“This is not the audition for Sixteen and Pregnant, girls! Pull in your bellies,” Nick Lazzarini, winner of the first ever So You Think You Can Dance, shouted over blasting music to a room full of reporters and dance enthusiasts. The Observer was attending (and participating in) a promotional workshop at Broadway Dance Center last night taught by Emmy-nominated choreographer Travis Wall and the rest of the cast of Oxygen’s new reality series All the Right Moves. The show, which premieres tonight on Oxygen, follows Mr. Wall, Mr. Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson as they set out to start their own dance company, Shaping Sound.
The one-hour workshop was a real display of the four stars’ quite different personalities. Mr. Robinson flirted away with the ladies, dancing and lifting several blushing gals. Mr. Lazzarini, the comedian of the bunch, popped a few of his legendary “diva snaps” and gave The Observer some tips on how to effectively shake our booty, telling us to imagine “there is a beehive in your butt. You gotta shake the bees out of your tush.”
The show follows the “dancing boy-band,” as they are often called, as they move out to California to start working on Shaping Sound and live together in what Mr. Lazzarini referred to as a “frat house.” “We are notorious for moving all the furniture out make up phrases, dances and do crazy things,” he said.
Denise Wall, Mr. Wall’s mother, brought up Mr. Wall in a house filled with dance (all five of her sons are dancers). When asked if All the Right Moves will be anything like the notorious Lifetime series Dance Moms, Ms. Wallreplied, “Those moms are scripted. Drama sells.” According to her, unlike Dance Moms, All the Right Moves is real reality. But there is no lack of drama.
In the first episode, we learn of a kerfuffle over Mr. Robinson, who moved out to California expecting to be the fourth co-founder and an equal partner of Shaping Sound. In fact, after Mr. Robinson moved into the house, he was met with an unpleasant surprise. “I was expecting to be a founder, but it was quickly made clear to me that I was going to have to audition,” he told us.
Mr. Wall tells us a slightly different story about Mr. Robinson’s role. “Kyle was never in the picture. The three of us started the dance company. For two years we were talking about this. I have never worked with Kyle. Ever. The original fourth guy [Misha Gabriel] pulled out of the TV show,” he said.
If that’s not enough tension in one house, try adding the fight over name recognition and ownership of Shaping Sound. Although Mr. Lazzarini, Mr. Forance and Mr. Wall are all listed as co-founders of the dance troupe, the equity is divided in Mr. Wall’s favor, as he has invested most of the money. In the episode, Mr. Wall’s agents, who also represent Mr. Lazzarini and Mr. Forance, suggest that the company rebrand as “Travis Wall – Shaping Sound.” When asked what he would have done if the name had been changed, Mr. Lazzarini said, “I probably would have left.”
The relationship between Mr. Wall and Mr. Lazzarini is chockfull of drama. The two met dancing over a decade ago and “have been through everything together,” Mr. Wall told The Observer. “We used to fight over guys, he used to steal boyfriends of mine, and then we realized that we should not date each other and just be best friends,” he said.
In the end, you have four friends living together in a house working on something they are all extremely passionate about. Yes, there will be drama. Yes, there will be many pirouettes, arabesques and high kicks. And best of all, Oxygen will be there to cover it all.
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