Dancer, choreographer and producer Wade Robson was born on September 17, 1982 in Brisbane, Australia. His interest in dancing came at a very young age, when he memorized the routines that Michael Jackson made for the music video to “Thriller”. He became known in Australia for that, to the point that he impressed the singer himself; he later performed for the Brisbane leg of his Bad tour.
Robson was dancing in shopping malls and other venues at a young age, but a performance in Disneyland sparked his interest in the United States; he and his family would move there when he was nine, with the assistance of Jackson. After appearing in several of the singer’s videos, he became part of the hip hop group Quo, which achieved relative success. But his passion for dance got ahead, and he was later giving lessons to children, and was later choreographing for artists such as Britney Spears despite his young age. He would end up working with Spears on numerous occasions, as well as with *NSYNC, as bubblegum pop became the rage.
Robson gained further prominence in 2003, when he launched The Wade Robson Project on MTV; it was a talent search for the best hip hop dancers. As he started getting more offers to choreograph for Disney and American Idol, he took a stint as guest judge and choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance, working on group and partner pieces for the second and third season, and returning for the fifth season after working with Criss Angel’s Las Vegas shows. Two of his routines for the show went on to win Emmys for Outstanding Choreography.
Robson has also written songs for Spears, Justin Timberlake, the Backstreet Boys and Youngstown. He also appeared in the 2004 flick You Got Served, which was choreographed by fellow SYTYCD judge Shane Sparks.