Danny Tidwell
American dancer
Danny Tidwell
Daniel Arnold Tidwell is best known for being the runner-up on Fox's third season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2007. Tidwell began dancing as a child, at first focusing on jazz before changing to ballet while attending Kirov Academy of Ballet at the age of fifteen. He has worked in elite companies, including the American Ballet Theater.
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Travis Wall Talks New Show, 'SYTYCD,' Emmys & More!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 2 runner-up Travis Wall has choreographed for the Oscars, is a two-time Emmy nominee and now he's the star of his own reality show on Oxygen, "All the Right Moves." Oh, and he's only 24. Travis went from being a contestant to a choreographer on "SYTYCD" before starting his own dance company, Shaping Sound -- which is the subject of "All the Right Moves" -- with fellow "SYTYCD" alum (and Season 1 winner) Nick Lazzarini, as well as Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson. The four friends and roommates "work together, have their lives taped ... and start getting real" on the new series, which premiered on July 31. "All the Right Moves" returns this week (Tues., Aug. 21, 10 p.m. ET on Oxygen) with its second episode, which will continue to follow Travis, Nick, Teddy, Kyle and the rest of the dancers in the fledgling Shaping Sound company (including "SYTYCD" alums like Season 8 winner Melanie Moore, Season 6's Channing Cooke, Season 9's Alexa Ande ...
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'So You Think You Can Dance': Travis Wall predicts the winner and tells us ... - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
He cites his brother Danny Tidwell's runner-up finish to Sabra Johnson in season 3. (Wall himself fell just short of toothsome West Coast Swing dancer Benji Schwimmer in season 2.) This year, “I just really want the best dancer to win, because she does
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"So You Think You Can Dance" Recap - Christina Applegate Guest Judges - AfterElton.com
Google News - over 5 years
Too bad she wasn't dancing with Neil or Danny Tidwell, etc. I was thrilled to see Latino spitfire Janette back as an All-Star. (Love her.) She was paired off with Marko and choreographer (and season 2 contestant) Dmitry Chaplin
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All about Travis Wall from 'SYTYCD' - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
He has been friends with fellow contestant Jaimie Goodwin since childhood, and his brother Danny Tidwell danced on the show as well. Wall's first break was a Dr. Pepper commercial when he was 9-years-old, and he went on to perform in The Music Man at
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Jean-Marc Genereux: Ballroom Master Extraordinaire - Wetpaint
Google News - over 5 years
"It Had to Be You": Anya Garnis and Danny Tidwell Jean-Marc definitely lucked out on this fabulous foxtrot with Anya, one of the most exciting ballroom contestants to ever grace the SYTYCD stage, and Danny, whose solid ballet training allows him the
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Best in Performance: Danny Tidwell - Wetpaint
Google News - over 5 years
Season 3's runner-up, Danny Tidwell, drove all the ladies crazy with his endless pirouettes and smouldering glance. Goose bumps! There's no doubt that Season 3 was a fan favorite among So You Think You Can Dance enthusiasts, yet we've been neglecting
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So You think You Can Dance Ricky Jaime - TVGrapevine.com
Google News - over 5 years
... role model for me and that is Jeanine Mason. Which dancer from another season were you the most inspired by? Not only was I inspired by Jeanine Mason, I was also inspired by Danny Tidwell since many people have told me I look and dance similar to him
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Mary Murphy comes roaring back to 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Danny Tidwell. We haven't seen Artem Chigvinsev from Season 1, the ballroom dancer. He would be fantastic. Kayla [Rodomski]. I just adored Kayla. I would love to see Brandon [Bryant] as an All-Star. Will you be back on “So You Think You Can Dance”
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Advanced Steps: Multiple Shows On Broadway
NYTimes - over 7 years
ON Monday, Sergio Trujillo was doing some fancy footwork, even for a choreographer known for spiffy moves. He started the day in Chicago, readying ''The Addams Family'' for its pre-Broadway premiere at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts next month. He ended it in New York, celebrating the opening of ''Memphis'' at the Shubert Theater. He's
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Corrections
NYTimes - about 8 years
An article last Monday about dancers who hope to compete on the next season of the Fox reality TV show ''So You Think You Can Dance'' and the appeal the show holds for dancers who aspire to professional careers, misstated the position in which Danny Tidwell finished when he competed on the show last year after abandoning a promising career at
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Yes, They All Do Think They Can Dance
NYTimes - over 8 years
Will it be Habby Jacques or Saleem Muslim, the members of a flamboyant duo who are pioneering a genre of street dance called mutation? Or maybe Marisa Paull, a 29-year old freelance ballet dancer and teacher? Or will it be Jonathan Platero, who at 20 is already a seasoned veteran of World Salsa Championship competitions? The Fox reality-television
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TV Viewers Discover Dance, and the Debate Is Joined
NYTimes - over 9 years
Stars from the hit Fox television show ''So You Think You Can Dance'' open a 49-date North American tour in Albany today, and fans are predictably aflutter. Meanwhile, another ''So You Think'' alumna, Allison Holker, is to perform at the Joyce Theater next week in ''Revolution,'' a show that mixes live rock music with forms like tap and Irish step
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Corrections: For the Record
NYTimes - over 9 years
A picture caption in The Arts on Wednesday with an article about the dancer Danny Tidwell misidentified the site of an international ballet competition where he was shown performing in 2002. It was Jackson, Miss., not Shanghai.
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So He Knows He Can Dance: A Prince Among Paupers
NYTimes - over 9 years
The mission of the popular television show ''So You Think You Can Dance'' is not to crown America's favorite dancer, but to find Leroy from the 1980 film ''Fame'' -- a gritty dancer with attitude who possesses nothing but a soaring jump and the ability to spin on a dime. It won't hurt if the new Leroy is also an emotional wreck. America loves
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Ballet Stars Take the Spotlight in an Opera's Third Act
NYTimes - over 10 years
When Ponchielli's ''Gioconda'' opens tonight at the Metropolitan Opera House, it will have the usual melodrama and something more: a sparkling new ''Dance of the Hours'' by Christopher Wheeldon, the resident choreographer of New York City Ballet. The dancers aren't too shabby, either: Angel Corella, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater,
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; A Time for Blockbusters and for the Guys to Shine
NYTimes - over 11 years
Fall is for dances; spring is for dancers. That's one bit of conventional wisdom about American Ballet Theater's fall season at the City Center and its spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Another is that while the company's female principals and soloists may be of variable quality, its males are sterling. To judge from the eight-week Met
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BALLET THEATER REVIEW; Stream of Bouquets for a Romantic Farewell
NYTimes - over 11 years
''Giselle'' is a ballet about any mother's nightmare: a daughter loses everything -- her judgment, her dignity and ultimately her life -- for the sake of a two-timer. For such a tale to work there must be a spark between the lead couple, especially if the audience is to accept the rest of the story, in which ghostly Wilis, the spirits of maidens
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Danny Tidwell
    TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 25
    He performed in April 2010 on Dancing with the Stars with New York City Ballet principal, Tiler Peck, on a piece choreographed by Travis Wall.
    More Details Hide Details Since September 2010, Tidwell has lived in Oslo where he was hired as a soloist for Norway's National Ballet.
  • 2009
    Age 24
    In September 2009, Tidwell had his Broadway debut as a castmember in "Memphis."
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  • 2008
    Age 23
    Tidwell, along with many previous finalists of So You Think You Can Dance, performed during American Idols second annual Idol Gives Back charity event in April 2008.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Nigel Lythgoe produced both shows. Tidwell was a guest teacher on the 2007-2008 tour of JUMP: the Alternative Convention.
    Tidwell appeared on the February 2008 cover of movmnt magazine, with Sabra Johnson, as part of an article about "Keep It Real", the magazine's non-profit organization.
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  • 2007
    Age 22
    The tour stopped in Tidwell's home of Hampton Roads on October 16, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Performance review Note: Pink results indicate that he was in the bottom three.
    After being in the bottom three for the third time in a row, Garnis was asked to leave the competition, while Tidwell made it into the top ten, earning him a spot in the planned 2007 So You Think You Can Dance Tour.
    More Details Hide Details He then was partnered with (in chronological order) Lacey Schwimmer, Sara Von Gillern, and Lauren Gottlieb without ever being "in danger" again. He eventually made it to the final four contestants, placing him in the finale. During the finale, Danny performed a solo to "We are the Champions", as sung by Gavin DeGraw, that received effusive praise and the only standing ovation from the judges, with Lythgoe saying that "every young man watching this show should aspire to be as good as you". The following night, he finished the competition as runner-up behind winner Sabra Johnson. Reflecting on the season, Tidwell said, "I have all kinds of dance styles now, connections to choreographers and music options." He also concluded, "I found that I love to dance again." The tour began September 21, 2007 in Albany, New York, and concluded November 30 in Reno, Nevada, for a total of fifty dates.
    In June 2007, based on his New York City audition, Tidwell was asked directly to Las Vegas callbacks without a second audition.
    More Details Hide Details Quickly, however, judges such as contemporary dance choreographer Mia Michaels and hip hop choreographer Shane Sparks, found Tidwell to be arrogant, with the latter saying Tidwell acted as if he were "God's gift to the world." The allegation was a recurring issue throughout the show, and Tidwell found his reputation as a gifted dancer at odds with his aloof demeanor. Nigel Lythgoe (head judge and executive producer) for his part found the accusations tiresome, responding to choreographer Adam Shankman's comment on Tidwell's arrogance with, "I think you're talking crap." The New York Times, in an article titled "So He Knows He Can Dance: A Prince Among Paupers", praised the technically talented Tidwell, and noted that "his unflinching poise and his chiseled, determined jaw" can be misread on television. The article continued, "If Mr. Tidwell is different from the other dancers on the show, the distinction has as much to do with his dignity as with his impeccable line and his ability to infuse slight choreography with authority He never mugs for the camera. It's sad, yet hardly a surprise, that such behavior could be taken as superciliousness." The aforementioned Sparks later retracted his previous statement and said Tidwell could "be one of the greats."
  • 2006
    Age 21
    That changed in late 2006 when the two went to see Tidwell's brother, Travis, perform in the So You Think You Can Dance tour in Madison Square Gardens.
    More Details Hide Details Travis had come in second place during the previous season, and was heavily featured in the touring show. His mother recalled, "At Madison Square Garden, Danny looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, 'I want to do that. My brother's up there on that stage, dancing and living, and I want to do that.'" The following season he attended the show's open auditions in New York City.
    In 2006, Tidwell joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet for a season under the direction of company founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.
    More Details Hide Details That summer he was invited back to the USA IBC to perform in the opening ceremonies. He left Complexions after a year. During this period, Tidwell would often return home from New York to Virginia Beach, to be "rejuvenated" and teach at the studio with his mother. While still active in dance, Tidwell's career was losing focus, and his mother feared that he was losing his love for dance.
  • 2005
    Age 20
    Also in 2005, Tidwell, along with publisher David Benaym, photographer Roger Moenks, and choreographer Lauren Adams, co-created Moving Still, a "life performance" in the format of a combination of a live show and a photography art/fashion book.
    More Details Hide Details Moving Still lead to the creation of movmnt magazine in June 2006, a quarterly with a focus on fashion, dance, emerging music artists, and social issues that Tidwell co-founded with Benaym. Tidwell serves as the magazine's Artistic Advisor, and he eventually graced the cover in the Spring 2008 issue along with former SYTYCD contestant Sabra Johnson.
    He was a guest principal dancer in Ballet Lubbock's Nutcracker in December 2005.
    More Details Hide Details That August, Tidwell taught in the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda's International Summer Intensive program, run in partnership with American Ballet Theatre. Continuing to work in dance education, Tidwell is now on the faculty of JUMP and has been invited to guest teach at many schools and studios across the country.
    Over the next two years, Tidwell dabbled in various pursuits. He performed contemporary works by choreographers Nacho Duato, Jiri Killian, William Forsythe, Kirk Peterson and Robert Hill. In 2005, Tidwell was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch (appearing on the cover) and Pointe Magazine's Top 10 VIP.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2004
    Age 19
    Tidwell left the ABT in 2004, shocking the dance world and those who knew him.
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  • 2003
    Age 18
    Tidwell was a company member of the ABT's 2003 production of the Swan Lake that was later broadcast on the program Great Performances: Dance in America and released on DVD.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his success, he was beginning to find the unremitting rigors of being in a company confining.
    Just two months later, Tidwell joined the Studio Company - without an audition - and soon after, in May 2003, he was promoted into their corps de ballet just before the ABT's 2003 season began at the Metropolitan Opera House.
    More Details Hide Details He performed many works in the classical ballet repertory, and although only a corps member, he was given soloists roles in Le Spectre de la Rose and the peasant pas de deux from Giselle.
  • 2002
    Age 17
    In 2002, Tidwell submitted his audition tape to participate in the prestigious, quadrennial USA International Ballet Competition (USA IBC).
    More Details Hide Details He was invited to compete, and went on to receive the silver medal. Unbeknownst to Tidwell, the win would launch his career. Mistress of Ceremonies of the USA IBC, Anna-Marie Holmes, passed Tidwell's application videotape to Kevin McKenzie, artistic director of the elite American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Upon viewing it, McKenzie suggested to John Meehan (the ABT Education Director) that he offer Tidwell a place in the ABT Studio Company (its apprentice wing).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Born on August 1, 1984.
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