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Travis Wall is having a good week.

After being honored at a nomination reception for the upcoming Emmy awards show, a new poignant piece of Wall's was featured on Season 15 of "SYTYCD." Choreographed for contestants Taylor Sieve and Darius Hickman to "It Takes a Lot to Know a Man," by Damien Rice, the piece was not only technically beautiful, it shed light on the issue of gender and the LGBTQ perspective—an topic rarely confronted on the FOX show.

"As a gay man, i hear all the time why "SYTYCD" has avoided gay topics and stories, and asked men to always dance masculine," Wall posted on Instagram. He went on to write that he wants the show to tackle these sensitive issues. Read the full post below.


In a previous post, Wall revealed that initially Rice denied the use of the song on the show. However, after the brazen choreographer contacted the singer/songwriter directly, explaining the context and importance of this specific track, the usage rights were granted.

Watch the powerful performance below (starting at 1:58). Definitely, one for the books!

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Via Wall's Instagram

Choreographer Travis Wall recently shared a video he directed and produced about the struggle of dealing with homophobia. The Shaping Sound artistic director, who is openly gay, pairs his contemporary style with an acoustic cover of "This Is Me" from the Grammy-nominated musical The Greatest Showman, performed by Broadway's Shoshana Bean, and the result is truly moving.

Wall posted about the video on Instagram, which includes a photo of him with anti-gay slurs written on his face and body, as well this poignant caption:

"Fag. Unworthy. Small. Reckless. Invisible. Failure. Weak. Sinner. Vile. Homo. A few words that have been used against me. Message is simple, take something negative and turn it into something positive. Bold. Worthy. Strong. Safe. Standout. Champion. Brave. Survivor. Beautiful. Perfect."


In a separate post, Wall stated all proceeds and downloads of the video will benefit The Los Angeles LGBT Center. Watch the full video below:


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