Chris Jones In The Judges Chair

Published on 2nd Sep, 2008

Chris JonesYou may know Christopher from the film ‘You Got Served’ but what you might not know is that his career in the entertainment industry started long before this box office hit. This ultimate triple threat has performed with the world’s greatest artists, acted in hit films and television shows, acted on stage and taught dance around the world. Christopher is here in Melbourne this weekend to kick off the Hollywood Competition. DanceLife caught up with him to chat about his career so far and what he will be looking for as a judge on the Hollywood Tour.

Australia was first introduced to you in the film `You Got Served´ but some people may not know you were in Forrest Gump and Big Momma´s House 2. What came first, dancing or acting?

A: Hard to say really. I started dancing at the age of 2, singing at the age 4, and acting at 7. Both of my parents were in the industry. My father was a talent agent, my mother owned a dance studio, and together they owned a very respected performing arts school. I have been doing all of it my whole life. I will say that it´s pretty awesome to be still working in all three fields.

How important is it to be versatile as a performer these days? What advice would you give young performers who want to dance, act and sing?

A: I am a huge fan of the old school talent. Fred, Gene, Lucile, Audrey. They were all triple threats. Back then it was the standard. You had to be a triple threat. I feel that the industry is headed back in that direction. I think it´s great. With that being said I think that performers should be very versatile and experienced in all fields. It can only help you. Plus I just think it´s just better. Not to mention I also think that is good to study with multiple teachers. There are so many different styles and techniques out there. Studying as many as you can is so positive. That goes for everything: dancing, singing, and acting. Expose yourself to as much as you can. Never stop training and practicing your craft.

You have toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny´s Child, N´Sync, Dream and Shorty 101. What do you enjoy most about being on tour?

A: I would have to say the performance aspect of it all. I am a performer who loves to perform. I feel the most comfortable in front of a camera or on a stage. Not to mention that on tour it´s all live. Thousands of fans different each show. The huge venues. It´s on such a large scale. It´s just fun to entertain. I love it!

You´re coming to Melbourne this weekend to judge the Hollywood Dance Competition. What type of performer captures you as a choreographer looking for talent and as a judge?

A: When I watch people perform I am just looking for that lil something extra. Not just great skill but that spunk, fire, pizzazz if you will. Not just the movement, but the feeling and attitude that

should come with it. It is the fine line between dancer and performer. I like walking that line, and I love watching others do it as well.

What do you enjoy most about travelling the world teaching dance?

A: I enjoying travel the world and teaching because I not only get to teach and share my talent and knowledge with others but I get to learn myself. There is so much to learn from other cultures, styles, and experiences. Plus it is just amazing teaching in other countries because students are not as exposed to the industry as much as the US. Students around the world are like sponges. The suck up every little thing you say, teach, or show. It is an absolute thrill as a teacher and choreographer.

After you have completed your Australian tour what is on the cards for Christopher?

A: I am currently in pre-production for my next film. I am also choreographing for a couple of recording artist as well choreographing for ADIDAS global with my partner Mandy Kerr. When I´m not filming, dancing, teaching or travelling I´m pretty much hanging with my family and friends taking advantage of any time off that I have. Without a doubt there is still a lot more of Chris Jones to come.

For more information about the Hollywood competition please go to www.sourcedance.com for more information. The tour will be hiting your town in the next few weeks Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington!

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