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Meet Alexis Evans, '11• Dance

Current Position

I am currently a professional dancer in Los Angeles, represented by The Movement Talent Agency and work for them as a commercial dancer and fitness talent. I travel with Insomniac Entertainment as a Main Stage dancer for all of the EDC festivals around the world. I am the Assistant Choreographer for Amy Morgan who is a commercial dance teacher, choreographer and former backup dancer for Beyoncé. I teach my own contemporary dance classes at The Basement of Noho and jazz classes for commercial dancers at Millennium Dance Complex. I am also a judge for dance competitions and conventions. I adjudicate for Impact Dance Adjudicators, Stage One Dance Convention and Vibe Dance Convention.

What was your first job after graduating from CMU?

My first job right out of school was teaching jazz, ballet and technique classes at Peak Athletics. I also coached two All-Star dance teams as well as a high school pom team. Now that I live and work in Los Angeles, I've danced in shows at Six Flags Magic Mountain, I've traveled to China and Mexico as a Main Stage dancer with Insomniac Events, I've danced in 'A Christmas Spectacular' in Niagara Falls, Canada with Dublin International Entertainment. I have also filmed commercials with Dick's Sporting Goods, Spectrum SportsNet, and Mercedes-Benz. I've been in music videos with Maroon 5 and Megan Nicole from the Disney Channel. I also worked on the 2019 Adidas x Ivy Park Campaign.

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career?

Mesa gave me confidence in my foundational dance technique that is rare in Los Angeles. I am praised for my ballet and jazz technique and I know it's from the many, many technique classes I took at CMU. Mesa also gave me an enormous amount of confidence in my choreography. The minute I started creating dances at CMU, I was praised and encouraged to continue my artistry. My time at Mesa really taught me how to hustle, how to prioritize within a busy dance schedule, and most importantly how to nurture relationships with my peers in class and then learn to lead them in the rehearsal setting.

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career?

The transition from being a student to a professional dancer in Los Angeles was slow and steady. I knew that I had to have patience and take one small step at a time. I knew that I had to pay my dues in the industry for many years before making any sort of headway. I strive to make as many connections as possible because I know that networking and creating relationships is the name of the game in the LA commercial dance industry. I had to be a sponge and just learn as much as possible to be successful.

What advice would you give to incoming college students?

The best advice I can give to incoming college students is just be a sponge, be observant and ask your professors for their guidance. Express your goals with your dance career and let them help you lay the foundation to reach those goals.