"So You Think You Can Dance" Producer Puts Underprivileged Youth In The Spotlight

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"So You Think You Can Dance" co-creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe sees a lot of talented young people who aren't quite ready to take the stage on his hit show. That's why he decided to create a nonprofit to boost dance education in the U.S. through scholarships, school programs and a dance academy in Los Angeles, CNN reports.

The Dizzy Feet Foundation is a group effort by Lythgoe, director and choreographer Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars," and "So You Think You Can Dance" guest star Katie Holmes.

The scholarships have come first: Last month, Dizzy Feet announced that it had awarded scholarships to underprivileged students to attend the Juilliard School, the American Ballet Theatre and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy...But with their background and interest in dance, Lythgoe and his co-founders aren't content merely to raise money and hand it out. They also want to establish an accreditation program for dance schools, and national standards for dance education, to ensure that students receive high-quality instruction.

You can read more about the Dizzy Feet and Lytgoe's efforts to provide for the dancers of tomorrow at

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