Credit: James Dimmock/Fox Photo: Robert Taylor Jr.

So You Think You Can Dance-ers are embarking on some big things these days. From new career directions, to ambitious projects, to giving back to the community, get the latest scoop on your favorite contestants in this edition of SYTYCD Alumni News.

Season 8’s Robert Taylor Jr. launches his singing career with “Get Down Tonight”

Robert Taylor Jr. had all the right moves to get him into Season 8’s Top 20. Now, he’s testing out his skills as a singer.

On January 9th, Robert released his first single “Get Down Tonight’ on iTunes. He’s been tweeting up a storm about it, telling all where to purchase his latest tune, which is a blend of pop and R&B.

Season 6 finalist Ashleigh Di Lello is recovering from hip surgery

Ashleigh Di Lello cha-cha-cha-ed her way into America’s hearts on Season 6 of SYTYCD and enjoyed a lot of success after the show. The ballroom dynamo is now taking a bit of a break from dancing after undergoing hip surgery by hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon.

On Monday, she posted a picture of her, post surgery. The surgery went well, allowing her to focus on the “hard part,” the road to recovery. Yesterday was her first day of rehab and she tweeted, “Today has been one of the most painful and difficult days of my life learning how to walk again. Baby steps. I can only go up from here!”

We’re sending healing thoughts Ashleigh’s way. Get better soon!

SYTYCD Alumni help a New Jersey dance team raise money

This Friday and Saturday, several SYTYCD contestants will donate their talents and help raise money for New Jersey’s Rancocas Valley High School Dance Team. Brice “Professor Lock” Johnson, Clarice Ordaz, Ricky Jaime, Wadi Jones, Jess LeProtto, and Natalia Mallory will all perform in the concert. Proceeds go to help the dance team achieve their own dancing dreams.

The benefit concerts will take place at the local performing arts center. For tickets, contact Rancocoas Valley High School.

Season 4’s William Wingfield launches new dance film project “The GldnChld Project”

On December 25th, Season 4 finalist William Wingfield turned 25. In light of his “golden year,” William is launching a new project called “The GldnChld Project,” which he describes as a “hybrid film, half documentary half dance for film.”

The film will chronicle Will as he throws himself heart and soul into dance. Throughout 2012, Will will train in 9 different dance styles, he’ll attempt the piano, learn a new language, work with 9 of the worlds best choreographers, and document all of it on film.

Check out this promotional video he recently posted on Indiegogo, in the hopes to raise additional funds for the large endeavor.

It looks like an incredible project!

Sources: Twitter, iTunes, Twitter, Twitter, PhillyBurbs.com, YouTube, Indiegogo, Rancocas Valley High School

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