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One of the Quirkiest Dance Favorites Returns as an All-Star

Today Nigel Lythgoe Tweeted:

I want to thank one of my favorite #SYTYCD performers Lady Gaga for giving us back one of our best dancers for our AllStars. #Mark Kanemura.

Hawaiian Mark Kanemura will be a great addition to Season 7 as an All-Star specializing in jazz, hip hop, Broadway, and cultural dance. The Season 4 third place guy made an instant impression on fans and on the judges with a Mia Michaels’ contemporary piece to “Beautiful” (aka “A Tim Burton Wedding”) with his partner Chelsie Hightower. His partnership with ballroom beauty Chelsie remains one of the strongest pairings on the show. Who would have guessed that a contemporary dancer and ballroom dancer would have created magic in the genre of hip hop? When Mark and Chelsie met with choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, they created one of the most unforgettable dances in SYTYCD history: “Bleeding Love.” The piece earned NappyTabs an Outstanding Choreography Emmy nomination and Mark and Chelsie returned to the SYTYCD stage during Season 5 to recreate the nominated piece. During Mark’s last week on Season 4, he performed “The Garden” jazz dance with Courtney Galiano, which was one of the most talked about dances of the season and was a great way to introduce Sonya Tayeh to the show.

Since appearing on So You Think You Can Dance in 2008, Mark has gone on to work on huge projects. As Nigel alluded to in his tweet, Mark returned last week from touring with Lady Gaga in The Monster Ball Tour which brought Mark from Canada to the US to Europe and Australia. He also appears in Gaga’s much talked about “Telephone” music video, as well as Janet Jackson’s “Make Me” music video. Mark performed on the 2009 Emmy Awards show and danced in the opening number of Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special.

Aloha, Mark!

Here are your Season 7 All-Stars:

tWitch Boss
Kathryn McCormick

Pasha Kovalev

Allison Holker
Ade Obayomi
Comfort Fedoke

Lauren Gottlieb
Mark Kanemura
Anya Garnis
Dominic Sandoval
Courtney Galiano
Neil Haskell

Comments

8 comments on “One of the Quirkiest Dance Favorites Returns as an All-Star“

  1. So You Think You Can Dance – A Popular Season 3 Dancer Added to Season 7 - wrote:

    [...] tWitch Boss Kathryn McCormick Pasha Kovalev Allison Holker Ade Obayomi Comfort Fedoke Lauren Gottlieb Mark Kanemura [...]

    4/12/2010 1:37 PM UTC

  2. So You Think You Can Dance – A Season 5 All-Star will be on Season 7 - wrote:

    [...] Boss Kathryn McCormick Pasha Kovalev Allison Holker Ade Obayomi Comfort Fedoke Lauren Gottlieb Mark Kanemura Anya [...]

    4/14/2010 10:07 AM UTC

  3. So You Think You Can Dance – A Female Hip Hop All-Star Has Been Named - wrote:

    [...] Boss Kathryn McCormick Pasha Kovalev Allison Holker Ade Obayomi Comfort Fedoke Lauren Gottlieb Mark Kanemura Anya [...]

    4/14/2010 10:08 AM UTC

  4. So You Think You Can Dance – A B-Boy with a Big Personality is a Season 7 All-Star - wrote:

    [...] Boss Kathryn McCormick Pasha Kovalev Allison Holker Ade Obayomi Comfort Fedoke Lauren Gottlieb Mark Kanemura Anya Garnis Dominic [...]

    4/15/2010 8:56 AM UTC

  5. surf camps - wrote:

    a good post. I posted a plug for your blog at mine. Anyway, I think most dont recognize the points you are discussing.

    5/26/2010 9:02 AM UTC

  6. freelancers - wrote:

    Interesting stuff, but the posts don’t format properly on my iPad…maybe you should take a look. Thanks, anyway.

    5/27/2010 12:01 AM UTC

  7. Babykinz3oh3 - wrote:

    How does this talk that surf camps and freelancers are talking about have anything to do with Mark?
    Explain

    8/15/2010 5:45 PM UTC

  8. Angela M Cooper - wrote:

    You are and will always be by favorite performer. ever since my sons jared, & jacob and I have seen your audition performance to tonyas THE GARDEN i have loved watching you. my son jared will always jump on my coffee table and do the opening of your routine to the bohemian rhapsody. it would make us all laugh because of how much he remembered. how influential you are to have my sons attention so much to perform it himself… you are awesome MARK FROM HAWAII

    4/22/2011 3:23 PM UTC

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