Robin Antin is a true American success story. As a choreographer, clothing designer, and TV producer, she is both an exciting entertainer and a savvy entrepreneur, who is responsible for one of the world’s biggest pop girl group sensations, the Pussycat Dolls.
The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Guest Judge created the Pussycat Dolls in 1995 as a cabaret act at Hollywood hot spot the Viper Room. The group went on to produce five hit songs from their debut albums, “PCD” and “Doll Domination.” Antin then took the Pussycat Dolls brand to Las Vegas, where for five years and counting, she’s maintained the successful Pussycat Dolls Casino inside Caesar’s Palace.
In this exciting space, the Pussycat Doll theme dominates, starting with dealers clad in sexy Pussycat Doll merchandise. Inside, a Pussycat Dolls boutique entices every girl to take home a bit of the PCD glamour by picking up something from Antin’s own line of lingerie, “Shhh . . . by Robin Antin.”
Las Vegas can’t get enough of the Pussycat Dolls. On June 2011, Antin opens her second Pussycat Dolls nightclub, “PCD Burlesque Saloon,” in Planet Hollywood.
While the Pussycat Dolls brand continues to rise, Antin stays busy with her many other ventures. In 2010, she choreographed the opening number for the Emmy Awards hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and this year her work can be seen on AMERICAN IDOL. Antin will also recur as a guest judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.
Antin starred in her own reality show for two seasons on the CW, “Search for the Next Doll,” while somehow finding time to create another platinum-selling girl group, Girlicious. It’s no surprise that Antin was just awarded the Mogul Award by Dance Tracks Magazine.
Extending her reach beyond the dance world, Antin will be collaborating with her close friend Kim Kardashian on the development of a new reality show, Robin Antin’s “The Business of Being $EXY.”
In December 2009, Antin launched her first fitness video, “The Pussycat Dolls Workout,” an immediate Top 10 hit. She’s now producing her follow-up DVD, the “Pussycat Dolls Dancers Body Workout,” scheduled for a fall 2011 release.
Antin is also well-known as the choreographer of hit films, such as “Charlie’s Angels,” and the infamous Carl’s Jr. commercial with Paris Hilton. She’s worked with some of the world’s most beautiful women, including Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra, Fergie, Charlize Theron, and Scarlett Johansson, giving them the “Pussycat Doll makeover” for her sexy live shows, “Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue,” currently touring throughout the U.S. and Canada. She also worked closely with Gwen Stefani in preparation for No Doubt’s “Rock Steady Tour.” In addition, Antin has produced another hit Las Vegas stage show, “Matt Goss, Live from Las Vegas,” which runs in the Gossy Room in Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino.
Christopher “Lil’ C” Toler is best known for being one of the originators and pioneers of the dance style known as krumping, which has earned him the title of King of Krump. From his shine in “Rize,” to his memorable moments on the judging panel on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, there is never a dull moment with the man who brought the world the term “bucc” . . . one of Nigel’s favorite words.
The acclaimed dancer and choreographer has collaborated with such legendary artists as Jennifer Lopez, Fall Out Boy, and Madonna, and he has worked on movies, including “Be Cool” and “Stomp the Yard.” He can currently be seen playing the role of Z in the hit web series “LXD,” and in the new movie coming out later this year, “Beat the World.”
This year, his fans will see that he’s a true triple threat, as he adds music to his resume, with the release of his critically acclaimed mix tape “Rhythm and Bucc.” The sky is the limit for Lil C; be watching for him at a stage near you!
Ballroom dance champion and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE choreographer and guest judge Toni Redpath was born in Surfers Paradise, in Queensland, Australia. She started ballroom dancing at age 9, after accompanying a friend to a local dance competition and deciding that it looked like too much fun not to try.
When she was 18, Redpath represented Norway for three years with then-partner Jan Tore Jacobson before moving to England and passing her Imperial Society Professional Exams with high honors.
Redpath later joined her family in America and began her professional career as an instructor at the Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, California.
Michael Mead and Redpath formed a professional ballroom competition partnership and developed a unique style that ultimately led them to setting a record by winning the U.S. Open Ballroom Championships four years in a row (undefeated throughout) before retiring from competition in 2002.
Redpath now choreographs for shows, trains the current World Champion American Style ballroom dancers, is a certified World Class judge, and judges at all the major U.S. Ballroom competitions.
Redpath has provided acclaimed choreography for multiple seasons of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and debuted as a guest judge in Season 7 of the hit show.
World-renowned dancer and choreographer Jason Gilkison began a successful partnership in 2008 with SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, stamping his presence as a phenomenal choreographer and astute judge.
The Australian-born Gilkison has become one of the most sought-after and respected Ballroom and Latin choreographers on the contemporary dance scene, both onstage and onscreen.
Gilkison and longtime dance partner Peta Roby were the undefeated Latin Champions in Australia from 1981 to 1997. During this time, they also took the coveted titles of World, British, and International Champions. And in 1990 they won the prestigious “Young Australian of the Year” award in recognition of their achievements.
Gilkison and Peta then became the residing teachers at one of London’s most prestigious ballroom schools, where they remained for seven years, training many of the world’s leading dancers. They also performed with Peter Allen in the presence of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, as well as appearing in a feature story on a “60 Minutes” broadcast recognizing their international success.
Gilkison and Peta’s film credits include performances in “Evita” with Madonna and choreography in “Let’s Get Skase.”
In 1999 Gilkison and Peta joined the original production of the Ballroom and Latin Dance spectacular “Burn the Floor,” and they performed with the company as lead dancers until 2006. In 2001 Gilkison also took on the roles of Choreographer and Artistic Director.
Gilkison put his personal stamp on “Burn the Floor” in 2005 by creating a new version from scratch, aiming to create a more intimate and magical experience for theatergoers.
In 2009 Gilkison created and choreographed the “NEW” Broadway edition of “Burn the Floor — Ballroom Reinvented,” and last year Gilkison took the show to the West End, London, with an extremely successful run at the Shaftesbury Theatre. “Burn the Floor” has been performed in more than 40 countries and 161 cities.
Gilkison is currently working on new stage productions as well as TV engagements. His artistic skills and groundbreaking choreography continue to inspire dancers and evoke the emotions of audiences around the world.