Travis Michael Wall (born September 16, 1987) is an American dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer specializing in contemporary dance and jazz dance. He is best known for his 2006 appearance as a competitor on the second season of the television show So You Think You Can Dance, which airs on the Fox Network. As of 2012, he was a choreographer for the show. In 2011, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show's seventh season and won the award for his work in Season 11. In 2012, he starred in the Oxygen reality show All The Right Moves, where he, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson launched their own dance company called Shaping Sound.
Early life and background
- Travis Wall
Wall was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His mother, owner and operator of the eponymous Denise Wall's Dance Energy, recalls putting him in a walker and watching him imitate the dancers. He began dancing at the age of three, training at his mother's studio, and competing in a number of conventions.
Early career and training
His professional career officially started at the age of nine when he appeared in a Dr. Pepper commercial. In 1999, he won the Junior National Outstanding Dancer Scholarship Award. On April 27, 2000, at age 12, he started a two-year run in The Music Man on Broadway, playing a resident of River City/Winthrop Paroo understudy. This led to him performing at the 2000 New York City Dance Alliance's closing-night gala. In 2006, New York City Dance Alliance awarded Wall its Teen Outstanding Dancer of the Year award and he toured with the group for a year.
So You Think You Can Dance
In 2006, at the age of 18, Wall competed on the second season of the show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), making it to the final four contestants before placing second behind overall winner Benji Schwimmer. Wall was praised by the judges as the most technically talented dancer in the competition. Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman have listed Wall, his brother Danny Tidwell, Season 4's Will Wingfield and Season 5's Kayla Radomski as the most talented dancers on the show, later adding Season 6's Billy Bell and Jakob Karr to that list.
While on the show, Wall danced in Mia Michaels' The Bench routine for which she later won an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography. During the Fall of 2006, Wall toured the United States with the top 10 dancers from the So You Think You Can Dance competition. He returned to the show in 2008 during the Season 4 auditions to teach choreography. He did a surprise audition on the 4th episode as "Danielle Chorizo".
On July 23, 2009, Wall returned to So You Think You Can Dance along with fellow Season 2 contestant Heidi Groskreutz on the 100th episode of the show, to perform the Emmy award-winning piece The Bench, choreographed by Mia Michaels.
|1||Martha Nichols||Broadway||"Steam Heat"— The Pointer Sisters||Tyce Diorio||Safe|
|2||Krump||"Clap Back"—Ja Rule||Lil' C||Safe|
|3||Hip-Hop||"Just Fine"—Chris Brown||Todd Sams||Safe|
|4||Salsa||"Tanga"—Machito and His Afro-Cubans||Ron Montez||Safe|
|5||Foxtrot||"Witchcraft"—Steve Tyrell||Jean-Marc Généreux||Bottom 3|
|Result Show Solo||""The Blower's Daughter"—Damien Rice||Safe|
|6||Heidi Groskreutz||Paso Doble||"The Plaza of Execution" from The Mask of Zorro||Mary Murphy||Safe|
|Contemporary||"Calling You"—Celine Dion||Mia Michaels|
|7||Donyelle Jones||Hip Hop||"London Bridge"—Fergie||Shane Sparks||Bottom 4|
|Quickstep||"Dancin' Fool"—Barry Manilow||Glenn Weiss|
|Result Show Solo||"Gotta Get Thru This (Acoustic)"—Daniel Bedingfield||Safe|
|8||Heidi Groskreutz||Smooth Waltz||"Flying"—Cait Agus Sean||Ron Montez||Safe|
|Afro Pop||"W'Happy Mama"—Zap Mama||Wade Robson|
|Solo||"You And Me"—Lifehouse|
|Results show solo||"Flying Without Wings (A Capella version)"—Westlife|
|9||Heidi Groskreutz||Disco||"Shake Your Groove Thing"—Peaches & Herb||Doriana Sanchez||Runner-Up|
|Benji Schwimmer||Hip Hop||"Gyrate"—Da Muzicianz feat. Mr. Collipark||Shane Sparks|
|Donyelle Jones||Contemporary||"Georgia On My Mind"—Ray Charles||Mia Michaels|
Wall danced on the October 16, 2007 Dancing with the Stars results show, in a piece choreographed by and starring Wade Robson. Wall, along with Tidwell and many previous finalists of So You Think You Can Dance, performed during the second annual Idol Gives Back charity event on April 9, 2008. Nigel Lythgoe produced both shows at the time.
Wall performs regularly with American Dance Artists, in Delmarva, as well as for Evolution dance company in Los Angeles, California. He teaches students contemporary dance at NUVO, a dance convention that tours the nation. In 2007, Wall and Ivan Koumaev made a dance video called Its About Time designed to be for the viewer's entertainment rather than for instructional purposes like most dance videos.
Wall was in the 2008 Disney movie Bedtime Stories, starring Adam Sandler, alongside SYTYCD Season 3 contestant, Lacey Schwimmer. In 2010 Wall worked as an assistant choreographer for the Academy Awards, alongside Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman.
So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Cardio Funk was one of two home exercise videos released by the producers of SYTYCD. Wall choreographed a contemporary dance and corresponding cool-down routine for the video.
Wall choreographed and performed in an ensemble piece featuring New York City Ballet principal ballerina Tiler Peck to a piece by Nuttin' But Stringz for ABC's Dancing with the Stars April 13, 2010 episode in a feature called "Macy's Stars of Dance".
In 2010, Wall choreographed several numbers for the VMA's.
In 2011, Wall choreographed a floor exercise routine for Olympic All-Around Champion Nastia Liukin which she will use to try to earn a spot on the 2012 Olympic USA Gymnastics team.
Wall will be starring in a new reality show "All the Right Moves" with Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, and Kyle Robinson. The four men are launching their own dance company called Shaping Sound.
Wall has appeared twice on RuPaul’s Drag Race, first in the season 5 episode “Why It Gotta Be Black, Swan?” to choreograph a ballet based on the life of RuPaul, and most recently in the season 11 episode “Draglympics” to choreograph routines for an Olympics-like challenge.
Wall has appeared in two episodes of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team in seasons 13 and 14 to choreograph routines for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders training camp candidates.
In 2018, Wall has appeared in a video against homophobia, dancing on This is me from The Greatest Showman while Shoshana Bean is singing.
In 2019, Wall choreographed the Off-Broadway musical “The Wrong Man” which debuted at the MCC theater, featuring Joshua Henry.
Choreography for So You Think You Can Dance
Wall earned 2011 and 2013 Emmy nominations for his contemporary choreography in seasons 7 and 9. He won a 2015 Emmy for routines he choreographed for season 11. (See SYTYCD Emmy Awards for details.) Along with Mandy Moore, he jointly won a 2017 Creative Emmy Award.
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
|Broadway||"Mr. Bojangles"—Fosse||by Tyce Diorio |
Travis Wall assisting
|Contemporary||"If It Kills Me"(The Casa Nova Sessions)—Jason Mraz|
|7||Top 8||Jazz||"Let It Rock"—Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne|
|Contemporary||"Wasted Time"—Me'shell Ndegeocello|
Ryan Di Lello
|"Your Ex-Lover Is Dead"—Stars|
Jonathan "Legacy" Perez
|8||Ashleigh Di Lello
Ryan Di Lello
|"I'm There Too"—Michelle Featherstone|
|7||LVW||All dancers||"A Beautiful Mess"—Jason Mraz|
|Jazz||"Paris is Burning"—St. Vincent|
|"Addicted to Love"—Florence and the Machine|
|Contemporary||"Collide" (acoustic version)—Howie Day|
|"How It Ends"—DeVotchKa|
|8||LVW||All dancers||"Yellow"—Vitamin String Quartet|
|"Moth's Wings"—Passion Pit|
|"Stupid [Mark Bell mix]"—Sarah McLachlan|
|"Turn to stone"—Ingrid Michaelson|
|Jazz||"Piece of My Heart"—Janis Joplin|
|Contemporary||"Collide"—Howie Day||Guest Dancers|
|9||LVW||All Dancers||"I Won't Give Up"—Jason Mraz|
|MT20||Top 10 girls||"Where the Light Gets In"—Sennen|
|"Unchained Melody"—The Righteous Brothers|
|Jazz||"Sing It Back"—Moloko|
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
|"Without You"—Harry Nilsson|
|"Can't Help Falling in Love" (Live at Daytrotter)—Ingrid Michaelson|
|Jazz||"Silver Screen Shower Scene"—Felix da Housecat|
|Contemporary||"Hangin' By a Thread"—Jann Arden|
|"Wicked Game" (Live at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland 2011)—James Vincent McMorrow|
|"Spiegel im Spiegel"—Arvo Pärt , performed by Angela Yoffe & Vadim Gluzman|
|11||LVW||All Dancers||"Lay Me Down"—Sam Smith|
|"All of Me"(Live from Spotify)—John Legend|
|"The Leaving Song"—Chris Garneau|
|Jazz||"Love Runs Out"—OneRepublic|
|Contemporary||"Like Real People Do"—Hozier|
|Top 7 Guys||"Wave"—Beck|
|Contemporary ballet||"Adagio for TRON"—Daft Punk|
|Contemporary||"Smile"—Michael Jackson||with All-Star|
|9||Top 4||"Wind Beneath My Wings"—RyanDan|
|"When I Go"—Over the Rhine||with All-Star|
|"Shaped Like A Gun"—Tailor|
|1||Team Stage||"Stabat Mater"—Woodkid|
|3||Team Stage||"Beautiful Friends"—Helen Money|
|"Your Day Will Come"—Son Lux||with All-Star|
|"Do Not Hang Your Head"—Elizabeth & the Catapult|
|"November"—Max Richter||with All-Star|
|12: Next Gen)||3||J.T. Church
|"The Mirror"—Alexandre Desplat||with All-Star|
|3||All-Stars||"Send in the Clowns"—from A Little Night Music
(Sarah Vaughan and the Count Basie Orchestra)
|4||Tate McRae||"She Used to Be Mine"—Sara Bareilles||with All-Star|
|5||Contestants and All-Stars||"What the World Needs Now is Love"—Hal David and Burt Bacharach (Will Young cover)|
|"I Will Not Forget You"—Max Richter||with All-Star|
Danced as Guest or All-Star for So You Think You Can Dance
|4||9||Earlier contestants||Discoswing||"Don't Stop the Music"—Rihanna||as Guest|
|5||7 RS||Heidi Groskreutz||Contemporary||"Calling You"—Celine Dion||Mia Michaels|
|10||8||Amy Yakima||"Wicked Game" (Live at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland 2011)—James Vincent McMorrow||Travis Wall||as All-Star|
|13: Next Gen||6||Maddie Ziegler||"Cage of Bones"—Son Lux||Travis Wall||as Guest|
In February 2007, Wall was featured in a fashion/dance spread in movmnt magazine (which Tidwell co-founded). The following June, Wall interviewed Whoopi Goldberg for the magazine.
Wall was featured in the photography book Moving Still: a Life Performance by David Benaym.
In 2007, his adoptive brother Danny Tidwell was a runner-up of the third season of So You Think You Can Dance. He, too, had trained with their mother Denise Wall, who also trained Jaimie Goodwin, a Season 3 contestant. Wall is openly gay. In March 2016, he got engaged to UCLA gymnastics coach Dom Palange after 5 years of dating. Wall announced the couple's split on his Instagram page on August 3, 2018.
Primetime Emmy Awards
|2011||Outstanding Choreography||So You Think You Can Dance||Nominated|