SYTYCD Launches Dizzy Feet Foundation

Celebrity blogs have been buzzing for weeks now about Katie Holmes making an appearance on “So You Think You Can Dance.” But DT readers were among the first in the know that the star has been working with Tyce Diorio (our February cover subject) for daily, four-hour private sessions and on dance-history education. And now, Holmes will show off her hard work when she performs a tribute to Judy Garland (choreographed by Diorio) on the 100th episode of "SYTYCD," airing July 23.

What’s more, Holmes will donate her entire appearance fee to the brand-new Dizzy Feet Foundation—a non-profit charity founded by the show’s own Nigel Lythgoe, “Dancing With The Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba and director Adam Shankman. The foundation was created to provide scholarships and assistance to talented, underserved young dancers and will also aim to elevate and standardize dance instruction throughout the United States.

Many other former DT cover subjects and big names in the entertainment industry are also on board. Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Mia Michaels, Mary Murphy, Debbie Allen, Shane Sparks and others have been tapped to serve on a Steering Committee—the group responsible for selecting scholarship recipients and following their journeys.

The foundation comes at a particularly crucial time for the arts in America and it seems like a great move for the dance community. I know I’ll be watching Holmes’ debut on the 23rd and hope you will too!

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