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Witness the explosive choreography, dynamic rhythm, speed and physical strength of Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Kyle Robinson, one of the original co-creators of the show will be joined on stage by Gaby Diaz, the 2015 all around winner and fan favorite of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Wall is the 2015 Emmy Award-winning choreographer, known by his work on “So You Think You Can Dance” and frequent guest appearances on “Ellen,” Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound continues to electrify the dance world with innovative choreography and mash-ups of dance and musical genres.

Tickets are on sale online at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747, or at the Lied Center box office (301 N 12th St.). UNL students with a valid NCard can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount.

Break the Floor Productions and Travis Wall recently announced that Gaby Diaz, the 2015 winner of “So You Think You Can Dance,” will star in the 2016 National Tour of Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined, joining founding Shaping Sound member and co-creator, Kyle Robinson. Also featured in the tour is Jim Nowakowski, a 2015 “So You Think You Can Dance” top-six champion contest-mate and Diaz’s frequent dance partner, along with a full line-up of North America’s hottest dancers. 

Gaby Diaz was born and raised in Miami, Fla., and started dancing at the age of three. She trained in various styles growing up, such as tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, classical ballet, and modern. In 2015, she was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer for season 12 of Fox’s Emmy-nominated show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, making her the first winner to represent tap dance and mentor for Team Stage, Travis Wall. Since then, she has performed in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show “All I Have” and has danced as an All-Star on “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation.”

Jim Nowakowski began dance lessons in Webster N.Y., at the age of two and a half and later trained at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education. He joined the Rochester City Ballet in 2002 and attended the Youth America Grand Prix where he was presented the Junior Grand Prix Prize. He later took home the Junior Men’s Gold and the Senior Men’s Gold Award. He was a finalist at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, youngARTS week and was presented with the Gold Award in Dance by Mikhail Baryshnikov. He also was a Presidential Scholar of 2007 Nominee, and a Carnival Cruise Line youngARTS winner. He danced with the Houston Ballet, where he rose to the rank of demi-soloist. He placed top 6 in 2015 on “So You Think You Can Dance” and he was named one of 2016’s “25 To Watch” in Dance Magazine.

The dance company Shaping Sound was established in Los Angeles in 2012 with a focus on contemporary dance and choreographic artistry. Created by the 2015 Emmy Award-winner and 2016 Emmy Award-nominee for Outstanding Choreography, Travis Wall, along with partners Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, the company is an evocative collaboration by diverse artists who describe themselves as “visual musicians,” meaning their dance gives shape and form to sound. The four dancers broke into public awareness in a big way with the debut of the reality television series “All the Right Moves” on the Oxygen channel.  The popular series followed these lifelong friends and roommates in their quest to launch their own dance company – the company that is now the enormously successful Shaping Sound.

This performance is generously supported by Pittenger & Anderson, Inc.