Students, choreographers and teachers are among the 20 dancers chosen to compete in the inaugural season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
The 10 male and 10 female dancers were revealed Wednesday, in which 200 hopefuls were whittled down in a brutal “finals” competition.
Specializing in everything from ballet to ballroom and hip hop to salsa, the Top 20 range in age from 18 to 29. CTV says there were more than 2,500 auditions for the reality series.
The 20 dancers will be split into 10 couples and be expected to learn a new dance routine each week. They compete for viewer votes in their first two-hour performance episode Oct. 8. One male and one female dancer sent home the next night.
Hosted by MuchMusic’s Leah Miller, judges are Tre Armstrong (dancer, choreographer and star of the film How She Move) and Jean Marc Genereux (choreographer on the U.S. version of So You Think You Can Dance).
The Top 20 dancers are:
• Allie Bertram, 18, ballet, Calgary.
• Arassay Reyes, 21, contemporary/latin dancer, Vancouver.
• Breanne Wong, 25, contemporary dancer, Whitby, Ont.
• Caroline Torti, 23, contemporary dancer, Oakville, Ont.
• Danny Arbour, 26, latin and ballroom dancer, Montreal.
• Dario Milard, 19, contemporary dancer, St-Hubert, Que.
• Francis Lafreniere, 28, ballroom dancer, St-Bruno, Que.
• Izaak Smith, 19, hip-hop and ballet dancer, Prince George, B.C.
• Jesse Catibog, 29, b-boy, Toronto.
• Joey Matt, 19, contemporary, Calgary.
• Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, 18, contemporary dancer, Loretto, Ont.
• Kevin Myrlea, 22, contemporary dancer, Westbank, B.C.
• Lara Smythe, 25, contemporary/acro dancer, Toronto.
• Lisa Auguste, 27, contemporary/hip hop dancer, Toronto.
• Miles Faber, 21, popper and boogaloo dancer, Calgary.
• Natalli Reznik, 28, hip hop/latin dancer born in Israel, now lives in Toronto.
• Nico Archambault, 23, contemporary/hip-hop dancer, Montreal.
• Romina D’Ugo, 22, jazz, Toronto.
• Tamina Pollack-Paris, 19, hip hop dancer, Toronto.
• Vincent Noiseux, 22, contemporary/hip hop, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.