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click to enlarge Shaping Sound, a troupe and show stemming from realty dance television, has a tour stop in The City this week. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Shaping Sound, a troupe and show stemming from realty dance television, has a tour stop in The City this week.

Fans of blockbuster dance reality shows “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars” need look no further for entertainment this week than to “Shaping Sound” at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on Wednesday.

Launched from the Oxygen network television show “All the Right Moves,” “Shaping Sound” is a dance company and touring show featuring choreography and dancing by Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, veterans of either “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Dancing With the Stars.”

Now on its first live tour, the company’s mission is focused on bringing contemporary dance to the masses.

“There are contemporary companies, like Nederlands Dans Theater, that dancers, especially, love to see,” says Chantal Aguirre, a “Shaping Sound” performer. “It’s very artistic, but we do a combination of styles that I think kids, adults and all sorts of audiences can enjoy. The energy of everyone onstage in the group dances is phenomenal.”

Aguirre, a 24-year old Santa Cruz native, started dancing in her mother’s dance studio in Felton, trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, and after many a “Nutcracker” and multiple competitions, found herself in New York City, performing professionally at 17.

“I respect ballet training and technique,” Aguirre says. “But now I feel my brain and body are constantly challenged with ‘Shaping Sound.’ I’m finding different shapes, ways to move and textures. When I was doing ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ in the ‘Nutcracker,’ it was the same thing every year, I couldn’t see myself doing that for years in a row,” says the dancer, who has worked with Adele, Beyoncé, CeeLo Green and Florence and the Machine. She has also performed at the Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.

The “Shaping Sound” choreography is robust and dynamic, packed with the athletic prowess and showmanship that perpetuates the current mania for dance shows.

“I thought Travis’ choreography was so great I moved to Los Angeles to work with him,” Aguirre says.

In addition to choreography by Wall, Lazzarini, Forance and Robinson, “Shaping Sound” has another innovator at the helm in executive producer Gil Stroming, who was a teenager when he performed in “Tap Dogs” and later founded the tap group Break the Floor.

In addition to performances, dancers and choreographers will lead dance workshops in each of the 13 city stops on this tour.

“We’ll be teaching phrases from our show,” Aguirre says. “We want to be able to share what we experience and what we’re putting onstage with aspiring dancers.”


Shaping Sound

Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Tickets: $39 to $89
Contact: (415) 392-4400,,

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