Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jamile McGee 'So You Think You Can Dance' teaching for Allana's Academy of Dance Littleton Colorado
Lynda Ackert

Local dancers have been given an awesome opportunity to learn from Jamile McGee, an American Bboy and Hip Hop dancer. In February, Jamile began teaching classes at Allana's Academy of Dance in Littleton.

Why study under Jamile? Jamile started dancing at the age of 4 and gave his first professional performance at the age of 14. Now at the age of 25 Jamile has become a natural on stage wowing the crowds with his vibrant breaking, popping, locking, and Hip Hop. He had performed and danced around the USA and internationally since his debut on “So you think you can dance?” He is on tour as a dancer with Wayne Brady for the next year.

His ability to dance to any style was tested and proven on the highly rated national Fox TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance?" He amazed the crowd with his spirited come back every week with highly energized, outstanding freestyle solos.

Jamile was a dance major at Wright State University where he excelled in ballet, modern, and lyrical. He taught his first master class at age 16 at the Peabody Conservatory for Dance and has appeared in numerous music videos, including Nelly Furtado's "Maneater", Mariah Carey's "Pepsi Commercial", Chris Brown's "Gimme That", and Rihanna's "SOS."

Jamile has also overcome adversity in his life which has given him even more to share with his students. After being diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, he was told he would either be in a wheel chair or not be able to walk for the remainder of his life. However, that was not to be. He was miraculously healed of this disease and loves to share his gifts with the next generation.

At Allana's Academy of Dance in Littleton, Jamile is now teaching classes on Sundays:

Children's Pop & Lock
Teen/Adult Pop & Lock
Teen/Adult Jazz/Funk
Adult Hip Hop

The studio is located at 3625 W. Bowles Ave #17 in Littleton by Skate City (Bowles and Lowell).

For more information: Visit Allana's Academy of Dance or call 303-794-3663.