Travis Wall has ‘All the Right Moves’
The work of Travis Wall is everywhere. The young dancer is choreographing routines on the current season of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”; his moves are featured in the film “Step Up Revolution,” hitting theaters Friday; and on Tuesday, his mission to found the dance company Shaping Sound with his friends is documented on the new Oxygen reality series, “All the Right Moves.”
The 24-year-old “SYTYCD” veteran — he was the runner-up on the competition’s second season — has, undeniably, become a bankable name in the dance world. That notoriety doesn’t always sit well with his pals — including Shaping Sound co-founders Nick Lazzarini, winner of the first season of “SYTYCD,” and Teddy Forance, who has performed with Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson — which makes Wall’s story perfect for a docu-series. Artistry and drama collide every episode.
“When we were getting things kicked off, I definitely took the leadership role,” Wall said of his group at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Wednesday. “And through the season, we definitely see control struggles. Our egos are definitely tested.”
From Episode 1 there is concern over the shadow Wall’s spotlight may cast on his partners, particularly after the suggestion is made to rename the company Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound. “That was not the intention of starting this dance company, to throw my name on it,” Wall insisted.
Instead, Wall hopes Shaping Sound, whose cofounders were just nominated for an Emmy for their choreography on “Dancing with the Stars,” receives even more widespread recognition for the talent.
“Our goal in the entire series is to … tour the United States with our dance company,” Wall said. “We can pay our dancers. We can travel the country together, have fun, party, dance, and just have the time of our lives.”