Dancer Sean Viator, Known forAmerican Idol Performance, Dies at 31

Sean Viator, a 31-year-old dancer and choreographer, passed away on May 3; he performed with Kylie Minogue on American Idol and worked with various celebrities. A celebration of life ceremony will be held in his honor in Baton Rouge, with donations requested for a dance scholarship in his name.

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Dancer Sean Viator, Known forAmerican Idol Performance, Dies at 31

Dancer Sean Viator, Known forAmerican Idol Performance, Dies at 31

Sean Viator, a talented dancer and choreographer who performed with Kylie Minogue on the season 21 finale of American Idol, passed away on May 3 at the age of 31. His family announced the news but did not provide a cause of death.

Viator, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was represented by the talent agency Bloc and worked with many celebrities on various shows and music videos. He graduated summa cum laude from The University of Arizona School of Dance in 2013, where he was awarded the university's top dance honor, The Triple Threat Award.

In addition to his American Idol performance, Viator showcased his dance skills in the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. He described his experience dancing with Kylie Minogue on Idol as "living in a dream" since he grew up listening to her music. Minogue tweeted a behind-the-scenes video of the dance crew singing her hit song "Padam Padam," with Viator standing directly behind her.

Beyond his performance career, Viator was a dedicated teacher. He served on the faculty of the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles and also taught at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and the American Musical Dramatic Academy College and Conservatory of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Tributes poured in from the dance community following news of Viator's passing. Entertainer Todrick Hall, an American Idol alum, expressed shock and sadness on Instagram. Dancer and actress Breanne Wilson Kripps, Viator's best friend, called his death an "unimaginable loss" in a heartfelt Instagram post.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held in Viator's honor on Friday at the Resthaven Funeral Home in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Visiting hours will be from 12:30 p.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m. The family has requested donations to a dance scholarship created in Viator's name at The University of Arizona School of Dance.

Viator's passing marks the latest loss for the American Idol family in 2024, following the recent deaths of season 5 finalist Mandisa and beloved vocal coach Debra Byrd. The show has mourned the untimely deaths of several other young finalists in recent years, including Nikki McKibbin, Willie Spence, and C.J. Harris.