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Mormon Missionary Demonstrates Impressive Dance Skills in Toe-to-Toe Dance-Off

Gus Garcia; photo courtesy LDS SMILE/YouTube

Gus Garcia; photo courtesy LDS SMILE/YouTube

A story from reports that while Michael Jackson was known for his talented voice and for his impressive dance moves, an LDS missionary might have bested a Michael Jackson impersonator in the battle of the moonwalk.

In a video posted to YouTube last week, missionary elder Gus Garcia from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is seen having a dance-off against the Michael Jackson impersonator on the streets of Barcelona, according to the posted video.

Garcia’s fluid moves impress onlookers as they watch the dancing battle. Even the MJ impersonator is amazed by Garcia’s popping and locking talent.

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Dancer Explains the Ebbs and Flows of Life as a Cruise Ship Performer

Marcus Jackson; photo courtesy

Marcus Jackson; photo courtesy

Ever think about touring the world by performing aboard a cruise ship? Dancer Marcus Jackson, a five-year veteran cruise ship performer with Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line, shares the inside scoop an interview with Kate Fox in

KF: What does your job entail? Are you done once the show is over?
MJ: Responsibilities vary from cruise line to cruise line . . . dancing in the theater shows, teaching guest dance classes, follow-spotting the ice skating shows, serving as the port- and shopping-guide assistant, art-auctioneer’s assistant, excursion guide, and club promoter are some of the tasks that I had as a dancer on Royal Caribbean. For Disney, I am the ship-wide dance captain, which means I maintain quality and give notes to the team of performers that perform in venues outside of the theater. I also dance in the main stage shows, teach crew dance classes, represent the main stage and character casts for crew entertainment ideas, and assist with any partnering issues that need help.

KF: What is some good advice for dancers thinking about jumping onboard?
MJ: If you love to travel with no expenses and making money that you have no obligation to spend, this is the gig for you. Be ready to give up your social life at home, easy communication with the outside world, and your sense of time. This is not a gig for . . . people that get homesick or are overly emotional. I’ve seen people get so lost on the ship because they don’t have a strong sense of self. Every contract, I set a goal for myself, a task that keeps me focused on something positive when everyone else seems to be falling apart. No one really knows what it’s like being a crewmember until they come visit you on the ship and live a week in your shoes.

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Two Mississippi Dance Teachers Fill Void by Creating Own Competition/Convention


Plans are in the works to bring a new dance competition to the Jackson, Mississippi, area next summer, reported the Clarion Ledger.

Lindsay Fehn-Hughes, studio owner and artistic director of Dance Unlimited in Byram and Florence, is spearheading the effort with Melanie Creek from Xpress Dance studio in Madison.

Collide Dance Competition and Convention came from “an idea [Creek] had to bring a focus to dance education because conventions they travel to are out of state,” Fehn-Hughes said. “Here, what we’re trying to do is have them learn first, then compete.”

The official dates for Collide are May 3 and 4, 2013, at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Fehn-Hughes hopes the competition will then move to the Jackson area.

Fehn-Hughes, 29, has 23 years of dance experience and 10 years of teaching dance. A New Orleans native, she became a dance professor at Hinds Community College in 2005 and has performed and choreographed for many studios and productions nationwide. In 2007, she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mississippi College, then purchased Dance Unlimited.

Other dance organizations hold competitions and showcases throughout Mississippi. This summer, Dance Teachers United held a competition in Biloxi and another competition is set for November in Vicksburg. The USA International Ballet Competition comes to Thalia Mara Hall only every four years and Xpress Dance only has classes and a summer dance camp.

The Dance Unlimited team travels to competitions out of state. Organizers believe a dance competition in the metro area would promote dance education and Mississippi talent.

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DLTV Visits the USA International Ballet Competition


Every four years Jackson, Mississippi, becomes the Mecca for Ballet dancers from throughout the world who are all striving to be recognized at the USA International Ballet Competition. This year the DanceLifeTV crew had the chance to be part of this magnificent event with more than 125 dancers from 35 countries. In this first IBC episode, meet the medal winners and learn a bit about America’s Olympics for ballet dancers.

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An Emmy-nominated choreographer, dance master and director of 3D Dance Network, Gregg Russell inspires both teachers and students across the world with his eclectic mix of styles, including tap, hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical. The son of a dance teacher, he shares his thoughts on growing up in dance and the mentors who inspired him. Learn about his special workshops and events in this DLTV interview.


34 Move On to Round 3 in USA IBC


Thirty-four dancers will go on to the third round of competition to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. They are:

Senior Males: Rodrigo Almarales (Cuba), Guixien Chu (Chinese Taipei), Carlos Hopuy (Cuba), Shimon Ito (USA), Nurlan Konokbayev (Kazakhstan), Balazs Krajczar (Hungary), Kosuke Okumura (Japan), Andri Pisarev (Ukraine), Zhang Xi (China), and Kyohei Yoshida (Japan).

Senior Females: Candice Adea (Philippines), Seo-Hye Han (South Korea), Junna Ige (Japan), Eun Won Lee (South Korea), Ekaterina Oleynik (Belarus), Maki Onuki (Japan), Cao Shuci (China), and Miki Wakuta (Japan).

Junior Males: Constantine Allen (USA), Nathan Chaney (USA), Derek Dunn (USA), Esteban Hernandez (Mexico), Ki-Min Kim (South Korea), Marcelino Sambé (Portugal), Gabe Shayer (USA), Yukihiro Tamura (Japan), and Joan Sebastian Zamora (Columbia).

Junior Females: Ji Young Chae (South Korea), Ayaka Fujii (Japan), Amanda Gomes (Brazil), Fumi Kaneko (Japan), Mariana Layún (Mexico), Alys Shee (Canada), and Patricia Zhou (Canada).

Round three is scheduled for June 22 to 24, with medalists and award winners announced June 25. The USA IBC is held every four years in Jackson. To learn more, visit


50 Chosen for Second Round at IBC


Fifty competitors have been chosen to advance to the second round of the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. They are:

Senior Males: Rodrigo Almarales (Cuba), Guixien Chu (Chinese Taipai), Jean Marc Cordero (Philippines), Carlos Hopuy (Cuba), Shimon Ito (USA), Nurlan Konokbayev (Kazakhstan), Balazs Krajczar (Hungary), Angel Laza (Cuba), Miguel Montoya (Colombia), Kosuke Okumura (Japan), Andre Pisarev (Ukraine), Zhang Xi (China), and Kyohei Yoshida (Japan).

Senior Females: Candice Adea (Philippines), Diana Albrecht (Paraguay), Grace Kelly Cobian (Peru), Seo-Hye Han (South Korea), Junna Ige (Japan), Hideko Karasawa (Japan), Eun Won Lee (South Korea), Ekaterina Oleynik (Belarus), Maki Onuki (Japan), Natsuko Oshima (Japan), Cao Shuci (China), Miki Wakuta (Japan), and Naomi Yuzawa (Japan).

Junior Males: Constantine Allen (USA), Ka’imi Cambern (USA), Augusto Cézar (Brazil), Nathan Chaney (USA), Derek Dunn (USA), Esteban Hernandez (Mexico), Dong-Woo Kim (South Korea), Ki-Min Kim (South Korea), Marcelino Sambé (Portugal), Gabe Shayer (USA), Yukihiro Tamura (Japan), Simon Wexler (USA), and Joan Sebastian Zamora (Columbia).

Junior Females: Ji Young Chae (South Korea), Emily Entingh (USA), Ayaka Fujii (Japan), Amanda Gomes (Brazil), Nanako Hayafuji (Japan), Risako Ikeda (Japan), Fumi Kaneko (Japan), Natalie Krakirian (USA), Mariana I. Layún Prado (Mexico), Alys Shee (Canada), and Patricia Zhou (Canada).

Round two is scheduled for June 18 to 20. The two-week competition, held every four years in Jackson, concludes June 24. For more information, visit


Welcome Mat’s Out at IBC


DSL Dance Wire for PagesThe U.S.A. International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, is accepting applications for its 2010 dance school and teachers workshop.

Applications are due April 9 for the dance school, a two-week session at Belhaven University for students 12 and older that runs concurrently with the IBC, June 12 to 27. Girls must have had four consecutive years of ballet training, including a year on pointe; boys must have had two consecutive years of ballet. The fee varies from $700 for tuition only to $1,300 for tuition, board, and other benefits.

The teachers workshop is held at the Jackson Marriott Hotel. Applications are due April 23 and must be accompanied by a check for the $25 application fee and a $100 deposit. Tuition is $1,000.

For details visit the IBC website at

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