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"So You Think You Can Dance" Producer Starts Charity for Young Dancers

November 30, 2009

Nigel Lythgoe was tired of saying "no" to promising young dancers.

"We see so many rough diamonds that you would love to be able to take under your wing and polish and say, 'Wow, they look like they can become fabulous dancers,' " said Lythgoe, the co-creator and executive producer of the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." "But we can't take people that just show promise. So in order to try and do something with that, we thought of the idea."

Lythgoe discussed "the idea" with director and choreographer Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars," and "So You Think You Can Dance" guest star Katie Holmes, and the four of them created the Dizzy Feet Foundation.

The nonprofit aims to boost dance education in the United States through scholarships, school and after-school programs, and eventually a dance academy in Los Angeles, California.

The scholarships have come first: Last month, Dizzy Feet announced that it had awarded scholarships to underprivileged students to attend the Juilliard School, the American Ballet Theatre and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Read More