Freestyle dancer tWitch steps up into movies

Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:27pm EDT
 
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Freestyle dancer Stephen "tWitch" Boss may not have won the TV contest "So You Think You Can Dance", but he took the prize in the charisma stakes which is now paying off with a flourishing career in dance and movies.

His engaging smile and oversized black eye-glasses earned tWitch the nickname Mr. Personality on the show in 2008, and helped secure his place in this season's "All-Star" group of returning contestants.

It could all have been very different. TWitch, 27, who only began serious dance training 10 years ago, was planning to join the Navy if he failed to get onto the Fox dance show in 2008.

Instead, he's taking on his first major film acting role in "Step Up 3-D", which opens on Aug 6, and performing some of the most-talked about "So You Think You Can Dance" numbers this season by teaming up with ballet dancer Alex Wong, and contemporary dancers Kent Boyd and Lauren Froderman.

tWitch -- the nickname was earned in childhood for his unique popping and ticking style that looked like a twitch -- talked with Reuters about life after "So You Think You Can Dance", where he finished as runner-up in 2008.

Q: What opportunities did being on SYTYCD open up for you?

"I really enjoy teaching so it has provided me an opportunity to do that. It also gave me an avenue into acting."

Q; Tell us a little about your role in "Step Up 3-D".   Continued...

 
<p>Dancer Stephen 'tWitch' Boss is shown in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters July 22, 2010. Boss may not have won the TV contest "So You Think You Can Dance", but he took the prize in the charisma stakes which is now paying off with a flourishing career in dance and movies. REUTERS/Handout</p>