Interviews

Interview sneaks

07/11/2015 15:43

Here are little sneaks (or pieces) of interview of Misha or others about Misha

 

KENNY WORMALD ON "LOVE AND MERCY"
Setting the choreography on all of the dancers was really fun. It was a lot of goofy surf moves, which felt different for us hip-hop dancers, who try to be cool all the time. In the scene, I’m drumming and the dancers are behind me. We were cracking up in between takes. Just looking at dancers—like my best friend, Misha Gabriel—in short shorts and tight shirts doing all these old-school moves was hilarious.
 
 
TAKE AN ACTING CLASS.
“Acting can seem scary at first, but believe me—it’s a life changer. Even if you’re not planning to enter the acting world, it’ll make your dance performances stronger.” —Misha Gabriel
 
 
KATHRYN MC CORMICK (STEP UP 4)
Eventually I got into competitions and conventions. I remember taking class from Misha Gabriel and thinking, “He’s so hot!”  (how can we disagree?)
 
MISHA ABOUT KATHRYN: “I was completely inspired by Kathryn’s work ethic on set. She pushed everyone around her to become better. Even though her technique is exquisite, Kathryn works at it like she doesn’t have it yet. Watching her dance in the film is mind-blowing.”
 

 

Dance Spirit Interview 2010

07/11/2015 15:42

You can find an old Misha's interview here:

http://www.dancespirit.com/uncategorized/LA_Dancer_and_Choreographer_Misha_Gabriel/

Step Up 4 interview

29/09/2015 16:49

Credit to kddance wordpress

 

Gabriel got his first professional gig dancing for Aaron Carter when he was 17. Since then he has worked with artists such as Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and many more. In 2009 he got the opportunity to dance with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on the This Is It tour and can be seen featured in the documentary. “Step Up Revolution” marks Gabriel’s transition into the world of acting.
 
 
TheaterJones: How did you guys get involved with this project?
 
 I auditioned for the lead role of Eddy, and I connected with the part immediately and landed the rol
 
Did you know a lot of the dancers that worked on the film?
 
Scott: Misha and I have known each other for years. He was always that young prodigy kid. I remember looking at him and thinking, “man this kid’s crazy.” But this was the first time we actually got to work together.
 
Gabriel: That was sort of true for a lot of us in the movie. Myself and Twitch, we have admired each other’s careers from afar, and this was the first chance we got to work together.
 
Misha how did it feel getting a part in this big franchise?
 
It was a dream come true. I danced for Michael Jackson and that was sort of the pinnacle of my dance career and it was hard for me to go back to dancing for other artists after that. I sort of hit my peak. So, I was looking for a transition and I have been doing a lot of choreography throughout the years. And I had planned on becoming an actor. My best friend is Kenny Wormald, who’s the lead in Footloose, so I watched him do it and we sorta have this relationship like ‘well, if you can do it, I can do it too!’ He inspired me, he sent me to his acting coach. and someone put a bug in my ear a few months before the audition So I started taking acting classes and I really fell in love with the role. I really connected to the part. When I read the part I was like ‘this is not Eddy, this is Misha Gabriel!’”  I really felt a connection to the character Eddy and when I found out I booked the role it was like all the planets had aligned
 
Q: Can you tell us a little about Eddy?
 
“Fiery, hot-head, quick to react…I think – hopefully lovable, in a sense? [laughs] He definitely has those characteristics to him.
 
Q: How was it shooting in Miami?
 
Gabriel: “It was awesome. I was born in Miami so I got to go back to my hometown. It was hot! We shot a lot outside. But it was fun, we had a great time. We’d go out as a group, as a mob, and just take over clubs out there. There was no hope for anybody else there that was trying to dance.”
 
Q: This movie is premiering at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, that’s a pretty big deal for you guys. Tell me about that.
 
Gabriel: “It’s tomorrow, I need to get a suit! [laughs] That’s all I can think about.”
“This is my second premiere. The first premiere I went to was for Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Sort of a different feel, I wasn’t acting in that film, it was documentary footage that had been taken and turned into the movie. I’m used to dancing back up, I’m used to being behind the artist, this is the first time that I’m getting some limelight for myself…it’s surreal
 
Will there be a final battle in this movie?
 
Gabriel: No battles. Personally as a dancer I am over it and I know that the dance community is over it as well. This movie is about these underprivileged kids and their use of dance to make something of themselves. At first we use dance as a creative outlet, but as the movie goes on dancing sort of becomes an outlet for creative protest. In the finale we are not battling another dance troupe, we’re sort of revolting against something else. No spoiler alerts. It’s a different take than the other films, but I think it’s just as impactful.
 
Will we see other dance styles outside of the hip hop realm?
 
Gabriel: You will also see a lot of new dance styles in the movie. Travis Wall, a choreographer on SYTYCD who also happens to be my roommate, choreographed some contemporary pieces for the movie. It’s really cool.
 
Who are your biggest inspirations?
 
Gabriel: Michael Jackson first of all and also my mother. My mom’s a ballet teacher and she taught me everything I know about work ethic and dance. When I moved to LA there were three choreographers who played an important role in my dance career: Brian Friedman, Gil Duldulao and Marty Kudelka.
 
 
This Q&A was originally posted on TheaterJones.com.
 

 

 

Danceforyou magazine interview

12/09/2015 17:04

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Jagthug interview

12/09/2015 17:01
The search for the best dance crew will come to an end this Saturday, May 30, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
 
The almost six hundred dance crews that auditioned have now been trimmed down to twelve. 
 
These twelve crews will battle for the chance to compete and showcase their talent abroad. The winner will get to represent the Philippines in the Dance2Dance competition in Zurich, Switzerland.
 
Nineteen-year-old dancer and choreographer Chachi Gonzales is back in Manila for the second time to judge the finale of JagThug World Dance Off. She will be joined by Step Up Revolution star Misha Gabriel.
 
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked both Chachi and Misha about their experience in the country.
 
First timer Misha quickly replied, “It’s been great so far. It’s my first time so I am enjoying it.
 
“The people are amazing, the food is great, a little warm but I am getting used to it.”
 
For her part, Chachi expressed her excitement about coming back to Manila, “It’s my second time here so I am excited to be back. I love it here it’s one of my favorite places.”
 
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JAGTHUG WORLD DANCE OFF. The JagThug World Dance Off competition has recently concluded a nationwide tour searching for dance crews that best display talent parallel to the quality of a world-class brand. Its theme is its message: Dare to Compete.
 
It promotes a healthy competition as a venture in which dancers can progressively engage and to which they can channel their inherent Filipino spirit of resilience.
 
What can the finalists expect from this dance competition?
 
“600 crews auditioned to compete, so it’s down to the finals and it’s now down to twelve.
 
“It’s gonna be high energy and insane competition,” says Misha.
 
He continued, “All expenses paid on their way to Switzerland. They’ve been putting a lot of prizes. A cash price that is tax free.”
 
Chachi adds, “They will definitely get what they deserve.
 
“It’s gonna be crazy and it will be an amazing opportunity to go to Switzerland all expenses paid so I think it’s gonna be a fun thing to experience it.”
 
How is this different from the other dance competitions?
 
Chachi’s short but sweet reply, “It’s Filipino.”
 
What do they expect to see from the twelve dance crews they will be judging on Saturday?
 
Chachi expects it to be emotional, similar to what she witnessed the first time she was in the Philippines. “I know there’s gonna be a lot of crazy stunts, I know that for sure.
 
“I remember that from the last time and a lot of emotional performances. Last time I saw a whole crew crying on stage while they were dancing. That was crazy to see.”
 
What characteristics should the winning dance crew possess in order to bag the grand prize?
 
Misha answera, “Passion, style, technique and competitiveness.”
 
Chachi adds, “Just by looking like they’re enjoying themselves.”
 
The winners of the competition will be determined at the Final Battle, happening this Saturday, May 30, at the SM MOA Arena.
 
Twelve dance crews, who stood out among nearly six hundred in the initial eliminations and further outperformed the top 100 in the semi-finals, will battle it all out in a final showdown. These are: Who Am I, Streetbuck, XB Gensan, Dauntless Republic, Next to Innocence, FMD Extreme, Skip Dance Family, Don Juan, Xtreme Dancers, D’Squared, Boyz Unlimited and Rockstars.
 
 
 
Read more at http://www.pep.ph/guide/tv/18000/step-up-star-misha-gabriel-to-judge-dance-competition-in-manila#wFYcTVRz6LqoVu58.99
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