Giveaway: Alberta Ballet Presents: Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound

Something more recent followers of this blog or my social media may not know about me is I used to be a huge So You Think You Can Dance fan. In its initial seasons (specifically, seasons 1-4 from about 2005 to 2009), I basically lived and breathed all things SYTYCD.

Connecting to the dancers on the show was actually the reason I started using Twitter back in 2006! 

I was such a fan of this show, and its incredibly talented dancers, that back then, I even took trips to L.A. and Portland for the live tours, and I started and managed what ended up being very popular fan sites for two of my favourite SYTYCD dancers — Travis Wall (S2) and Mark Kanemura (S4). (Sadly, the fan sites no longer exist). 

Travis Wall Online Fan Site So You Think You Can Dance

This Wayback Machine screenshot from my old Travis Wall fan site gets me super nostalgic! 

Dancers like Travis, Mark, and the rest of SYTYCD’s talented contestants, led me to love watching dance performances. I even took a few dance classes as a result! 

Despite seeing a lot of the SYTYCD dancers on stage over the years, something I never got to do was watch Travis perform live.

When the Alberta Ballet recently reached out to see if I wanted to attend one of their shows and share about my experience on social media, I was already looking forward to the partnership, but then when I learned that one of the performances the Alberta Ballet was presenting this season was none other than Travis Freaking Wall’s Shaping Sound, I was THRILLED!!! 

Perfect. Right?

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound runs Jan. 16/17 in Edmonton and 19/20 in Calgary. 

It’s just one of a number of awesome performances the Alberta Ballet has scheduled for the season: 

What a wonderful line-up!

Learn more on Alberta Ballet’s website.

Travis Wall Shaping Sound Alberta Ballet Edmonton 2

Alberta Ballet presents Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound in Edmonton Jan. 16/17 and in Calgary Jan. 19/20.

I seriously can’t tell you how excited I am to see Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound.

I’m also excited Alberta Ballet is giving me a pair of tickets to give away!! 

** GIVEAWAY! ** 

To enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Alberta Ballet presents Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound:

  • Leave a comment on this post, telling me what your favourite dance genres are! Also, did you ever watch So You Think You Can Dance?! Also, have you ever seen an Alberta Ballet performance? (This is a mandatory entry. You must leave a blog post comment in order to qualify for a chance to win). 

For additional entries, you can also:

I’ll pick a winner after Thursday, Jan. 11!


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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. The Alberta Ballet gave me complimentary tickets to a show of my choice, and a pair of tickets to giveaway. This does not impact the opinions stated in this post. If you couldn’t tell by this post, I am super, super, excited to see Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound show! 


  • Debbie Wolf says:

    I’ve never seen any live ballet performance, most of the live dance I’ve seen has been contemporary and break dancing. I loved SYTYCD the early seasons as well. It was a program I watched with the roommate. We would place bets and loser had to by brunch that weekend. :) Can’t say I have a favourite genre to watch.

  • Tiffany Anne Meier says:

    My favourite dance genres are contemporary and ballroom. I grew up watching the first few seasons of SYTYCD and as A result I would always dance in my bedroom although I had no idea what I was really doing. I have never been to an Alberta ballet performance before but I would love to see one and I am a fan of Travis wall as well.

  • Erin Lewis says:

    I love hip hop and contemporary dance. I’ve never seen SYTYCD or an Alberta Ballet performance but love dance and would love to watch live.

  • Jessica silva says:

    I love contemporary! It’s such a unique way to express yourself through dance.

  • Jamie Hudson says:

    I’m a dancer myself, and my favourites atyles are pointe and cecchetti. Something about the difficult nature of these dances is amazing not only to watch, but to perform. Since I’m a dancer myself, I’ve never actually watched an Alberta ballet!!

  • Lynda says:

    We would love to see shaping sound!

  • Alison Hamilton says:

    I love watching SYTYCD! Always so impressed with contemporary and the Latin styles. So much talent! I’ve never seen a performance by the Alberta Ballet but would absolutely love to.

  • Ting Elger says:

    I love all kinds of dance; I’ve been dancing since I was a little toddler; I danced to compete, to teach, to relieve stress, to exercise and now I’m in my 50’s and I still ???????? dance: folk, jazz, cha cha, hip hop,etc; I had the pleasure of experiencing Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker almost a decade ago and would be thrilled if I get to watch them again with Jim Wall’s group!

  • Tracey says:

    I like contemporary dance. I used to love watching SYTYCD. I’ve never seen an Alberta Ballet performance, unless you count Shaping Sound when it was here a few years ago.

  • Kayleigh Wiebe says:

    I used to watch SYTYCD all the time in its early seasons and Travis Wall was my absolute favourite dancer at that time. I was always totally in awe of his creativity and choreography. I’ve never seen a ballet performance in real life before, but I’ve always wanted to. My favourite genre of dance is hip hop and vogueing, and I was very excIted when two world collided and Travis Wall was a guest choreographer on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

  • Jeri Wolf says:

    I have seen the Alberta Ballet perform way, way, way back when I was a teenager. I have watched So You think can dance. I would have to say ballet is probably my favourite dance to watch.

  • Dominic Cloutier says:

    I trained in ballet so it’s one of my faves. Also Love post modern and contact improvisational jazz

    Never seen SYTYCD

    Never seen AB ballet, but would love to!

  • Jackie Wolf says:

    I have not had much opportunity to see any live dance. But have always wanted to. I watched a couple season of SYTYCD when it first came out. My favourite to watch on TV would be hip hop. But have always dreamed about seeing the ballet.

  • Amanda Chen says:

    My favourite genres are ballroom and hip hop. I can’t recall if I’ve been to the Alberta ballet before, so if I have it’s been a long time! Would love the opportunity to go :) I have seen so you think you can dance Canada ????????

  • Michelle Weisgerber says:

    Well I’d have to say Lyrical is my favortie….a little biast as I love love love watching our daughters tell stories via dance. Definatly have caught a few seasons of SYTYCD too of course ;) And we have frequented many an Alberta Ballet productions over the years….Balletlujah was amazing story telling with KD Lang’s music. We were at the show when she was there and it was so great to see her and be watching and listening….a huge treat.

  • Sandy Lombardo says:

    I love hip hop , but after all the years of religiously watching SYTYCD, i believe now contemporary is amazing to watch!!! Would love to take my daughter to see Travis wall live! It would be her first time at an AB ballet show as well as mine!

  • Alana K says:

    I take in as many shows that I can from the Alberta Ballet. It’s breath taking and always leaves my soul feeling recharged. This past season I’ve taken my kids to see The Nutcracker (an annual family outing) and Love Lies Bleeding which was incredible! My favourite dance genre is ballet the feats of strength and gracefulness of the dancers leaves me in awe and often gives me chills. Big BIG fan of SO you Think You Can Dance!!! I’ve watched several seasons ????

  • Krista S says:

    My favourite style would be contemporary. I love So You Think You Can Dance and Travis Wall. I don’t think I saw Alberta ballet. I did go to Shaping Sound a few years ago. It was AMAZING and would love to go again.

  • Mark W says:

    Favorite I would say is Hip Hop, I have seen SYTYCD but nor yet the Alberta Ballet. Would love to go with my wife.

  • Manchi says:

    I love the Alberta Ballet and my favorite has been Elton John one. I was a big fan of the first few seasons of SYTUCD so I’m excited to see this combination. The contemporary dance is my favourite for sure. Love to see this

  • Kim says:

    I have never seen a performance presented by the by the Alberta Ballet, but I love watching modern/contemporary, ballet, and ballroom. I did years of ballet as a kid and had a brief ballroom stint too!

  • Nancy Mah says:

    I like to watch ice dancing. I’ve been to several Alberta Ballets, one of my favs is Balletujah. As for SYTYCD. I’ve only seen paers of the show

  • Danika says:

    My favourite styles (to dance and watch) are hip hop and contemporary! And fun fact, I was actually in the AB Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker back in 2007 as wee child!

  • Brenden says:

    I’ve seen the Nutracker, and I like contemporary!

  • Marlo D says:

    I enjoy many genres of dancing, and I think contemporary is my favorite. I was very into SYTYCD for those same seasons! Travis Wall, Twitch, Allison – so many talented dancers, and I would love to see this production in person even though it’s a different format.

  • Cherry says:

    I like comtemporary, hip hop and I do Chinese dance. I haven’t watched Alberta ballet but I’ve seen SYTYCD. Thanks for the giveaway I would love to go!

  • Carley Graham says:

    Favourite dance genres: love contemporary and a lot of the classics!
    Did you ever watch So You Think You Can Dance? You bet! Love the talent!
    Have you ever seen an Alberta Ballet performance? Yes! Love seeing them preform!

  • Renée Chan says:

    90’s hip hop all the way and love modern contemporary dance mixed in with today’s music. Never been to ballet and would live to take my son. Definitely loved SYTYCD but sadly no time lately.

  • Jennifer L says:

    I adore classical ballet – by far my favourite style of dance. That said, I love how classical ballet now seems to draw inspiration from a variety of dance styles. Alberta Ballet’s collaborations to the music of Sarah McLaugchlan, Elton John and Joni Mitchell (all of which I have seen) are great examples of that. I have been to many performances of Alberta Ballet in about the last 5 years and I love it each and every time.

  • Cindy says:

    Contemporary, modern, ballet, .. love it all! Love YTYCD Jeff M season 3 season hooked me! , maybe the Nutcracker many years ago.

  • Melissa says:

    My first love in life was (and still is!) ballet. I am a huge fan of sytycd (Preferred the old panel of judges, not all these celebrity judges who have no dance background) and yes, I have been to many Alberta Ballet performances. I loved Travis Wall on sytycd and his choreography since, would absolutely die to go to this show.

  • Michelle says:

    My daughter and I went to see the Alberta Ballet for the first time in December. Both of us loved it. I have always watched SYTYCD and now it’s a family affair. Travis Wall’s choreography is always one of my favourites. My daughter and I would love to see his production. My favourite genres are ballet and contemporary. My daughter’s – contemporary and hip hop as it is so different from her own genre (Irish Dance).

  • Lindsay Hennessey says:

    I love contemporary dance and Wall’s SYTYCD sunflower dance still makes me cry! I try to see as much Alberta Ballet as possible!

  • Brandon Lee Bacchus says:

    Love hip hop and modern styles. Watched that show here and there in passing but not too often!

  • Brandon Lee Bacchus says:

    Oh, and I’ve not seen live balet before!

  • Sarah Leask says:

    I absolutely love SYTYCD, and would absolutely love to get to see Travis. His pieces are so incredibly moving, and it would be amazing to be able to take a friend of mine, whom I had regular dates with to watch the last season.

    My favourite Alberta Ballet experience was seeing Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum and would love the chance to see another performance!

  • Devon says:

    My favourite kind of dance has to be lyrical! Back when we were in school my friend and I would always watch SYTYCD when we’d get back from classes. That same friend and I still keep in touch and attend an Alberta Ballet performance every few years :)

  • Maryanne says:

    I had season passes to Albert Ballet as part of a New Years resolution a few years back and loved their performance of a Midsummer Nights Dream. Fave genre? I’m not sure I can pick one! SYTYCD is brilliant for breaking down the stereotypes of what dance can be, love the pairing of classical dance with modern music!

  • Amber says:

    I was obsessed with SYTCD for years and watched with my little sister. Mark was definitely my favourite dancer and I still follow him on social media. I think my favourite dance genre is lyrical or ballet. I saw Alberta Ballet for the first time this past December when I took my daughter to see the Nutcracker. It was fabulous! I’d love a chance to see this show and it would be an awesome birthday present (my birthday is on the 15th).

  • Rebecca says:

    How fun?! I enjoy watching ballet and ballroom performances — they are such beautiful, emotional dance styles and can be so romantic! I think the Charleston is fun too — what a fun era! I haven’t really watched SYTYCD…not a big TV gal. Yes, I’ve enjoyed the Alberta Ballet and am particularly looking forward to The Tragically Hip perfomance later this year! Fingers crossed I’ll win tickets to Shaping Sound for a girl’s night out with one of my besties! Thank you for the opportunity :)

  • Stephanie says:

    Just like you I’m a huge fan of SYTYCD and continue to watch it because I love to see Travis’s choreography. My favourite genres of dance are contemporary, hip hop, and tap. I have never attended any of the Alberta Ballet live shows and would love to win!!!

  • Jenny Trinh says:

    I love Hip Hop! I watched it during season 4 way back when it aired. I have never been to a ballet performance before but I would love to change that !! C:

  • Rachel says:

    My favourite is contemporary or jazz. Was a huge SYTYCD fan too especially the first few seasons- loved when dancers crossover into other dance genres and do really Well! Ive only seen the nutcracker with Alberta ballet so would like to see more if i can!

  • Nikki says:

    Ahhh I am dying to see this show as well! I was an early SYTYCD fan too, and have renewed that love with these last couple seasons! I was lucky enought to have my boyfriend surprise me with tickets to the most recent top 10 tour and was so in awe! Cannot pick a fave style of dance – I am so impressed by everything and love all the different ways people can express themselves. I have been to the Nutcracker but it has been such a long time since I’ve seen anything put on by AB Ballet – would love the opportunity again, especially seeing some of my favourite dancers ????????

  • Yolanda Chang says:

    I love watching contemporary dance! I also used to do hip hop (I wasn’t very good haha) but I love watching the professionals do it. Used to watch SYTYCD waaaay back in the first season. Have never been to the Alberta Ballet but it sounds like it would be a ton of fun!

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