Britney’s back-up dancers teach kids at PBC

16 Jul


By Doris Prodanovic, Bond University Journalism Student

Britney Spears’ back-up dancers have been on the Gold Coast for a dance workshop with students at Palm Beach Currumbin High School.

Dance industry stars Zac Brazenas and Willie Gomez brought their talent to the Gold Coast through Ikin Dance Australia on July 6, where dancers aged eight and over had the chance to learn world-class routines from the pair.

Zac and Willie have danced alongside Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez and are currently featuring in Britney Spears’ Piece of Me Las Vegas show.

Performing next to such artists is an experience which never gets old, said Zac.

“Every night we’re on stage with Britney we get excited, it’s an amazing feeling,” he said.

“Even after being with them for two or three years, you still get to that point where you’re on stage and look to your left or right and think, ‘is this really happening?’” Willie continued.

“For me, to grow up watching Britney and be able to dance next to her now each night is special,” he said.

Zac and Willie have been dancing professionally for over a decade and said the popularity for dance had continued to grow each year.

“Dance has become really popular especially through shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, and have really brought dance back into the limelight,” said Zac.

“So, coming here to teach is something different and a bit more special… it’s rare that we get to do something like this (workshop).”

Ikin Dance student Maddi Lamb said learning from Zac and Willie had further inspired her goals of becoming a professional dancer.

“It’s incredible to have access to opportunities and dance with such experienced performers in the dance industry on the Gold Coast, since it’s not often they come here,” she said.

“Hearing what they have been through to earn their success puts a lot in perspective and pushes me to work harder and keep my mind set on my goals every day.”

Willie said it was all about having a drive and passion for aspiring dancers to achieve their dreams in such a difficult industry.

“If they have that dream, just do not give up, because we started with one as well…and even though it is a struggle when it’s hard, the entire journey has been amazing, so it is worth it in the end,” he said.

“Everything is possible, you’ve just got to keep your mind on it.”


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