This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes out to Mitchell Jackson. Mitchell originally from Sudbury, Ontario attended Happiness is Dancing, a very well established dance studio in his hometown. Within two years of his competitive career Jackson won numerous awards including; Mr. DEA, Mr.Candance, and overall highest top score for Star Power Dance Competition, American Dance Awards and Dance Educators of America. As a graduate from Sudbury Secondary School where he trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and musical theatre, Mitchell developed a strong knowledge about the dance industry and decided to take his passion for the art form to the next level by moving to Toronto, Ontario where more opportunity would be available for this talented young man. Mitchell has impacted the Toronto dance community in a very short period of time. He continually trains with some of the most sought after teachers and choreographers as well as many major dance companies in the greater Toronto area. Jackson has trained for months at a time in Los Angeles and New York City with some of America’s top choreographers. As a performer his credits include, So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 30 Male, CTV, Much Music’s Best Dance Crew, MTV News, Rogers TV, Breakfast Television, and back-up dancer for Amanda Cantora. His most recent credits include working with Shawn Desman appearing in his new music video “Night Like This/Electrik” choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance Canada judge Luther Brown. His film and television credits don’t stop there, Jackson just finished filming a pilot for a new MTV show entitled “The Penthouse” which is set to air in the new year. Mitchell teaches, choreograph’s and adjudicates for dance studios and competitions across North America and also had the opportunity to teach at one of the largest dance centres in the world, Millennium Dance Complex. Millennium which is located in Los Angeles is home to Choreographers such as Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman as well as celebrities such as Janet Jackson and Britney spears. Currently Mitch has been casted as Tim in “With Somebody Who Loves Me” (Manzo Produtcions) which is showing at Toronto Fringe Festival and the Tarragon Theatre. On stage credits also include: Toronto’s Bazaar 90’s Edition Showcase, Bazaar Stevie Wonder Edition and numerous Toronto’s Original Choreographers Ball working with an all-star cast of Canada’s top dancers. Recently he choreographed and performed in the Miss Universe Canada Charity Event. Mitchell believes it is never too late to start dancing; he strives to be a role model and inspiration for students all over the world.
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Check out what Mitchell had to say in this week’s shout out…
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Mitchell: Well, I always danced as a child and loved to move to music and always participated in school concerts but never took an actual dance class until I was 14.
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Mitchell: Besides making up dances with my friends and sisters when I was younger, the first song I ever choreographed to that I performed was Will Smith: “Will 2K” LOL!!!
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Mitchell: Stick to your style but don’t be afraid to take risks!
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Mitchell: Going into a space that has no distractions. Having a vision and playing with it and just letting my body move is when I can create my best work. When I try to force it, I never get the product I want.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Mitchell: I have to say one of my biggest influences in the dance industry is Dee Caspary. He is such an inspirational artist and has kept himself grounded through in this crazy industry.
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Mitchell: One of my favourite choreographers I love working with is Juliette Irons. Her visions are so unique and she is constantly growing and changing her style which is very important when being a choreographer.
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why?
Mitchell: As a dancer, one of my favourites has to be Bianca Melchior. Her technique and style is amazing, and her work ethic is flawless.
Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?
Mitchell: I am working on a few videos right now that will be released before the end of the year. I am also in a musical right now which is probably one of the best experiences I have ever had. Taking up most of my time currently would be the dance competition and convention that I have opened with my best friend Lisa Hupe. Very excited for the world to see what we have created, check out our website… onthefloor.ca
Nikki: Qualities you think Toronto Dancers possess?
Mitchell: Toronto has the strongest and most driven dancers. The talent is one of a kind and it is so beautiful to see how much everyone strives to make their way to the top.
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Mitchell: The Toronto dance industry is feisty, and things definitely can get ugly. It is important to stay grounded and know your crowd. The strongest advice I could give is take everyone’s class. Stop worrying about what everyone thinks, cause at the end of the day the person in the most classes will be the person working the most. Confidence is key.
THANK YOU MITCHELL FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
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