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BACKSTAGE with Mitchell Woodcock

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

How old were you when you started dancing?

"I started dancing at the age of three." 

Tell us about your training. Where, who with, what styles etc?

"I first began training in Perth at the Deborah McCulloch dance academy and then attended the Brent Street Academy in Sydney from the age of 14." 

What was your first professional job?

"I was cast as A-rab in the Australian touring production of West Side Story at the age of 17."

What has been a favourite on stage or professional moment?

"Travelling to New York to work with Victoria Secret model Stella Maxwell as the movement director for Karl Lagerfeld and Modelco video campaign." 

What do you wish you had known as a young dancer that you know now as a professional, or what advice to can you give to young dancers in training?

"The best thing young dancers can do is stay focused and train in all aspects of the industry. Their careers will have longevity if they're versatile performers." 

What advice would you give to dancers who want to become professional?

"Young dancers should be conscious of what they post on social media. If they share videos of themselves dancing they should always ensure they're looking their absolute bests as choreographers are constantly coming across videos all the time." 

What does 2019 hold for you? 

"I will be working on the creative team for Saturday Night Fever the musical, a creative consultant for The Voice Australia in collaboration with Sony Music and also touring in a musical later this year that is yet to be announced. Early this year I will also be directing and choreographing performances for PNAU and Kim Petras." 

Mitchell has performed/appeared in or choreographed for Kinky Boots, Wicked, Karl Largerfeld X Modelco, The Voice, The Aria Awards, So You Think You Can Dance. Don't miss Mitch teaching at VDF 2019!


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