So, Shaping Sound rounded out its 2015-2016 tour Monday night with one last stop in NYC. And we're already majorly bummed it's over. (Pleaseeee can we get another reality show or something in the works Hollywood?!)
Per usual, the show was INSANELY awesome. And although the plot and choreo was essentially the same as their last tour, it was certainly no less incredible seeing it again. The company's main men (Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson for those of you living under a rock) always promise jaw-dropping choreography, super raw emotion and almost physically impossible stunts—and they delivered.
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A few updates this year included new cast member "So You Think You Can Dance" alum and former cover star Ricky Ubeda, which we were not mad about at all. Ricky gave us one of our favorite moments of the whole show: a gorgeous, loving and emotional duet with Travis. Seriously, it was powerful and got the biggest applause of the night by far.
Another update had Mallauri Esquibel (another SYTYCD alum and former cover star) dancing the leading role usually played by Jaimie Goodwin. We have to say, she killed it. She was vulnerable, sultry, strong and #flawless in every single number.
And we loved seeing the rest of the cast (Chantel Aguirre! Channing Cooke! Kate Harpootlian! to name a few...) back in action, too. And clearly, so did the audience as the whole cast received a roaring standing ovation at the end of the night.
The coolest part? Watching the all the dancers have #allthefeels during the last number and bows as they came to terms with closing the curtain on their last show and a super successful tour. You could totally see how much they all love to dance, and more importantly, how much they all love to dance with each other. Awww.
And shoutout to the famous audience members we fan-girled out over. Oh heyyyyyy Robbie Fairchild and Tiler Peck, aka the cutest couple of all time, who just happened to be sitting a few rows over from us. Casual.
YEP, you read that right—Wade Robson is BACK! It's been faaaaar too long since we've witnessed his choreographic genius, but it's fine because his latest video in collaboration with CLI Studios, "Flight," is everything we could've hoped for and then some.
Dancers in "Flight" don't hold back. (Screenshot via Vimeo)
I mean, Allison Holker + William Wingfield + Teddy Forance + Robson's directorial eye? There's literally no way you could go wrong with that equation. Naturally, the result is a stunning series of powerhouse performances. The choreo (to which all the dancers contributed) is raw, passionate and edgy, addressing some pretty heavy subject matter in a beautifully moving way.
Whip that hair. (Screenshot via Vimeo)
Robson's directorial vision is crystal-clear, with everything from the costumes, to the casting, to the chilling lighting adding to the video's power. I don't want to give too much away, because "Flight" is well worth a watch (or two, or three). Check it out below—but keep in mind that some of the content may be a bit dark.
To quote my grandma: Goodness gracious, the members of Shaping Sound are busy busy bees! It feels like we just saw the company give an amazing performance in NYC as part of a super-intense tour—and now it's about to begin yet another tour cycle.
Shaping Sound's (from left) Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson, Nick Lazzarini and Travis Wall (photo by Joe Toreno for Dance Spirit)
What can we expect from this latest round of Shaping Sound? Well, as co-founder Travis Wall told us a few weeks back, the production will have "the same outline as our first...but it will be an overall cleaner and better show," with two new numbers and a lot of small-but-important improvements. Obviously, TWall will be performing, as will fellow co-founders Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson. A lot of our other favorite SS dancers are also back, including Jaimie Goodwin, Chantel Aguirre, Chelsea Thedinga and Channing Cooke. And there are some exciting new additions to the company, too—notably "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 champ Amy Yakima (YAY!).
Um, how stunning does Jaimie Goodwin look in the company's latest campaign image? (via shapingsoundco.com)
The tour will hit 20 cities across the U.S. between October 11 and February 15. Is your city one of them? Click here to find out—then take a look at the high-drama preview video:
Last night's episode of "All the Right Moves" was mostly hilarious (Nick compares riding a bike with "Toddlers & Tiaras") with a tiny touch of boy drama (don't kiss your best friend's girl, people) and, naturally, an explosive blow from Taja, who threatened to leave the company. There wasn't enough dancing for my liking, but there was still plenty of action, so let's talk about that, OK?
The 10 Lessons We Learned From “All the Right Moves” Episode 3:
1. The backpacks on this show continue to be amazing. I realize that during the first scene I was supposed to be focused on the blowout between Travis and Taja and the whole "this needs to squash" drama. But really, all I could think was that last week, Travis rocked a black sequined backpack (which appeared again this week before he did his solo), and this week Taja made her exit wearing a yellow fur backpack thing. I would like to pitch a spin-off to Oxygen called "Backpack Shopping with Shaping Sound." I will gladly let Travis and Taja hook me up.
Oh yeah, and Taja quits the company. She says her work ethic is "misunderstood," and this makes Travis sad because he feels like he and Taja have such a long-standing relationship and she would never do this to him. Luckily the other female dancers in the company are pretty much awesome, so I think everyone will be OK.
2. At some point, you have to make a decision: Are we best friends or are we professionals? Obviously leading a company of your peers is going to be challenging, and this came to a head in last night's episode with the Taja/Travis stuff. I think Travis could have come down on Taja a bit harder, honestly, which I know is tough. But by saying, "Enough is enough, shape up or you're out," he would have maintained the upper hand instead of letting her be the one to leave.
Travis made a great point later when he was talking with Jaimie, and it's a point I wish he had made directly to Taja: "You would have never done that with Brian Friedman. You would have never done that on 'X Factor.' " It's so true. Look, I like Taja, I really do, and I get where she's coming from sometimes. But she does act differently around Travis than she does around Nicole Scherzinger, I'm sure, and that's not fair.
Also, Taja's hair bouf gets bigger every week.
3. Jaimie and I have the same bunny onesie. I got it for Christmas. It's really snuggly and wonderful. It's no sequined backpack, but it's still pretty cool.
4. Travis doesn't want to be a dancer. "It may be hard for people to believe, but I don't like dancing as much as I like choreographing," he said last night. I like that he's evolved, and that he's done it consciously and at his own will. It wasn't like he stopped growing as a dancer or got injured or dried up. Travis was always a really good performer. But he realized it wasn't what he wanted to do, and so he took action to transition into choreography, and ultimately he wants to be a director. I give him a lot of credit there.
"My life as a dancer, to me, means nothing," Travis said. It's kind of a bummer because he's really talented and he can do something like 4,200 pirouettes, but hey, if he's not digging all that spinning, why do it? Power to you, Trav, for doing what you want and not just doing what you're already good at.
5. Kyle and Noelle together should be illegal. It's just too much good-looking-ness happening.
6. Chantel Aguirre is my favorite female dancer right now. She doesn't even have to dance. I just think she's so stunning.
7. The whole "Teddy kissed Kyle's girlfriend" thing from the episode previews was just slightly blown out of proportion, don't you think? First of all, it didn't really seem clear to me that Noelle and Kyle were actually dating. Were they? Did I miss that? I don't know. So yeah it's a bit shady that Teddy and Noelle kissed (where were the Oxygen camera crews for that one?), and Teddy says it was all "intense," but the bro code didn't seem quite as broken as the previews indicated.
What have we learned from all this, dancers? Don't drink tequila. It's evil and it ruins lives and friendships.
Also, in the "morning after everyone got drunk and kissed the wrong people" scene, Teddy's Gatorade matches his bright-green shirt. I realize this has little relevancy, but it's something I noticed and appreciated.
8. Nick taking hip hop is the best ever. He walks into Bryan Tanaka's class with a sideways hat and a greeting of "What up, gangsters?" Nick claims he's terrible at hip hop. "I'm stressed out about this!" he exclaims. He says he doesn't like doing hip hop because he's not good at it. I get that—but I thought he looked pretty good! Granted, he was dancing next to Teddy, who crushed the choreography effortlessly, but Nick held his own. Still, Nick doesn't want Shaping Sound to do hip hop in its show, and then he drops a "You go, Glen Coco." Just...yes. Yes, Nick.
Then, Nick and Travis have a heart-to-heart back at the house, which is great. Nick recounts his day of hip hopping, dropping great lines like "Not to mention, Teddy was like DJ Swagaroo." He tells Travis that when he's not good at something, it stresses him out. And that brings us to knee pads...
9. Travis teaches Nick how to ride a bike, but it's about so much more than that. This was, hands down, the most excellent part of the episode. To summarize: Nick agrees to learn to ride a bike (which he refers to as "a machine") if, in turn, Travis will overcome his fear of performing a solo. Travis is practically giddy about getting Nick into knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet and it's so ridiculous to watch.
Nick in a helmet is cute enough, but Travis wanting to teach him to help him "overcome his control issues" is even more precious. Then Nick slams his head into the ground to make sure his helmet works. Now, we all realize this scene wasn't just about learning to ride a bike, right? There's deeper contextual meaning here as Nick "takes one for the team, bites the bullet and tries not to break his face" on the bike. This was about Nick pedaling around ("pushing like a mom from 'Toddlers & Tiaras' ") and overcoming his own fears so Travis could take that energy onstage with him to perform a solo. That's friendship, man. Bromance—brodance—at its best.
10. Kyle is angry. Luckily, anger looks good on him. Everything looks good on him. Teddy confesses that he and Noelle kissed, and Kyle seems a little "kicked while I'm down." He tells Teddy he's "been lost the past couple weeks" and ultimately snaps that he's "over L.A. and over Shaping Sound." But considering he's in the previews for next week's episode, I don't think he's going too far. And I predict he forgives Teddy, because they are besties.
Next week: tWitch is back! Plus, the boys plan to go to NUVO to perform a Shaping Sound piece, but then everyone bails and it is scandalous.
Until then, tell us what you thought of this week's episode!
Today's the day! "All the Right Moves" premieres tonight at 9/8c on Oxygen. Get the popcorn ready and set your DVRs, people, because you're going to love this show. I mean, come on: a docu-series starring Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson, along with the other super-hot members of contemporary company Shaping Sound? What's not to love?
And if you're looking for a little pre-premiere reading/viewing to psych yourself up, we're here to help. Learn all about Shaping Sound in Alison Feller's May/June cover story. Check out these kind of hilarious highlights from a conference call with Travis, Teddy, Nick and Kyle. Get a sneak peek at clips from the show on the "ATRM" website. And watch the fab foursome banter on Pix 11 News below. Enjoy!
T-minus two weeks until the premiere of "All the Right Moves" on Oxygen! Us DS editors were lucky enough to get our hands on a preview copy of the first episode of the dance reality show—starring Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson and the other members of Shaping Sound—and we can assure you that it's packed with all the amazing dancing (and drama) you're hoping for. (It also, by the way, features a cameo by Editor in Chief Alison Feller's arm, from the footage the show's crew shot at our photo shoot with Shaping Sound.)
Travis, Nick, Teddy and Kyle, who live together as well as dance together in L.A., did a conference call on Monday to discuss the show. They were, of course, their usual awesome, outspoken selves. Here are some of the highlights.
[When asked what they've learned about each other from living together:]
Nick: With Kyle, I learned that he's...very handy. I mean, the first week he moved into our house, he literally fixed everything that was wrong in it. It was incredible. It was like having Tim "The Toolman" Taylor in our house.
[On the dynamic of two straight guys living with two gay guys:]
Travis: We don't even think about it, because it's our life and it's been our lives. This is who we are and this is who we've always been. Our sexuality has never ever been a factor in our relationship.
Kyle: I mean, they know that I'm straight and they respect that. Do they crack jokes and everything? Yes, all the time. They're always like—you know, grabbing at me. But, you know, you fend them off and then you're like, "All right, come on."
Nick: Kyle, I've never grabbed you before.
Kyle: Oh no, never, Nick.
[Their advice for aspiring dancers:]
Teddy: Have your own voice. Give that style and that flavor—find your own creative juices. All of [Shaping Sound's] dancers can take the stage and be amazing.
Travis: Train, train, train. Take your ballet seriously. Do everything technically that you can do to make your body better....We also look for that something special. All the girls that dance in our company, especially—they sparkle. They're really cool girls, and that comes across in their dancing.
Kyle: And it helps if you can get the leg up.
Tune in for the first episode of "All the Right Moves" on July 31 at 9/8c!
Unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard that Shaping Sound is coming back on tour with a brand new show this spring. (Remember that brilliant sneak peek on "Ellen"?!) Although the tour doesn't actually kick off for a few weeks, March 1 to be exact, the company has been sharing some lovely behind-the-scenes tidbits. And they're getting us VERY excited.
While no specific plot lines have emerged, the show seems to feature a '20s, Gatsby-esque vibe with lots of fringe-tastic costumes—which is all kinds of 👌—and lots and lots of exciting choreo, as per usual. Plus, it has a stellar cast, aka all our faves (Chantel Aguirre! Gaby Diaz! Kate Harpootlian!), including the original founding trio of heartthrobs: Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance.
Check out the recently released official commercial below, plus a few of the other #bts gems cast members have been posting:
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Whether he's onstage with Shaping Sound—the company he helped co-found with Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson—or performing with artists like P!nk, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga or Usher, contemporary dancer Teddy Forance never delivers anything less than jaw-dropping performances. His technique is flawless and he leaves everything he has on the stage, every single time. The Easthampton, MA, native grew up dancing at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts, which was founded by his great-grandfather and has been owned by his family for more than 80 years. At 17, Forance toured Greece as a dancer with pop star Anna Vissi. He later assisted on Céline Dion's Taking Chances world tour and was a lead dancer in Cirque du Soleil's Delirium. He's performed on and choreographed for “So You Think You Can Dance" and “Dancing with the Stars," and starred in the Step Up Revolution film. Currently, he choreographs for Shaping Sound and is on faculty with JUMP Dance Convention.
These days, it seems like every wedding aspires to viral greatness. The "I dos" basically don't count unless the happy couple has assigned their big day an official hashtag; the best presents guests can give are perfectly lit Instagram photos.
But the quickest way for a wedding to break the internet is with a ridiculous bridal party dance video. And nobody understands the power of dance (and virality) better than the members of Shaping Sound.
Recently, resident Shaping Sound heartthrob Teddy Forance married love Victoria Rivera (sorry, ladies). Naturally, his groomsmen included a bunch of grade-A dancers. And naturally, Forance performed a pretty amazing dance for his wife—set to the MJ/JT hit "Love Never Felt So Good"—backed by those fine gentlemen.
The choreography, by Forance and Misha Gabriel, is fantastic. So is the cameo by what appears to be the same veil Travis Wall wore at tWitchison's wedding last year. And the ending is literally pyrotechnical—there are fireworks on the dance floor.
It is, quite possibly, the Greatest Wedding Dance of Our Times. Bravo, good sirs!
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Love Shaping Sound? Live in or around or, you know, within flying distance of NYC? We've got good news for you, folks.
The super-hot company, created by four guys you may have heard of—Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson—will be giving three special performances on Sunday, January 12 at NYC's Roseland Ballroom. The VIP previews promise a sneak peek at the group's upcoming 2014-2015 world tour (dates TBA).
(Clockwise from top) Nick Lazzarini, Travis Wall, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson photographed for "Dance Spirit" by Joe Toreno
We don't know what the Shaping Sounders are cooking up for us this time, but if last year's production is any indication, it's going to be pretty darn great. Click here for tickets to the previews (they're just 15 bucks!).
Yesterday was the big day—and it looks like #bosswedding2013 was just as magical as, well, pretty much every moment of Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss's too-cute-for-words courtship!
The nuptials were full of "So You Think You Can Dance" love: Not only did the couple have their ceremony at producer Nigel Lythgoe's vineyard, but Will Wingfield and Joshua Allen were among tWitch's groomsmen, and Allison's bridesmaids included Courtney Galiano and Kathryn McCormick. (She also had two "bridesmen": Shaping Sound's Teddy Forance and Travis Wall, who wore a very fetching veil of his own.)
Here are the shockers of the century: 1) tWitch and Allison looked fabulous (Allison wore a gorgeous strapless dress with organza flowers by Watters Hollywood) and 2) the duo did not disappoint on the dance front. After a first dance to Adele's "One and Only," they performed a hip-hop routine to Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" along with Allison's adorable daughter Weslie, who apparently helped with the choreography. All together now: D'awwwwwwwwww.
Congrats, you crazy kids! And for those of us not lucky enough to make the guest list, here are some Instagram highlights. Enjoy!
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The dancers of Shaping Sound definitely know how to work it in front of a camera. In fact, that's probably how you met most of the company's super-talented artists—during their appearances on "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars," or thanks to the group's reality show, "All the Right Moves" (RIP!). Even their smash-hit national tour, That's Where I'll Be Waiting—choreographed by co-founders Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson—had a cinematic quality to it.
Now the dynamic group is planning to work both sides of the camera, creating a short film in collaboration with composer Ólafur Arnalds. The idea is "to use the camera as another character, bringing you, the audience, into the center of the dance." Sounds nifty, right?
Here's where you come in: Shaping Sound has mounted a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to complete the project. Check out the preview video below—then click here to visit the Kickstarter page and make a donation.
I love the Throwback Thursday (hashtag it: #tbt) trend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—especially when my favorite dancers tag themselves in hilarious little kid recital photos.
Another thing I love?
Getting lost in the internet, re-watching all of my favorite dance performances from "So You Think You Can Dance," the Dance Spirit Cover Model Search (click here to enter!) and, naturally, flash mob proposals.
So, for your viewing pleasure, here's a little #tbt of my own, dance video-style! (Not my own dance videos—sadly those exist only on old-school VHS tapes—but rather a few of my all-time favorite clips from the past few years.)
Misha Gabriel & Teddy Forance's piece, Bulletproof, at the 2010 Capezio A.C.E. Awards:
Two of my forever-favorite choreographers + a neon-clad Dusty Button + that magic moment at the 3:23 mark = sheer genius. I screamed so loudly in the audience throughout this entire piece and I re-watch the video all the time.
The "Sound of Music" flash mob at Antwerp Central Station:
This was my introduction to flash mobs and I loved it so much I actually cried. Real, happy tears, falling down my face. This is the most joyful thing I can imagine.
Sarah Pippin's "Black Hawk Waltz" at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals:
Tiny Sarah, you are everything. This routine was even better in person. That balance at 1:11 had me holding my breath (not necessary: she nailed it), and when the music changed at 1:48 I vaguely recall yelling out an over-eager, "YEAHHHH!!!" That tiny ferocity matched perfectly with Travis Wall's choreography. A brilliant performance.
"Sexy Back" by the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 2 Top 4:
I tried to learn it in my friend's living room. Wade Robson, I know you've done a lot of really amazing stuff throughout your career, but I think this is your best, funnest work ever.
(L to R) Shaping Sound's Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson, Nick Lazzarini and Travis Wall, photographed for "Dance Spirit" by Joe Toreno
Last night, the DS staff got all gussied up and headed to the Beacon Theater for Shaping Sound's That's Where I'll Be Waiting. So did pretty much everyone else in NYC.
No, but really: The crowd at this show, which was the last stop on the company's month-long tour, was incredible. Along with mainstream dance fans like Jesse Tyler Ferguson (a.k.a. the best "So You Think You Can Dance" judge of all time), there were a host of familiar dancers and choreographers milling through the lobby of the Beacon. Joey Dowling! Kenny Wormald! Dana Wilson! Ida Saki! Catherine Hurlin! It was like a reunion for all the dance world's cool kids.
Not that that's surprising. The members of Shaping Sound are some of the most exciting people on the commercial scene, after all—and definitely not less famous since their turn on the reality show "All the Right Moves." Almost every Shaping Sound dancer is a dance celebrity, and the people most prominently featured in That's Where I'll Be Waiting—Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, who also created and choreographed the show—have become legit stars. More celebrities onstage = more celebrities in the audience (and also = more opportunities for us lesser non-celebrities to totally freak out because Jesse Tyler Ferguson is sitting one seat away from us, eee!).
The Shaping Sound foursome were smart about how they presented their well-known team, too. That's Where I'll Be Waiting gives each dancer a specific character—i.e., "The Trouble" (Alexa Anderson), "The Temptress" (Channing Cooke), etc—and at least a few moments in the spotlight. While the piece is threaded through with a love-triangle dream-story involving Travis, Teddy and Jaimie Goodwin, it's really driven by all the strong personalities onstage—personalities the audience already knows and loves.
Does that always work? Well, not quite. (Frankly, I'm still not sure why Chelsea Thedinga is "The Being.") Could I watch Nick, a.k.a. "The Wayward," do his flamboyantly fabulous David-Bowie-in-Labyrinth-meets-Herr-Drosselmeyer act (which is really just Nick being Nick) in his leather cape-vest alllll night? Oh, totally. And so could the rest of that star-studded crowd, which went standing-o bonkers for the entire cast at the curtain call. Congrats, guys!