About Gage

Hi Everyone! First, I want to thank you for checking out my website! Putting this together, It really made me realize how thankful I am that I get to live this dream I wanted as a child! Dancing with artists, on stage for such important events, and making commercials and movies. It is surreal! But to understand how I got here is the most important part of the journey! 

 

I am from a small town 30 minutes north of Cincinnati, Ohio. I started dancing at the age of 11 after attending my cousin’s first dance recital. Before jumping into dance training, I was involved in local theatres and had experience with playing multiple instruments. The arts were always a part of my life, but DANCE was where my heart would soon fall in love. I began and finished my training at Z Company Arts, formerly Off Broadway Dance Academy, where I was given multiple opportunities in my pre-professional career. My two teachers and mentors, Zandra and Aly Thomas, gave me the hope and the courage to do what I love to do, because so many saw me as the “Fat Boy” who was not going to be given a chance. Through competitions and conventions, I was awarded many scholarships and judges awards for my presence, my commitment, and my passion that I presented to the world. In 2010, I received my first large scholarship as a “Pulse Protege” for the PULSE dance convention. In its time, this was the hottest convention to receive recognition let alone the second to highest scholarship to receive. We got to travel and train with sensations such as Brian Friedman, MIa Miachales, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Cris Judd, and so many more. Through this platform I made lifelong friends and connections with some of the industry top choreographers. Even after all of this, I still let my weight and my size get in the way. After graduating high school, I went off to college to study Athletic Training. I wanted to be a Physical Therapist for a dance company. That was my ending goal. After my first year I transferred home to audition for another university's dance program just to give it one more shot… and was quickly turned down. I had meetings with my instructors which mainly led to them asking for me to get blood tests to see why I wasn’t losing weight, and that they only accepted marketable students into their dance program. I was hurt, lost, depressed, full of anxiety even stepping onto a campus that would provide so much hurt to a paying student. Needless to say I began at my third university that summer to just finish out my associates degree. I was over school, just wanted something to get out and start working. All this time, my heart was still stuck on finding work in the arts, but wasn’t sure how. While finishing my associates degree, I found interest in Arts Administration/Entertainment Business: essentially becoming an agent. This was perfect, Easy transition to a bachelor program and also allowed me to help other dancers pursue their dreams! I finished my associates in Ohio, and then moved to Los Angeles to finish my bachelor’s degree at the Los Angeles Film School in Entertainment Business. I  was taking class from real managers, real accountants, real social media people IN THE INDUSTRY and my heart was so happy. I was in a different mindset after leaving home and felt I was able to start over, even with actually dancing. I started taking classes again, and naturally after changing so many habits, I was losing weight. By the end of my first year I had lost 80 pounds and signed with my first agent as a dancer. I made a HUGE switch again, but really followed through with letting my heart take control and I haven’t looked back since. If you made it this far, thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to know my story, and how I got to where I am. I hope you enjoy the videos, the pictures, the many things that others let me be a part of to bring to life. :) Remember always that pressure makes diamonds. And of course to stayenGAGEd. 

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