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Meet the star of 'Camp Rock 2'

July 12, 2010 4:49:45 PM PDT
Meet Matthew "Mdot" Finley from Disney Channel's upcoming movie, "Camp Rock 2.'

About "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam:"

This contemporary musical, a sequel to 2008's #1 cable TV movie, follows Mitchie and her friends as they return to Camp Rock for another great summer of music and fun.

Fresh from a world tour, the rock band Connect 3 is hanging at their uncle's Camp Rock all summer too - Shane to pursue last summer's crush on Mitchie, his band mates as moral support. But all is not copasetic at this rocking teen paradise.

Across the lake glistens the new big-money, state-of-the-art Camp Star and it has lured away many instructors and campers -- putting the future of Camp Rock in jeopardy. Mitchie emerges as a leader determined to save the camp by organizing the older campers into counselors.

Shane struggles to spend quality time with Mitchie amidst her busy camp schedule, his brother Nate finds himself falling for classical pianist Dana, the daughter of the rival camp's owner.

Then Mitchie steps it up again by challenging the egocentric Luke Williams and his fellow Camp Star campers to a Final Jam-an end-of-summer performance duel, may the best camp in.

Catch "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" a Disney Channel Original Movie on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 8 p.m.on the Disney Channel. (TV-G)

Upcoming event:

You can also see Matthew "Mdot" Finley in the new Jonas Brothers Live In Concert on September 18, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View.

The show starring the Jonas Brothers will feature special guests, Demi Lovato and will combine spectacular production with unrivaled performances of both artists' biggest hits. The tour will also feature music from the Disney Channel Original Movie, "Camp Rock," and its highly anticipated sequel as well as the Disney Channel Original Series, JONAS L.A.

The "Camp Rock" film stars that will join the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato on the Live In Concert world tour including Alyson Stoner, Matthew "Mdot" Finley, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Roshon Fegan and Jordan Francis. The show is choreographed by Rosero McCoy.

Check www.livenation.com and www.jonasbrothersfanclub.com for further information.

About Matthew "Mdot" Finley:

A sequel to "Camp Rock," which was the number one entertainment telecast on cable TV in 2008, "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" brings the main characters back together for another summer of music and fun.

This time, they face serious competition when the new, state of the art Camp Star opens across the lake. As the confident leading talent at Camp Star, a training ground for young musicians and dancers, Luke challenges Camp Rock to a showdown that will prove which camp has the most talented performers.

That fires up the singers, dancers and musicians on both sides of the lake and they prepare for an all out battle of the bands. Finley comes to the role of Luke as an accomplished R&B musician who has performed as the opening act for Ciara, Marques Houston, Day 26 and others. He was named the best R&B male performer at the Urban Threshold Music Awards in 2006.

He plays five instruments (saxophone, guitar, piano, drums and bass) but concentrated on saxophone as a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since he moved to Los Angeles in September 2008, he has been working on his first album. Working on "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam," changed Finley's impressions about his career.

"I was working with the heavy hitters for this movie and they're not thinking about niches-acting, music, dancing," he says. "They're into everything, the whole deal." Now, so is he. "I want to usher in a positive image for R&B," Finley says. "By that I mean a positive image for pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop - the urban sound." He got his nickname, "Mdot," in college because he became fascinated by the production side of music making, with all its technical components.

"My friends started calling me Mdot, as in, Matthew-dot-Finley," he says. Finley was born July 12, 1987, in Dayton, Ohio. In high school he was a serious golfer and considered going professional but he decided to study music and he fell in love with all aspects of it.

About choreographer Rosero McCoy:

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Rosero first discovered his passion for dance when performing in front of his seventh grade class. Never feeling like he fit in, McCoy shined and relished in the excitement of performing in front of an audience.

He attended John O'Connell High School of Technology in San Francisco with the intent of becoming a mechanic until he realized that dance performance could become his future. While in school, he continued to embrace and expand his love and appreciation of dance, frequenting dance clubs and classes as often as possible.

In 1990, he relocated to Los Angeles, honed his technical training in choreography and got his start in the entertainment industry, dancing and choreographing for Usher, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg and N'Sync.

He has since gone on to choreograph projects for Beyonce, Fergie, Tom Cruise, Queen Latifah, Nicole Scherzinger, Ellen DeGeneres, Outkast, Toni Braxton, Tyrese Gibson and Gloria Estefan. He is currently choreographing a movie with Jessica Alba, as well as the newly announced Disney Channel series, "Shake It Up."

Most recently he choreographed MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew." His choreography credits include the feature films "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Step Up," "Beauty Shop," "Vanilla Sky," "Garfield: The Movie" and "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties." Additionally, he has choreographed major commercial projects for Volkswagen, Target and Sprint. His diverse inspirations range from Gene Kelly to Janet Jackson to the opening scene of "Sound of Music."

He still frequents Los Angeles dance clubs at least three times per week to keep up with the younger generation of evolving dancers. To wind down after a busy day, McCoy enjoys listening to soundscapes in his Los Angeles home. For Camp Rock 2, Rosero drew inspiration for many of the numbers in "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" from his childhood.

For "Can't Back Down," the big dance number in Camp Rock's cafeteria, McCoy recalled his family weekends spent camping at Camp Mather in San Francisco and in Yosemite National Park - from eating breakfast in the mess halls to performing in the camp-wide talent shows. McCoy also includes sign language in this number, something he adds to a lot of his dances, to pay homage to his dear friend Jason Howell's father, who is hearing impaired.


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