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Meet tween dancer Jade Chynoweth

By It's My Life on February 15, 2011 3:12 PM | No TrackBacks

jade.jpgJade Chynoweth, age 11, is a big fan of TV dance shows like "So You Think You Can Dance." Maybe that's because she's spent a lot of time in the past few months actually dancing with choreographers from those shows, like Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Wade Robson. Jade was chosen to be an "Elite Protégé" with The PULSE On Tour, a traveling dance workshop featuring the top choreographers and instructors in the industry. In other words, this girl most definitely CAN dance!

As you probably know by now, we love talking to tweens who are doing something extra-cool, and Jade is no exception. Her talent and commitment are truly inspiring, and we're glad we got to meet her on her way to a very bright future.

IML: Jade, can you tell us about how you first got started in dance?

Jade: I started dancing when I was 2 1/2. My aunt owned a dance studio, and I took ballet and jazz classes there. My mom was a teacher back then, and she was really the one who got me interested in dance.

IML: When did you know that you wanted to be more serious about it?

Jade: When I was about 9 years old, I pretty much decided that this was what I wanted to do when I was older.

IML: What do you love so much about it?

Jade: I really like acting out characters in dances, and I like the adrenalin of going on stage and performing in front of people.

IML: How much time do you spend taking classes and training and all that?

Jade: I go to school from 8:30 to 3:40. Then after that, I go to dance every day until 9pm.

IML: Wow! How do you have time to do schoolwork?

Jade: I do my schoolwork after dance, and I stay up a little later!

IML: You do a lot of dance styles. Do different styles make you feel different things when you're doing them?

Jade: Yes, definitely. Even different styles of hip-hop or jazz or contemporary make me feel different things. I dance what I feel. Hip-hop's my favorite, just because I like to get down, I like that hard-hitting grungy kind of stuff. And the characters in the songs and dances are really fun!

IML: What are your favorite music artists, or a particular song you like dancing to these days?

Jade: There's this one song that just came out, "Jar of Hearts," by Christina Perri. Sometimes I just feel more emotional and inspired when I listen to that kind of music. But I also like fast songs that I can dance hip-hop to.

IML: You participate in a lot dance competitions. Do you choreograph your own routines?

Jade: The past couple of years, my solos have been choreographed by Gev Manoukian from "So You Think You Can Dance." He's a really cool guy, he teaches me all my tricks!

IML: Tell us a little bit about how you came to be a Elite Protégé with The PULSE.

Jade: The PULSE has come to Las Vegas every year and we go there as a studio, and we've had the chance to learn from amazing different choreographers and different styles. They gave a lot of different scholarships out. They travel all around the world. To get chosen as Protégé, you take all the classes and the teachers choose Protégés based on people who really connect to the dance or get the moves but still have style. They also give normal scholarships out to people who really try hard and are improving. When I got Protégé, I got to go to New York, and try out for Elite Protégé. It gives you free tuition to the PULSE convention in each city. I've gone to seven of the cities so far, and I assist on stage or go in front so people can watch.

IML: What have you gotten out of it so far?

Jade: I've learned more about being a better dancer and understanding the dance, and my body and my moves. I think along the way I've also learned leadership and how to be a better person.

IML: Are there other dancers as young as you?

Jade: No, I'm the youngest! But it's cool, because I've learned so much from everyone. And as people say, kids are like sponges and they soak in all this information. I think that's true, because even though I'm so young, I try to understand the moves. I try to dance mature and still have fun, and I look up to all the older people that also got Elite Protégé. It really teaches me how to focus and learn better and quicker.

IML: It sounds like an amazing experience! What's your advice to other young people who want to make dance part of their lives?

Jade: My advice is just to be yourself and have fun, get style, and take little pieces form everyone that you see. You can't be someone else. You have to just learn from them. Something that the choreographer Mia Michaels says is that you're born a legend, because you're not like anyone else. You have to use that.

IML: That's good to keep in mind for everything, not just dance.

Jade: Yeah, you have to realize you're unique, no matter what you do!

IML: Thanks, Jade, and good luck!

Jade: Thank you!

To learn more about The PULSE On Tour, visit And check out one of Jade's most awesome performances, called "Creature":

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