A few years out of school, Dance Division alumnus Kristopher Terry (B.F.A. ‘14) from Shaker Heights, Ohio, finds himself gigging regularly, now on tour across Europe with singer, songwriter, Demi Lovato.
When not on the road, Terry lives and works primarily in the Los Angeles area, teaching in the myriad dance and movement studios around town—working with aspiring dancers, and professionals alike.
In May of 2014, he went home for a few months after graduation with his ticket to Los Angeles in hand. The move out west was incredibly difficult, but Terry was committed to making something happen. He found a room in the “Home for Dancers,” a hostel-style living arrangement becoming more and more common in a city with sky high living costs. He got right to auditioning and looking for work, making connections and collaborating with his friends from Ohio already established in one of the most competitive cities in the world for dancers.
Terry makes moves in this recent dance video produced by MG Production.
In 2016-2017 Terry joined the Ariana Grande European Tour as a backing dancer. Terry was traveling with the tour through England when the Manchester concert incident occurred, a terrorist attack that took the lives of 22 concertgoers, just moments after the dancers left the stage.
In all the chaos, he and his fellow dancers didn’t even know what had happened until the following day. He recalled the surreal experience of contacting his family in Ohio to reassure them he was safe who knew more than he did about the incident.
“It was incredible! I was one of ten dancers. On the tour, Grande performed twenty songs, and we danced for 11 –14 of those. Once the artist decided what she wanted, we commenced rehearsals for a few months ahead of the tour, so we were ready when she came in to run the dress rehearsals,” said Terry.
Terry first worked with Grande’s dance team in 2015, before the world tour started, for the American Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards the same year.
“While I was on the road I had the opportunity to teach in various studios around the world. It’s not easy to find teaching opportunities—this is one of the most competitive cities in the world so your consistency is everything. Your work ethic makes it happen,” Terry said.
HIGHLIGHT: Terry was featured in this award winning 2016 unofficial music video for Gimme All Your Love by Alabama Shakes from filmmakers Alexis Floyd & Talia Shea Levin.
Read more stories from the Summer 2018 Dance, Film, and Theater Alumni Newsletter.