Interview with The Pulse faculty member, Cris Judd!
What advice would you give a young dancer trying to make it in the commercial dance world today?
My advice is to be present in the moment. Be prepared. Don’t give up your power. If you want to make it in the commercial dance world you must study everything. It doesn’t just end with dance. Study it all; dance, acting, singing, etc.
You’ve worked with some of the biggest and best music stars. What was it like dancing for the King of Pop on Michael Jackson’s world tours?
Dancing with Michael Jackson was the most incredible experience. To share the stage with him was one of the highlights of my life. Being in the presence of his greatness made me want to be the best I possibly could be.
Where was your very first dance class? How old were you and what made you interested in dance?
Orlando, FL is where I took my first dance class at a studio called The Dance Place. I was 21 years old. I started because I liked a girl that turned me down, so in the beginning I started out of spite. I bet her that I could be a professional dancer within one year. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I was hooked after the first class. My priorities changed after that. I said to myself, “This is what I want to do.” I became a pro in eight months and I’ve been dancing ever since.
Who inspires you?
My inspirations are Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson, the faculty at The PULSE On Tour, and the kids. I love teaching the kids.
What do you enjoy most about being involved with The PULSE On Tour?
Teaching and inspiring the next generation of young dancers, choreographers and performers. It’s very gratifying to see these kids grow up to be fine young people that love the art of dance.
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter! Do you hope that she has an interest in dance growing up?
Yes, of course! Hahaha.
What’s a song that you could listen to over and over again?
Right now I can’t stop listening to “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood.
Photos courtesy of The PULSE on Tour!