Tyce Diorio

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Tyce Diorio
Born (1970-08-22) August 22, 1970 (age 52)

"Tyce" Diorio (born August 22, 1970)[1] is an American dancer and choreographer. He is best known for his work as a choreographer and guest judge on the Fox television series So You Think You Can Dance. He has choreographed and performed with Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Taylor Swift.[2][3] He won an Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Choreography.[4]


Early in his career Tyce Diorio was a finalist in the 1988 Star Search Finals as Keith Diorio. He was named "Mr. Dance of America" and performed in a contemporary take on The Nutcracker called "Nuts-n-Krackers" in Boston, Massachusetts, with dancer Nancy O'Meara, also a former "Miss Dance of America".

Diorio performed as a dancer in the 1995 film Showgirls, listed in the credits as Keith Diorio. Diorio was a contestant on the short-lived talent show Fame in 2003.[5] Diorio also had a cameo audition in Every Little Step (2008), a documentary about the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.[6]

Diorio was a featured judge on the TLC competition program, Master of Dance, which aired its first six-episode season during the summer of 2008 (credited as Keith Diorio). He has also appeared as a choreographer and judge over seven seasons of the Fox television show, So You Think You Can Dance.

In 2010, he played himself in the motion picture Move (directed by Kurt E. Soderling and Melinda Songer) along with others including Mia Michaels, Paula Abdul, Wade Robson and Nigel Lythgoe.[7]

Janet Jackson,[8] Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez,[8] Mýa, *NSYNC, Kelly Osbourne, Céline Dion and Toni Braxton are some of the artists Diorio has worked with. Diorio has also worked on numerous feature films including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Showgirls, Starsky and Hutch, 13 Going on 30, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Epic Movie. In addition to So You Think You Can Dance, his television credits include That '70s Show, The Tyra Banks Show, The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, Big Time Rush, Fame, The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as Annie and Cinderella.[7] His struggle to be cast in the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway was one of the stories included in the 2008 documentary Every Little Step.[6]

Diorio has choreographed routines for Paulina Rubio and Tobey Maguire; commercials for iPod, McDonald's, Sylvania and Road Runner DSL; and a musical entitled Just Another Man. Diorio has worked privately with Katie Holmes and Maguire. He also choreographed the music videos for Paula Abdul's single Dance Like There's No Tomorrow and Taylor Swift's Shake It Off.

Choreography for So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

Season Week Dancers Style Music
Season 1 Week 6 Melody Lacayanga
Nick Lazzarini
Broadway "All That Jazz" from Chicago
Season 2 Week 1 Aleksandra Wojda
Jason Williams
Contemporary "Unwritten"—Natasha Bedingfield
Martha Nichols
Travis Wall
Broadway "Steam Heat"—The Pointer Sisters
Week 5 Allison Holker
Ivan Koumaev
Contemporary "Why"—Annie Lennox
Donyelle Jones
Benji Schwimmer
Broadway "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray
Week 6 Allison Holker
Ryan Rankine
"Bye Bye Blackbird"—Liza Minnelli
Natalie Fotopoulos
Benji Schwimmer
Jazz "Wonderful"—India.Arie
Week 7 Natalie Fotopoulos
Ryan Rankine
Contemporary "I Will Get There"—Boyz II Men
Heidi Groskreutz
Benji Schwimmer
Broadway "Fake Your Way to the Top" from Dreamgirls
Top 8 Group routine "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago
Week 8 Natalie Fotopoulos
Ivan Koumaev
Contemporary "Everytime We Touch (Yanou's Candlelight Mix)"—Cascada
Donyelle Jones
Benji Schwimmer
Broadway "Le Jazz Hot"—Julie Andrews
Week 9 Heidi Groskreutz
Donyelle Jones
"Big Spender" from Sweet Charity
Season 3 Week 1 Shauna Noland
Jimmy Arguello
"Ease on Down the Road" from The Wiz
Week 2 Jessi Peralta
Pasha Kovalev
Jazz "Stiff Jazz"—dZihan & Kamien
Lacey Schwimmer
Kameron Bink
Broadway "Overture/All That Jazz" from Chicago
Week 3 Top 16 Group routine "The Lioness Hunt" from The Lion King
Week 4 Anya Garnis
Danny Tidwell
Contemporary "Apologize"—OneRepublic
Week 5 Jaimie Goodwin
Hokuto Konishi
Broadway "Mr. Bojangles" from Fosse
Week 6 Sabra Johnson
Kameron Bink
Contemporary "Amazing Grace"—Crystal Lewis
Week 7 Sabra Johnson
Pasha Kovalev
Broadway "A Wild Wild Party" from The Wild Party
Week 9 Top 4 "Mein Herr"—Liza Minnelli
Season 4 Week 1 Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
"Too Darn Hot" from Kiss Me, Kate
Week 2 Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
"All for the Best" from Godspell
Week 3 Comfort Fedoke
Chris Jarosz
Jazz "The Beautiful People"—Marilyn Manson
Week 4 Top 14 Group routine "Money Money" from Cabaret
Week 5 Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Broadway "I'm a Woman" from Smokey Joe's Cafe
Jessica King
William Wingfield
Contemporary "Silence" from Unfaithful
Week 6 Kherington Payne
Mark Kanemura
Jazz "Canned Heat"—Jamiroquai
Katee Shean
William Wingfield
Broadway "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" from Guys and Dolls
Week 7 Katee Shean
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
"Sweet Georgia Brown" from Bubbling Brown Sugar
Week 8 Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Contemporary "All by Myself"—Celine Dion
Week 9 Courtney Galiano
Katee Shean
Broadway "The Trolley Song"—Rufus Wainwright
Season 5 Week 1 Asuka Kondoh
Vitolio Jeune
"Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago
Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Jazz "I Only Have Eyes for You"—Jamie Cullum
Week 3 Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Broadway "Moses Supposes" from Singin' in the Rain
Week 6 Melissa Sandvig
Brandon Bryant
"Aquarius" from Hair
Week 7 Melissa Sandvig
Ade Obayomi
Contemporary "This Woman's Work"—Maxwell
Kayla Radomski
Jason Glover
Broadway "Mr. Monotony"—Kim Criswell
Week 8 Melissa Sandvig
Evan Kasprzak
"Get Me To The Church On Time" - Matt Dusk
Week 9 Kayla Radomski
Brandon Bryant
"Bye Bye Love" from All That Jazz
Season 6 Week 1 Ashleigh Di Lello
Jakob Karr
"Hit Me With a Hot Note (And Watch Me Bounce)" from Sophisticated Ladies
  • Favorite routines:[original research?]
    • Season 1:
      • Melody and Nick's Chicago "All That Jazz" Broadway routine ended up as Melody Lacayanga (runner-up)'s favourite routine she performed of the season.
    • Season 2:
      • Donyelle and Benji's Broadway routine to "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray was chosen to be Donyelle Jones (3rd place)'s favourite routine she performed of the season.
      • Allison and Ivan's contemporary routine to Annie Lennox's "Why" was contemporary choreographer Mia Michaels' favourite routine of the season.
      • Martha and Travis' Broadway routine to "Steam Heat" by The Pointer Sisters ended up as jazz choreographer Brian Friedman's favourite routine of the season.
    • Season 5:
      • Melissa and Ade's contemporary routine to Maxwell's "This Woman's Work" Mia Michaels' favorite routine of the season.
  • Top 15 routines season 1-5 choreographies by Tyce Diorio:
    • Season 1:
      • Melody and Nick's Chicago "All That Jazz" Broadway routine
    • Season 2:
      • Allison and Ivan's contemporary routine to Annie Lennox's "Why"
    • Season 5:
      • Melissa and Ade's contemporary routine to "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell was chosen to be Nigel Lythgoe's favourite routine from all seasons 1-5

Dioro has choreographed for the Lifetime TV show, Drop Dead Diva, which featured Paula Abdul and some of SYTYCD past finalists including Mollee Gray(S6), William Wingfield(S4) & Joy Spears(S2).

He was also special guest choreographer in So You Think You Can Dance (Poland) (season 6) and So You Think You Can Dance (Ukraine) (season 4). He helped the judges to pick the top 14 dancers in both shows.

He is also featured as the choreographer in the Taylor Swift video Shake it Off , along another SYTYCD alumni Fik-Shun.


  1. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance Cast". RealityBug. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  2. ^ "Tyce Diorio on "Every Little Step"". EDGE Media Network. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Tyce Diorio". Broadway Dance Center. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2019-03-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ July 21, 2003, "Racquet-wielding neighbors & mud wrestling in 'Paradise'". USA Today
  6. ^ a b "Every Little Step (2008) - IMDb". IMDb.com. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Tyce Diorio". IMDb.com. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b No byline, (January 2007), "Our 10th Anniversary". Dance Spirit. 11 (1):34

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