Nick Lazzarini

Nick Lazzarini (born August 4, 1984) is an American dancer. He is best known as the first season winner on the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance. He is a trained dancer in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet and modern dance styles.

Early lifeEdit

My mom used to play a lot of music when I was a baby—I'd prop myself up on the coffee table and wiggle myself around.

Nick Lazzarini, People magazine, October 2005[1]

Lazzarini was born to Italian American parents. Lazzarini grew up in Mountain View, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Springer Elementary in Mountain View, California and Blach Intermediate School in Los Altos, California.[2] Lazzarini began attending Showbiz when he was 8 years old.[3] In the early 2000s, he travelled every other weekend from San Francisco to Fresno to dance at Dance Rage. He was trained under Keith Banks.[3] His performance at Showbiz in 2001 caught the attention of Dance Spirit magazine, and they featured him on the cover of their October 2001 issue.[4]

At the time of his appearance on "So You Think You Can Dance," he was living in Van Nuys, California.

Early careerEdit

Lazzarini has been dancing since age four and began teaching and doing choreography at age fourteen.[2]

In 2003, Lazzarini, competing as part of a dance group called Hot Under The Collar, appeared on CBS's "Star Search" remake.

Prior to competing on the Fox reality show, Lazzarini spent two years at the Dance Company of San Francisco and also toured Europe with the RAW dance company, which was founded by choreographer Mia Michaels, one of the judges on "So You Think You Can Dance".

So You Think You Can DanceEdit

Lazzarini was the first person who auditioned for the show before it even began. Nigel and Bonnie Lythgoe approached him to see if he would be a good match for a show they were then planning.[5] For his win on the first season of the show, Lazzarini received a cash prize of $100,000 and the use of a penthouse apartment in Manhattan for one year. According to judge Nigel Lythgoe, Lazzarini chose to exchange the value of the apartment for a cash equivalent.[6]

Week Partner Choreographer(s) Style Song Result
1 Kamilah Barrett Blake Anthony
Marty Kudelka
Hip-Hop "Touch"—Omarion Safe
2 Michelle Brooke Glenn Weiss Quickstep "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)"—Geoff Love and his Orchestra Bottom 3
Result Show Solo "Storm"— Lifehouse Safe
3 Kamilah Barrett Doriana Sánchez Disco "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"—Sylvester Safe
4 Mary Murphy Tango "Tanguedia"—Prandi Sound Dance Orchestra Safe
Doriana Sánchez Pop "I Drove All Night"—Celine Dion
5 Alex Da Silva Mambo "Mambo Cool"—Ernesto Marquez and his Orchestra Safe
Mia Michaels Contemporary "King of Pain"—The Police
6 Melody Lacayanga Tyce Diorio Broadway "All That Jazz"—Chicago Safe
Brian Friedman Disco "Knock on Wood"—Amii Stewart
Top 6's Solo Contemporary "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"— Jeffrey Gaines Safe
7 Melody Lacayanga Mary Murphy Paso Doble "España cañí"—Boston Pops Orchestra Winner
Jamile McGee Dan Karaty Hip-hop "(Holla Back) Young'n"—Fabolous
Ashlé Dawson Shane Sparks "Feel the Girl"—Ms. Jade
Top 4's Solo Contemporary Jazz "Pardon Me"— Incubus
8 Top 16 Shane Sparks Hip-Hop "Pump It"—The Black Eyed Peas


Lazzarini became the first person ever to appear on the cover of Dance Spirit twice, with the January 2006 issue.[7] Beginning in March 2006, Lazzarini became a founding member (of 15) of the Evolution Dance Company, which debuted at the OC Pavilion in Santa Ana, California, alongside SYTYCD alumni Melody Lacayanga and Craig DeRosa. Choreographers in the company include Liz Imperio and Mia Michaels.[8]

Lazzarini was formerly a faculty member of Jump Dance Convention (

In November 2011, Oxygen Media announced that Nick, along with fellow dancers Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, is part of a series in development titled All the Right Moves. This docu-series follows the four dancers as they work to start a new dance company in LA called Shaping Sound.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Lazzarini is best friends with Melody Lacayanga, and they have been since their teens. He is also best friends with dancer and choreographer Travis Wall, whom he has known since he was 9 years old.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Junior Mr. Dance of America.
  • Teen Mr. Dance of America.


  1. ^ Rizzo, Monica (2005-10-24), "Nick Lazzarini SOUNDS OFF". People. 64 (17):42
  2. ^ a b Ridgeway, Eliza (October 26, 2005), "Nick Lazzarini, star of FOX's 'So You Think You Can Dance,' returns home for a visit" Archived 2008-10-21 at the Wayback Machine. Los Altos Town Crier.
  3. ^ a b Walker, Marisa (October 2001), "5 Days, 5 Nationals". Dance Spirit. 5 (8):66
  4. ^ December 2005, "Always a WINNER". Dance Spirit. 9 (10):25
  5. ^ Arnett, Lisa (January 2006), "America;s Favorite". "Dance Spirit". 10 (1):58
  6. ^ Martin, Ed (July 26, 2006), "Intimate Insights From Contestants and Judges On 'So You Think You Can Dance'" Archived 2008-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. Media Village
  7. ^ Jarrett, Sara (January 2006), "That Special Something". Dance Spirit. 10 (1):22
  8. ^ Carafano, Michelle (March 2006), "Evolution in OC" Dance Spirit. 10 (3):24
  9. ^ Seidman, Robert. "Oxygen Media Adds Three New Docu-Series To Development Pipeline". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved 2012-04-17.

External linksEdit

First Winner of So You Think You Can Dance
Succeeded by
Benji Schwimmer