So You Think You Can Dance Canada

8:00pm – Monday, July 11 on CTV

The Top 20 dancers take to the stage in the first performance show of the season.

During tonight’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 22 Performance show, it was revealed that MOSES Layco, a 26-year-old contemporary dancer suffered a shoulder ligament injury during rehearsals and therefore had to withdraw from the competition. MOSES, the first competitor from Manitoba in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, sustained the injury just days before his first scheduled performance on the show. Replacing Moses in the Season 4 Top 22 is ADAM Asselin-Rioux, a 21-year-old contemporary dancer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, who performed a New Disco routine with partner GEISHA Chin tonight.

“I come out of this situation stronger than ever, and if the opportunity presents itself, you will see my face in the Top 20 again,” said MOSES Layco, former Top 22 competitor. “I leave the competition with a huge drive to continue to live out my dream.”

“When I got the call I screamed so loudly my father came to check on me,” said new Top 22 competitor ADAM Asselin-Rioux. “The news was bittersweet because of MOSES’ unfortunate injury, but I feel honoured to have the chance to prove myself and it feels so amazing to dance on the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA stage.”

“Moses was a big loss, but sadly injuries are a normal part of a dancer’s life,” said Sandra Faire, Executive Producer SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. “Adam came very close to making the Top 22 and is an amazing dancer. The show will go on!”

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s new Top 22 competitor is:

ADAM Asselin-Rioux (21), a Contemporary dancer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. Adam’s love for dance was discovered at the age of 10, and has taken him to countries such as Spain, Mexico and France. With formal training at L’École de danse de Québec in Quebec City, Adam is also trained in contemporary ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and modern.

Following this evening’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Performance show, viewers are able to vote for their favourite couples, with one girl and one guy going home during the first Results show of the season tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

For anyone who missed tonight’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 22 performance episode, an encore airs on MuchMusic Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Weekly encores of the Performance and Results shows air back-to-back Fridays at 7 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).  

Learn more about the Top 22 at dance.CTV.ca, the official online portal for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. The website gets fans up close and personal with their favourite dancers, judges and choreographers through exclusive photo galleries and blogs, while also providing news, episode recaps, a music guide, quizzes, forums and more. New this season, the website gives viewers even more exclusive backstage access with behind-the-scenes hosted videos including interviews with the judges, choreographers and more. The site will also feature various contests throughout the season, and fans can find weekly episode highlights on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

For the first time ever in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, the Top 22 have their own official Twitter accounts. Fans can get Twitter-happy and follow Season 4’s dancers, and see what they are up to and what they have to say about the competition.

Twitter:

@SYTYCDCanada

 

Top 22:

@AdamA_DCS4

@AdamL_DCS4

@Carlena_DCS4

@Cassandra_DCS4

@Christian_DCS4

@Denitsa_DCS4

@Boneless_DCS4

@Francois_DCS4

@Geisha_DCS4

@Joey_DCS4

@Jordan_DCS4

@JP_DCS4

@Kevin_DCS4

@Lauren_DCS4

@Lindsay_DCS4

@Matt_DCS4

@Melissa_DCS4

@Rodrigo_DCS4

@Shane_DCS4

@Shelaina_DCS4

@Teya_DCS4

@Yuliya_DCS4

 

Judges:

@JMGenereux

@TreArmstrong

@LuBrown

@BlakeMcGrath

 

Facebook:

facebook.com/SYTYCDCanada

As the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 22 get ready to take to the stage for their first performance show tonight at 8 p.m. ET, (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), CTV today announced the new sponsors for Season 4. The five sponsors – Chevrolet, HTC, McDonald’s, Mentos and Ubisoft – will be featured with various in-show integrations throughout the current season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. Mentos and Ubisoft will also have an online presence with contests at dance.CTV.ca.

“These new sponsors and the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA brand are perfect dance partners,” said Mary Kreuk, Vice-President, Brand Partnerships, CTV Inc.

This season, Chevrolet will provide both the winner and runner-up with brand new wheels to get to the dance studio. Post-Finale, Canada’s Favourite New Dancer and runner-up will both be driving away with a brand new Chevrolet Cruze. The Chevrolet Cruze will be featured in nine performance episodes throughout the season as well as in the Finale.

HTC will sponsor the on-screen phone banners that provide the numbers for viewers to call and vote for their favourite SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA dancers during each week’s performance episodes. At HTC, every innovation we create is inspired by you.

McDonald’s® Canada scores perfect marks for quality and taste. McDonald’s keeps the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judges on their toes with McCafé® branded cups featured on the judges’ desk all season long.

The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Dance Zone gets a refresh from Mentos Mint. The Dance Zone, where studio audience members bust a move before shows, will be partially constructed out of Mentos Mint rolls. A Dance Zone segment will run each week during the performance shows, and viewers across the country can guess the number of Mentos that were used to construct the Zone for their chance to win $10,000 to freshen up their lives. The contest will be open from July 18, 2011 to September 16, 2011 on dance.CTV.ca and mentos.CTV.ca. Mentos is also producing a contest promo that can be seen on CTV and MuchMusic, featuring Season 3 runner-up Amanda Cleghorn and fellow finalist Shavar Blackwood.

Ubisoft, the gaming company behind the popular “Just Dance” franchise, will be gifting lucky SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA viewers each week. Fans can enter weekly at dance.CTV.ca to win “Just Dance 2” prize packs consisting of a Wii, Ubisoft games, and gift cards.

The summer of dance continues as the series steams up Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Also catch weekly encores of the performance and results shows airing back-to-back Fridays at 7 p.m. ET on MuchMusic (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times).

Age: 26 

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB 

Primary Style of Dance: Contemporary

Signature Dance Move: A pirouette into a renversee aerial inside turned in fan and then knee-drop to the floor

As the first competitor from Manitoba to ever make the Top 22 in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA history, Moses only began dancing six years ago when he was 19. He has had the opportunity to train at many prestigious dance schools including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Shelley Shearer School of Dance in Winnipeg, The Source Dance Company and the Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. 

Age: 20

Hometown: Quispamsis, NB

Primary Style of Dance: Contemporary

Signature Dance Move: Eleven pirouettes in a row

Trained mainly in contemporary, Matt also has experience in many other styles including clogging, Irish hard and soft shoe, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop and ballet. Having already worked with numerous choreographers, Matt is hoping for the opportunity to perform choreography by SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA guest judge and choreographer Mia Michaels. 

Age: 19 

Hometown: Montreal, QC

Primary Style of Dance: Hip-Hop

Signature Dance Move: I wave my body in different ways and isolate different parts of my body. And there’s also my weird footwork!

JP has trained at various studios in Montreal and is skilled in hip-hop, ballet and ballroom. JP has been dancing since he was 13, and as an aspiring hip-hop master, he’s looking forward to working with SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA judge and choreographer Luther Brown. 

Age: 26

Hometown: Trois-Rivières, QC

Primary Style of Dance: Ballroom

Signature Dance Move: Quick, rhythmic and lazy footwork

François started ballroom dancing at the age of five, but is also trained in Latin and standard dance. François has participated in several competitions in Quebec, and has also competed in cities around the world including New York City. 

Age: 24

Hometown: Laval, QC

Primary Style of Dance: Ballroom

Signature Dance Move: Promenade runs

Denitsa grew up in Bulgaria watching her older brother dance on stage, and it was because of him she started dancing herself.Once she moved to Canada, she trained in Montreal, focusing on ballroom. Her dance skills have taken her to countries including England, Italy, France, Holland, Germany and Russia.

Age: 28 

Hometown: Montreal, QC

Primary Style of Dance: Ballroom

Signature dance move: Shaking my shoulders really fast (like we do in Samba)

Growing up in a house of dancers, he was destined to become a performer. This ballroom dancer has performed in countries such as England, France, Germany and Ukraine. When not on the dance floor, Christian also works as an ambulance dispatcher in Montreal.

Age: 29

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Primary Style of Dance: Latin

Signature dance move: Nobody spins as quickly as me!

Originally from Donestk, Ukraine, Yuliya has danced all over the world in ballroom competitions including Poland, the United States, Mexico, England and Italy. Raised by ballroom parents, Yuliya has been dancing for over 20 years and credits her mother as being her biggest inspiration.