FEATURE- Andrew Kyrzyk

This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Andrew Kyrzyk.  Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Andrew  has been a part of the entertainment industry since the age of 5. He is an award winning dancer who has extensively trained both competitively and professionally in ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, hip hop, jazz funk, tap, ballroom and musical theatre. Andrew has won numerous awards in Canada and the United States. He has danced for artists such as Shawn Mendes, Deborah Cox, Capital Cities & Serena Ryder and has also danced in numerous commercials, industrials, gala events, & charity functions for Cineplex, MAC Cosmetics, Sephora, L’Oréal, Pan Am Games, & World Pride to name a few. You can see Andrew on TV Networks such as Family Channel, YTV, Disney, FX, STARZ, & Space TV. Although film is his forté, he never stays off the stage for too long. He’s danced in musicals such as Dance Legends, Cats, & “Dancer” a musical choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Most recently, Andrew was a lead dancer in Disney’s ZOMBIES which recently aired on the Disney Channel. Alongside his dance career he has begun his journey as a choreographer. He has choreographed pieces for Team Canada, various music videos as well as choreographed award winning competitive routines. Andrew is grateful to have been the associate choreographer of the first two seasons of the Family & Disney Channel show “Backstage” alongside JJ Moore. He loves to share his passion and knowledge with fellow dancers and students and is continuously thriving for new experiences.

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Check out what Andrew had to say in this week’s shout out…

Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?

Andrew: I used to watch myself dance in the reflection of my oven at home. After witnessing how much I enjoyed doing this, my parents put me in musical theatre classes at age 5. This is when my love for dance truly began.

 

Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)

Andrew: The first song that comes to mind is “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears. I owned all of her concert tours on DVD (or maybe VHS at that point) and I would watch them over and over until I learned all the moves. I would get my inspiration to choreograph from the moves that I saw on those tours.

 

Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?

Andrew: My best advice for free styling in an authentic way is to allow the music to move your body. The second you notice any thought process happening prior to the movement, slow down, take a few deep breaths and start again. By practicing this, the result will be movement that is authentic and true to YOU. Like any muscle, your brain also has to be trained. If you don’t break old habits, they will continue to strengthen. On a separate note, if you are free styling for an audition or for a job, do your research so you know what is being asked of you. In this case, the movement may not be authentic to YOU, but remember, it is a JOB. That being said, when it comes to free styling don’t be hard on yourself, it’s just dance!

 

Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?

Andrew: This one really depends on if I’m choreographing for myself or for someone else. If I am choreographing simply for me, it is typically because I feel a deep connection to a piece of music and need to create something out of what I feel. In this case, I am already in the zone prior to starting. If I am hired to choreograph for someone/something else, I also find inspiration in the music first. Next, if my favourite tie-dye shirt isn’t already on, I put it on. Then, I will put on my headphones & I usually find myself staring at a point in space, visualizing the movement happening in and around me. From this place, I start to set the movement.

 

Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?

Andrew: Brian Friedman, Yanis Marshall, Blake McGrath, Travis Wall, Cora Kozaris & Ross Wirtanen.

 

Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?

Andrew: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Caroline Torti & Bree Wasylenko because I feel that they are both very efficient, a pleasure to work with & such lovely people. I’ve also enjoyed working with Steph Rutherford, Scott Fordham & Jeff Dimitriou. They have all taught me a lot about professionalism, artistry & work ethic.

 

Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star. Any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)

Andrew: Jade Whitney. Whether I am dancing her choreography, dancing to one of her songs, or collaborating with her, I always grow from the experience & learn a ton. I think she has so much to offer & I’m grateful to work with & learn from her often. She is a true artist.

 

Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?

Andrew: I believe that Toronto dancers possess hunger & drive. Since we don’t live in Los Angeles and have as many opportunities, when the opportunities do come to Toronto, the dancers fight extra hard to be seen, book the job & deliver.

 

Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?

Andrew: First thing I would say is that authenticity is key. I think it’s very important to stay true to yourself while being open to new experiences. Don’t peg yourself as a certain type of dancer right off the bat (contemporary, hip hop, etc). The more styles you can do, the more versatile you are, the more jobs you will book. Find a mentor. Find someone who you can assist/work under; someone who can show you the ropes. This will help you get connected & see the ins and outs of the industry. Lastly, remember that professionalism & being a good person are always most important!

 

Nikki: Any upcoming projects, shows or classes you would like to share with T.D.O.T. ?

Andrew: Although it is not upcoming, I would love to promote Disney’s ZOMBIES which recently aired on the Disney Channel. It is a brand new Disney Channel Original Movie that I had the privilege to be a lead dancer in as well as the dance double for the lead character, Zed. It’s a movie musical about being authentic & true to who you are, just like I spoke a lot about in this interview. Hope you enjoy!

THANK YOU ANDREW FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO

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