Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer Mandy Moore

For this week's featured choreographer from So You Think You Can Dance, we're putting the spotlight on the very lovely Mandy Moore. And, no, we're not talking about the actress from A Walk to Remember — although, we do love her, too, especially in that movie. We're talking about the Emmy-nominated choreographer, Mandy Moore. Read on to find out more...

In the Beginning....

Mandy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but she grew up in a tiny little Colorado town called Breckenridge. And, when we say tiny, we're talking a population of less than 5,000 people. When Mandy turned 18, she moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance. She began training at the Edge Performing Arts Center, and went on to teach and even sell t-shirts for the school. Before she knew it, this small-town girl was making waves in the big city as a top choreographer!

A Star Is Born...

While assisting Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who was the choreographer for Season 3 of American Idol, Mandy met a ton of SYTYCD peeps that would eventually lead to her success on the program. After being asked to provide audition choreography for Season 3, they loved her work so much that she was asked to come back again and again. She went on to create more pieces for Seasons 4 and 5, as well as works for the recent UK season and Season 6 of American Idol. She was also one of the choreographers for Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour. Not bad for a t-shirt salesgirl!

Mandy isn't always behind the scenes, either; as a performer, she's made appearances on Malcolm in the Middle, That '70s Show, and The Drew Carey Show. Her film credits include A Time for Dancing and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Awesome!

Mandy's biggest passion, however, seems to be teaching. Currently, she's still an instructor at the Edge, and she also travels all over the world to teach and choreograph for JUMP Dance Convention, private studios, and independent performers. Her one piece of advice to aspiring dancers is: "Don't assume you know anything." Wise words!

Here's one of Mandy's most beautiful routines, Season 3's "I'll Stand By You," danced by Sabra Johnson and Dominic Sandoval. Look for our Top 3 routines from Mandy later this week in our Best in Choreography feature!