Lythgoe believes she has set the bar for the other girls.
“You gave it your heart and soul, and you kicked it to the back wall,” he said.
Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Kenny Ortega were all on deck to judge this evening – Happy Birthday Mr. We’re voting for individuals this week, not couples. The lines and the movements were beautiful, expressing great emotions for people so young.
“You both surrendered to this choreography,” said Murphy.
She has several influences which include two of her former college professors Diane Mancinelli and Erica Wilson-Perkins, Broadway choreographers Twyla Tharp and Bill T.
Jones, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her favorite choreographer Jiří Kylián, and her family.
In July 2013, Tayeh was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for "Possibly Maybe", "Turning Page", and "Sail"—three routines she choreographed on season nine of So You Think You Can Dance.
At the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, she joined the other seven choreography nominees and created a routine honoring dance that was performed just before the Outstanding Choreography award was presented.
Also features Caitlynn Lawson (S8), Ricky Jaime (S8), Matthew Kazmierczak (S9), Amy Yakima (S10), Malece Miller (S10), Jasmine Mason (S10).
Since gaining mainstream exposure, Tayeh has choreographed for Madonna, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, the Los Angeles Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and the San Jose Repertory Theatre.
Aside from theater and tours, she stays active teaching jazz and contemporary classes at dance conventions. During her time at Wayne State, Tayeh drew on dance history, anatomy, and performance to develop a style that is built on core strength, aggressive partner interaction, and quirky, stylized movements.
Sonya Tayeh is a dance teacher and jazz and contemporary choreographer from Detroit, Michigan best known for being a choreographer on the television series So You Think You Can Dance.
In 2013, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on season nine.
“You were living it.” We then met Janaya, who wants to meet Shamoo and is afraid of Chucky, and Brandon, who is from Kansas City and very allergic to animals.