Read Shockya's exclusive interview with choreographer, dancer and actress Tre Armstrong, who currently serves as a judge on the fourth season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada.’ Besides appearing on the hit reality dance competition, Armstrong also choreographs routines for Jason Derulo, Sarah Brightman and Ludacris, dances with Sean Paul, Neyo, Missy Elliott, Jason Derulo, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rihanna and is an occasional actress. Furthermore, she travels the world, teaching hip-hop, urban and freestyle dance in workshops, seminars and classes. Armstrong discuses with us, among other things, what she finds so appealing about ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada’ and why she combines her dancing with her acting.
Written by: Karen Benardello
ShockYa (SY): You are once again a judge on the current fourth season of the popular reality television competition ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada,’ a position you’ve held since the show’s first season in 2008. What initially attracted you to the show, and what do you find the most appealing about it that makes you want to return to it every year?
Tré Armstrong (TA): It was the opportunity to educate, empower and mentor dancers in Canada to become global phenoms on stage and in Film/TV that first excited me. Also, the opportunity to choreograph for the TV nation, but I don’t seem to do this anymore on the show unfortunately. I come back for the dancers, they inspire me so much to keep pushing forward.
SY: What are the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of being a judge on ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada?’
TA: As a permanent judge I have to be unbiased and keep an open mind at all times, so that can be difficult. Every dancer is unique and it’s sometimes hard to remember that, plus some are sooooo young, 18 years of age to be exact! The most rewarding part is being able to see the growth of the competitors (and myself!) right in front of my eyes.
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