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Choreographer / Dancer
Mitchell Woodcock is the up and coming Australian Choreographer making his mark in the entertainment industry. Mitchell’s journey so far is one of a true prodigy with an expansive career in all facets of the entertainment industry.
Mitchell has worked alongside directors Ignatius Jones and Craig Illot as Resident Choreographer for the debut season of PACHA at The ivy, Sydney to great acclaim. His choreography was also seen at the World Premiere of the film Les Miserables. In 2014 Mitchell graced our screens as the youngest ever choreographer in the history of So you think you can dance.
As a performer, Mitchell was cast in the role of A-rab at the age of 17 in the Australian touring production of West Side Story which successfully sold out in all five Cities. Mitchell toured with the Australian cast in the Broadway musical Wicked in 2011/2012 and quickly joined the International Tour of West Side Story in the role of Dance Captain. He performed to audiences all across the UK and resided at the famous Saddlers Wells Theatre in London. Since then Mitch has performed inGuys and Dolls and has most recently worked as the Assistant Dance Captain/Swing in the historic show Dirty Dancing.
Mitchell’s screen credits include ABC’s Dance Academy, Channel 7’s The X Factor, YTT, The Voice,Channel 9’s Mornings with Kerri-Anne, So you think you can dance Network 10, The Disney Channel and Australia’s Next top model. Mitchell has had the great opportunity to perform with recording artists Kelley Rowland, Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, Will.i.am, Joel Madden, Delta Goodrem, Geri Halliwell, Olivia Newton-John and Sneaky Sound System.
After a rigorous audition process Mitchell was thrilled to be cast by Baz Lurhmann as a featured dancer in his film The Great Gatsby back in 2011.
At the beginning of 2014 Mitchell landed a job working along side Naomi Campbell on The Faceas well as performing at the Launch of So you think you can dance and also appearing in all television and print promotional material.
Since returning home to Sydney Mitchell has choreographed and coordinated entertainment for PlayStations 20th anniversary party at Cockatoo Island and also for the launch of ‘The Revy' an exquisite, prestigious development on Darling Island. Most recently Mitchell has been working as the Creative Director and Choreographer for Deborah Cox, Conchita and other headline acts for the 2016 Mardi Gras after party
He is an inspiration & role model to all performers, with his professionalism and creative eye, he is one to watch out for.
What was the last song you danced to?
The last song I danced to was ‘Hands to myself’ - Selena Gomez, while I was siting in my car at the traffic lights.
What do you look for in a dancer when hiring?
When booking a dancer I look for a range of different skills and qualities. First and foremost, are they reliable? I want to trust the dancers I’m hiring and know that they’re going to be on time to all the rehearsals and performances. Are they easy to work with and do they have a nice energy in the rehearsal room?
At times the rehearsal room can be quite stressful for any choreographer as they’re not only being creative but are also organising a range of different elements for the job. I like to surround myself with supportive genuine dancers. Can they deliver the type of performance I need for a specific client?
I’m looking for someone that will perform above the expectations of the client and will execute the choreography cleanly and the way in which it’s been taught.
How much does someone's social media status affect your decision when hiring?
What do you think is lacking in the dance industry?
Dance jobs are so scarce in this country which means you can no longer be just a dancer, you really have to be able to do it all. I also believe that at times people in our industry can get so caught up in each others business that they forget to seek new opportunities and push themselves.
What makes a good performer?
Commitment. When a dancer is committed to what they're doing you will never be able to take your eyes off of them.
What do you think the main difference is between the Australian and American dance industry?
Population. I believe Australia has some of the most talented Artists however due to the difference in population we do not have as many large scale opportunities.
A piece of advice for young performers…
As a young performer it’s very easy to be influenced by the people around you. If you want to be successful you must set your goals and keep your eye on the prize