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The Dizzy Feet Gala: Dance Gives Back

Lyndsey Parker
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On Sunday, November 29, 2009, the Dizzy Feet Foundation hosted its first annual charity gala at Hollywood's Kodak Theater. And as So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman worded it, "For dance reality junkies, this was like a Stones concert, man!"

The Dizzy Feet Foundation--an organization supporting arts education and the dance community--was founded by Shankman, SYTYCD judge/producer Nigel Lythgoe, Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and actress Katie Holmes...so naturally they had access to all the greatest dancers out there.

The Dizzy Feet Gala, emceed by SYTYCD hostess Cat Deeley, indeed featured a who's who of dance from SYTYCD (Joshua and Katee reprising "No Air," Jeanine and Jason dancing their Travis Wall "Locket" routine, Ade and Melissa doing their "cancer dance," Kupono and Kayla dancing "Addiction," Jason and Caitlin going Bollywood); America's Best Dance Crew (stunning performances by Beatfreaks accompanied by Sheila E's live drumming, plus Quest Crew, who received a standing ovation); DWTS (former couples Lacey Schwimmer and Lance Bass and Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini were reunited, plus Mark Ballas and DWTS champ Kristi Yamaguchi revisited their perfect-10 jive, and Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough danced a sizzling cha cha); and Shankman's Step Up movie franchise.

Additionally, several young dancers who'd been awarded Dizzy Feet scholarships magnificently performed (look for some of those prodigies on, say, SYTYCD season 15), along with pint-size Michael Jackson impressionist Isaac Blanks, who was introduced by Jackson associate Kenny Ortega himself. And at the end of it all, the Ballas Hough Band performed with every single one of the show's dancers hopping onstage for a finale freestyle free-for-all.

"They're not just dancers, they're rock stars!" Shankman exclaimed. And he was right. These "rock stars" in fact helped Dizzy Feet raise more than $200,000 on Sunday afternoon. As Mary Murphy would say: "Woooo!"

Check out my red-carpet interviews above with some of the Dizzy Feet Gala participants, and hear them discuss how Dizzy Feet and these reality shows have forever changed the world of dance.

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