For this week's choreographer spotlight from So You Think You Can Dance, we're celebrating the awesomeness of Wade Robson. A true child prodigy, Wade's given us some of the most memorable routines throughout his tenure with SYTYCD.
In the Beginning...
Robson was born on September 17, 1982 in Brisbane, Queensland. You could say he knew pretty early on what his calling was, considering he memorized and performed the choreography from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video at the age of 3. He went on to compete in a Jackson impersonating contest when he was 5, where the top prize was to meet the King of Pop himself. MJ was so impressed that little Wade was dancing alongside him on stage the very next night. Well, that's not a bad way to kick off your career!
A Star is Born...
At the age of 9, Wade and his family moved to America where he went on to appear in three of Michael's videos: "Black or White," "Jam," and "Heal the World." By age 12, he was teaching dance classes. By age 14, he had his first choreography job. As a teenager, he continued to choreograph for several artists — no one big, just, you know, Britney Spears and 'N Sync. Um, wow.
Aside from dance, Wade is also a gifted musician and songwriter. He and Justin Timberlake co-wrote the hit singles "Pop," "Gone," and "See Right Through You" for 'N Sync, plus "What It's Like To Be Me" for Britney and "Moving On" for the Backstreet Boys.
Still, dance is his first passion... except for maybe his wife, fashion designer Amanda, and his son Koa. He resides in Los Angeles with his family.
Wade's won two Emmy's for his choreography work on SYTYCD — one for Season 2's "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" danced by the Top 20, and another for Season 3's "Humming Bird and the Flower," performed by Jaimie Goodwin and Hokuto "Hok" Konishi, set to "Chairman's Waltz" from the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack. Check out the latter below... amazing!