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Season Two -  -  Host and Judges

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Cat Deeley, one of the foremost television presenters in the UK is host of the second season of the hit series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Deeley is a double BAFTA Award winner and has won many awards for her work on some of the UK’s hottest primetime shows, including “Stars in Their Eyes,” “CD:UK Live” (on which she appeared weekly for six years), “SMTV: Live” (which she hosted for three years), “Comic Relief Does Fame Academy,” the “V Festival” (2004, 2005), “The Brits,” “Record of the Year,” “Elton John Live from New York,” “The Latin Grammy Awards” and a one-hour special with U2, “When Cat Met U2,” for ITV.

Deeley’s many interviews include such luminaries as Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Prince, Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Joss Stone, Tom Jones and 50 Cent. She hosted a weekly radio show, “Cat and Edith’s Hit Music Sunday,” on London’s premier radio station, and has made appearances on the television comedies “Happiness” and “Little Britain.”

Cat Deeley
Host

Nigel Lythgoe, currently the President of 19 Television, joined 19 as Chief Executive in 2001 from London Weekend Television (LWT), where he was controller of entertainment and comedy. At LWT, Lythgoe attracted award-winning programming, including “Ice Warriors,” “Live By Request with Phil Collins,” “Michael Barrymore’s My Kind of Music,” “Don’t Try This At Home,” “Friday Night’s All Wright,” “TV Nightmares,” “Kids Say the Funniest Things,” “Animals Do the Funniest Things,” “Guinness World Records” and “Hidden Talents of the Rich and Famous.”

One of the UK's most respected TV talents, Lythgoe began his career at the age of 10 as a dancer. Later, he switched to choreography for “The Young Generation” dance group and went on to choreograph over 500 television shows around the world, including shows for Engelbert Humperdinck, The Muppets and five Royal Variety Performances. Lythgoe became a household name as a tough judge on the UK series "Popstars," leading him to be dubbed "Nasty Nigel" by viewers. He has produced multiple shows, including "Gladiator," "Pop Idol" and the British version of "Survivor,” which he also directed.

Lythgoe’s executive-producer credits include all four seasons of the No. 1 televison show AMERICAN IDOL, “All American Girl” and currently SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.
 
Nigel Lythgoe
Executive-Producer
Judge
Brian Friedman has choreographed some of the top performers of our time. He has worked with Britney Spears on “Toxic,” “Boys,” “Slave 4 U” and “Over Protected”; with Hilary Duff on “So Yesterday”; and with Mya on “My Love is Like…Wo.” Friedman has also had the opportunity to work with *NSYNC, Prince and Usher. He has worked on stage performances for Spears, Aaron Carter, Mya, Beyonce and Pink, and his work has been seen on MTV’s “Video Music Awards,” “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.” He also has a dance instructional DVD titled “Freestyle.”



 



Brian Friedman
Choreographer
Judge
Growing up with Broadway veterans as parents, it seemed inevitable that Dan Karaty would find dance in his life. During his junior year at NYU, he made his Broadway debut in “Footloose.” By his senior year, he was touring with Britney Spears and had appeared on the MTV Awards and THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS. Karaty and his friend Wade Robson collaborated on Spears’ first Pepsi commercial and the *NSYNC World Tour.

Karaty went on to choreograph videos and tours for Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue,*NSYNC and Spears.


 



Dan Karaty
Choreographer
Judge
Mia Michaels just completed choreography for Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, “Delirium.” Michaels is also the choreographer for Celine Dion’s “A New Day” at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. For the show, Michaels created numbers for a cast of 50 dancers as well as for Celine Dion. She has worked with such artists as Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Prince. She also choreographed award-winning commercials for Coldwell Banker, Ziploc and the WNBA.
Michaels is founder, artistic director and choreographer for the critically acclaimed New York-based dance company RAW. She has held faculty positions at Alvin Ailey and the International Dance Festival of Italy. Coming next is Mia's choreography for “Hello Dolly.”


 

Mia Michaels
Choreographer
Judge
Ron Montez is one of the most respected personalities in the dance business. He is a seven-time undefeated United States Professional Latin Champion, achieved fourth place in the World Professional Latin Championships held at Royal Albert Hall in London and has reached the finals of the prestigious British Championship in Blackpool, England. Montez is recognized as a world-class adjudicator and dance coach on both American and international styles.

Montez was the co-host and expert commentator for the PBS television series “Championship Ballroom Dancing,” which was co-hosted by Rita Moreno, the late Juliet Prowse, Barbara Eden and Sandy Duncan.

Montez is an examiner for DIVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association). In this capacity he evaluates both amateur and professional dancers seeking to obtain certification. His instructional tapes and DVDs including bronze, silver and gold levels are available to the public.

Each year, Montez and his wife Karla organize the San Diego Dance Camp and New Year’s Eve gala, an opportunity for dancers of all abilities to attend classes and lectures taught by world-class coaches. This week of training and fun concludes with a New Year’s Eve celebration and professional showcase.

Ron Montez
Choreographer
Judge
Mary Murphy serves as a national dance judge, technical dance teacher, competitive dancer, ballroom dancing champion and founder of the Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, CA. Murphy and her partner were the Austrian National Champions in 1990 and ’91 and performed together in the World Cup Final. Murphy has danced competitively in the United States Nine Dance Champion, California Winter Festival, Moscow Invitational, World Ted Dance and European Cup.

Murphy has coached Mary Steenburgen, Donnie Walhberg, Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Lorenzo Llamas and Ted Danson for various roles, and served as the Technical Dance Director for the FOX series “Point Pleasant.” She continues to train champion dancers in her studio and co-organizes two national dance competitions: the San Diego Dancesport Championships and the Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas.

Mary Murphy
Choreographer
Judge
 Doriana Sanchez most recently conceived, directed and choreographed Cher’s “Living Proof” Farewell Tour, which received four Emmy Awards and was one of the highest-grossing tours ever. Sanchez also choreographed Peter Gabriel’s “Secret Word Tour” as well as Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.” She has worked with musical legends Gladys Knight and the Pips, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, James Brown, Rita Moreno and Latin superstar Shakira. Her television credits include the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, the Euro VMAs and “Divas Live.”

Sanchez’s love of circus arts led her to China, where she created “Galaxy Star Circus” in Quanghouz. Other circus credits include the Latin “Circo Fantastico” and the first-ever circus on a cruise ship.

Currently, Sanchez is working on a documentary film, and is creating installations for major entertainment venues.

Doriana Sanchez
Choreographer
Judge
Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Shane Sparks recognized his talent for dance at an early age, performing in hometown talent shows and high school showcases. After graduating from high school, Sparks moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. He began subbing a hip-hop class at the Millennium Dance Complex, formerly known as Moro Landis, now located in the No Ho Arts District. His class quickly grew from three people to a record 175.

Sparks has worked with artists such as Lindsay Lohan, Marques Houston and Omarion of B2K on the film “You Got Served,” and in the new R&B sensation O’Ryan’s (Omarion’s younger brother) video, “Take it Slow,” as well as his promotional tour. Sparks was also the choreographer for *NSYNC’s 2004 “Challenge for the Children” Celebrity Basketball Game at the Office Depot Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Sparks was a judge for the 2004 World Hip-Hop Championship. He was also a choreographer for the Wade Robson workshop held in Miami. Recently he has been in demand to teach master classes and workshops from Florida to Japan. His face can be spotted on every dance publication and website across the country.

Shane Sparks
Choreographer
Judge
Born and raised in Queens, New York,Cicely Bradley and Olisa Thompson are the award-winning, show-stopping choreographing team known as Nu-Stylz. Drawn together by their mutual love for dancing, the dynamicduo has been performing together since the 4th grade. As children Nu-Stylz danced almost every day. They would perform their high-energy dance routines for anyone, anywhere! It didn’t matter if they were in a backyard or in a ballroom, Nu-Stylz would always be the center of attention when the music came on. By the time they were teens they’d already earned a reputation for ripping downstages at dance competitions, college shows and even the world-famous Apollo. Their professional career officially launched when at the age of 15 they were selected out of hundreds to dance with Ralph Tresvant of the R&B group New Edition. Since then, Nu-Stylz has gone on to become one of the hottest chorographers in the business, working with top entertainers such as G-Unit, Missy Elliott, Tweet, Daddy Yankee, Mario, The Fugees, and Whitney Houston.

As their name implies, Nu-Stylz is a dance unit that creates original moves and sparks the hottest dance trends. They bring massive energy and unparalleled “flava” to any project they work on. Their choreography on Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On” music video earned them nominations at the 7th Annual American Choreography Awards and the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. At the 10th Annual American Choreography Awards they won the Outstanding Achievement in Choreography award for their work on Missy’s “Pass the Dutch” music video.

In the spring of 2006 Nu-Stylz was selected to judge the second season of FOX’s hit reality-competition show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Although their appearance on the FOX show was the first time many in the U.S. got to see the lovely and lively ladies, Nu-Stylz are quite visible overseas. Since 2004 they’ve toured Europe for months at a time with the Whogotskillz.com dance movement, teaching their unique hip-hop dance moves to thousands of people at all skill levels and from all walks of life. Driven but humble, Nu-Stylz also gives back to the community. For the past two years they have hosted free dance workshops throughout the year for underprivileged children in New York.

With a sexy but hardcore style, the madams of moves have also worked on commercials for Nike and the 2006 “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” awards show, where they took their skills to another level by choreographing and dancing alongside a 75-piece marching band and with hip-hop legends Rakim, Ice Cube, Ice-T, the Wu-Tang Clan, and the Beastie Boys.

After traveling extensively and working with an eclectic clientele, Cicely and Olisa have seen firsthand how dancing breaks down barriers, unites, and boosts self-esteem. They hope to continue to spread that feeling of unity, confidence and just plain ol’ fun when they release their first DVD, “Queens of Choreography,” in the first quarter of 2007. The DVD will break down some of Nu-Stylz most innovative moves and give a sneak-peek into their daily grind, showing what it takes to become top choreographers in the music business.

Cicely and Olisa
Choreographers
Judges
 

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