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Live To Dance: Judges Kimberly And Travis Have Differing Opinions

January 22, 2011 02:30 PM by Allyson Wells

Live To Dance

Live To Dance  judge Paula Abdul is famous for getting her big break dancing with the Los Angeles Lakers and choreographing and appearing in Janet Jackson’s video, Nasty, before her career took off.  While her fellow judges Kimberly Wyatt and Travis Payne may not be as well known, they also have impressive dance backgrounds.  How will their different backgrounds impact the judging on Live To Dance?


Kimberly Wyatt first began dancing at the age of seven.  She earned a scholarship to study at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet in New York when she was fourteen.  Kimberly’s love for ballet is evident on the show, as ballet dancing duo White Tree Fine Art is one of her favorite acts.  On the second round of the semi-final, Kimberly thanked the ballet duo for inspiring her before putting them through to the finals.  Kimberly went on to dance on cruise ships after finishing high school.  She was discovered for her big break in the Pussycat Dolls while dancing in a Nick Lachey video.

Travis Payne is most noted for working extensively with King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Like Kimberly, Travis also got his start in dancing at the early age of four.  He began his formal training at age 9.  His breakthrough into show business was appearing in Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour.  This would launch a very impressive career which enabled Travis to choreograph for some of the biggest artists in the world, including:  Madonna, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Britney Spears, Beyonce and of course, Michael Jackson.  Travis most recently choreographed for Lady Gaga’s recent tour and helped produce Michael Jackson’s final film, This Is It.  Unlike Kimberly, Travis said that White Tree Fine Art’s performance did not excite him and he did not vote for them to go into the finals.  With his taste for unique and original moves, an abstract act like Twitch stands a good chance if the audience votes them through to the finals.

Paula, Kimberly and Travis all have different backgrounds and tastes.  How will their preferences collide in the finals?  Will a classically trained act like White Tree Fine Art prevail?  Will large group The Vibe, which relies heavily on modern and breakthrough movements, appeal to a majority of the judges?  Keep watching Live To Dance at 8 pm on Wednesdays on CBS to see what happens.

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