Choreographer and Vegas judge Toni Redpath created some memorable dances during the first three seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. You saw her recently on Season 7’s Vegas week, so we asked Toni to catch us up to speed.
Since her time on SYTYCD, Toni has had a very hectic schedule in the ballroom world. “It’s mostly from my exposure on So You Think You Can Dance. People saw that I do choreography and they started booking me for world championships and other events,” Toni revealed. “It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve been able to create my first World Champions, which is very exciting. It takes a lot of my energy but I have it under control again and can fit in So You Think You Can Dance, which is great because this world inspires the heck out of me. I feel like the first time I came into this world it was a shock to me; it was overwhelming and it was so fast. I’m used to choreographing and having time to let it mature. With this show, you’ve got six hours at the most. You have two hours to show them the choreography, two hours to work on it, and two hours to get it ready to go live to millions of people, and that just blew me away, but I’ve learned so much from it. My expectations of the couples in my world have changed. I have much lower tolerance for not picking up choreography quickly.”
Toni was a waltz choreographer on previous seasons of Dance, but she choreographed a spicy Cha Cha for Season 7 auditions in Vegas. “My husband and I competed in the Ballroom section not the Latin section, so that’s what we specialized in, but I was trained in Latin. That was what I was brought up doing, so I just felt like getting back to a skin that was really comfortable.”