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Sonya Tayeh


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Sonya Tayeh is an American dancer and choreographer. She has been a guest judge and jazz and contemporary choreographer on the television series So You Think You Can Dance since season four.

Life and Career

Tayeh was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She has two sisters and one half-brother. Tayeh was a freestyle house dancer in her youth and did not start any formal dance training until she was 18 and a student at Wayne State University (WSU). While studying form and technique at WSU, 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. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She honed her style of combat jazz over a course of four years while co-directing The Dance Company of San Francisco with her friend and colleague Chris Jacobsen. When the company closed in 2007, Tayeh moved to Los Angeles where she was eventually discovered by a talent agent from McDonald Selznick Associates. The agent, Andrew Jacobs, saw part of a performance from the show "The Root of Me" that Tayeh directed and choreographed at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball. Three months after being signed, she was booked as a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. Aside from So You Think You Can Dance, Tayeh is a faculty member at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. In January 2009, Tayeh was named one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine.

Style and influences

Tayeh has described her choreography style as combat jazz because "[i]t's staccato, aggressive, and engaged, even when it's slow. I'm always ready for battle." She cites two of her former college professors, Diane Mancinelli and Erica Wilson-Perkins, as well as Broadway choreographers Twyla Tharp and Bill T. Jones as influences.

So You Think You Can Dance

Season Couple Style Music
4
Kourtni Lind
Matt Dorame
Contemporary
"Wrestlers (Sticky, Dirty Pop Mix)""?Hot Chip
Chelsie Hightower
Gev Manoukian
Contemporary
"These Arms of Mine""?Otis Redding
Courtney Galiano
Mark Kanemura
Jazz
"The Garden""?Mirah
5
Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Jazz
"24 Hours" (The Aston Shuffle A-Bomb Remix)"?Terry Poison
Kayla Radomski
Kupono Aweau
Contemporary
"Eyes On Fire""?Blue Foundation
Janette Manrara
Evan Kasprzak
Jazz
"Move" (Metronomy Remix)"?CSS
Ade Obayomi
Evan Kasprzak
Brandon Bryant
Jazz
"True Romance""?She Wants Revenge
Jeanine Mason
Melissa Sandvig
Kayla Radomski
Jazz
"Kick It (Stereoheroes Remix)""?Nina Martine
Jeanine Mason
Evan Kasprzak
Jazz
"Heartbreaker""?MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend
6
Ellenore Scott
Mollee Gray
Pauline Mata
Jazz
"On a Cloud""?Platinum Pied Pipers
Ellenore Scott
Ryan Di Lello
Contemporary Jazz
"Arcadia""?Apparat
Kathryn McCormick
Jonathan "Legacy" Perez
Jazz
"So Deep""?Hot Chip
Jakob Karr
Ashleigh Di Lello
Lyrical Jazz
"Time Flies""?Lykke Li
Jakob Karr
Ellenore Scott
Jazz
"Tore My Heart""?OONA & Dave Tweedie
Ashleigh Di Lello
Russell Ferguson
Lyrical Jazz
"Angel Standing By""?Jewel
Top 8
Jazz
"Pon de Floor"(Samantha Ronson remix)"?Major Lazer feat. Vybz Kartel
7
Courtney Galiano
Neil Haskell
Ashley Galvan
Robert Roldan
Adéchiké Torbert
Jazz
"Freak""?Estelle feat.Kardinal Offishall
Cristina Santana
Mark Kanemura
Jazz
"Starstruck""?Santigold
Alex Wong
Allison Holker
Contemporary
"Hallelujah""?Jeff Buckley
Robert Roldan
Courtney Galiano
Jazz
"XXXO""?M.I.A.
Top 10
Jazz
"Royal T""?Crookers feat.Róisín Murphy
Jose Ruiz
Allison Holker
Contemporary
"Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Theme-Jon Brion
Kent Boyd
Kathryn McCormick
Jazz
"Tightrope -Janelle Monae
8
Jordan Casanova
Marko Germar
Missy Morelli
Clarice Ordaz
Jazz
"Vanguardian""?Steed Lord
Top 10 Girls
Jazz
"Pop Drop & Roll""?Chonique Sneed & Lisette Bustamante
Caitlynn Lawson
Robert Roldan
Jazz
"In For the Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix)"?La Roux
Top 20
Jazz
""XR2""?M.I.A.
Ashley Rich
Chris Koehl
Jazz
"Lights Go Down" (District 78 remix)"?Telepathe
Ryan Ramirez
Ricky Jaime
Contemporary
"With Every Heartbeat" (Acoustic)"?Robyn
Allison Holker
Marko Germar
Contemporary
"I Know It's Over""?Jeff Buckley
Melanie Moore
Sasha Mallory
Jazz
"Game On""?District 78
Ellenore Scott
Tadd Gadduang
Jazz
"The Gulag Orkestar""?Beirut
Caitlynn Lawson
Marko Germar
Lyrical Jazz
"Heavy In Your Arms""?Florence and the Machine
Sasha Mallory
Mark Kanemura
Jazz
"Raise Your Weapon""?Deadmau5
Top 20
Jazz
"Wanna Get Hype""?District 78
9
Amelia Lowe
Will Thomas
Contemporary
"3326""?"lafur Arnalds
Audrey Case
Matthew Kazmierczak
Jazz
"Hear Me Now (Dri, Lind and Lukka Mix)""?Steed Lord
Tiffany Maher
George Lawrence II
Contemporary
"Turning Page""?Sleeping at Last


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