Toronto, ON (July 5, 2011) – During tonight’s toe tapping reveal episode, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA has spun out a dazzling Top 22 for the second season in a row. After a cross-country audition tour with stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Saint John, NB, the judges selected 11 girls and 11 guys to perform for Canada’s votes and compete for the coveted title of Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Specializing in dance styles ranging from ballroom to hip-hop, and salsa to jazz, the Top 22 represent the country from coast to coast, with dancers from North Vancouver, B.C., to Saint John, NB, and for the first time in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, a competitor hails from Manitoba. The Top 22 will take to the stage for the first time on Monday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
“I am amazed every season that the dancers who audition just keep getting better and better,” said Sandra Faire, Executive Producer SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. “This is definitely our strongest group of dancers in four seasons.”
Season 4’s Top 22 includes; two competitors from British Columbia, one from Alberta, one from Manitoba, 13 from Ontario, four from Quebec, and one from New Brunswick. Ranging in ages from 18 to 29, below is a closer look at the provincial competitor breakdown:
• CARLENA Britch (20), a hip-hop and locking dancer from Vancouver
• TEYA Wild (23), a hip-hop dancer from North Vancouver
• SHELAINA Anderson (20), a contemporary dancer from Edmonton
• MOSES Layco (26), a contemporary dancer from Winnipeg
• ADAM LoPapa (19), a jazz dancer from Woodbridge
• CASSANDRA Flammini (18), a jazz dancer from Toronto
• Dwayne “BONELESS” Gulston (23), a hip-hop and popping dancer from Toronto
• GEISHA Chin (19), a contemporary dancer from Toronto
• JOEY Arrigo (19), a contemporary dancer from Newmarket
• JORDAN Clark (19), a contemporary dancer from Tottenham
• KEVIN Howe (22), a contemporary dancer from Ottawa
• LAUREN Lyn (24), a salsa dancer from Toronto
• LINDSAY Leuschner (19), a contemporary dancer from Stouffville
• MELISSA Mitro (23), a contemporary dancer from Richmond Hill
• RODRIGO Basurto (26), a hip-hop dancer from Toronto
• SHANE Simpson (23), a jazz dancer from Thornhill
• YULIYA Zavadska (29), a Latin dancer from Toronto
• CHRISTIAN Millette (28), a ballroom dancer from Montreal
• DENITSA Ikonomova (24), a ballroom dancer from Laval
• FRANÇOIS Pruneau (26), a ballroom dancer from Trois-Rivières
• JP Dubé (19), a hip-hop dancer from Montreal
• MATT Marr (20), a contemporary from Quispamsis
To see the Top 22 and to learn more about them, click here
Canada’s newest dance hopefuls will pair into 11 couples and work with some of the world’s top choreographers, learning a new dance routine and style each week. Voting begins Monday, July 11, as viewer votes determine the bottom three couples, with the judges selecting who goes home. Once the show reaches the Top 10, viewer votes determine the fate of the finalists. Voting occurs following the conclusion of the performance shows, and is restricted to one, two-hour voting window in each region of broadcast. Voting can be cast for free via landline telephones. For full details about voting, please visit dance.CTV.ca.
During the first live results show on Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET, the three couples with the fewest number of votes are announced. Each dancer will then have one final 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 decide who continues their dream of becoming Canada’s Favourite Dancer, and who goes home.
For anyone who missed tonight’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADATop 20 reveal episode, an encore airs on MuchMusic Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. ET. Also catch weekly encores of the Performance and Results shows airing back-to-back Fridays at 7 p.m. ET beginning July 13 on MuchMusic (visitmuchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).
ETALK captures the behind-the-scenes action with the Top 22 at their first photo shoot, bringing viewers exclusive interviews with this season’s competitors tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Fans can also watch interviews with the Top 22 and read about them at dance.CTV.ca.
Learn more about the Top 22 at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The website gets fans up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers through exclusive photo galleries and blogs, while also providing news, episode recaps, a music guide, quizzes, forums and more. New this season, the website gives viewers even more exclusive backstage access with behind-the-scenes hosted videos including interviews with the judges, choreographers and more. The site will also feature various contests throughout the season, and fans can find weekly episode highlights on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.