include Jr. Mr. Dance and Mr. Dance of America. Drew is certified to teach ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics through Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. He has performed live with the Radio City Rockettes, artists including Taylor Swift and the Baha Men, and has toured worldwide alongside Rasta Thomas’s Bad Boys of Dance. He regularly judges for NextStar, American Dance Awards, and Dance Masters of America. Drew has received numerous accolades for his choreography, including the Sherry Gold Memorial Choreography Award and Best Choreography at NextStar. He is passionate about teaching and has coached his students to awards such as Teen Miss Dance of Arizona, Female Dancer of the Year, Male Dancer of the Year, Miss Dance of Ohio, and Mr. Dance of America. Drew is the Competitive Dance Company Director at Above the Barre and he travels year-round to teach and choreograph across the country.
Alex Wong’s dance career began in Canada, where he trained in ballet, tap, modern, and jazz before focusing more directly on ballet. In 2004, he became the first Canadian to win the prestigious Prix de Lausanne, a ballet competition in Switzerland. His professional ballet career began in 2005 when he joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, and he later joined Miami City Ballet where he was promoted to Principal Soloist. At Miami City Ballet, Alex danced leading roles in many of the company’s celebrated repertoire, including works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Edward Villella, and Paul Taylor. He auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance in season 6 and made it to the top 10 before withdrawing due to an injury. He was praised for his versatility on the show, even winning two Emmys for routines with Mia Michaels and Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo.
Alex has expanded his versatility even more with recent ventures into theatrical and television work. He has appeared on Smash, Glee, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Flesh and Bone, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and was a semi-finalist on American Idol. He played Sniper in the original Broadway cast of “Newsies”, receiving the ACCA award for Outstanding Original Chorus in the 2011-2012 season. Alex regularly appears as an All-Star on So You Think You Can Dance and had a dancing role in the movie The Greatest Showman.
Allison Holker is a performer best known for her appearance as a standout contemporary dancer on So You Think You Can Dance. She appeared on season two of the show and has consistently returned as an All-Star ever since. Allison’s career began as a featured performer for Earth, Wind & Fire at the 2002 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. She was a featured dancer in both High School Musical and High School Musical 2. Her television credits include Ballroom with a Twist, American Idol, Hit the Floor, and The X-Factor. She has performed with many musical artists including Rihanna, Demi Lovato, 50 Cent, Clay Aiken, and Christina Perri. Allison has been featured as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars and regularly collaborates with her husband, fellow dancer and performer Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss is best known in the entertainment industry as the DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the co-host of Ellen’s Game of Games. He was the runner-up on season four of So You Think You Can Dance, specializing in hip-hop, and has since returned as an All-Star, choreographer, and guest judge on the show. His performances on So You Think You Can Dance with Katee Shean and Alex Wong have received Emmy Awards. tWitch’s career began on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project and the talent competition Star Search. His film credits include Hairspray, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, a recurring role as Jason in Step Up 3D, Step Up: Revolution, and Step Up: All In, and as the character Malik in Magic Mike XXL. tWitch was the first dancer endorsed by Gatorade, recognizing dance as a sport. He has choreographed for Korean pop star Se7en and worked directly alongside Ellen DeGeneres and Paul Feig to create the 2013 Oscar promotional video featuring 250 dancers. He met his wife, fellow dancer Allison Holker, through So You Think You Can Dance and they frequently collaborate on teaching and choreographic workshops around the globe.