Dance company creatively shapes sound

2013-05-27T00:00:00Z 2013-05-28T17:21:09Z Dance company creatively shapes soundEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Travis Wall has all the right moves in the dance arena.

Wall, dancer, choreographer, star of Oxygen's "All the Right Moves," and a top competitor on Fox Network's "So You Think You Can Dance," in 2006, is currently putting his own dynamic spin on dance with the  contemporary company Shaping Sound.

Shaping Sound will bound onto the stage Tuesday at Harris Theatre in Chicago.

"Audiences can expect to to be entertained. Our energy on stage is explosive," said Wall, during a recent telephone interview. "The show has elements (of dance) that people have never seen before."

Wall, who became the choreographer for "So You Think You Can Dance in 2012," said Shaping Sound's performances incorporate various dance styles in one show.

"Music drives the inspiration for our shows," he said. The 10-member troupe, he said, works extremely hard.

Wall, who's been running the company for the past two years, said what's created by the troupe is "special, unique and a voice that should be heard." It's also important for him to have a platform to showcase outstanding dancers and interesting movement.

The idea for Shaping Sound, he explained, was in the works for three to four years. "We did our first show two years ago. But this is the first time we'll be in Chicago. I'm very excited to perform in the same city as major dance companies," he said, adding Chicago's dance scene is topnotch.

Shaping Sound was formed by Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson. The television reality show "All the Right Moves," showcases the behind-the-scenes work, and experiences of the troupe Shaping Sound.

About appearing  on the second season of "So You Think You Can Dance," Wall said it was definitely a rewarding experience.

"It jumpstarted my career as much as anything can do in one take," he said. Of course, Wall's ambition, talent and work ethic in the dance arena has allowed him to progress to greater ventures. He's thankful for the opportunity to have stepped into the role of choreographer for the popular television competition show.

The job opportunities that have come from the show, he said, are great. "I really do owe so much to that show," Wall said.

For Wall, the dancing and choreographic arts continue to be exciting.

"When you get to see the finished product and see it come together, it's all worth it," he said.

Shaping Sound will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. Tickets are $30 to $85. For more information, call (312) 334-7777 or visit

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