Shaping Sound’s live dancing tour kicked off this past weekend in Los Angeles. The company emerges from the visions of Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson who may seem familiar from appearances on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars” and the reality TV show based on them “All the Right Moves.” The company has quickly become known for their fierce and fresh artistry intermingling contemporary with jazz, modern and hip-hop.
I had the opportunity to attend the red carpet premiere performance in Los Angeles. It was nice to see the dance community come out to support them. Familiar faces in the audience included Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Paula Abdul, Stacey Tookey, Heather Morris, Lance Bass and many SYTYCD dancers. The cheers and thunderous applause from family, friends and industry professionals made the performance even more special.
The dancers are visual musicians bursting with movement quality that hooks into love existing between being asleep and awake. The show cleverly sticks to this theme by giving each member of the company a character or title to embody. For instance Nick is the Wayward, Travis is the Past, Teddy is the One, and Kyle the Beloved.
Travis’s signature dance phrases or sequences of twists, lifts and turns are made even better with the full use of the stage and light direction. The lights and moveable props add levels that highlight every pulsating tick of the head to the collapsed releases.
The entire show has beauty with seamless transitions. Jamie Goodwin as the Dreamer truly fulfills her role with the resistance filled extensions and emotion. The company breathes as one making moments shine for the pure communication with each other and the music.
There are upbeat and powerful songs used such as “Sing, Sing, Sing” or “Bohemian Rhapsody” with more haunting melodies. The show finds the perfect pacing and story vehicle to take you on their journey.
Executive Producer, Gil Stroming from Break the Floor Productions has delivered explosive entertainment proving why he is a leading dance entrepreneur.
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