Exclusive Interview with Step Up Star Misha Gabriel


He danced for Janet and Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, he choreographed for Justin Timberlake and Mariah Carey and he can currently be seen on the big screens in movie theatres worldwide as one of the main characters of ‚Step Up All In’.
This summer at the WhoGotSkillz Beat Camp in Croatia, Dance for You Magazine had the chance for a chat with the exceptional talent from the States about music, inspiration and being a dance teacher. Interview by Johanna Brachmann.

Misha, your mom is a ballet teacher - you’ve been dancing your whole life. When did you know that you wanted to dedicate your life to dance and be a professional?

It was the moment when I saw my first concert. It was an NSYNC concert and I saw Justin Timberlake live for the first time. I swear in that moment I didn’t know if I wanted to be a dancer, a singer, dance behind Justin, be Justin… just something. I knew I had to be on stage.

You made it: you danced and acted as one of the main characters in the two latest Step Up movies. How did it feel to see yourself on a big movie theatre screen for the first time?

I was nervous!! But it was so cool! It wasn’t the first time for me to see myself on a big screen as a dancer, but I had never seen myself act before. It was quite different to learn about myself in that way and to actually see my face up there in a Hollywood movie!

How often do you train? Is there a special training tip for all future professional dancers?

Before I moved to L.A. – when I was trying to become the dancer I am now – I was training or teaching or just moving at least 5 to 6 hours a day. I took Sundays off, but would be teaching a couple of hours, taking ballet, jazz and hip-hop classes all the time. I was dedicating my whole day to it.
Now that I have a career and am travelling and working and teaching all year long, it’s hard to train as much as I would like to. I still teach quite a...

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