Meet the Season 7 All-Stars

Twelve former SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show favorites are set to return to summer’s No. 1 series as All-Star Dance Partners. Skilled in various dance styles from Krump to Contemporary, the Season Seven All-Star Dance Partners are:  Stephen tWitch Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya GarnisLauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha KovalevKathryn McCormickAde Obayomi and Dominic Sandoval. Each week, finalists will be partnered with a different All-Star dancer.

As previously announced, America’s favorite summer series returns for its seventh season Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX with some exciting new twists, including 10 finalists competing and only one dancer eliminated per week.

The 12 All-Stars are …


Representing: Hip Hop / Popping / Locking / Krump

Appeared: Season 4 (runner-up)

Memorable Routine: “Forever,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Dave Scott and performed with Comfort Fedoke

Stephen “tWitch” Boss was half of the partnership in the “Mercy” dance that earned choreographer Mia Michaels an Emmy nomination. This summer, he will star in “Step Up 3-D,” and he soon plans to begin working with the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Currently, Boss belongs to the dance troupes “Breed OCLA” and “Chill Factor Crew.”


Representing: Hip Hop / Krump / Popping / Locking

Appeared: Season 4 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Party People,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo and performed with Mark Kanemura

Comfort Fedoke attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas, TX, where she was a featured dancer on the local dance television show, “Dallas Dance Club 21.” Fedoke has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Brian Friedman, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Chuck Maldonado, Miley Cyrus and Rosero, and has appeared on GLEE.


Representing: Jazz / Broadway / Cultural / Disco / Contemporary

Appeared: Season 4 (Top 4)

Memorable Routine: “The Garden,” a Jazz number choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and performed with Mark Kanemura

Courtney Galiano began her career as a New York Knicks City Dancer. Galiano has appeared in national television commercials and danced in music videos for Adam Lambert, Kat DeLuna and Daddy Yankee. Galiano loaned her voice talents to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” performed in the television movie “Camp Rock 2” and appeared on GLEE and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 12)

Memorable Routine: “Girlfriend,” a Jive choreographed by Tony Meredith and performed with Danny Tidwell

Anya Garnis is currently a guest choreographer for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s U.S. and Australian versions, and has been a featured guest dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” Her credits also include the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards and the series “True Blood.” Last fall, Garnis made her Broadway debut in “Burn The Floor” and toured the globe with the production.


Representing: Jazz / Hip Hop / Contemporary / Broadway

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Night of the Dancing Flame,” a Jazz number choreographed by Wade Robson and performed with Neil Haskell

Lauren Gottlieb has worked with Shakira and Mariah Carey, and has appeared in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” with Miley Cyrus. Her television credits include GLEE, “The Ghost Whisperer,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Teen Choice 2009,” as well as commercials for Subway, AT&T, Old Navy and Nike. She recently completed work assisting Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo on the choreography for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS.”


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 3)

Memorable Routine: “Are You The One,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Danny Tidwell

Before competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Neil Haskell worked with Twyla Tharp on Broadway’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Shortly thereafter, Haskell landed a role in the television movie “The American Mall.” His theater credits also include the off-Broadway production of “Altar Boyz,” the original Broadway cast of “9 to 5” and “Girl Crazy” at New York’s legendary City Center.


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural

Appeared: Season 2 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Why,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Ivan Koumaev

Allison Holker has been dancing since she was nine years old. Holker was featured in the tap dance show “Revolution” in New York and performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Her television credits also include “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.” Most recently, she performed and toured with “Ballroom with a Twist,” which was choreographed by Louis Van Amstel.


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultural

Appeared: Season 4 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Beautiful,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Chelsie Hightower

Since competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and performing in the nationwide tour, Kanemura has toured with Lady Gaga, performed on “America’s Got Talent” and the “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” and appeared in several music videos and commercials. His stage credits include “The Nutcracker,” “Sweet Charity,” “The King and I,” “Grease,” “Tommy” and “Gypsy.”


Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Let’s Get Loud,” a Cha Cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin and performed with Jessie Peralta

Born in Siberia, Russia, Pasha Kovalev started dancing at age eight. Following a successful career in ballroom competition, he made appearances on several television shows, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” He has choreographed for both the U.S. and Australian versions of DANCE and recently starred in the Broadway cast and touring company versions of “Burn The Floor.”


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultura

Appeared: Season 6 (Top 3)

Memorable Routine: “At This Moment,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden and performed with Jakob Karr

Kathryn McCormick began competing in her home state of Georgia at an early age with her local dance studio team, “Augusta West.” During her junior year of high school, she was invited to join the Tremaine Dance Convention’s Apprentice Company. In late 2008, she secured her first professional role as a supporting dancer in the “Fame” remake.  McCormick was also chosen to dance on this year’s Academy Awards.


Representing: Contemporary / Jazz / Cultural / Broadway

Appeared: Season 5 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “This Woman’s Work,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Melissa Sandvig

Arizona native Ade Obayomi has toured with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and appeared in the film “A Diva’s Christmas Carol.” His love of dance earned him a scholarship to Chapman University, where he also studied sound engineering. He recently performed on the 2010 Grammy Awards with Beyoncé, appeared in the music video for Rihanna’s “Hard” and was a featured dancer on Alicia Keys’ world tour.


Representing: Hip Hop / Breaking

Appeared: Season 3 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Make It Work,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Shane Sparks and performed with Sabra Johnson

Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval started b-boying in 1999 at the age of 13, and joined the Flexible Flav crew in 2000 to tour and compete with them. Sandoval was part of Quest Crew, who won Season Three of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew.” He currently travels and performs around the world, and has performed for Ellen DeGeneres, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Pitbull, Sean Kingston and Donna Summer.


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  6. Linda Sarros - wrote:

    I have loved SYTYCD since season 2 (I missed season 1).
    I was somewhat upset with season 6 when the judges had too much control for too long because of fall scheduling problems.
    I can see you wanting to leverage your stars and generate more viewers when you see how Lacey, Dimitri, and Chelsie have helped DWTS.
    I can see how dancing with a more experienced “expert” in the field could help, especially in ballroom, however, I think the luck of the draw will be even more important and therefore unfair to the new contestants.
    The luck of draw on correographer/song has and will continue to have an effect.
    Now I think people will be voting for the previous fan favorite more than the new guys and as an example, I think more people will vote for Pasha than Anna and Twitch than Comfort and Kathryn than Neil etc.
    Unless you regulate the number of girls and guys, you won’t have an even number in the final.
    Then the show becomes too complicated.
    You over reached with scheduling season 6 in the fall too soon after the summer. (Season 5 was awesome)
    You brought back Mia as a permanent judge when she should have stayed a correographer and possibly part time judge since whenever she talks, it is always about herself and not the contestants.
    Mary might have played a character as a judge but she focused more on the contestants than Mia ever did from the panel. I miss Mary already
    Although I love Adam’s comments, your joking about Paula as a 4th judge was stupid, the rotating judge was and is a good idea, so use that for the 4th chair if you have time for 4 judges..
    You should have just gone back to basics with the summer show we loved and focus on new dancers and let me look for SYTYCD alumni in other TV numbers and touring shows..

    5/27/2010 7:55 PM UTC

  7. Mina Farah - wrote:

    I really don’t like the changes on the show. First only 10 contestants? It’s gonna be such a short season! But I’m more unhappy with the all stars thing because there wont be favorite couples like Katee and Joshua or Jeanine and Phillip. And when 2 people who don’t know very much about each other do a routine, it’s so much more interesting because there’s the scared factor of like “Are they gonna do it right?” but since they judge only the 1 contestant it’s not a team, it’s not a partnership. And there wont be a very good chemistry. That’s all I’m going to say and I’d know about what I’m talking about because I’m a dancer my self. Please Nigel Lythgoe, change SYTYCD back to the way it was in season 5!

    5/30/2010 4:35 AM UTC

  8. Christine WCS dancer - wrote:

    I think the new format is original and has some possibilities, although it would have been nice if the public could have chosen the All-Stars. Mark and Dominic and Lauren were definitely favs, but many of the remaining dancers seem to have just done more work with the show subsequently … their popularity is questionable. Comfort, for instance, I would have preferred not to watch again so am nonplussed that she’s an ‘All Star’. I do of course understand that not every true favorite was probably available to drop everything to do the show. Chelsie, for instance, doing Dancing With The Stars now. Whatever happened to Nick though – it seems he’s never made a return appearance.

    Any time there are changes to a program, the audience’s first tendency will be to resist. I trust Nigel knows what he’s doing. Since I’m a former competing West Coast Swing dancer myself, I would of course like to plug that seeing some true GOOD wcs this season would be nice. You can tell from the poll that disco’s out — wcs has a huge following.

    6/1/2010 4:30 PM UTC

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  10. Sara L. - wrote:

    I hate that the all stars are going to be in this season. Even though they arent competing they are taking away an oppritunity from 10 new people. These people have already had there chance on the show its time for new people. Not to mention that the season will be way to short. I am really dissapointed in how this season has been set up.

    6/4/2010 6:42 PM UTC

  11. Kim - wrote:

    i really don’t like the new changes. I love sytycd and now with the changes, it reminds me too much like dwts. I mean come on stay original sytycd. i really like all the previous sytycd constestants but i really enjoyed watching 20 new dancers perform completely new routines. I also enjoyed choosing my favorite dancers out of 20. its giong to be so short just only having to pick favorites out of 10 dancers, 5 girls and 5 boys. so PLLLLEEEEAAAASSSEEE go back to the original sytycd style!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    6/6/2010 5:37 AM UTC

  12. Jen - wrote:

    I love this show! I think it offers a wonderful opportunity for young people to get a break in this tough business! I am not a fan of the new format. Don’t get me worng, I love seeing veterans of the show come back to perform and i think that’s great for ratings, but you are really taking away from what the show is all about: 20 new contestants given a shot to show off their abilities in each genre. This show is trying to shadow Dancing the the Stars, which is a completely different concept. The veteran dancers have had their time in the spotlight and now it is time for new dancers to get out there and show America what they are made of. I really hope that Nigel and the producers decide to go back to the old format and back to offerring this great opportunity to 20 young dancers.

    Also, I have to voice my disappointment reagarding the cut of Harlem favorite, Anthony Burrell. He was amazing! Even with an injury the judges were blown away and told him that they couldn’t wait to see what he could do with no pain! How could he be cut? He has everything that America would relate to and pick the phone up to vote! He is a regular guy from a not-so nice part of town, trying to catch a break! Not to mention that he is a beautiful dancer who really could have benefitted from this opportunity! The show extended an extra spot for Robert, someone I didn’t even notice on the show during the auditions. I was so upset to Anthony go, it’s the only bad decision the judges made.

    6/10/2010 6:35 AM UTC

  13. Carrie B. - wrote:

    I dont like the new formatt for the show….it feels like the show is trying too hard to compete with dancing with the stars. I feel what made this show so good is that it worked completely with all new dancers striving to make it, grow, learn, and be really great. Now they bring back ones who already made it. It seems that they will have to share the light with old favorits and some maybe lossed because people will be focusing on the returnees. It just doesnt seem fair to the new contestents.

    6/10/2010 7:13 AM UTC

  14. Cassidy Suzanne - wrote:

    I’m not sure I like the changes to the show. I’m willing to give it a chance. However, I want to point out that the idea of the show was to spotlight new talent and to provide an opportunity for new dancers. By shrinking this down to 5 girls (and for some odd reason unknown to me) 6 guys, the original mission is no longer there.

    I would have preferred to have 20 new contestants and 20 ‘allstars’. Or possibly instead of ‘allstar dancers’ why not allow more previous winners to choreograph for the show?

    As far as content. I’m not thrilled that the tap dancer who didn’t do well in all genres was placed in the top 5 but Ryan (Ramirez? the blonde haired girl who really kicked butt in all categories) was let go.

    Ryan if you read this, I hope you audition again!

    6/10/2010 9:27 AM UTC

  15. Barbara - wrote:

    Am very displeased with the new format. Don’t like having the “all stars” as partners for the new contestants. The “all stars” are wonderful, but like seeing the contestants pairing as in past seasons.

    6/30/2010 4:59 PM UTC

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