-- Fourteen are left to dance for Canada's Votes --
-- Canadian Icon Rex Harrington and Hot Tamale So You Think You Can Dance
Judge Mary Murphy join the panel as Guest Judges, Oct. 29 and 30 --
TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - So You Think You Can Dance Canada host Leah
Miller announced live on CTV tonight that after more than 1.2 million votes
were cast across the country, Tamina Pollack-Paris and Joey Matt are the next
dancers to leave the stage. Fourteen dancers are left to compete for Canada's
votes on Wednesday, October 29 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to confirm
Last night's performances inspired guest judge and High School Musical 3:
Senior Year Director Kenny Ortega to declare, "All I can say is that the last
time I sat in a room with...this much talent was before any of you were born.
That was on Broadway watching Michael Bennett's A Chorus Line."
And tonight, the results of the country-wide poll revealed that the three
couples who received the lowest number of votes and had to dance for their
lives this week were Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, 18 and Izaak Smith, 19, who performed
the Cha-Cha; Tamina Pollack-Paris, 19 and Joey Matt, 19, who performed a
Hip-Hop routine and Natalli Reznik, 28 and Francis Lafrenière, 28, who danced
the Rumba. After performing their solos and "dancing for their lives," the
judges deliberated and decided that Tamina Pollack-Paris from Toronto, ON, and
Joey Matt from Calgary, AB, would be sent home.
(xx) Media Note (xx) - Download photos from tonight's broadcast of So You
Think You Can Dance Canada at ctvmedia.ca/dance2008.
The results show opened with the Top 16 performing a breathtaking
Viennese Waltz group number co-choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance
Canada judge Jean Marc Genereux and his wife France Mousseau. Dressed in black
and white, the competitors danced to "Old School" by Hedley, flowing in and
around a large picture frame.
Next week two new judges join Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux on the
judging panel. The first is Canadian Rex Harrington, a former Principal Dancer
with the National Ballet of Canada and current Artist-in-Residence for the
company. The second is Mary Murphy, best know as the "Queen of Scream" on the
U.S. version of So You Think You Can Dance and guest judge during the audition
tour on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
Peterborough, Ont. native Rex Harrington joined The National Ballet of
Canada in 1983 and became a Principal Dancer with the company in 1988, a
position he held until his retirement in 2004. Renowned in both Canada and
abroad for his interpretations of classical roles in Romeo and Juliet, Swan
Lake, Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty, Harrington's performances established
him as one of the most accomplished and charismatic male dancers of his era.
In 2006, Harrington was appointed Artist-in-Residence with The National Ballet
of Canada, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 and was given a
star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005.
Best known for her trademark scream, infectious laugh and quirky catch
phrases, So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy has helped make the U.S.
show a smash hit around the world. Murphy also brought her "Hot Tamale Train"
to Canada as a guest judge during the So You Think You Can Dance Canada
audition tour. Murphy began her career as a professional ballroom dancer and
is the Owner and Director of Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, CA.
Murphy also runs Mary Murphy's Chance To Dance program, which brings dance to
children in underprivileged areas.
The 14 remaining dancers stepping onto the So You Think You Can Dance
Canada stage on Wednesday, October 29 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca to
confirm local listings) are:
1. ALLIE Bertram, 18, a Ballet dancer from Calgary
2. ARASSAY Reyes, 21, a Contemporary/Latin dancer from South Surrey,
3. CAROLINE Torti, 23, a Contemporary dancer from Oakville, ON
4. DANNY Arbour, 26, a Latin and Ballroom dancer from Montréal
5. FRANCIS Lafrenière, 28, a Ballroom dancer from St. Bruno, QC
6. IZAAK Smith, 19, a Hip-Hop and Contemporary dancer from Prince
7. JESSE Catibog, 29, a B-Boy from Toronto
8. KAITLYN Fitzgerald, 18, a Contemporary dancer from Loretto, ON
9. LARA Smythe, 25, a Contemporary/Acro dancer from Toronto,
10. LISA Auguste, 27, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Rexdale, ON
11. MILES Faber, 21, a Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary
12. NATALLI Reznik, 28, a Hip-Hop/Latin dancer from Toronto
13. NICO Archambault, 23, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal
14. VINCENT Noiseux, 22, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Saint-Jean-
For those who missed this week's So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Performance and Results episodes, catch an encore on MuchMusic Sunday,
October 26 at 9 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca and muchmusic.com to confirm local
Highlights from each week's So You Think You Can Dance Canada episodes
are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive
footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along
with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit
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