Mark Kanemura
Season Season 4
Birth date September 17, 1983
Hometown Honolulu, Hawaii
So You Think You Can Dance Profile
Genre Jazz
Partner(s) Chelsie Hightower
Kherington Payne
Comfort Fedoke
Courtney Galiano
Placement Top 6
All-Star Profile
Season(s) as all-star Season 7
Season 10

Mark Kanemura was a contestant on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. His genre is Jazz and he was eliminated at top 6.


Mark Kenneth Ioane Kanemura (born September 17, 1983) is a contemporary dancer from Kaneohe, Hawaii. Kanemura's sister taught him his first dance moves. At 13, Mark enrolled in classical dance classes and went into musical theatre, landing a role in “Grease,” choreographed by Marcelo Pacleb, the man behind 24-7 Danceforce Productions. At 14, Mark was offered a job with 24-7 Danceforce (located in Honolulu, Hawai'i ) to teach dance classes in exchange for dance lessons of his own. He trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, funk, and hip-hop. In Hawaii, Mark participated in The Nutcracker and even assisted in choreographing the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant. Mark has traveled to California and New York, and even Japan, dancing and winning competitions worldwide.

So You Think You Can DanceEdit

In the summer of 2008, Mark joined Season 4 SYTYCD in the Top 20. He was paired with Chelsie Hightower until top 10 week. He was eliminated on July 31, 2008 along with Hightower, his original partner, but went on the 41 city national SYTCD tour in September 2008.

On July 30, 2009, Kanemura returned to So You Think You Can Dance with his former partner Chelsie Hightower to perform their Emmy nominated piece, Bleeding Love.

Mark returned as an "All-Star" on SYTYCD America's seventh season. Then, on season 10, he was both an all-star and choreographer. In fact, on August 20, 2013, Mark choreographed his own Jazz number for himself and contestant Jenna Johnson to the song "I am the Best" by 2NE1.  Unfortunately the same night, Jenna Johnson was eliminated. He then came back to choreograph another jazz routine for Amy Yakima and Jasmine Harper on the Top 4 Performance episode.


Since SYTYCD, Mark has made an appearance in Lil Mama's music video "Truly in Love". On September 13, 2009, Kanemura appeared on the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in Lady GaGa's performance of Paparazzi. Then on September 20, Mark appeared on the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards performing to a choreographed number by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo. Mark is also a dancer on Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour and can be seen in a few Lady Gaga's music videos, such as "Telephone", as well as Janet Jackson's "Make Me" Music Video.