So You Think You Can Dance Australia

Brisbane’s 18 year old Ballerina, Talia Fowler, has taken the crown at the end of the the second season of So You Think You Can Dance.  19 year old hip hopper Charlie Bartley was runner up for the $200,000 prize.

The Top 10 will now prepare to tour Australia before Talia will head to the States where she will perform on the finale of the American series of So You Think You Can Dance in front of an expected 20 million people.

Over 1.45 million people tuned in to watch Brisbane’s Talia Fowler announced the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

TEN’s chief programming officer, David Mott, said: “This season of Dance Australia has had everything our audience wants – superior levels of technical skill, memorable music, breathtaking and often complex dance routines and a bunch of really great contestants.

“Of course along the way, we’ve had all the drama that comes from pitting a group of superb dancers against each other in a competition of this calibre.”

Over 2009, Sunday’s Dance Australia (performance show) regularly won its timeslot in all key buying demographics and total people, attracting an average audience of 1.28 million people.

If you missed this performance from the finale, you must check it out!

Sunday April 26 7.30pm

After 12 weeks on air, So You Think You Can Dance Australia will culminate tonight in a spectacular finale.

Ben Veitch (QLD), Amy Campbell (NSW), Charlie Bartley (NSW) And Talia Fowler (QLD) have won the hearts of the Australian public and now one of them will be crowned Australia’s favourite dancer in one of the most hotly anticipated finales of 2009.

Last year, 1.9 million viewers watched jack chambers win the first series of SYTYCDA and walk away with an amazing price. This season, the winner takes away $200,000, an overseas dance experience and, for the first time in the international history of SYTYCD, the opportunity to perform on the us series of SYTYCD.

The journey for the Top 20 has been physically and mentally tough but our top 4 have risen to the challenge and enter the finale tonight with the hope that Australia will pick them to take out the title of Australia’s favourite dancer.

For the first five couples eliminated from the competition, their fate rested in the hands of the three judges, Matt Lee, Bonnie Lythgoe and Jason Coleman. However the Top 10 have been solely relying on the Australian public to get them through to the next stage of the competition.

In a dramatic and gut-wrenching twist, beloved contestant Penny Higgs had to drop out of the competition just after she had made it in to the Top 10 this season, due to injury. She will return to perform at the finale, which will no doubt be one of the highlights of the show.

The finale episode will also include a dazzling display of routines choreographed by some of Australia’s best choreographers, including Jason Gilkison, Kelley Abbey, Supple and Sarah Boulter. All of the Top 20 will perform on stage in both duo routines as well as group numbers with special performances by the top 4. Not to mention surprises galore from overseas guests and the best Australian dance has to offer.

It will be an unmissable finale filled with breathtaking, unforgettable performances. Who will win the Season Two of So You Think You Can Dance Australia and take away the title of Australia’s favourite dancer? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Sunday April 19 7.30pm

It’s been seven months of jetes, chasses, high kicks and ciseaux’s, and its all come down to this…. Tonight the final four dancers hit the stage to perform for the last time! Australia’s top two girls and top two boys will perform a variety of routines for Australia’s votes. With $200,000, a performance on so you think you can dance in the us and the title of Australia’s favourite dancer up for grabs, you can be sure the competition will be fierce.

Each dancers will perform with each other, along with a group performance and a solo routine by each of the top 4 – so there’s plenty of opportunities to impress! Popular judges Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe and Matt Lee will be there to guide viewers with their decision, but the final vote is up to Australia. Will it be a boy or a girl? A hip hopper or ballerina? Can you pick the winner?

Sunday April 12 7.30pm

Slip on your dancing shoes and celebrate So You Think You Dance’s fabulous Top 20 dancers with a special two-hour episode!

Was Pania your favourite? Are you missing Stephen? Do you yearn to see one more high kick from Danny? Well now they’re back in a special live event where the entire group return with new routines, and a reprise of the best moments of the series so far.

The fantastic final four dancers will be celebrated too. They will perform a variety of new routines, chat about their experience on the show and what it means to them to make it to the all important so you think you can dance finale. Still want more? Then you can check out never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes of the dance rehearsals so far.

This is a night to celebrate, so viewers wont have the option to vote for their favourite – but screams of support are always encouraged! Join host Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Judges Jason Coleman, Bonnie Lythgoe, Matt Lee and your Top 20 dancers for a fun-filled night of lifts, kicks and air flares.

Gianne Abbott - So You Think You Can Dance

AGE: 28
LIVES: BRISBANE, QLD
DANCE STYLE: AFRO / SAMBA / HIP-HOP
OCCUPATION: DANCE TEACHER / PERFORMER / CHOREOGRAPHER

“I can’t wait for the opportunity to learn so many styles of dance, I hope Australia likes me!”

Hailing from one of the most colourful and vibrant countries in the world, Gianne brings her Brazilian flair to SYTYCDA. The Brazilian Carnaval is one of the most energetic and fast-paced dance extravaganza’s in the world – a medley of gorgeous dancers and fantastic music. Gianne was crowned ‘Queen of Carnaval’ in 1998, followed by ‘Cidadã de Samba’ (The Best Samba Dancer) in 2007, impressive feats for this Top 20 dancer.

Gianne has been dancing since she was six and has travelled the world as a performer. She moved to Australia for love and married just one year ago. Inspired by her experience in season one, Gianne opened her own dance studio in Brisbane in 2007, specialising in afro, samba and other types of Brazilian dance classes. Having made it to the Top 40 in season one, Gianne returned to prove to herself, and the judges, that she has the versatility to make the Top 20.

Timomatic Omaji - So You Think You Can Dance

AGE: 21
LIVES: MELBOURNE, VIC
DANCE STYLE: HIP-HOP
OCCUPATION: DANCE TEACHER / SINGER / PERFORMER

“I believe I was born to entertain and perform”

Winner of the 2005 Battlegrounds National Hip-Hop Competition, Timomatic is a self-taught hip-hopper destined to shine. He has toured China, Singapore, Taiwan and New York with his dancing and is dedicated to perfecting his art, which also includes singing.

Growing up in Canberra in an academic family, Timomatic left a university degree in Psychology / Management after 6 months to pursue a career as an entertainer. A self-professed perfectionist, Timomatic is determined to follow his heart and passion rather than play it safe. With a fresh look, focus and drive, Timomatic is eager to show Australia what he has to offer.

Talia Fowler - So You Think You Can Dance

AGE: 18
LIVES: BRISBANE, QLD
DANCE STYLE: BALLET
OCCUPATION: DANCER

“Being part of the Top 20 allows me to challenge myself unlike anything else in Australia”

Rarely seen out of high heels, Talia is a lady in every sense. Since she began training in ballet, jazz and tap aged 3, Talia has had an inspiring and enviable career as a ballerina. Selected to compete in Prix de Lausanne age 15, an international dance competition for young people, Talia was one of two Australian dancers to make it to the semi-finals, making her one of the top 23 young classical dancers in the world. She was also a semi-finalist at the Genee International Ballet Competition in Hong Kong.

Talia has also been a member of the Queensland Ballet Company for three years, two years training and one as a member, the youngest they have ever accepted. Despite her obvious talent, Talia is yet to find a company where she can be true to herself, a company that she fits into completely.

Talia is confident SYTYCDA is the dance family she’s been looking for.

Penny Higgs - So You Think You Can Dance

AGE: 25
LIVES: MELBOURNE, VIC
DANCE STYLE: JAZZ
OCCUPATION: PERFORMER / DANCE TEACHER

“I can’t help but be competitive with myself. I want to prove I can go further. I want to surprise people.”

Teaching across four different dance schools in Melbourne, including her own, Penny is one busy lady. Striking and vibrant, Penny began dancing at 12 with jazz classes and has gone on to perform around Australia and overseas. But her success has been marred by injury – a knee reconstruction stopped her dancing for 12 months. But eternally positive, Penny believes she has become a stronger and more mature dancer because of it.

As cheerleader for the NBL South Dragons, Penny has had plenty of experience performing in front of large crowds and she is determined to prove she is more than big hair and fake tan!

Kat Risteska - So You Think You Can Dance

AGE: 18
LIVES: SYDNEY, NSW
DANCE STYLE: HIP-HOP
OCCUPATION: DANCE TEACHER

“There is more behind my smile and my determination is endless”

A trained triple threat in singing, dancing and acting, Kat is determined to make a name for herself both in Australia and internationally. With the incredible support of her single mum, Kat started dancing at the young age of three; dancing, singing and acting are the cornerstones for her dreams. She has just completed a full-time Performing Arts Course and now plans to build on that with her time in SYTYCDA.

Having performed in Annie, Oliver and The Wizard of Oz at the Lyric Theatre, Star City, Sydney, Kat is accustomed to performing on stage, proving she’s come a long way from dancing on her coffee table at home. As the youngest of the Top 20, Kat brings endless enthusiasm as well as dedication and maturity that defies her age.

Charlie Bartley - So You Think You Can Dance

AGE: 19
LIVES: SYDNEY, NSW
DANCE STYLE: HIP-HOP
OCCUPATION: STUDENT / RETAIL ASSISTANT

“I am my biggest competitor; I just want to be better than my best each day”

This talented and very intelligent young man chose a career in dance rather than follow in the footsteps of his brother, father and grandfather in law. Easily academic enough to pursue law, Charlie chose to follow his heart with the hope of working as a professional dancer. A dream that is about to become a reality.

Growing up in Dubbo meant that Charlie didn’t have access to the variety of classes he desired. The self-taught hip-hopper made the decision to move away from his family and come to Sydney to enrol full-time at Brent St Studios in 2008. His dedication to dance has clearly paid off as Charlie proved versatile enough to secure a position in the Top 20. Hard-working and cheeky, Charlie is also a tapper and has dreamed of working with the Tap Dogs.