An interview with the very humble and talented Aussie dancer, Andrew De Luna. Here, he shares his exciting experiences sharing the stage with some of the world's best entertainers.
How and when did you first get into dancing and performing?
I started dancing at the age of 5, but my first taste performing professionally was at the age of 17 when I was selected to be a part of the Australian Ballet production of Raymonda, Revolutions, and Don Quixote. At age 18, I decided to pursue a commercial dance career and have been lucky enough to dance for a number of amazing national and international artists. My first big break as a commercial dancer was dancing in Havana Brown's music video "We Run The Night". This job led me to being able to tour with her around the country when she was the support act for Pitbull's 'PlanetPitWorldTour'.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
My biggest dance inspiration is Shannon Holtzapffel. He is also an Australian dancer that now resides in the U.S. I have been following his journey well before he made it in the dance industry in America and took some of his workshops in Australia, and even did a few jobs with him! He is a very strong, and charismatic male dancer but also extremely humble. He has danced for the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, and recently appeared as a judge on Australia's 'So you think you can dance'. It's definitely the steps I'd like to follow, and following his career has taught me a lot, so he keeps me inspired.
What kind have training have you done?
I have trained in every style. I started off in ballet, jazz, and tap and later on moved into the more modern styles like contemporary, and hip hop. My preferred style to dance and to teach is JFH (jazz/funk/hip hop), which I would say is a more commercialized style of dance.
What has been your favorite performance so far?
My favorite performance was as one of three male dancers in a music video for Beyonce'. The song is called "Mine". This song was released on her latest album and I still can't believe I got the chance to dance for her.
What projects do you have coming up?
The Voice and X Factor are being showed on our television screens right now and I've been selected as a dancer for some of the contestants, and judges. So you can see me from week to week! I am also continually working for artists like Jessica Mauboy, Rikki Lee, and Havana Brown.
What would be your ideal dance collaboration and why?
The entertainment industry is constantly changing, so my mind is always changing as new artists come up, or some change their sounds. But currently, my favorite artist is Jennifer Lopez. I love her music, choreography, energy, and work ethic! I think dancing for her would be so fun and fulfilling.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans and ambitions for the near future are to move to the United States and become a successful commercial dancer. My dream is to tour the world with world-class acts.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
I have two words that I believe will help an aspiring performer to be successful. They are persistence, and to stay humble. Persistence is important because the job will not always come to you. The industry is constantly changing and I see a lot of people give up on their dreams too easily. It's a very hard industry to crack into and if you are not 100% committed to what you do, then it may not happen for you. Persistence is continually going to class to improve, and trying different styles to move with the times. It is also being able to take rejection with your head held high and trying again, again, and again! Being humble is also extremely important as no one wants to work with someone who thinks they are better than everyone else. I always say that confidence and arrogance are totally different!