Mount Vernon — Douglas Baldeo, a native of Mount Vernon New York, 12-year-old 6th grade home schooled student, took his talents to FOX’s Emmy Award-winning dance competition series “So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation,” Monday, where he displayed his talents against other dancers between the ages of 8 and 13-years-old.
The Emmy Award-winning dance competition show hosted by Cat Deeley and judged by Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo, returned for a thirteenth season with an all-new format as America’s best young dancers fight for their chance at stardom! On The Next Generation: Audition #3, which aired Monday, June 13 at 8:00 P.M./ 7:00 P.M. Central Time, Dougie earned his ticket to compete on the show this season.
Dougie, in his Michael Jackson-like outfit, performs a jazz number. The judges all liked his performance, but feel that he could use some more professional moves. They send him through to the next round, in the hope that he picks up more technique.
The next round will allow all 100 children who made it through to perform for the 10 All-Stars. From there, the All-Stars will have to pick five contestants each to work with them for a week. Eventually, each All-Star will have to narrow their choices down to just one to continue performing in the rest of the competition.
About Dougie: Douglas Baldeo, a native of Mount Vernon New York, is an 12-year-old 6th grade home schooled student. He is a current recipient of The New York Community Van Lier Fellowship Scholarship at Ballet Hispanico and was a Principal cast member of the award-winning Broadway Musical, Kinky Boots. Following his run in Kinky Boots he was cast a vacation swing for Motown The Musical on Tour. In it he covers the role of Yung Berry Gordy, Young Stevie Wonder and Young Michael Jackson. In April he will join Color Purple Star Cynthia Erivo along with Josh Colley ( Les Miserables) and Lucas Provado ( School Of Rock) to perform at The MisCast Gala, where he will play the role of Peggy Schuyler from the Broadway Musical “Hamilton”.
Douglas’ favorite subjects are language arts and Science. His favorite sports include tennis and volleyball. He loves drawing, painting and creating art. His passion, however, is dance. Douglas has enjoyed entertaining his family and friends since he was baby. His love of professional dance and training was first developed at ESOTA when he joined them in February of 2011. Since then he has studied with Dream Makers Performing Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and Royalenova, under the direction of his mentor, George Eleazer lll. Douglas has had several performances at various venues and competitions. His credits include an appearance as a featured dancer in “Cinderella and The Prince who Slayed the Magic Dragon” performed at Lincoln Center. He was a featured dancer at a number of events including the Ecumenical Service for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; The Arts on Third Annual Event in Mount Vernon, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, where he was a back up dancer for Mariah Carey and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Douglas who has been featured in various publications and has also made a name for himself at various dance competitions. In May of 2013 he was crowned “ American Young Dancer of the Year” at the American Dance Awards, and placed 1 st out of 50 entries in the junior division. At the Groove Dance Competition his solo pieces placed 1 st, 2 nd and 6 th place out of 100 junior entries. He received special recognition from the judges and was given the “Performance Beyond Your Years Award”. At the National Starbound Competition, one of the leading and most celebrated dance competitions for children in the U.S. he was crowned Mr. Junior Starbound for 2013 and 2014. Last year he was the winner at Hall Of Fame Dance Challenge, Star Systems and Sheer Talent Competition. He is the current Junior Title holder of Sheer Talent Competition for the 2015-2016 season.
In addition to his dancing career, Douglas has been recognized for his achievements by various institutions. This year he received the IED Rising Star Award, A Citation from State Senator John Sampson and “The Under 40 Achievement Award” from the Union of Jamaica Alumni Association (UJAA). Douglas studies a variety of dance disciplines, including Ballet, Flamenco, Tap, Jazz, African, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Gymnastics and Acro. His dream of performing on Broadway has become a reality, but Douglas’ ultimate ambition is to open a dance school that in his own words: “Will be an institution in the likes of Alvin Ailey Dance School so that even after he dies, the school will continue to live.” He is soaring and his family diligently supports all his efforts.
BW congratulates Young Dougie Baldeo for making it on So You Know You Can Dance, as he inspires a new generation to follow their dreams and shows Money-Earnin’ Mount Vernon still got talent! BW is proud to spotlight Dougie for African-American Music Appreciation Month (formerly known as Black Music Month) as President Barack Obama has renamed it. Dougie BW Salutes You!