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'So You Think You Can Dance' Star Twitch to Teach Lessons in Oswego

Television personality Twitch will be in town Aug. 20 and 21 in conjunction with local dance studios Dance Rogue and Storm Alliance.

So you think you can dance?

Let Stephen “Twitch” Boss be the judge of that. The famed hip-hop choreographer from Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance will teach several workshops on Aug 20 and 21 through Oswego’s Dance Rogue and Storm Alliance dance companies.

Dance Rouge CEO and founder Charles Lawrence said the studio, 2062 Mitchell Drive, has never hosted someone with Twitch’s celebrity status before.

“A lot of [Dance Rogue’s] faculty is spread all over the country. We work with a lot of choreographers and dancers for the stars – like Beyonce and Chris Brown – but no one like Twitch," he said.

Twitch gained popularity from his performances on the show So You Think You Can Dance and went on to star in two motion pictures in 2010: Step Up 3D and Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.

At this weekend's event, Twitch will teach four intensive hip-hop classes plus a “mini class” for those ages 7 and younger. Other accomplished choreographers will also be teaching workshops at the event, including Charles Lawrence, Kathy King and Morgan Williams.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said Lawrence. “It’s pretty big for me to share my company with my students.”

These students come from both Dance Rogue and Storm Alliance, the latter of which Lawrence serves as the hip-hop instructor. Dance Rogue was founded with the idea to push and inspire dancers into a new level of creativity in their routines—a “rogue” sort of creative, with uninhibited and free movements.

That’s why the idea of having Twitch, a celebrity in the dance world, come to the workshop is so inspirational to the message of Dance Rogue.

“He’ll really help the dancers aim higher and think bigger,” said Lawrence.

Standard registration for the workshop is $200, which is for level 1 or level 2 and includes nine dance classes—two taught by Twitch and the rest by the other guest choreographers.

There also will be an audition class for students interested in earning scholarships and awards. For those who just want to dance with Twitch, a special package of his four classes is available for $135.

But don’t count the other choreographers out either. Kathy King, who will be teaching workshops on contemporary jazz, said she is excited to be a part of the event.

“It’s going to be awesome," she said. "To be able to work with new students and be with such a great faculty … it’s a wonderful opportunity.”

King, who is the Artistic Director of the Michigan Dance Project, said this will be her first time working with Storm Alliance and the Chicago area. And like everyone else, she’s looking forward to the opportunity to work with Twitch.

“It’s pretty exciting to be able to work alongside someone like him," she said.

For those interested, registration will remain open up until the first day of the event. To register, visit Dance Rogue's website or contact Dance Rogue via email at info@dancerogue.com or phone at 312-380-9189.

Robert Eberhardt August 16, 2011 at 02:23 PM
My daughter has been dancing at Storm Dance Alliance for over 5 years and we are so proud and excited to host such a choreographer. Last fall "Legacy" and Noelle Marsh were with all the SDA dancers for a full workshop, and just last week SDA hosted Nathan Traoras from SYTYCD. Whom of which are all part of MUSE Dance Company, the artistic director: Jessica Starr has worked on MTV shows and her workshop company houses a staff who’s performed and choreographed for Madonna, Janet, Michael, Prince, Hannah Montana. Storm is a very important addition to our daughters life and to the community and we thank them everyday for giving her more and more each year. Storm is known for their many instructional classes, spring recital, Nutcracker, their latest performance company for dancers who have multiple activites, hip hop compnay, and full company for serious dancers. Along with the guest choreographers SDA's in house choreographers/owner are the best around! SDA has won many competitive awards to show this entire dance company has a lot to offer young dancers. Can't imagine dancing for anyone else.
Rebecca Kalule August 16, 2011 at 09:40 PM
This is so awesome! I just wish my son would cooperate enough to do a workshop - but this looks great!!!
Natalie Stevens (Editor) August 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM
I don't even watch the show and I think it's fantastic! Does your son watch SYTYCD? Maybe he'd be inspired to try the workshop if he knew a little bit of tWitch!
Natalie Stevens (Editor) August 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM
SDA seems like a fantastic company, and your comments prove it. They have some amazing people on their staff and getting guest choreographers, like tWitch, to come visit is so inspiring! Hope your daughter has fun at the workshop!

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