Choreographer Sonya Tayeh was born in New York City. Eventually raised in Detroit, Michigan, she began during when she was in college. She initially trained with the Full Circle Dance Company, and eventually graduated with a BFA degree in dance from Wayne State University in 2005. She has gone on to instruct at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, as well as with the nationwide Dance Studios Tour. She is also known as a guest judge and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, working on contemporary and “combat jazz” numbers from the fourth season.