Toronto, ON (April 3, 2008) – These dancing experts are not afraid to tell it like it is! CTV announced today the esteemed judging panel for So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The two permanent judges headlining the team are Toronto’s Tré Armstrong, the contemporary/funk dancer, choreographer and star of the MTV/Paramount dance film How She Move, and Montreal’s Jean Marc Genereux, international ballroom champion and guest judge/choreographer on the U.S. version of So You Think You Can Dance. Luther Brown, the urban choreographer who’s worked with such artists as Sean Combs, Alicia Keys and Brandy, and Blake McGrath, who was a Season 1 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, will alternate in the third judge seat. Additionally, internationally-renowned Rex Harrington, artist-in-residence for The National Ballet of Canada, will serve as a special guest judge on several occasions. The cast is completed by series host Leah Miler, currently host of the MuchMusic series MuchOnDemand.
Headlining the Vancouver auditions – the first in the five-city, cross-country tour forSo You Think You Can Dance Canada – is full-time judge Jean Marc Genereux and guest judge Paul Becker, the rising star choreographer from Victoria who most recently choreographed for The Jonas Brothers tour and Disney’s High School Musical On Stage in Orlando. Additionally, Mary Murphy, from the hit U.S. series So You Think You Can Dance, will join the panel as a special guest judge. Blake McGrath joins the team in Vancouver as the Audition Tour Choreographer. The auditions will take place at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, located at 777 Homer Street, on Monday, April 7 at 9 a.m.Please visit dance.ctv.ca for more audition details. Full-time judge Tré Armstrong will join the audition tour in Halifax (May 5), as she is currently in Australia promoting her film, How She Move.
“Tre, Jean Marc, Blake, Luther, and Rex – the calibre of the Canadians on So You Think You Can Dance Canada judging panel is indicative of the diverse magnitude of dance talent in this country,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative and Channels, CTV Inc. “As experts in their fields, I’m confident these judges will unearth Canada’s rising and undiscovered dancing talent as they cross the country this spring.”
Below is a list of biographies for the So You Think You Can Dance Canada judging panel. Additional members of the esteemed guest judging panel will be announced soon.
About Tré Armstrong
Armstrong’s early technical training in ballet, tap and jazz in dance school is what has helped shape her into who she is today. Armstrong has performed in multiple feature films, award shows, reality-based television shows and all across the United States, Canada, St. Kitts, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Her choreography credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Vibe Awards and Canadian Idol. Armstrong has traveled worldwide and taught many dance workshops, seminars and classes in hip-hop and urban dance, as well as “how-to ‘freestyle’” and “TNT” (“Tippin’ N Tré” or dancing in heels). Armstrong was also featured in the internationally-acclaimed documentary Breakin’ In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer, which highlighted her as one of Canada’s top rising stars. Her acting debut as Candy in Save the Last Dance 2 had her working closely with Rich and Tone and the Talauega Brothers. You can see Armstrong as Michelle, lead actress in the MTV/Paramount dance feature film How She Move.
About Jean Marc Genereux
Quebec’s Jean Marc Genereux began dancing at age 10 with his partner, and now wife, France Mousseau, and within six years the pair had won every Regional and State Championship. In the early 1980s they began dancing the International style and won over 100 competitions and all the major championships in North America, participating in 10 World Championships as the first representatives for Canada. Genereux and Mousseau turned professional in 1987 and danced in every major city around the world. In 12 years, they won over 200 competitions on three continents. Genereux and Mousseau retired from the competitive scene in 1998; however, the two still travel all over the world to perform in dance shows, as well as judge and choreograph for the elite competitors. Genereux performed in the motion picture Dance With Me, featuring Vanessa L. Williams and Chayanne, and the motion picture Shall We Dance, with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. In 2006, Genereux joined the cast of the American version of So You Think You Can Dance as a choreographer.