30 Aug
This weeks Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Angela Mahoney. Angela has been dancing since she was old enough to stand on two feet. Following many years of training in ballet, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, jazz and hip hop in New Brunswick, Angela held onto her passion for dance as part of the Saint Mary’s University Dance Team in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 2006, Angela moved to Toronto to continue training and to follow her dreams of becoming a successful dancer and teacher. Since then, Angela has had the opportunity to perform in various shows such as The Bazaar, Pencer Brain Trust’s DISCO, Moto Amore, and the NHL Pro-AM Gala. She was also a spotlight dancer on BPM TV’s “Get Up and Dance!”. Angela recently appeared as the lead girl in Neverest’s music video “About Us” as well as music videos for Kardinal Offishall, Audio Playground, Keshia Chante, Shawn Desman, Brian Notice, Patrick Christopher and JD Era. Angela has also had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as Sho-Tyme and Luther Brown.
Angela, alongside Danny Davalos, created “The Motion Dance Project”; a project designed to inspire and motivate children, teens and adults through dancing in schools, childcare centers, and studios. Angela and Danny have had the opportunity to travel all across Canada teaching workshops as part of this project.
In 2010, Angela was chosen as one of the top 6 among hundreds to perform with Katy Perry at the Much- Music Video Awards and has also choreographed for artists such as Kelly Anthony and Patrick Christo- pher. Currently, Angela recently starred in an instructional dance DVD for women and also appeared as a guest judge on China’s popular talent show “Blossoming Flowers”. She continues to grow as a dancer and teaches workshops and classes in Toronto and throughout Ontario. 
Bio Provided by Angela


Check out What Angela had to say in this weeks shout out….


Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing? 

Angela: It’s hard for me to remember a time in my life when I WASN’T dancing. I started really young, gathering my friends to organize performances for family members in my living room. I remember taping a music awards show when Brandy performed “Baby”. I watched it over and over, learned the entire routine, and knew all I wanted to do was dance. My father took me to a studio in my hometown, and I haven’t stopped since. 


Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)

Angela: My first “live performance” (and by that I mean aside from the shows I put on in my living room) was a duet I choreographed in grade 1 for my school talent show. The song was Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract” and at the time I thought it was the greatest thing.


Nikki:  Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?

Angela: I think free styling is something that intimidates a lot of dancers, myself included. I think we’ve all had those moments when we’re in an audition and something happens… a move, a hit, a kick… something that makes us think ‘did I really just do that??’. It can be a very humbling experience! I think a good freestyle is the result of confidence, musicality and personal style. It’s important to understand the music as well as what feels good when it comes to moving your own body, and I think the only way to do that is to overcome your nerves and fears and just go for it. If krump is your thing, do it. If girly is your thing, do it. Just be yourself. It’ll come eventually. 🙂


Nikki:  Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?

Angela: For me to get in the zone to choreograph, the biggest thing to me is the right song. I love when I’m listening to a song that inspires me to create and the steps just flow naturally.


Nikki:  Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?

Angela: I respect and admire choreographers that embrace elements of old school and real hip hop. Choreographers such as Luther Brown, Sho-Tyme, Jaquel Knight, Luam Keflezgy, the DoDat family, and more, are all an inspiration to me. For me personally, as a female dancer, I love when girls can hit as hard as male dancers, but still be sexy and feminine at the same time. I admire the women in this industry that can do that.


Nikki:  Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?

Angela: Luther Brown, definitely; I think he is a hip hop genius. I had the opportunity to work with him on Keshia Chante’s new video for her song “Shooting Star” and it was such a privilege to work for someone I look up to so much. I also love working with Danny Davalos. He is someone who took me under his wing when I first started focusing on hip hop, trained me and helped shape me as a dancer. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him on many different projects and I am constantly learning from him so for that I’m very thankful.


Nikki:  Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why?

Angela: I loved working with Shawn Desman. He is one of the most down-to-earth people I know. It’s really refreshing to work with an artist who has been around for so long, with such a successful career, who is so humble. It’s a great vibe and always a ton of laughs working with him.


Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?

Angela: I’m currently choreographing a piece for this year’s Women In Dance showcase. It means a lot to me to be a part of something like this that celebrates the hard work and talent of female dancers in the city. The piece celebrates strength & femininity and I am thrilled with the dancers that are working hard for me for this show.


Nikki:  Qualities you think Toronto Dancers possess?

Angela: For the most part I think Toronto dancers are pretty fearless. Day in and day out I see people going for what they want, doing everything they can to get it!


Nikki:  Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?

Angela: I am only still in that emerging stage myself, but what I’ve learned over the last couple of years is that to be successful in this industry you need to take risks. There will be ups and downs, great experiences and not-so-great-experiences. But it’s important to learn something from all of it. Respect the ones who help you achieve your goals as well as everyone you work with. It takes more than skills to make it, and attitude and professionalism will go a long way. Lastly, have fun! We are so fortunate to be able to do what we love. Always remember that! 🙂


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