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So You Think You Can Dance

Stacey Tookey: Dancer, Choreographer, and Fashion Designer Extraordinaire

Stacey Tookey returns for her second season on So You Think You Can Dance as both a choreographer and a judge. This petite Canadian brings a world of experience to the judging panel and dance floor. Her choreography is a reflection of her own diverse performing career — she’s danced professionally with Ballet British Columbia, Fusion Dance Company, and all five years of Celine Dion’s show A New Day in Las Vegas.

In an exclusive interview with PopStar, Stacey talks about her life as a dancer and choreographer and the direction her career is heading.

Stacey has been dancing almost her whole life. She started lessons when she was only 3 years old and has expanded into choreography and teaching over the past several years. Full of ambition, she has big goals for the next several years of her career.

“I really want to choreograph a full stage show, whether it be for a company like Cirque Du Soleil, an artist like Adele or even my own stage show from scratch. I have a really good idea for one; I just need some sponsors to make it happen," she said. "Also, I would like to create more for film and television and get into directing … I want to keep doing things to challenge myself as an artist, and to help me grow within my craft.”

She sited her defining career moment to be when she received an Emmy nomination for the piece “Fear,” which she choreographed for SYTYCD.

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Outside of the dance studio, Stacey is establishing herself as a designer for Sugar and Bruno, a causal wear/dance clothing line. “I am so thrilled to be one of the 'celebrity' designers for Sugar and Bruno clothing line,” she told PopStar. Stacey wanted to design items that are "fashionable and functional" for both rehearsal and whatever comes after.

Where does Stacey find her inspiration for dancer-chic clothes? “A lot of my items have a signature 'Bird' theme which represents to soar or dream to reach your own heights … the sky is your limit! I also use a lot of strong positive words like Strength, Joy, Tenacity, which happen to be my initials.”

She’s a jack of all trades and continues to flourish in every endeavor she sets her mind to. Her message to the next generation of young artists is to keep certain key elements in mind at all times: “Passion, patience, persistence, and dedication" and "allowing yourself to fail." Though failure doesn’t appear to be a large part of Stacey’s life lately. We look forward to seeing what routines she cooks up for this season’s Top 20.

Source: PopStar

06.8.2011 / 02:31 AM EDT by Stephanie Wolf
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