Blake McGrath

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Blake McGrath
2011 MuchMusic Video Awards - Blake McGrath.jpg
McGrath at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards
Background information
Birth name Blake James McGrath
Born (1983-11-21) November 21, 1983 (age 30)
Origin Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Occupations dancer, choreographer, singer, model

Blake James McGrath (born November 21, 1983) is a Canadian professional dancer, pop singer and choreographer. He was known for being on the first season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2005, and on the MTV reality dance show, DanceLife.[1] He has also developed a solo singing career with a debut album Time to Move in 2010.

Early career[edit]

Blake James McGrath was born in Mississauga, Ontario [2][3]

His early television appearances include: Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1997) playing Stuart Sanger, and the TV show recreation of Goosebumps book "Stay Out of the Basement". He played the brother Casey.

In 2003, McGrath was chosen to perform on Michael Jackson's thirtieth anniversary special. In 2006, he performed alongside Paulina Rubio at the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards. Also in 2006 he has an appearance in the documentary Freestyle (with Brian Friedman). He has appeared in Gap campaigns (with Sarah Jessica Parker), and in advertisements for iPod, Old Navy (which he also choreographed), and Hummer.[2]

He has danced with stars such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Adam Lambert, Ashanti, Destiny's Child, P!nk, Craig David, Jewel.

In addition to his appearances on television shows, McGrath has also appeared in the films Butterbox Babies, Life With Mikey, Chicago, and Rent.[2] He was also featured as a dancer in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in the episode Commercial Breaks. He was a waiter. He studied at both Tiffany Dance Academy in Hamilton Ontario and Joanne Chapman School of Dance in Brampton, Ontario.

He is co-owner of "Coastal Dance Rage Convention", which tours major cities throughout Canada.[1] He also appeared on the magazine cover of Hotshoes and appeared in Dance Spirit Magazine December 2006 issue.[citation needed] Lastly, he appeared on the 9/10/13 episode of Dance Moms as a guest choreographer.

Dancing career[edit]

In 2005, McGrath participated as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. He appeared in the 2007 reality TV show DanceLife produced by Jennifer Lopez. In 2014, he appears in the Lifetime hit Dance Moms as a guest choreographer for the Candy Apples Dance Center. CADC is the main rival of the Abby Lee Dance Center.

Choreography in So You Think You Can Dance Canada series (2008-2010)[edit]

He is the lead choreographer for the audition cities and alternating third judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.[1][3] He has had contributions for all three seasons todate of the Canadian series as follows:

Season Week Dancers Style Music
Season 1 (Canada) Week 3 Arassay Reyes
Nico Archambault
Contemporary "Let Me Leave"—Marc Broussard
Week 4 Kaitlyn Fitzgerald
Izaak Smith
Jazz Funk "Breakin' Dishes"—Rihanna
Week 5 Top 12 Contemporary "I Surrender"—Celine Dion
Week 7 Lisa Auguste
Nico Archambault
Jazz Funk "When I Grow Up"—The Pussycat Dolls
Week 8 Lisa Auguste
Miles Faber
Contemporary "The Face"—RyanDan
Season 2 (Canada) Week 2 Amy Gardner
Vincent Desjardins
Contemporary "When You Say My Name"—Mario Spinetti
Week 3 Kim Gingras
Emanuel Sandhu
Jazz Funk "Love Sex Magic"—Ciara feat Justin Timberlake
Week 4 Top 14 Jazz Funk "LoveGame"—Lady Gaga
Week 5 Jayme Rae Dailey
Daniel Dory
Contemporary "It Must Have Been Love"—Kari Kimmel
Week 8 Jayme Rae Dailey
Emanuel Sandhu
Jazz Funk "I Gotta Feeling"—The Black Eyed Peas
Season 3 (Canada) Week 2 Kloé Schultz
Jonathan Arsenault
Jazz "California Gurls"—Katy Perry feat Snoop Dogg
Week 4 Nathalie Heath
Mackenzie Green
Contemporary "After Afterall"—William Fitzsimmons
Week 5 Nathalie Heath
Jonathan Arsenault
Jazz "Teenage Dream"—Katy Perry
Week 7 Janick Arseneau
Jeff Mortensen
Jazz Funk "Come On Girl"—Taio Cruz feat Luciana Caporoso

Musical career[edit]

Blake started pursuing a music career and released his first single "The Night (Only Place To Go)" on April 27 of 2010 on MuchMusic. He presented an award with Girlicious at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards on June 20, 2010. His follow up single was Relax on August 3, 2010 to Canadian iTunes. On November 2, 2010, he released his first studio album Time to Move. It peaked at 39 on the Canadian Album charts. It was later released March 14, 2011 but failed to chart.

He is set to release his second studio album entitled Love Revolution on September 30, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2012, McGrath lives in Los Angeles, California.[2] He attended Cawthra Park Secondary School, School of the Arts and Applewood Heights Secondary School in Mississauga as well as St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, ON.

In 2009, he openly expressed that he's bisexual.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak
CAN US
2010 Time to Move 39 -
2013 Love Revolution

Tours[edit]

Stage Fright Tour (2011)

  • First tour for Blake McGrath's debut studio album "Time To Move"

http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab26/BlastThatBoomBox/blake-mcgrath-2-400x500.jpg "Blake McGrath performing on "So You Think You Can Dance Canada"

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

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