CTV's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 20 Revealed



    
        - Top 20 take to the stage for Canada's votes during the first
                Performance Episode Tuesday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET -

              - Result shows air Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV -

       - The Top 20 reveal episode re-airs Sunday, August 30 on MuchMusic -

       - Official Top 20 Viewing Guide available in Metro newspapers across
                        the country Tuesday, August 25 -
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Following a five-city audition tour that
traveled to Vancouver, Edmonton, Saint John, Toronto and Montreal, and after a
grueling finals week in Toronto, CTV tonight revealed the 10 guys and 10 girls
from across the country who will dance for the nation's votes on SO YOU THINK
YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Specializing in everything from hip-hop, contemporary,
ballroom and tap, the Top 20 were announced during tonight's special one-hour
reveal episode. The dancers represent the country from Vancouver to Halifax,
with two competitors from British Columbia, four from Alberta, eight from
Ontario, five from Quebec and one from Nova Scotia. The Top 20 take to the
stage to be judged by Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and
Blake McGrath on Tuesday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to
confirm local broadcast times). Making an appearance in the episode is last
year's winner, Nico Archambault.

    Viewers can also learn more about the competitors before they take to the
stage for the first Performance show with the Official Top 20 SO You Think You
Can Dance Canada Viewing Guide. The four-page spread is available for free in
Metro newspapers across the country on Tuesday, August 25, the date of the
first performance episode (see "About the Top 20," below).

    
    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download new photos of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN
    DANCE CANADA Top 20 at ctvmedia.ca/dance2009.
    

    The dancers will be paired into 10 couples who will work with some of the
country's top choreographers - including Stacey Tookey, Mia Michaels, Sean
Cheesman and Melissa Williams - and will learn a new dance routine each week
from a wide variety of genres. The fate of these 20 finalists - one of whom
will be named Canada's Favourite Dancer later this fall - will be left up to
viewer votes, which can be cast for free via land line telephones.

    Beginning this coming Tuesday (August 25) and for the next nine weeks,
the country begins voting for their choice of Canada's Favourite Dancer.
Voting will occur following the conclusion of Tuesday's "performance shows"
and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast
(detailed voting information can be found at dance.ctv.ca).

    On the first live results show, airing Wednesday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m.
ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), the three couples
with the fewest number of votes will be announced. Each dancer in those three
couples will then have one last chance to impress the judges and "dance for
their life" with a solo routine of his or her choosing. After all six dancers
have performed, the judges will make the ultimate decision of who stays and
who goes home.

    For anyone who missed tonight's Top 20 reveal episode, an encore will air
on MuchMusic Sunday, August 30 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, and will be followed by
the first Performance and Results episodes. Encores of the weekly Performance
and Results move to their regular time slot of Sundays at 6 p.m. ET beginning
September 6 on MuchMusic (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast
times).

    
    About the Top 20
    ----------------

    Ranging in age from 18 to 28, the Top 20 dancers vying for the coveted
title of Canada's Favourite Dancer are (in alphabetical order):

    -  AMY Gardner (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB. Amy, who
       is also formally trained in jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, street jazz
       and musical theatre, has traveled around the world performing,
       including Spain, Australia and parts of Africa. Amy has also
       participated in a variety of competitions throughout North America.

    -  ANTHONY Grafton (24) is a Ballroom dancer from Calgary, AB. Anthony
       has participated in competitions around the world, including in
       England and throughout the United States. Formally trained only in
       ballroom, Anthony is looking forward to trying out new styles of
       dance on the show.

    -  AUSTIN Di lulio (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Mississauga, ON.
       Dancing from a young age, Austin appeared in the feature film
       Hairspray and has also worked with choreographers Marty Kudelka, Adam
       Shankman and Tyce Diorio.

    -  CODY Bonnell (19) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Unionville, ON who is also
       trained in ballet, jazz and tap. Cody's former dance teachers, friends
       and especially his family have been his biggest support and unlike any
       other experience in his life, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has
       been life changing.

    -  CORYNNE Barron (18) is a Classical Contemporary dancer from Edmonton,
       AB. At the age of 15, Corynne trained at both the prestigious Royal
       Winnipeg Ballet School and the Edmonton School of Ballet before
       leaving Canada for England to further continue her studies with Kate
       Simmons Dance Ltd. Corynne is trained in contemporary, ballet and
       jazz.

    -  DANIEL Dory (23) is a Hip-Hop/House dancer from Montreal, QC. Born in
       Haiti, Daniel is also trained in contemporary, and has performed in
       cities across North America, including New York and Los Angeles.
       Daniel also had the opportunity to perform as part of the opening act
       for Celine Dion's 2009 concert in Montreal.

    -  DANNY Lawn (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Brockville, ON who is
       also trained in hip-hop, jazz, ballet and acro. An adventure-seeker,
       Danny spends his time off the dance floor cliff jumping and has also
       performed with pop stars Katy Perry and Kreesha Turner.

    -  EMANUEL Sandhu (28) is a Contemporary and Ballet dancer from
       Vancouver, BC. Emanuel, who is also a Canadian national champion
       figure skater, trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, as
       well as with notable choreographers including Menaka Thakkar and
       Roberto Campanella.

    -  EVERETT Smith (25) is a Tap dancer from Glen Morris, ON. As the
       first-ever tap dancer to make it into the Top 20, Everett has taken
       his tap shoes around the globe and competed at the World Tap
       Championships in Berlin, Germany. Everett also performed in the
       feature film Hairspray and is trained in various styles of dance
       including jazz, ballet and hip-hop.

    -  JAYME RAE Dailey (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Montreal, QC.
       Also trained in hip-hop, house, classical ballet, jazz and jazz funk,
       Jayme Rae auditioned with her twin sister who's a big source of
       support in her life.

    -  JENNA LYNN Higgins (18) is a Jazz and Lyrical dancer from Toronto, ON
       who cites her mom and dance teacher as her biggest supporter. Also
       trained in ballet, Jenna Lynn is looking forward to perfecting new
       dance styles.

    -  KIM Gingras (23) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Montreal, QC. A member of
       the Montreal-based Blueprint Dance Company, Kim believes her
       professionalism, passion and performance are the three key elements
       that helped her get into the Season 2 Top 20.

    -  MELANIE Buttarazzi (22) is a Latin Ballroom dancer from Woodbridge,
       ON who is currently enrolled in York University's Dance program. A
       musician as well, Melanie learned to play guitar at the age of eight
       and is also trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip-hop
       and flamenco.

    -  MELANIE Mah (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill, ON.
       Melanie performed across North America in a variety of dance
       competitions and is also trained in ballet, jazz/lyrical, hip-hop and
       tap.

    -  NATALIE Lyons (23) is a Hip-Hop/Krump dancer from Halifax, NS.
       Natalie has had the opportunity to perform live with artists including
       Nelly Furtado, Keshia Chante, Timbaland and Flo Rida. When not on the
       dance floor, Natalie spends her time cooking, hiking and playing
       volleyball.

    -  NICOLAS Bégin (24) is a B-Boy/Hip-Hop dancer from Quebec City, QC who
       has specialized in hip-hop and break dancing for almost 16 years.
       Nicolas has performed with the Quebec-based B-Boy crew Q.C. Roc as
       well as at an array of events including the 400th Anniversary of
       Québec City in 2008 and the 2006 JUNO AWARDS.

    -  TARA-JEAN Popowich (20) is a Contemporary dancer from Lethbridge, AB.
       Given the opportunity, Tara-Jean would most like to work with
       choreographers Mia Michaels or choreographer and fellow Albertan,
       Stacey Tookey and cites her mom as her greatest source of inspiration.

    -  TATIANA Parker (21) is a Hip-Hop dancer from Toronto, ON. Tatiana,
       who has performed as part of the Massari World Tour, is greatly
       supported by her family and friends - especially her brother Noah.

    -  TAYLOR James (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Vancouver, BC who is
       also trained in jazz and hip-hop. Taylor has traveled all over Canada
       and the U.S. as an instructor and performer and spends his spare time
       taking photographs.

    -  VINCENT Desjardins (20) is a Ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivieres, QC.
       Vincent originally began dancing because of his sister, and has been
       performing in Ballroom competitions in major cities around the world
       ever since. Vincent has performed in New York, Toronto and Blackpool,
       England.
    

    Viewers can also learn more about the Top 20 at dance.CTV.ca, the
official online portal for the series and the source for everything SO YOU
THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Watch highlights from The Finals episodes and the
Top 20 reveal on demand on the CTV Video Player at dance.CTV.ca, which also
includes behind-the-scenes video, exclusive footage and clips. Fans can get up
close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers by
browsing the image galleries, videos, forums, blogs and more.

    SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel
Lythgoe, and is produced in association with CTV by Danse TV Productions in
association with CTV. Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers.
Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    
    About Danse TV Productions
    --------------------------
    
    Executive Producer Sandra Faire, acclaimed as one of Canada's leading
variety producers, is also a vice-chair of the National Ballet of Canada and a
cabinet member of Grand Jeté for the National Ballet School. Ms. Faire, along
with Executive Producer Trisa Dayot, Senior Producers Bronwyn Warren and
Millan Curry-Sharples and producer Janet Lavack, helm SO YOU THINK YOU CAN
DANCE CANADA. For over a decade the team has produced an impressive array of
Canadian award-winning programs seen in Canada and the U.S. Ms. Faire still
holds the record for the highest-rated variety special in Canadian television
history, ANNE MURRAY'S FAMILY CHRISTMAS, which garnered a 43 per cent share on
CBC with 4.2 million viewers.

    
    About 19 Entertainment
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    The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has
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impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the U.K.
alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global
phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998,
Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while
its three television series have consistently topped children's viewing
figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and
produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. "Pop
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while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly
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19 Entertainment produces the FOX summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE along
with Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Christy Sullivan, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
CANADA, (416) 526-3052 or christy.sullivan@ctv.ca; Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc.,
(416) 384-5325 or amanda.rinaldo@ctv.ca; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 384-4596
or allie.page@ctv.ca


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