Toronto, ON (November 17, 2008)– Three more distinguished choreographers – Eric Caty (Open North American Ten-Dance Champion), Alex Da Silva (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Vicky Lambert (Chicago) – share their expertise with the Top 8 as the couples take on two new dances each this week in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, airingWednesday, November 19 at a special time of 7:58 p.m. ET on CTV(visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). Specializing in dance styles from Jazz to Samba, Caty, Da Silva and Lambert join fellow choreographers Luther Brown, Blake McGrath, Benji Schwimmer, Lil “C” and Stacey Tookey in working with the Top 8 dancers this week.
In this week’s episode, special guest judges Mia Michaels (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Dan Karaty (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT) join judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux on the panel, while the four remaining couples are paired with both new choreographers and two new styles of dance each.
Below is a list of biographies for the additional SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA choreographers. Previously announced choreographer and judge biographies and photos can be found on the CTV Media Site atctvmedia.ca/dance2008. Choreographers for upcoming weeks will be announced as the competition continues.
Eric Caty – Montreal’s Eric Caty is a former Open North American Ten-Dance Champion, and has traveled the world competing at some of the most prestigious dance events. For the past 20 years, Eric has been a feature dancer and choreographer for television and events. Eric began his dance career in Montreal, and received training in Latin and Ballroom dances from some of the worlds’ top instructors and coaches. Eric moved to Calgary in 2000 to pursue a very successful professional Ballroom career; it was in Calgary that he was introduced to Salsa in the clubs. Eric and his partner, Kelly Lannan, were recently invited to perform at the World Salsa Congress in Acapulco, Mexico, as well as recently representing Canada at the World Salsa Championships in the Cabaret division, where they placed 6th in the world. Eric and Kelly recently performed on the Calgary stop of the DANCING WITH THE STARS North American tour. Eric is the co-director of Salsa Rica Dance Company, the co-producer of the Calgary International Salsa Congress, and this year has become a certified Ballroom and Latin adjudicator. Eric is also one of the owners of Alberta Dancesport.
Alex Da Silva – Brazil’s Alex Da Silva is among the upper talent when it comes to salsa dancing. The 2002 World Salsa Champion, Alex has become known as a dancer, instructor and choreographer around the world. Featured as a choreographer on all four seasons of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Alex also choreographed the Spice Girls 2007 world tour and has worked with celebrities such as J. Lo, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Love Hewitt, P. Diddy, Enrique Iglesias, Will Smith and many more. Alex teaches at the biggest salsa clubs in L.A. and some of the most prestigious dance studios, including the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Currently, Alex continues to travel the world and choreograph and appear on TV and in films.
Vicky Lambert – A multi-talented performer, Vicky has a charisma about her that captivates an audience. A native of Philadelphia and Canadian resident, Vicky has been a dancing phenomenon since the age of three. After graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre discovered her talent, accepting her as a principal dancer in the company. It was there that she was recognized, performed all around the world, and was the first African American to be crowned the Princess Grace of Monaco Award. Vicky left the Ailey Company in 1997 and began her career as a model and actress. As a model, she has appeared in major campaigns for L’Oreal, American Express, Power Bar, Buick, Levi’s, and in such magazines as Vogue and GQ. Alongside her husband Paul Becker, she has co-choreographed the films, RV, Eragon, Are We There Yet?, Talk to Me, The Muppets’ Wizard of OZ, and many more. Her extraordinary dancing became a key tool to landing her roles in the feature films Chicago and Enchanted. Since then, Vicky has appeared as an actress in productions like DEAD LIKE ME and THE EVIDENCE. Vicky is currently shooting Robert Marshall’s Nine starring Daniel Day Lewis in London, England.
Tune in to the 30-minute results show on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times) to catch the Top 8 perform a steamy Pasa Double group number choreographed by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s Jean Marc Genereux. The gypsy-themed number will be performed to the song “Malaguena” by Brian Setzer.