DanceWear Corner had the honor of having Alex Wong in the store on Friday, April 27, 2018, to meet with dancers and take selfies with him. Through all of this Alex took his time talking with every single dancer that came to see him. Here are some pictures of the day.
Alex Wong started his dance training at the age of seven in Canada. Since that time he has gone on to win many accolades. In 2004, he became the first Canadian to win the Prix de Lausanne competition in Switzerland, and later that year joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. The next year he danced briefly with American Ballet Theatre before he joined Miami City Ballet. In early 2007, he was promoted to the rank of soloist.
Alex auditioned for the FOX dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2009. Even though he made it through Vega week and was chosen for the final Top 20, he was forced to withdraw due to contractual issues with the Miami City Ballet. After his audition, Alex was promoted again to the rank of principal soloist at MCB.
In 2010, Alex was offered another promotion to principal dancer at Miami City Ballet, yet he declined in order to pursue a shot at being America’s favorite dancer on “So You Think You Can Dance”. He went through another grueling Vegas week and again made it to the Top 10, yet on the fifth week of season seven, Alex Injured himself, snapping his Achilles tendon. This injury took him out of the race as America’s favorite dancer, he received surgery in Los Angeles and was given a timeframe of a year to fully recover. Later that year, both of the pieces that Alex danced in on “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographed by Mia Michaels and Tabatha & Napolean both won Emmy Awards.
Following his surgery, Alex signed with Bloc Talent Agency and booked commercials and several print jobs as well as a television Job as part of the dance ensemble for NBC’s TV series “Smash” directed by Steven Spielberg. Alex went on to appear on “The Ellen Show”, “The Voice”, later he was asked to re-join “So You Think You Can Dance” as an All-Star, but days before starting he was sidelined with another Achilles injury to his other leg and was forced to withdraw. This time during recovery, Alex decided to focus on his singing and action and even auditioned for American Idol making it the semi-final “Hollywood” rounds. He also was invited to many universities as a guest speaker. Despite having two potentially career-ending injuries, Alex returned to dancing professionally through sheer determination, dedication, and optimism. He later had his Broadway debut, playing the role of “Sniper” in the Original Broadway Cast of Disney musical “Newsies” which won two Tony Awards and received six other Tony nominations.