As a film actor, host and talent judge on hit television shows around the world, Dan Karaty is one of the busiest entertainers working today. Karaty currently stars on five top-rated reality competition series in Europe. His effortless, thought-provoking, and brutally honest critiques have made him a worldwide viewer favorite. The long list of current and past projects includes: Idols, So You Think You Can Dance, Holland’s Got Talent, Dance Dance Dance, Dancing With The Stars, My Name Is Michael, Best of Dance, X Factor, SYTYCD: The Next Generation, Battle on the Dance Floor, Belgium’s Got Talent, Dans Date, Boxing Stars, Everybody Dance Now, The Ultimate Dance Battle and Time To Dance. Previously, Karaty served as producer on NBC’s hit America’s Got Talent and his choreography for Evacuate The Dance Floor earned Cascada an MTV VMA “Best Video” nomination.
On the big screen, Karaty made his feature acting debut with co-star Lies Visschedijk in the romantic comedy Soof, the highest grossing Dutch film in 2013. Soof II Soof II premiered in December 2016, breaking numerous box office records, a top-rated TV spin-off launched in 2017 on Videoland and RTL4, the Netherland’s biggest streaming service and network, respectively. A third feature film will begin production in New York later this year. Karaty also occasionally choreographs major feature films including Disney’s Prom, Music & Lyrics with Drew Barrymore, Did You Hear About The Morgans with Hugh Grant.
Karaty was born just outside New York City to Broadway veterans Tom and Jane Karaty so it’s no surprise dance is a huge part of his life. Although his theater roots remain a tremendous influence on his work, Karaty initially chose sneakers and hip-hop over a career on the stage. His unique path allowed Karaty to infuse his work with the spirit of classic inspirations like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and trailblazers in the hip-hop and pop culture like Michael Jackson.
During college at New York University, Karaty met friend and collaborator Wade Robson. Karaty made his Broadway debut in the smash hit Footloose and soon began dancing with Britney Spears on the MTV VMAs and Billboard Music Awards. After graduating with a B.A. in journalism, Karaty moved to Hollywood where he and Robson continued to collaborate. Their rise was fast and furious, including high-profile projects like Spears’ first Pepsi commercial and the *NSYNC world tour.
Karaty then branched out on his own, choreographing Jessica Simpson’s Irresistible and Little Bit music videos and serving as artistic director for her 2001 world tour. Karaty also worked with Kylie Minogue and many of the world’s most popular artists, including Justin Timberlake and Usher. Although he quickly became known for his work dancing and choreographing for pop music superstars, Karaty broadened his reach with powerful dancing and cutting-edge choreography in commercials for iPod, Best Buy, Mattel, Dance Central 2, Miller, Xbox Kinect and many more.
Beyond his roles as actor, judge, host and producer, Karaty has his sights set on directing film, television and theater projects, including a Broadway production of his own.