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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 1:44 pm, Fri Jun 7, 2013.

If you TiVo “So Think You Can Dance” and consider “Dancing with the Stars” a weekly excuse for a party, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Friday, June 7. That’s when Shaping Sound — a contemporary dance company formed by STYCD choreographers and DWTS stars Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson — bursts into Chandler.

Be forewarned, this isn’t “The Nutcracker.” This is dance at its commercial and theatrical edge, along the lines of “Step Up: Revolution,” which makes sense since co-founder Wall choreographed that film’s modern dance numbers.

Wall, Lazzarini, Forance and Robinson founded the 14-member troupe in 2012. Oxygen chronicled their journey on the show “All the Right Moves.” Now the troupe — including Chandler native and SYTYCD alumna Alexa Anderson — is touring the country for its first national tour, selling out shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Anderson, who attended Arizona School of the Arts and danced at studios including Dance Connection, Initial Existence and the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, said in an email that performing with this troupe is a “dream come true.”

“The founders of this company ... taught, inspired, and pushed me from when I was 13 years old to this very day. I do a lot of jobs in L.A. for the experience of it, but I am with this company because this is what I absolutely love more than anything. The movement and the choreography from our four directors is brilliant and what I have always felt I was born to study. The fact that I can get on stage and perform with my best friends and idols while doing the movement I love the most, that’s what I like about Shaping Sound.”

Speaking of dreams, the whole show — “That’s Where I’ll Be Waiting” — is set within the dream of lead dancer Jamie Goodwin. “She is manipulated throughout the dream by Nick Lazzarini and meets many different characters as she moves through different levels of dreaming,” said Anderson, who plays the troublemaker in the show.

Anderson feels that it’s a show everyone will enjoy.

“Our show has many different dynamics and can really appeal to the masses,” she said. “Both a dance patron and a person who has no knowledge of dance can come to our show and still be very moved and entertained.”

DETAILS >> 8 p.m. Friday, June 7. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. $39-$89. (480) 782-2680 or ChandlerCenter.org.

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