WHAT: As part of Mohegan Sun’s 15th Anniversary celebration, judge Mary Murphy of So You Think You Can Dance and dancers Gev Manoukian & Jonathan “Legacy” Perez will take part in a much-anticipated Reality Check event on Saturday, October 22nd. This free live event at Mohegan Sun will feature a dance performance at 4:00pm followed by a signing event at 4:45pm.
WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd at 4:00pm in The Shops at Mohegan Sun
IN DETAIL: Presented by The Shops at Mohegan Sun, Reality Check is an exciting and interactive event that brings the best and brightest stars from the reality TV world to Mohegan Sun. Reality Check events provide fans with the ultimate exposure to their favorite reality stars with engaging, live exhibitions in The Shops at Mohegan Sun followed by intimate signing events. Events are free and open to all ages.
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ABOUT MARY: An Ohio University graduate, Mary Murphy grew up enjoying basketball and volleyball more than dancing with the influence of three brothers. It wasn’t until Mary moved to Washington D.C. that ballroom dancing would move into the forefront. She landed a summer job at a local dance studio and the studio owner invited her to attend the United States Ballroom Championships in NYC. As she watched the couples perform, Murphy knew this was her calling. She would continue to train and instruct ballroom dance and it certainly paid off when Murphy and her partner were named Austrian National 10-dance and Ballroom Champions for both 1990 and 1991. This was right around the time when Murphy also opened up her own dance school. Her success in competitive dancing would continue as 1996 saw her and a new partner take home the U.S. Open American 9-Dance Championship. Eventually her main focus would be on her dance academy and in 2005 So You Think You Can Dance came calling looking for a knowledgeable and experienced person to both judge and choreograph the show in its 1st season. They found that in Murphy and then some as by season 3 she was named a permanent judge. Fans of the show developed a love/hate relationship with Murphy due to her emotional critiques and loud behavior which helped earn her the title of “Queen of Scream.”
ABOUT GEV: Gev Manoukian, originally from Kazakhstan, is a Hip-Hop/Break Dancerer who first appeared as a featured dancer in the movie High School Musical 2 in 2007. He auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance back in season 2, making it to Las Vegas auditions, but was cut just shy of the Top 20. Not discouraged, Gev practiced the other dance genres he had been lacking and auditioned again for season 4. He achieved the Top 10, making it all the way to week 6.
ABOUT LEGACY: Jonathan Perez, best known as “Legacy,” started dancing at the age of 15 after being inspired by dancers in a skate park in his home town of Miami, Florida. His specialties of dance include B-Boying and Break Dancing which made him an instant favorite with judges and audience alike when auditioning for the 6th season of So You Think You Can Dance. He reached the finals and finished in 7th place. Legacy has also been featured in the movies B-Girl and Step-Up 3D.
ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN: Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.
This event is part of Mohegan Sun’s month-long 15th anniversary celebration. Be sure to check out mohegansun.com/15th for all the latest updates on events, celebrity appearances, special offers and other anniversary celebrations.