Faculty Profile Derek Mitchell

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    Derek Mitchell

    Derek Mitchell



    Derek Mitchell currently teaches Street Jazz and Contemporary Lyrical Jazz in NYC at Peridance Capezio Center and several other locations, including Crunch Fitness for 10 years. In 2009-2010, Derek choreographed six Contemporary Lyrical Jazz duets for “So You Think You Can Dance” in the Ukraine and is returning in 2011 to choreograph agroup routine and four more duets. He has also choreographed for the NY Knicks City Dancers 2009/2010 season halftime shows, for new pop artists “Bex” and “Sea to Sun” Billboard Magazine’s #1 Dance recording artist Sylvia Tosun (National Tour including the House of Blues in Atlantic City with Freedom Williams and choreographed music videos for “Push ‘n’ Pull,” “5 Reasons,” and “World Keeps Turning”).

    He also choreographed the Aldo shoes 2010 worldwide print campaign, an Industrial for Calvin Klein and Oprah magazine at Lord and Taylor’s NYC, choreographed and directed the Step-Up 3-D promo for Disney and the NY Color “Fashion Night Out” event in NYC. He created, directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway dance drama Thin Line at Dance Theatre Workshop, starred in the Off-Broadway productions of The Karaoke Show (which he also choreographed), The Donkey Show (Dance Captain and Associate Choreographer) both under the direction of Tony nominated Director of Hair- Diane Paulus. He also choreographed Automatic Superstar-a rock opera, performed with Lindsay Lohan on "Saturday Night Live," choreographed for the Steps Ensemble, BDC Teen ensemble, The BDC 25th Anniversary Gala and choreographed and performed in an industrial for Pepsi Co.

    Derek collaborated with Elle Magazine’s creative director Joe Zee in styling Justin Timberlake and his dancers for Nickelodeon, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Swank, Britney Spears, JC Chasez, Kelis, Mary J. Blige and dancers for Gap and most notably Madonna and Missy Elliot’s dancers in their infamous 2004 Gap commercial.

    Derek has taught master classes all over the world including Argentina, Japan, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Isreal, The Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and Canada. He teaches for various dance conventions including The Pulse, Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, MOTIV8, Thunderstruck, Headliners, and NADAA. His classes and choreography have been featured on Britneyspears.com, THE A- LIST, CBS, VH1, NY1 News, W Magazine, CNN, Good Day NY, The Today Show, TV Guide, Elle, Time Out, U.S. News and World Report, Women's Wear Daily and Crunch magazine.
    In 2009 Derek was Dance Teacher's Instructional Teacher of the Month. He has been profiled in numerous articles in Dance Spirit, Dance and Dancer magazines. You can watch his classes and choreography on YouTube.

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