McGrath at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards
|Birth name||Blake James McGrath|
November 21, 1983 |
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation(s)||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. He has also developed a solo singing career with a debut album Time to Move in 2010.
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.
In addition to his appearances on television shows, McGrath has also appeared in the films Butterbox Babies, Life With Mikey, Chicago, and Rent. 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 owner of VIP Dance Events which tours major cities throughout Canada. He also appeared on the magazine cover of Hotshoes and appeared in Dance Spirit Magazine December 2006 issue. Lastly, he appeared on the 9/10/13 episode of Dance Moms as a guest choreographer.
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)
He is the lead choreographer for the audition cities and alternating third judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. He has had contributions for all three seasons to date of the Canadian series as follows:
|Season 1 (Canada)||Week 3||Arassay Reyes
|Contemporary||"Let Me Leave"—Marc Broussard|
|Week 4||Kaitlyn Fitzgerald
|Jazz Funk||"Breakin' Dishes"—Rihanna|
|Week 5||Top 12||Contemporary||"I Surrender"—Celine Dion|
|Week 7||Lisa Auguste
|Jazz Funk||"When I Grow Up"—The Pussycat Dolls|
|Week 8||Lisa Auguste
|Season 2 (Canada)||Week 2||Amy Gardner
|Contemporary||"When You Say My Name"—Mario Spinetti|
|Week 3||Kim Gingras
|Jazz Funk||"Love Sex Magic"—Ciara feat Justin Timberlake|
|Week 4||Top 14||Jazz Funk||"LoveGame"—Lady Gaga|
|Week 5||Jayme Rae Dailey
|Contemporary||"It Must Have Been Love"—Kari Kimmel|
|Week 8||Jayme Rae Dailey
|Jazz Funk||"I Gotta Feeling"—The Black Eyed Peas|
|Season 3 (Canada)||Week 2||Kloé Schultz
|Jazz||"California Gurls"—Katy Perry feat Snoop Dogg|
|Week 4||Nathalie Heath
|Contemporary||"After Afterall"—William Fitzsimmons|
|Week 5||Nathalie Heath
|Jazz||"Teenage Dream"—Katy Perry|
|Week 7||Janick Arseneau
|Jazz Funk||"Come On Girl"—Taio Cruz feat Luciana Caporoso|
Blake started pursuing a music career and released his first single "The Night (Only Place To Go)" on April 27, 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, which also won an MMVA award. 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 released his second studio album entitled Love Revolution on September 30, 2013.
As of 2012, McGrath lives in Los Angeles, California. 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, Ontario.
|2010||Time to Move||39||-|
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"
- 1993: Life with Mikey as an acrobat
- 1995: Butterbox Babies as Simon (age 7/8)
- 1995: Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story as Stuart Sanger (TV movie)
- 1996: Goosebumps as Casey Brewer (in 2 episodes in TV series)
- 2002: Chicago as a male dancer
- 2004: Britney Spears Live from Miami as a dancer (TV movie)
- 2005: Rent as dancer (uncredited)
- 2007: Dancelife as himself
- 2013: Dance Moms as himself