Travis Wall on His New Reality Show, All the Right Moves: “You Get to Know Me as a Person” – Exclusive!
Former So You Think You Can Dance contestant Travis Wall has come a long way since finishing in second place on SYTYCD’s sophomore season in 2006. After returning to the show to teach choreography, Wall scored his own show, All the Right Moves, which follows him and Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance as they try to run their own company.
We recently caught up with Travis for an exclusive interview to talk about his spinoff, and he told us all about the drama to come, and how viewers can expect to see a more personal side of him than ever before.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What can we expect from “All the Right Moves?”
Travis Wall: You can expect a lot of things. There's two dance performances every episode, so you definitely get a lot of dance, and you definitely get to see what it actually takes for the four of us to live together and for the four of us to start this company from the ground up. We started with absolutely no money, so you see us go through the whole process of finding money and a theater and dancers and dealing with the stress of everybody's schedule inside the company. The fact that we hired some of the best dancers in L.A., and we're not paying them, means they still have to do other jobs, so we have to work around everyone's schedule.
At the same time, I've got a lot of things going on for myself. So we're all being pulled in different directions, but we come together and we're a family.
So what's better, being a freelancer or business owner?
Freelance, for sure. When I was just in the room with my friends, and I was like, ‘You know what? Let's start a dance company!’ I had no idea what those words meant. Like, no idea. And the funniest part about this show is you see us start off with the idea, and then you see us learn throughout the entire process. Every time we hear a new amount of money that we need to raise, our hands just go to our mouths, and we're like, ‘What?!’ So it's really crazy how we really had no idea what we were doing. We just had this huge goal and this huge dream. And we were dreaming so big. And then when we got down to numbers and pen and paper, it just completely shocked us. We’ve definitely learned a lot about what we were doing.
Starting a dance company, especially in this economy, is so ambitious. Where did that idea come from?
I was always hiring the same people for these jobs I was doing on television. We just love dancing with friends, and we wanted to create an environment where we could have an opportunity to put on a show in L.A. and be able to be with each other every day. So we came up with the idea to start a dance company and start putting on these performances on in L.A., and hopefully create a brand that would be hired to perform all over the world.
How smart is it to live with the people you work with?
It's very hard. You don't get to escape. It's very hard to find time for yourself. You know what I mean? You're always with these people, and you have cameras in your face, and you always have to talk about your feelings. Everything's heightened. Everything's that much more dramatic. Before, we didn't always have to talk about our feelings, and now this show makes us talk about how we feel about every single thing someone says. Emotions are high, for sure.
If there wasn't a show, would you live with these guys and have a company with them as well?
Yeah. We were doing it all regardless of the reality show or not. We were living with each other for a year before we started even shooting.
Was it different with cameras? Are they really pushing your buttons?
Yeah, it's different with cameras. Obviously, it's a TV show, so they definitely planned certain situations, but they don’t make it happen. They just take the norm of our life, and what happens between our four characters and how our relationships are, and they play into that. If life was perfect and everything was happy, it wouldn't be a good TV show. So we definitely have to talk about stressful things and it makes it entertaining. I'm going to be really excited to watch this show. I really am.
We definitely have to overcome some things throughout the season, and it definitely touches on our personal lives. And you get to see something you never saw before on TV. You never really see me as a person on television. You always just see my work. So that’s kind of interesting. You get to know me as a person.
Catch the series premiere of All the Right Moves on July 31 at 9 p.m. ET on Oxygen!