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Mar 16, 2021

This week on 5.6.7.EIGHT, Aleksandra interviews Jimmy Locust — an artistic director, entrepreneur, dance educator, and philanthropist who has spent his career rubbing shoulders with some of the entertainment industry’s top stars, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Justin Bieber, and Joe Jonas, to name a few. Jimmy has also starred in a number of iconic music videos and films and helped choreograph the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1996 Olympic Games. He is currently the founder and owner of Locust Dance Academy and Locust Performing Arts Center.

Throughout Jimmy’s incredible career, he has found himself surrounded by some of the world’s most talented artists and stars. Yet Jimmy attributes his success not to conforming to their likenesses but by discovering and embracing his own unique identity as an artist. On the podcast, Locust walks through his journey as an artist and entrepreneur and discusses — among many things — the importance of finding your “thumbprint” and leaving an impression that lasts.


Moving Quotes:

"As an artist, you must be true to yourself. You must be aware that you have an original thumbprint. There's no one like you."

"I consider it a mission for [dance leaders and teachers] to continue passing the torch."

"Always have your reels and information updated on your website where it's accessible. Always keep your stuff current."

"You always want to be alert on a job. So that, if there's a special part coming up, the lead choreographer is thinking of you."


Bullet Points (w/ timestamps) - Highlighting key topics discussed:

3:44: Jimmy talks about his work with his school (Locust Dance Academy) and his performing arts center (Locust Performing Arts Center).

4:36: Jimmy speaks to the challenge of developing young dancers through virtual teaching.

6:23: Locust, who has danced for a variety of pop superstars, discusses his close relationship with Janet Jackson.

9:48: Locust, who has rubbed shoulders with the biggest of celebrities, shares what he believes is the secret to having a successful and high-profile dance career.

13:57: Jimmy discusses the importance of investing in others — because what goes around inevitably always comes around.

16:36: Locust retells the incredible story of his involvement in choreographing the opening and closing ceremonies in the 1996 Olympic Games.

19:49: Jimmy and Aleksandra talk about the importance of networking and keeping connections alive — especially in the arts world.

23:37: Locust, who has done lots of commercial dance work, gives some advice about making a difference on commercial shoots.

30:03: Jimmy shares what’s next for him, including working on a book and continuing to educate young dancers.


Bullet List of Resources – 

Jimmy Locust

Locust Performing Arts Center

Locust Dance Academy