August 4th, 2010
10:55 AM ET
Stephen "tWitch" Boss is one of the most popular dancers in the history of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," so, naturally, the producers of “Step Up 3-D” are giving him the chance to tackle his first speaking role.
At the same time, “SYTYCD” breakout star Jonathan "Legacy" Perez was also working on “Step Up 3-D,” collaborating with the choreographers to develop what would become the first 3-D dance movie ever, opening in theaters Friday.
"We worked on the process of how to cater to 3-D cameras," he said. "If you spin a certain way the camera loses the 3-D effect as opposed to going towards the camera or going away at an angle. The subtle movements are what make the movie intense, like when you're dodging legs in the audience while wearing the glasses."
As for tWitch, his role as a technological genius and comic book geek doesn't stray too far from real life: "He's just like me, except that I don't have a lab yet."
Both dancers see a future in acting as well as dancing. "I’d like to gain more momentum to continue this," tWitch said, "not only to get parts that have dancing attached to them, but other roles as well."
"As long as I’m an artist, acting and dancing are things I would love to keep pursuing," said Legacy, who portrays a member of the "Pirates" dance crew in the film.
tWitch (who got his name from the constant popping and locking he would do when he was starting out as a dancer) has had the chance to witness the newest crop of "SYTYCD" competitors first-hand as an "all-star" this season. The highlight of the season for many so far has been his hip-hop routine with ballet dancer Alex.
"That was an experience in itself. I’ve never danced with a male professional ballet dancer before, especially one that works as hard as Alex, and he really picked up on the hip hop movement quickly," he said. "A speedy recovery to him, I think he's going to be fine."
So what's his advice, just a few months after his "SYTYCD" experience, to the final four contestants? "Enjoy the moment. Do what you love, and love what you do."
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