Shane Sparks (born June 25, 1969) is a hip-hop choreographer best known for his work as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance and judge on America's Best Dance Crew.
Sparks has been recognized in the industry by receiving many awards for projects such as the “Best Choreography in a Feature Film” award for "You Got Served" at the 2004 American Choreography Awards and the “2005 BET Award” for co-choreographing with Omarion on the same film.
Sparks was featured as a judge in the hit MTV series America's Best Dance Crew. Along with Shane Sparks, JC Chasez (*NSYNC) and "Lil" Mama judged the crews, and Mario Lopez (Dancing with the Stars) hosted the show.
In 1993, Shane Sparks left his hometown of Cincinnati, OH to move to Los Angeles, California. Here, Sparks began making a name for himself as a choreographer. Several projects such as the feature film You Got Served and Fox's hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" made Sparks a force to be reckoned with. His solid resume of credits and awards today reflect his deep passion for dance and people of all ages and races admire his style of dance and suave attitude.
From a young age, Sparks knew his talent and gift was dance. No more than three months after his move to Los Angeles, Sparks began substituting at a hip hop class at the Millennium Dance Complex, formerly known as Moro Landis, located in the North Hollywood Arts District. Due to his ability as a teacher and dancer, his class expanded from only three people to a record high of one hundred and seventy-five people.
Shane Sparks has worked with and impressive list of stars, including Lindsay Lohan, Aaliyah, Monica, and Benji Schwimmer.
So You Think You Can Dance
Sparks is best known for being one of the judges and choreographers on the reality dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. According to TV Guide, Gaynor accepted the role.
The show features a broad variety of American and international dance styles including classical, contemporary, ballroom, hip-hop, street, club, jazz, and musical theatre styles, amongst others, with many sub-genres within the categories represented...
America's Best Dance Crew
Sparks was a judge on MTV's dance competition reality show America's Best Dance Crew from seasons 1–4. He did not return to judge for the fifth season due to his arrest. Singer Omarion replaced Sparks during Season 5. In Season 6, D-Trix from Quest crew replaced Omarion after season 5 so Omarion will focus on his music career.