Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: New York
Neil David Haskell (born April 16, 1987) is an American contemporary dancer. Haskell was born in Clarence Center, New York and first started dancing at age five at the David DeMarie Dance Studio in Clarence, New York, and American Academy of Ballet in Williamsville, NY. He also appeared in small roles in movies. At age 14, he began intensive training in ballet at the Chautauqua Institution for three summers. He attended Point Park University for a year, majoring in dance. Haskell has described his dance style as jazz/ballet. He earned the title of "Male Dancer of the Year" at the American Dance Awards in 2005. He got his Equity card the summer before auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance.
Haskell joined Season 3 of SYTYCD and was paired with contemporary/hip hop dancer, Lauren Gottlieb. The couple danced together until Week 6, when the couples were assigned new partners. Haskell was then partnered with Sara Von Gillern, and debuted their disco routine. He finished third in the final four of the competition. Haskell noted that he wants to use his experience on the show as a "springboard for the rest of [his] career".
As one of Season Three's Top 10 finalists, Haskell joined his fellow contestants in the 2007 SYTYCD tour that concluded on November 30, 2007. On the August 7, 2008 Season 4 finale, Haskell, along with other finalists from seasons 1-3, joined Season 4's top 20 in a dance number.
He has performed in the Twyla Tharp Broadway show The Times They Are A-Changin', with music by Bob Dylan, and in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's performances Grease, 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Beauty and the Beast. Neil landed a spot in a MTV musical, The American Mall, in January 2008 for broadcast and DVD release. In Spring 2008, Haskell, along with former SYTYCD contestants Sabra Johnson and Danny Tidwell were featured in Movmnt Magazine's cover story to promote 'Keep it Real,' the publication's awareness non-for-profit. In April 2008 he began playing the role of "Luke" in the Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz. He continued playing the role of "Luke" until March 2009, and left to begin working on the new Dolly Parton musical "9 to 5". Neil also participated in part of the sold-out New York Musical Theater Festival in October 2009.
Neil Haskell will return as an "All-Star" in Season 7 of SYTYCD.
|Season 3 Contestants|
Anya Garnis · Ashlee Langas · Cedric Garner · Danny Tidwell · Dominic Sandoval · Faina Savich · Hok Konishi · Jaimie Goodwin · Jessi Peralta · Jesús Solorio · Jimmy Arguello · Kameron Bink · Lacey Schwimmer · Lauren Gottlieb · Neil Haskell · Pasha Kovalev · Ricky Palomino · Sabra Johnson · Sara Von Gillern · Shauna Noland