So You Think You Can Dance season 3 finalist, Danny Tidwell, died on Friday in a car accident, according to his brother, fellow dancer Travis Wall. He was 35.
Travis announced the news in an Instagram post Saturday morning. His mother, Denise Wall, adopted Danny at 12 years of age after he joined her dance studio.
My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother . And we all lost a gift. I’m not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can’t believe this is real. I can’t believe you’re gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration. I idolized you growing up. Wanted to dance just like you. Wanted to be you! I wish I could jump in your arms again like we used to when we were kids and onstage dancing. We will all remember the joy and passion you brought to everyone you came in contact with through out your journey. A journey cut to short. You are a legend. And I love you so much Danny. Rest In Peace my brother. I can’t believe I’m even typing this . Please pray for my mom and my family during this difficult time.
Danny competed in the third season of SYTYCD in 2007 and finished as the runner-up. A Norfolk, Virginia native, he danced contemporary style. His brother Travis competed danced in the previous season and also was the runner-up.
Nigel Lythgoe, So You Think You Can Dance creator and judge posted condolences on Twitter. “We have lost one of the most brilliant dancers we have ever had on SYTYCD. God bless you Danny Tidwell. May your talent shine as brightly in Heaven as it did on Earth. RIP,” wrote Nigel.
We have lost one of the most brilliant dancers we have ever had on SYTYCD. God bless you Danny Tidwell. May your talent shine as brightly in Heaven as it did on Earth. RIP
— Nigel Lythgoe OBE (@dizzyfeet) March 7, 2020
Debbie Allen, a judge on Danny’s season wrote, “Danny Tidwell our beautiful
dancing genius “Prince amongst Paupers” you are in God’s Ensemble. We will always speak your name with love and respect. See you on the other side. Love, Mama D”
Danny Tidwell our beautiful
dancing genius “Prince amongst Paupers” you are in God’s Ensemble. We will always speak your name with love and respect. See you on the other side. ???? Love, Mama D pic.twitter.com/74XJqJcagS
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) March 7, 2020
Watch a few of Danny’s performances from his season on So You Think You Can Dance.
All of Danny’s SYTYCD solos
In this fan favorite routine, Danny performed a samba with fellow contestant, Lacey Schwimmer, choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin.