Tips From The Pros:

Marko Panzic

Marko Panzic is a Creative Director, Choreographer, Producer & Dancer. In 2008 Marko hit our TV screens in the 1st series of “So You Think You Can Dance” where he was a top 20 finalist. Marko returned for the 2nd, 3rd & 4th series as a featured choreographer. As a performer his credits include; The Aria Awards, The Logies, Dance Captain for "Fame" The Musical Australian Tour 2010, Urban Music Awards, Australian Idol Grand Final, X Factor, Live to Dance TVC, The Voice Australia, World Latin Ballroom Championships, MTV, "Goddess" The Movie. He also Assisted Jason Gilkison in Los Angeles for So You Think You Can Dance USA. Marko has worked with many of the finest recording Artists including Robin Thicke, Ricky Martin, Jason Derulo, Ricki-Lee, Jessica Mauboy, Kylie Minogue,, Geri Halliwell, Danni Minogue, DJ Havana Brown, Kelly Rowland, Sam Sparro, Little Mix, Delta Goodrem, Justice Crew, Dami Im, Wynter Gordon, Jessica Sutta (Former PussyCat Doll), Olivia Newton-John, Seal, Joel Madden, Rudimental, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jade MacRae, Gin Wigmore, The McClymonts, Short Stack, The Collective, Elen Levon, Samantha Jade, Che'nelle, Anthony Callea, Cosima DeVito, Prinnie, Vanessa Amorosi, David Campbell and Paulini. He has provided choreography for The Voice Australia, The Voice Kids Australia, Australia's Got Talent, Australia’s Next Top Model, EUROVISION 2014 & 2016, ABC3 Launch, Logie award winning TV Show “Dance Academy” series 1, 2 & 3 ABC, X Factor Australia, Junior Eurovision 2015, Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, Rimmel Cosmetics, Eurovision SBS special 2010, Australian Idol TVC, Samsung TVC, Australian Dance Awards, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Saturday Disney, Sunrise, The Morning Show, AFL Footy Show, NRL Footy Show, Australia's Funniest Home Video's, Young Talent Time, Cleo Bachelor Of The Year Awards, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Covergirl Australia, Optus Launch, Volvo V40 Launch. Cosmopolitan Of The Year Awards, Who Magazine, Sony Music Australia. Marko Panzic has Creatively Directed DJ HAVANA BROWNS support act production for CHRIS BROWN "F.A.M.E" Tour 2011, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS "Euphoria" Tour 2011 and PITBULL & TAIO CRUZ "Planet Pit" Australian Tour 2012. Marko Panzic's work has seen him choreograph many of Australia's top music video's and platinum selling songs including: "We Run The Night" Havana Brown, "Raining Diamonds", "Crazy" & "Do It Like That" Ricki-Lee, "Pop A Bottle" & "Can I Get A Moment" Jessica Mauboy. Marko Panzic was named Artistic Director of "The Australian Dance Festival" held at Sydney Olympic Park 2012 - Present. Marko returned to our TV screens in the Channel Ten Show "Everybody Dance Now" working along side International Superstar Kelly Rowland as her Dance Captain. In 2013 Marko travelled to JAPAN for Ricki Lee's "Fear & Freedom" Promo Tour. Performing in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and at ASTRO HALL in Harajuku. Marko was appointed by Shine Australia to the role of PERFORMANCE PRODUCER on the Australian version of the hit TV shows "THE VOICE" & "THE VOICE KIDS" for Network Nine. In 2014 Marko was selected to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to choreograph & stage Australia's special guest performance at EUROVISION featuring the very talented Jessica Mauboy. 2016 saw Marko produce and choreograph DAMI IM for her EUROVISION performance in Stockholm, where Dami came a history making 2ND for AUSTRALIA! Marko also is the Director of Australia's first commercial dance company The Dream Dance Company. In 2015 the company created there first work "GENESIS" choreographed by Marko Panzic & Stephen Tannos. The company will perform in Sydney, Gold Coast, Newcastle & Hobart. In 2016 Marko Panzic teamed up with Candace Brown from New York City to bring "The Secret Society" to life for the second season for the company which toured to Sydney, Perth and will be performing at The Australian Dance Festival. In 2016 Marko was Senior Performance Producer for Australia's Got Talent for Fremantle Media. Marko Panzic is also founder of the 3 month development course in Sydney "SHOW | BUSINESS which in 2017 will launch in Melbourne.

What was the last song you danced to?

Into You – Ariana Grande

 What do you look for in a dancer when hiring?

When hiring I always look at every job as a team, so if the job is for backing up an artist needing 6 girls or for my Dream company which is made up of 16 dancers, I always look at it like a puzzle. Each dancers needs to bring their own individuality but be able to work together and dance as a great ensemble member as well as having their own uniqueness.  

Being a strong team player as a dancer and in your work ethic is everything to me. I like to hire people who bring great energy and a want and appreciation to the job. 

How much does someone's social media status affect your decision when hiring?

I never check people’s social media status when hiring. I am a firm believer in the old way which is word of mouth and what is in front of me. Social Media is an incredible tool for promotion and using it correctly can make great impact on people’s career’s but for booking a job, sadly you will always as a dancer have to prove yourself in REAL life!

What do you think is lacking in the dance industry?

I think what is lacking is the creation of more entrepreneurs and dancers understanding the business side of dance. I feel the main focus in a lot of dance at the moment is steps. Students are paying huge money these days to gain a career in the dance world but leave majority of the time with great steps only. I believe there needs to be more put into educating and developing student’s minds to develop more longevity and wealth into the industry.

What makes a good performer?

A good performer is someone who can truly lose themselves in dance and to the music. I feel joy, love and passion is what makes someone stand out. A performers eyes and X Factor is something that cannot be taught, it is something that truly sets dancers apart. I know incredible dancers, but they are missing the fire and passion. I am all for performers that have the fire and passion over steps any day, that is the difference between a good and incredible performer.

What do you think the main difference is between the Australian and American dance industry?

I think the main difference is two things opportunity and training. There is so much paid and professional opportunities for commercial dancers in the USA and also the training is NON-STOP. Classes are full of professional dancers from all over the world in LA & NYC and the knowledge and teachers available in the states is at the top of the game. So overall there is a higher bar set in the USA because the professional dancers are still students and a lot of the teachers are highly experienced choreographers with major experience. 

Where do you find your creative streak when it comes to choreography?

MUSIC!! It is all about how the music makes me feel. I always choose songs that inspire me to create choreography too. I love great pop music, so when something does make me want to create something I love it. 

Best piece of advise you were given/heard?

“You're only as good as your last gig”

This is something that has stuck with me FOREVER!!!! It constantly continues to give me drive and determination to work on gaining more experience and fighting for the next job. Call me crazy but I love pushing myself and never staying comfortable, many people say to me “wow you have made it” but to me I have still only just started.

What would you say to people trying to make it in the industry?

Be a SMART artist! Invest your money wisely. There is so much out there at the moment and artists need to make sure they are doing their research and investing there hard earned money into opportunities and institutions that will give them something in return. Also getting to the right classes. Invest your time wisely, training is important and exposing yourself to the teachers that will mentor you, that will push you, that have experience and knowledge to pass down to you is important. Don’t fall into the fast food chain of wanting to get everything quick and fast!! Earn your way into the industry, earn the title of a professional dancer, earn your title as a choreographer, because that is one thing that can never be taken away from you is when you earn your success. It has taken me a 10 year long career in Sydney to happily call myself a professional choreographer and to have and own Australia’s first ever commercial dance company “The Dream Dance Company”. I am happy I put in the years and worked my butt off, because longevity in this career is the reward. Fight to be around for a long time, that is what your goal should be! Always ask, what is your INTENTION? Intention is everything! Be humble, work hard and continue to DREAM with a clever mind!

Marko Panzic. 

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