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Wade Robson

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Wade Jeremy William Robson (born September 17, 1982) is an Australian dancer, choreographer, producer and songwriter. He began performing as a dancer at the age of five, and as a child worked as a back-up dancer for Michael Jackson. He is also an award-winning choreographer and has directed music videos and world tours for music artists, most notably for 'N Sync and Britney Spears. Robson has found success as a competition judge, both for his own MTV show, The Wade Robson Project, and the televised competition So You Think You Can Dance. He won an Emmy for his choreography on the latter show 2007.

Robson was born September 17, 1982, in Brisbane, Australia, to Lynette Joy and Dennis Leslie Robson. He has an older brother, Shane, and an older sister, Chantal. According to his mother, she played Michael Jackson's Thriller non-stop while she was pregnant with him. Robson began dancing at the age of two, and when he saw the video to the hugely popular "Thriller" music video, he had it memorized by the time he was three. He appeared on the Australian TV talent show "New Faces4" in 1986. He performed a dance routine of the Jackson hit, "Smooth Criminal", complete with a miniature version of the outfit as depicted in the video. He won the competition, and the prize was a chance to meet Jackson. When Jackson himself toured Australia the following year for the Bad tour, Robson's routines and costumes came to Jackson's attention. Jackson was so impressed, he invited Robson to perform at his Brisbane concert.

Robson was in a talent troup called Johnny Young's Talent school, and the group did fourteen shows a week, usually at venues like shopping malls. It was a performance, however, at Disneyland at the age of seven that sparked Robson's interest in America. So when he was nine, he, his mother and his brother made the move there. Jackson assisted them in the move, and recruited Robson to appear in three of Jackson's music videos: "Black or White", "Jam" and "Heal the World".

Robson is the creator and host of MTV's The Wade Robson Project, a talent search competition for hip hop dancers. The program was sponsored by Juice Batteries.

Dance clothing company Power T Dance developed a line of name-brand consumer dance shoes with Robson. The shoes were distributed in the U.S. through the Ralph Libonati Co.

Robson has joined several other high profile choreographers, such as Mia Michaels and Shane Sparks on the PULSE tour, a series of nationwide weekend workshops designed to give rising commercial dancers the chance to train under top choreographers.Robson giving feedback to contestants after a performance on the July 18, 2007 episode of So You Think You Can Dance

Robson has also written songs for the singing groups Dream and Youngstown. He also remixed two of Mandy Moore's songs from her debut album for her second album, I Wanna Be With You.

On August 13, 2005, Robson married fashion designer Amanda Rodriguez in Hawaii. Jackson was among those invited to the wedding.



 


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