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|Born||Wade Jeremy William Robson |
17 September 1982
|Occupation||Dancer, choreographer, director, songwriter.|
|Spouse(s)||Amanda Rodriguez (2005-present)|
Wade Jeremy William Robson (born 17 September 1982) is an Australian dancer and choreographer. He began performing as a dancer at the age of five. He has directed music videos and world tours for numerous music artists such as 'N Sync and Britney Spears. Robson found success not only as a choreographer and tour director but also as the host and executive producer for The Wade Robson Project which aired on MTV in 2003. In 2007, he joined the Fox television dance series So You Think You Can Dance as both a judge and choreographer.
Robson was in a talent troupe called Johnny Young's Talent School and the group did fourteen shows a week, usually at venues like shopping malls. It was a performance, however, at Disneyland at the age of seven that sparked Robson's interest in America. So when he was nine, he, his mother and his sister made the move there. Michael Jackson assisted them in the move and recruited Robson to appear in three of Jackson's music videos: "Black or White," "Jam," and "Heal the World."
At the age of 11 Robson had an agent. Along with friend DeWayne Turrentine, he formed the hip hop duo Quo and by the end of the year released an album on Michael Jackson's MJJ Music label through Epic/SME Records. The following year, he was teaching dance classes in Hollywood. He formed a troupe of dancing children which performed internationally. He received his first choreography job for the R&B group Immature at fourteen. The job led to others, for artists such as Britney Spears. Being a self-described "short little white kid", his clients were sometimes hesitant to follow his direction. When Spears first interviewed Robson to choreograph her tour, she exclaimed "He's a friggin' baby!" as she had expected him to be in his 30s or 40s.
During the late 1990s, while still a teenager, Robson choreographed Spears's Pepsi commercials including one which aired during the 2001 Super Bowl. He choreographed the performance by 'N Sync and Spears at the 1999 Video Music Awards and he co-directed Spears's 1999-2000 world tours as well as 'Nsync's 2000 No Strings Attached Tour. In 2001, he choreographed Spears' I'm a Slave 4 U video and was choreographer and director of 'N Sync's 2001 "PopOdyssey Tour". In the 'N Sync music video "Pop", Robson had to fill in for 'N Sync member Joey Fatone during several of the dance sequences because of an injury that Fatone sustained at an 'N Sync concert the night before the video shoot. That same year, he directed Spears' Dream Within a Dream Tour.
In 2002, Robson was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch".
Dance clothing company Power T Dance developed a line of name-brand consumer dance shoes with Robson. The shoes were distributed in the U.S. through the Ralph Libonati Co.
Robson has joined several other high profile choreographers such as Mia Michaels and Shane Sparks on the PULSE Tour, a series of nationwide weekend workshops designed to give dancers the chance to train under top choreographers.
Robson won again in the same category in Season 3 in 2008 for "Humming Bird and the Flower", a jazz dance routine performed by Jaimie Goodwin and Hokuto "Hok" Konishi', set to "Chairman's Waltz" from Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack., that was lauded by Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe as "absolutely genius, brilliant, and one of those routines that we will remember on this series for a very long time."
Robson and 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake partnered in 2001, co-writing the hit singles "Pop", "Gone", and "See Right Through You" on 'N Sync's final album Celebrity. Robson had initially written "Celebrity" for his own album but was persuaded to let 'N Sync record it instead. They also co-wrote Britney Spears' "What It's Like To Be Me" which Timberlake sang back up vocals on. The song's copyright is held jointly by Robson and Timberlake's respective companies: WaJeRo Sound and Tennman Tunes.
Robson lent his choreographing talents to the animated feature film "Happy Feet Two" (in 3D) which was released in 2011. He was originally set to direct the fourth installment of the popular dance feature, "Step Up Revolution", (released in 2012), but later dropped out of the project for personal reasons (he was replaced by Scott Speer)  Robson will appear in the documentary Move, directed by Kurt E. Soderling and Melinda Songer. Mia Michaels, Paula Abdul, Tyce Diorio and Nigel Lythgoe will also appear in the film, which will be released in 2013.
Robson is currently the creative director for Demi Lovato.
Routines for So You Think You Can Dance
|Season||Week||Dancers||Dance style||Music||Routine title||Notes|
|2||6||Top 10||Group routine||"Ramalama (Bang Bang)"—Róisín Murphy||Ramalama||Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography 2007|
|8||Heidi Groskreutz |
|Afro-Pop||"W'Happy Mama"—Zap Mama||W'Happy Mama|
|9||Top 4||Group routine||"SexyBack"—Justin Timberlake||SexyBack|
|3||1||Sara Von Gillern |
|Pop-Jazz||"Cabaret Hoover" from Les Triplettes de Belleville||Vagabond Cabaret||Chosen as Tony Meredith's favourite routine of the season|
|Top 20||Group routine||"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"—Busta Rhymes||Busta Mod|
|3||Jaimie Goodwin |
Hokuto "Hok" Konishi
|Jazz||"The Chairman's Waltz" from Memoirs of a Geisha||The Hummingbird and the Flower||Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography 2008 |
Chosen as Nigel Lythgoe's favourite routine of the season
|4||Lauren Gottlieb |
|Jazz||"Night of the Dancing Flame"—Róisín Murphy||Good VS Evil|
|6||Top 10||Individual solos||"Waiting on the World to Change"—John Mayer||Peace|
|8||Top 6||Group routine||"2:19"—Tom Waits||Swamp|
|9||Sabra Johnson |
|Jazz||"Koyal (Songbird)"—Nitin Sawhney||Foxes|
|4||1||Top 20||Group routine||"Cobrastyle"—Robyn||Cobrastyle|
|9||Katee Shean |
|Lyrical Jazz||"Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"—John Mayer||Slow Dancing in a Burning Room|
|Cirque du Soleil||Guest performance||"Homage to the Rabbits"—Éric Serra||Homage to the Rabbits - Should have been titled Ramage of the Hobbit|
|5||1||Ashley Valerio |
|Jazz||"Felt Mountain"—Goldfrapp||Crash Test Dummies|
|5||Janette Manrara |
|Jazz||"Ruby Blue"—Róisín Murphy||Ruby Blue|
|6||Top 10||Jazz||"So Much Betta"—Janet Jackson||So Much Betta|
|9||Top 4||Pop-jazz||"Boys Boys Boys"—Lady Gaga||Boys Boys Boys|
|6||1||Top 20||Jazz||"Comanche"—The Revels||Comanche|
|2||Pauline Mata |
|Jazz||"Little Green Bag"—George Baker Selection||Little Green Bag|
|4||Top 14||Group Routine||"Aha!"—Imogen Heap||Aha!|
|7||1||Top 11 + All Stars||Group Routine||" Fame "— David Bowie||Fame|
In July 2002, Robson's father, Dennis Robson, died after a long illness.
Robson testified in Michael Jackson's defense at the People v. Jackson trial in 2005. However, in 2013, Robson alleged Jackson had sexually abused him as a child, and he is suing the Jackson estate.
- 1994: Quo
- 2006: Wade Robson's Project: Dance Beats Vol. 1
- Michael Jackson's "Black or White" (1991) Music video — dancer (uncredited)
- Michael Jackson's Dangerous: The Short Films (1993) (V) — dancer ("Jam"/"Black or White")
- Britney Spears's "Born To Make You Happy" (1999) — choreographer
- A*Teens' Upside Down, choreographer (2000/2001)
- Britney Spears's "Oops... I Did It Again" (2000) — choreographer
- Britney Spears's "I'm A Slave 4 U" (2001) — choreographer
- Britney Spears's "Overprotected" (Worldwide Version) (2001) — choreographer
- NSync's "Pop" (2001) — choreographer & dancer
- Full House, "Come Fly with Me" (1992) — Terry, traveling choir member
- Picket Fences, "Elective Conduct" (1994) — T.J.
- Nothing Sacred, "House of Rage" (1997) — Garner Cole
- Pacific Blue, "Users" (1998) — Brandon Jeter
- So You Think You Can Dance, U.S. TV series (2006-?) — Himself
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