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6.8/10 TV

Genre  Reality
First episode date  29 March 2008
Network  Nickelodeon
Cast  Shane Harper, Quddus
6.4/10 IMDb

Also known as  DOS
Directed by  Paul Casey
Final episode date  15 February 2009
Language  English
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Created by  Bryan Leder and Frederick Levy
Developed by  Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz
Starring  Quddus, Tony Testa and The Nick 6:Karen ChuangJohnny ErasmeAshley GalvanShane HarperAubree StormHefa Tuita
Similar  The Dance Scene, Step It Up and Dance, All That, America's Best Dance Crew, Live to Dance

Dance on Sunset is a dance and music series hosted by Quddus (Benjamin Quddus Philippe) on Nickelodeon that featured dance routines, called the "Fresh-Squeezed Dance", designed to be performed by its pre-teen and teen-age viewers. Choreographer Tony Testa and the show's dance troupe, the Nick 6, demonstrated each routine slowly, repeating it several times during the episode. An "advanced" version of each routine was featured on the show's website. Episodes featured musical guests, which included Akon, Natasha Bedingfield, Miranda Cosgrove, Fall Out Boy, Fergie, Janet Jackson, Sean Kingston, Lil' Mama, Jesse McCartney, Menudo, Omarion, Panic! at the Disco and Ashlee Simpson, as well as dancing by a studio audience. The show premiered March 29, 2008, immediately after the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. The name 'On Sunset' came from the production location Nickelodeon on Sunset on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The show was cancelled due to low viewership. The series finale aired on June 21, 2008. As of Friday, August 24, 2012 the website is still running.


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Members of the show's dance troupe, at the time of the show's debut, ranged in age from 15 to 22. They were directed by Tony Testa, a former choreographer of Janet Jackson. The group consisted of Karen Chuang, Johnny Erasme, Ashley Galvan, Shane Harper, Aubree Storm and Hefa Tuita; the group was chosen with an eye for diversity and differing backgrounds.

Karen Chuang

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Karen Chuang was born March 26, 1990 in San Jose California. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA where she was the Executive Director for its premiere hip-hop team, NSU Modern. She is now pursuing a career as a professional dancer and is represented by Clear Talent Group. Her credits include Grey's Anatomy, Glee, The White House, The Ellen Show, Willow Smith, Cher Lloyd, and Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday Reloaded" World Tour (2013). She recently danced alongside Lady Gaga at the 2013 MTV VMAs and in her "G.U.Y." music video, and performed with Kanye West on his "Yeezus" Tour (2014). She is also a member of Entity Contemporary Dance Company. Karen's technical background and diverse training creates a unique hip-hop inspired contemporary style, which she enjoys exploring and sharing with fellow dancers. She currently subs regularly at Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA and Movement Lifestyle in North Hollywood, CA. In addition to her artistic aspirations, Karen also has a passion for fashion and was an assistant to the PR Coordinator at Versace from 2011-2012.

Johnny Erasme

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Erasme was born May 11, 1989, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A former member of the JammX Kids, he appeared in the JCPenney commercial "Control Freak." His family moved from New Orleans, Louisiana, to California after Hurricane Katrina. He raps and plays guitar and has released a CD titled "Johnny E.".

Ashley Galvan

Ashley Galvan a high-school senior at the debut of "Dance on Sunset", is from Visalia, California. She started dancing at 3 and is schooled in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and modern dance. She received the 2007 Cover Girl Award 2007 for "Spotlight Dance Cup Comp". She has appeared in a Keke Palmer dance video, on the CBS KEWLopolis dancing competition "Dance Revolution" and in commercials and was also a background dancer in the remake of the movie Fame. Ashley Galvan is also making her first appearance on season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance as one of the top 11 contestants. She also made an appearance in Glee episode "Original Song" as one of the Aural Intensity singers.

Shane Harper

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Harper was born February 14, 1993, in La Jolla, California. He was a principal dancer in the Disney Channel's High School Musical 2, an extra in Nickelodeon's Zoey 101, and will portray Tim in the 2010 Bollywood film, My Name is Khan. Also making guest appearances as the love interest in Disney Channel's new original series "Good Luck Charlie"

Aubree Storm

Aubree Storm born January 4, 1986, is an Elburn, Illinois, native who trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance at St. Charles School of Dance and the Lou Conte Dance Studio of Chicago. She was a dancer in Disney's "High School Musical" concert tour and was a dancer for Ashley Tisdale in appearances on "Good Morning America" and Live with Regis and Kelly, and appeared as a dancer in the film Step Brothers. She was also a member of Jin Akanishi's group of back up dancers, Jincrew, used for his concerts. She has also danced for Willow Smith and Cher Lloyd. She is currently dancing for Justin Bieber as one of twelve dancers featured in his Believe Tour.

Hefa Tuita

Tuita was born June 18, 1991, in Spanish Fork, Utah. He was a dancer in the Disney Channel's High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year appearing in various parts of the movie. He is trained in Latin and salsa dancing as well as hip-hop, jazz, ballroom international and funk. He was trained at Heart N Soul Dance Studio. He appeared in the movie Unaccompanied Minors, danced in two Taylor Vai videos and for Rihanna. Hefa's dancing with Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Usher and Kylie Minogue, He was toured with Chris Brown.

Episode list

Episodes broadcast have included the following. Each features a playlist of five songs and usually includes at least one special guest. Each also features a new "Fresh-Squeezed Dance." This season was filmed from October 2007-March 2008

International Distribution

  • Premiered in Australia and New Zealand on April 13, 2008 on Nickelodeon.
  • Premiered in Canada on YTV on May 18, 2008 at 8:00 P.M. ET after the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
  • Premiered in South East Asia March 9, 2009 on Nickelodeon South East Asia part of Nick at Nite.
  • References

    Dance on Sunset Wikipedia