Best Advice to Young Dancers
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Favorite Thing about an NYCDA Weekend?
Seeing my younger self in the faces of those who are trying their hardest.
Tony started dancing at 8 years old, studying tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, breakdance, and hip-hop in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO. From an early age he assisted the classes that his mom would teach, and soon enough he had unveiled his true passion for choreography. In addition to his successful choreography career in the pop industry, Tony is now beginning to use choreography to bring social awareness and promote positive transformation. His recent installations at the LACMA Museum & TEDx were both for the sole purpose of raising awareness about the devastating consequences of over-fishing.
Choreography is Tony’s passion! Since moving to LA in 2005, he has choreographed for Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Versace, Sketchers, Disney and Nickelodeon. He also worked with Michael Jackson on his final project, “This Is It”. In addition to choreography, Tony's career as a creative director has already begun. "1 Direction" for SNL, and Season 1 of "The Voice UK" were his most recently directed pieces. He was also the Associate Director for Kylie's last world tour, and Co-Directed the opening of the 2011 AMA's featuring Nicki Minaj and David Guetta. Most recently, he has been traveling to Seoul, S. Korea to work with various K-Pop groups.
“I grew up a Dance Alliance kid and remember always being nervous taking classes here because the standards were so HIGH! Now, I couldn’t be more honored to be on faculty for this prestigious convention, and have the opportunity to inspire kids all around the country.”