OGDEN -- Two-time Emmy nominated Travis Wall, of "So You Think You Can Dance," is toe-tapping his way to Ogden this weekend to coach more than 700 area dancers.
Wall, who placed second on the popular Fox 13 television series, is serving as an instructor Friday and Saturday at the NUVO Dance Convention & Competition, being held at the Ogden-Eccles Conference Center. Registration is full and closed for the event.
"NUVO, a dance convention and competition in its sixth season, brings together some of the most talented and innovative teachers in the industry for a weekend of fun, excitement and dance," said Tori Katz, public relations consultant for the Shaping Sound National Tour of which NUVO is a part.
NUVO traveled to 20 American cities in 2012-2013 to host national events and dance awards programs.
Wall and his mother, Denise Wall, are serving as guest teachers at the Ogden event, at which youths 13 years or older from more than 30 dance studios will participate, officials said.
Wall, a resident choreographer and judge for the "So You Think You Can Dance" reality show, will personally instruct a workshop from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
But it is no accident that Wall is visiting Utah.
"I remember growing up in competitions and always paying special attention to who the Utah dancers were," Wall said. "Those were the kids to beat, and it was the place to train disciplined dancers. They were the most technically trained. They were the ones that I used to watch and get inspired by.
"I would win certain titles, and my opponent would usually be from Utah," Wall said.
Wall received a solo Emmy nomination in 2011 for his work on "So You Think You Can Dance." The professional dance coach followed that up with a group Emmy nomination he received along with choreographers and cast mates Teddy Forance and Nick Lazzarini, for work they did on the television program "Dancing with the Stars," Katz said.
"It's a great piece of business for us," Ogden-Eccles Conference Center Director of Sales and Marketing Ross Reeder said of what the two-dance event brings to Ogden.
NUVO has been hosting dance events at the Ogden conference center for the last three years, and is one of its valued clients, Reeder said.
Having more than 700 youths from the region attend the Friday-Saturday conference, Reeder said, will be good for the local economy.
"Travis Wall is the most creative up-and-coming choreographer and dancer on the scene right now," said Kim Delgrosso, co-owner and artistic director at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem.
"(Wall) has had a huge impact on dance in Utah, and dancers here have been helped and inspired by him. He is an inventive teacher and a stellar dancer, which is a rare combination," Delgrosso said.
Wall is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based dance company Shaping Sound, which is to perform at 8 p.m. May 25 at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City. Tickets for the show, ranging from $35 to $80 a seat, are now available.
"I am excited to bring Shaping Sound to The Capitol Theatre, and we hope to inspire Utah's young dancers, as they do us every time we are here."