So You Think You Can Dance Canada Reveals First-Ever Top 20




    
             -- Ten couples storm the stage for Canada's votes --

       -- First Top 20 Performance Episode drops Wednesday, Oct. 8 at
                             8 p.m. ET on CTV --

     -- Performance and Result shows set to air twice a week - Wednesday
                               and Thursdays --

    -- "The Finals" episode to be re-broadcast Sunday, Oct. 5 on MuchMusic --

       -- Top 20 Guide available in Metro newspapers across the country
                             Wednesday, Oct. 8 --
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - After an exhilarating cross-country audition tour
and intensive finals in Toronto, CTV announced during tonight's broadcast the
10 men and 10 women who have danced their way to the top of the inaugural So
You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20. The dancers, who specialize in
everything from Ballet, Hip-Hop, Salsa and everything in between, compete for
Canada's votes with the series first-ever Top 20 two-hour performance episode
next Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local
broadcast times). Following the performance episode, viewers will have two
hours to vote for their favourite couple. Learn more about the Top 20 in the
So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20 guide to be published in Metro
newspapers across the country on October 8 (see "About the Top 20," below).

    
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    Dance Canada Top 20 at ctvmedia.ca/dance2008.
    

    "This first-ever group of Top 20 dancers are about to write a new chapter
in Canadian television history," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative,
Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Their unbelievable natural talent and pure
charisma will captivate the country."

    "The men and women in our Top 20 are some of the best dancers I have ever
seen," said Executive Producer Sandra Faire. "This group are not only some of
the best dancers Canada has to offer, they are world class. Canada has some of
the best choreographers in the world, and when they get their hands on the Top
20, we know viewers will be blown away by their performances."

    The Top 20 will be divided into 10 couples, who will work with top
choreographers to learn a new dance routine each week from a wide variety of
genres, including Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Broadway, Ballroom, Bollywood and
more. The fate of these 20 finalists - one of whom will be named Canada's
Favourite Dancer - will be left up to viewer votes.

    On the first live results show, debuting Thursday, October 9 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 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 weigh in on the performances before sending one
male and one female dancer home.

    Starting next Wednesday (Oct. 8) and continuing for the next nine weeks,
voting begins as Canadians make their voices heard for their choice of
Canada's Favourite Dancer. Voting will occur following the conclusion of
Wednesday'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).

    Already the country's newest homegrown hit, averaging 1.1 million total
viewers to date(*), So You Think You Can Dance Canada is also ranking No. 1
online.(xx) As announced earlier this week by Yahoo! Canada, So You Think You
Can Dance Canada is the top-searched new show for the week ending September
26, 2008 and is the seventh top-searched television show overall.

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

    The Top 20 were selected after So You Think You Can Dance Canada's
exhaustive, cross-country search in five cities and the gruelling "Finals"
cutdown in Toronto. Ranging in age from 18 to 29, The Top 20 dancers chosen
from over 2,500 auditions are students, dance teachers and choreographers, all
vying for the coveted title of Canada's Favourite Dancer.

    The Top 20 finalists (in alphabetical order) breaking it down for the
first ever So You Think You Can Dance Canada performance episode on Wednesday,
October 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV are:

    
    -   ALLIE Bertram (18) is a Ballet dancer from Calgary, AB. She is a
        graduate of the International School of Ballet, and is excited to
        represent her style on the show. Allie has just returned from the
        Boston Ballet and is thrilled to showcase for Canada how much she
        loves to dance.

    -   ARASSAY Reyes (21) is a Contemporary/Latin dancer from South Surrey,
        B.C. Born in Havana, Cuba, Reyes has been dancing since she was young
        and frequently incorporates her Latin flair into her routines.
        Arassay attended the Cuban National School of the Arts, later earning
        a spot in the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba (Danza
        Contemporanea de Cuba). Arassay is currently dancing with the
        Vancouver dance company Grupo America.

    -   BREANNE Wong (25) is a Contemporary dancer from Whitby, ON who began
        dancing competitively at age 12. Now a dance teacher in Ajax, Breanne
        is also the co-owner of a dance studio, which she cites as one of her
        biggest accomplishments.

    -   CAROLINE Torti (23) is a Contemporary dancer born in Kamloops, B.C.,
        who now lives in Oakville, ON. Caroline, who started dancing at age
        three, has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, modern, lyrical, acrobatics,
        and hip-hop, but says that contemporary wins out as her favourite
        style of dance.

    -   DANNY Arbour (26) is a Latin and Ballroom dancer from Montréal, QC.
        He knows that with his status as a professional ballroom dancer, he
        needs to impress the judges in all styles of dance that come his way.

    -   DARIO Milard (19) is a Contemporary dancer born in Brooklyn, NY, and
        raised in St. Hubert, QC. He is a self-taught dancer who believes
        that his creativity and hard work have gotten him this far. Since
        taking an interest in dance five years ago, Dario has taken ballet
        and contemporary lessons at various Montréal-area schools, including
        Dawson College.

    -   FRANCIS Lafrenière (28) is a Ballroom dancer from St. Bruno, QC.
        Francis owns his own dance studio and credits his students as his
        biggest supporters. He competed in the Blackpool Dance Festival in
        Blackpool, England, and looks forward to showcasing his infamous hip
        moves in the upcoming season.

    -   IZAAK Smith (19) is a Hip-Hop and Ballet dancer from Prince George,
        BC. Dancing since the age of seven, Izaak attended North Shore
        Academy of Dancing and has studied at Judy Russell's Enchaînement
        Dance Centre. He is also trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz,
        modern and musical theatre.

    -   JESSE Catibog (29) is a B-Boy from Toronto, ON. Inspired by his
        hometown's multiculturalism and versatility, Jesse honed his skills
        on the streets of Toronto. Known for his signature dance move, the
        coffee grinder-torpedo-coin drop-jump-jazz split-chair freeze, Jesse
        is excited to show Canada his moves.

    -   JOEY Matt (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Calgary, AB. Joey
        believes that making the Top 20 is one of his greatest
        accomplishments. The support from his friends and family is what
        drives Joey to dance like there is no tomorrow and try out new styles
        of dance.

    -   KAITLYN Fitzgerald (18) is a Contemporary dancer from Loretto, ON.
        She has been dancing since the age of two, starting out in tap, jazz,
        lyrical and ballet. Kaitlyn has studied at various schools, including
        the National Ballet of Canada, and her proudest dance moment came
        when she participated in the Solo Seal for the Royal Academy of
        Dance.

    -   KEVIN Mylrea (22) is a Contemporary dancer born in Saskatoon, SK and
        raised in Westbank, BC. He attended DANZMODE Productions and KC Dance
        Connection, and says he is proud to see other dancers perform his own
        choreography. One of Kevin's biggest accomplishments is working on
        The Lizzie McGuire Movie with Hilary Duff.

    -   LARA Smythe (25) is a Contemporary/Acro dancer from Toronto, ON who
        started out as a competitive gymnast and grew up attending Earl
        Haig's performing arts program. For the last five years, Lara has
        been working mainly as a choreographer for acrobatic routines.

    -   LISA Auguste (27) is a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Rexdale, ON.
        She is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and the
        Canadian Aesthetics Academy. While in New York attending a class at
        the Broadway Dance Centre, Lisa had the opportunity to work with
        contemporary choreographer Mia Michaels - an idol of many other
        contestants in the competition.

    -   MILES Faber (21) is a Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary, AB.
        With no formal training, Miles was first introduced to hip-hop by
        choreographer Tara Wilson. Miles looks forward to testing himself as
        he takes on new dance styles and competes to become Canada's
        favourite dancer.

    -   NATALLI Reznik (28) is a Hip-Hop/Latin dancer born in Israel and now
        living in Toronto, ON. Natalli, who began dancing later in life,
        started with ballet at age 17 and moved into the modern, Latin, and
        hip-hop styles of dance. Currently studying fashion and visual
        merchandising at Seneca College, Natalli believes it will be her
        unique personality that will entice judges and viewers alike.

    -   NICO Archambault (23) is a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal,
        QC. He has been studying dance at Cégep du Vieux Montréal
        (http://www.cvm.qc.ca/), and enjoys rock 'n' roll as much as dance.
        Nico is looking forward to dancing with the rest of the Top 20
        competitors and mastering new styles.

    -   ROMINA D'Ugo (22) is a Jazz dancer born and raised in Toronto, ON.
        She started dancing as a child, taking jazz, tap and ballet. Romina
        attended the Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, majoring in dance,
        before pursuing a career as an actor, graduating from Sheridan
        Institute's Musical Theatre-Performance program. Her true passion,
        however, lies in salsa dancing.

    -   TAMINA Pollack-Paris (19) is a Hip-Hop dancer born in Toronto, ON.
        With some training in jazz, ballet, and Irish dance, Tamina attended
        the Interplay School of Dance. She is currently busy taking classes
        at Toronto's OIP Dance Centre and Street Dance Academy.

    -   VINCENT Noiseux (22) is a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Saint-
        Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. He has been dancing since the age of 13, and
        aspires to dance on tour with Janet Jackson. Vincent is overwhelmed
        with the amount of talent he has seen thus far in the competition,
        and looks forward to the weeks ahead.
    

    Learn more about the Top 20 in the Wednesday, October 8 special So You
Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20 guide in Metro newspapers across the
country, or at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for the series and the
source for everything SYTYCDC. The site is jam packed with 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 from judges and more.

    For those who missed tonight's episodes and in advance of next week's
first ever So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20 performance episode, an
encore of this week's Top 200/The Finals episode will air on MuchMusic Sunday,
October 5 from 9-11 p.m. ET. An encore of both performance and results
episodes will air Sundays at 9 p.m. back-to-back on MuchMusic beginning
October 12 (go to ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

    Watch Top 200/The Finals highlights, exclusive footage not seen on TV
backstage footage, on demand on the CTV Video Player at dance.CTV.ca.

    So You Think You Can Dance Canada is based on the Emmy Award-winning
smash hit series created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe that premiered in
2005. Canada joins the United States, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Greece,
Poland, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and Israel as
markets with an original So You Think You Can Dance production.

    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.
Sandra Faire and Trisa Dayot are Executive Producers. Ed Robinson is Executive
Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative,
Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    
    About Danse TV Productions
    --------------------------
    

    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 Trisa Dayot
and senior producers Bronwyn Warren and Millan Curry-Sharples, will helm So
You Think You Can Dance Canada. The team has produced an impressive array of
Canadian award-winning programs seen in Canada and the U.S., including Amanda
Marshall for SONY and Rita MacNeil's Celtic Celebration, which aired on CTV
and PBS. Both specials won awards in the U.S. and Amanda Marshall won a Gemini
Award for Best Performance. Rita MacNeil's Celtic Celebration was CTV's
highest-rated Canadian special in 1998, with over 1.6 million viewers.
Additionally, Rita MacNeil's Christmas, which aired on CTV and PBS, was CTV's
highest-rated Canadian special for the year 2000 with 1.75 million viewers,
outdrawing all other music specials that year. Their most recent variety
special, The Rankin Family Reunion, will air later this year on CTV. 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. Joining the team for So You Think
You Can Dance Canada is producer Janet Lavack.

    
    About 19 Entertainment
    ----------------------
    

    Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment is recognized as a leading creator,
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artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. Simon Fuller
is the most successful British music manager of all time having sold over
116 million CDs in North America alone, and is known as the creator of
American Idol, the most valuable TV format in the world with an estimated
value in excess of $2.5 billion.

    
    About dick clark productions
    ----------------------------
    

    Founded in 1957, dick clark productions has grown to become a leading
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    About MuchMusic
    ---------------
    

    As the No. 1 Canadian brand for teens and young adults, MuchMusic is an
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    About CTV Inc.
    --------------
    

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

    
    (*)    Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Total (BBM Nielsen Media
           Research)

    (xx)   The Yahoo! Canada Buzz Index provides insight and commentary for
           the top Canadian searches as measured by Yahoo! Canada Search.
           After the data has been collected from the Yahoo! Canada Search
           log files, the Buzz Index team reviews the total number of people
           searching for specific subjects, along with spikes of interest in
           searches at particular times of the year.
    





For further information:

For further information: Christy Sullivan, So You Think You Can Dance
Canada, (416) 526-3052 or chsullivan@ctv.ca; Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416)
209-9154 or arinaldo@ctv.ca; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or
apage@ctv.ca


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