So you think you can dance?
Fans of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "American Idol" rejoice: dance choreographer and vocal coach Tanya Taylor is bringing your favorite guilty pleasure to a stage in Park City.
Taylor Productions will present two evenings of competitive song and dance fashioned after the popular TV shows on Monday and Tuesday, May 17-18, at 7 p.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library & Education Center.
According to Taylor, the owner and primary instructor of Taylor Productions, the shows will feature about 45 dancers and 35 vocalists battling it out to win top honors among their peers.
About half of the competitors are Taylor’s students; the other half heard about the competition by word of mouth and wanted to participate.
Taylor has been teaching dance and coaching young singers in Park City for about 10 years. Her production company focuses on performing skills, stage presence, dancing, voice and acting.
She is also the artistic director of the Park City Singers and she teaches hip-hop, jazz, lyrical dance and other disciplines to ages 7 to 16 at Park City Academy, where she is the performing arts director.
Taylor’s students present two productions per year, which they perfect during four-month long courses.
Last October, Taylor Productions presented a Michael Jackson tribute at the Egyptian Theatre. Taylor also helped teach the Thriller dance in an effort to set a world record at Park City Mountain Resort.
The upcoming show is unique because of the competitive format and the chance to win awards, Taylor says. The winners of the dance and vocal competitions will take home prizes including scholarships and discounts on tuition.
A judging panel made up of accomplished dancers and industry professionals will play Randy, Simon, and Paula er, Ellen and Kara. Among the judges are professional break-dancer Bobby Kuhn, Park City High School rising star Christine Baird.
Competitors will be judged in 10 categories such as technique, expressions and performance skills. The dancers will participate in group dances with short solos interspersed throughout. The vocalists will each perform a solo, with half of the competitors on the first night and half on the second.
The event is open to the public and admission is $5 per person.
For more information about Taylor Productions, visit http://www.tanyataylorproductions.com .
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