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In Focus: Casey Hicks (Contemporary Series)

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Casey Hicks a Tampa Native grew up dancing at Jackie’s Dance Studio Tampa.  After completing the Dance Program at Howard W. Blake High School in Tampa, Casey continued his modern training at Hillsborough Community College.  For 8 years Casey was an instructor at Frank Rey Dance Studio and fulfilled the role of Artistic Director his last two years.  For 3 years Casey was a Principal Dancer with Moving Current Dance Collective and the late All Out Rep; two local modern dance companies.  In 2010 Casey moved to New York City to further his performance career and found an interest in the Musical Theater and Entertainment Dance Worlds. Credits include: “The Nutcracker,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “White Christmas,” “The Wizard of OZ,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Hello Dolly,” “Guys and Dolls” and “La Cage aux Folles.”  Casey has performed in numerous shows at Busch Gardens Tampa including “Motor City Groove” and “Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation.”  Casey is still actively teaching for local studios in the Tampa area; helping share his knowledge and continuing to shape the future generations of dancers.  Currently Casey is continuing to perform at Busch Gardens, the newest cast member of “BeetleJuice’s Graveyard Mash-up” at Universal Studios Orlando and is traveling with ESP’s “Tell-A-Vision” performing around the country.

In Focus: Casey Hicks

Why do you dance?

“I dance because it brings me joy.  No matter what roadblocks or struggles you have in life, it all goes away when you hit the stage.”

Who would you say is your inspiration?

“I would say my inspiration is my peers.  Seeing them be successful and fulfilling their dreams inspires me to push forward and better myself.”

What is your dream job?

“I can honestly say that I don’t think there’s is one certain dream job.  I find great pleasure in having many jobs constantly getting to work with other talented people having numerous connections and interactions with performers and absorbing their knowledge.”

How would you best describe your style?

“My style?  Well I like to think I’m versatile and not tied down to one in particular.  If I had to specify I would say I’m a jazz modern hip hop hybrid.”

What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?

“Discipline.  Never give up.  Work hard and stay focused.  Audition all the time and take class.  Never audition because you need the job, audition because you want to do the job.”


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