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Commercial Dance Unplugged: Shaping Sound @ Shea's November 1st

BUFFALO—North America’s hottest new dance show -- Shaping Sound -- will perform one night only at Shea’s on Sat. Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.

Experience the exhilarating collaboration of North America’s newest dance visionaries as they mash-up music genres and dance styles in an explosive dance theater experience perfect for all ages.

The dance company SHAPING SOUND was established in Los Angeles in 2012 with a focus on contemporary dance and choreographic artistry. Created by Emmy©-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and by dance visionary Kyle Robinson, the company is an evocative collaboration by diverse artists who describe themselves as ‘visual musicians,’ i.e. their dance gives shape and form to sound. The four dancers broke into public awareness in a big way with the debut of the reality television series "All The Right Moves” on the Oxygen channel. The popular series followed these lifelong friends and roommates in their quest to launch their own dance company – the company that is now the enormously successful SHAPING SOUND.

Shaping Sound’s movement style provides its audience access to, and a greater understanding of contemporary dance through a unique fusion of jazz, modern and hip-hop choreography. With a dynamic mix of energy, emotion and athleticism, the ensemble brings tremendous musicality of movement to each performance. Lauded by the commercial dance world and immensely popular with audiences of all ages, the company members have been showcased on all of America’s popular primetime dance, awards, entertainment and music shows including: "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With The Stars," "Glee," "American Idol," "The Voice" and "The 2013 Prime Time Emmy Awards" to name a few. They have toured internationally with an impressive array of the world’s top recording artists, and with award-winning dance companies.

Respected by both critics of dance and by the entertainment industry in general, Shaping Sound has quickly built an important critical resume and an impressively large fan base. BroadwayWorld.com described the show as: “Electrifying and stunning … Aficionados of contemporary dance should do everything in their power to attend SHAPING SOUND.” And The Advocate said: “Once in a generation there is a group of artists who changes the trajectory of a genre.” After a Dallas-area performance, Theatre Jones stated: "The choreography creates a visual effect that is mesmerizing."

The combined resumes of the founding members show an impressive foray into the top echelon of the American entertainment industry:

Travis Wall was the runner-up for the Fox reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" and is currently a resident choreographer and judge for this highly-rated national dance competition show. He is a four time Emmy nominee, twice for his work on "So You Think You Can Dance" and once for his work on "Dancing with the Stars," along with fellow cast mates, Teddy Forance and Nick Lazzarini. He assisted with the choreography of the "The 82nd Academy Awards," and with Drake for "The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards" and has worked with Florence and the Machine, Chelsea Handler, Eminem, and Rihanna. Travis also choreographed the contemporary numbers for the feature film, Step Up Revolution. Currently, he teaches on tour with NUVO Dance Convention.

Nick Lazzarini is the season one winner of the Fox reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" and he has been featured in countless publications, including twice as the cover story of Dance Sprit Magazine. He recently performed on "The 2013 Emmy Awards" and has danced with music sensations such as Adele, on "Dancing With the Stars," Kelly Clarkson at this year’s “American Music Awards” and with Florence and the Machine at "The MTV Video Music Awards". Currently he teaches on tour for JUMP Dance Convention.

Teddy Forance is a fourth generation dancer with his family’s dance studio, the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Massachusetts. He turned professional by the age of 17 travelling throughout Greece as a dancer for the international pop star Anna Vissi. He has partnered with many esteemed choreographers including Mia Michaels – where he assisted the "Celine Dion Taking Chances" tour and performed as a lead dancer in Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium. He is well-known for his work in seasons two and three of the Fox television reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" for which he received an honorary Emmy Award nomination. He is a featured performer on "Dancing with the Stars" and works as a choreographer for Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald. He has performed with an array of award-winning artists including Lady Gaga performing on "American Idol," Usher at "The American Music Awards," Florence and the Machine at "The MTV Video Music Awards" and choreographed for Kelly Clarkson on "The American Music Awards". He recently performed on "The 2013 Emmy Awards". Currently, he teaches internationally for JUMP Dance Convention.

Kyle Robinson began dancing when he was eleven years old and quickly mastered all movements and forms of the art. By the age of eighteen, he was awarded a Gold Award in Modern Dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. It was during this time that he met legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov who has served as Kyle’s mentor since. He trained at the Julliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Throughout college he worked as a freelance dancer with Aszure & Artists and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He played Diesel in the recent, highly reviewed first national tour of West Side Story. Kyle recently performed on "The 2013 Emmy Awards," "X Factor" and this past season in "Glee". He mentors and dances with SHAPING SOUND and independently.

Shaping Sound is produced by Break The Floor Productions, LLC, Executive Producer Gil Stroming and Producer Nikole Vallins, and is considered one of the world’s preeminent dance entertainment companies today. In addition to touring theatrical productions, they produce dance conventions in 75 cities throughout the year which encompass dance workshops, dance competitions, photo and video production, corporate events and apparel. With a broad range of business prospects and a reach of over 250,000 dancers annually, BREAK THE FLOOR PRODUCTIONS is largely responsible for the transformation of dance entertainment.

WHO: Choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and by dance visionary Kyle Robinson,

WHEN:Saturday November 1st Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Alleyway Theatre One Curtain Up Alley

TICKETS: $($28-$63), call 1-800-745-3000, visit ticketmaster.com or Shea’s Ticket Office. For Groups (10+), call 716-829-1154



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