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Kieran Macdonald, NUVO Dance Conference’s “Secret Weapon”


For the final two years, dancer Kieran Macdonald has had the chance to do what most younger, gifted dancers solely dream about — collaborate with most of the world’s high choreographers in america. On the NUVO Dance Conference tour, Macdonald is the one principal dancer and main assistant to work with all the star school. 

“I’ve to continually pinch myself that I get to work alongside such an unbelievably gifted and galvanizing group of individuals,” says Macdonald, who was born and raised in Paisley, Scotland, and later moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.

Kieran Macdonald. Photo courtesy of NUVO Dance Convention.
Kieran Macdonald. Photograph courtesy of NUVO Dance Conference.

Launched in 2007, NUVO Dance Conference attracts modern dance professionals and artists-in-training alike and invitations a lot of at present’s high working choreographers within the industrial dance and leisure industries as school. 

Macdonald’s position as a part of the NUVO household is a important one. He collaborates with the choreographers to craft motion, educate choreography to dancers, is regularly referred to as on to carry out for college kids and college, and offers suggestions as a decide when wanted. Such a job requires greater than being an unbelievable and versatile dancer. A nice assistant is a “secret weapon,” a task mannequin, and an extra pair of eyes, ears, arms, and legs for the instructor or choreographer.

Macdonald educated beneath the path of Shelley Tookey at Shelley’s Dance Firm in Edmonton, Alberta. He’s additionally a graduate of the Victoria College of the Arts Worldwide Baccalaureate Dance Programme, receiving high scholarships from the Victoria College Basis for the Arts, and incomes distinction in Superior I Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance.

Kieran Macdonald. Photo by Mati Ficara.
Kieran Macdonald. Photograph by Mati Ficara.

Nonetheless a teen when he entered the skilled world of dance, Macdonald has collected a formidable record of high-profile credit. He carried out the main position of Mr. Mistoffelees in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS at Alberta’s Competition Place and was invited to be a part of Sean Cheesman’s skeleton crew, a small group of dancers who work with a choreographer to create and ideal choreography, for an upcoming West Finish manufacturing of The Prince of Egypt. On the well-known Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Macdonald carried out for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Dwell at PaleyFest, and he might be seen within the Gucci Showtime: Spring & Summer season 2019 Marketing campaign. Throughout The Juno Awards, his efficiency in a lead position dancing alongside musical artist Alessia Cara was broadcast dwell on Canadian tv in 2016 and once more with singer Shawn Hook the next 12 months. Macdonald additionally starred within the award-winning movie, The Politically Incorrect Fact which received the award for finest choreography at The Mosquers Movie Competition, and danced main roles in O2 The Dance Firm’s Items and Thoughts Video games by inventive director Sarah Dolan. 

“Kieran [Macdonald] is among the most gifted storytellers I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” says Dolan. “He genuinely dives into every character and motion with full dedication.”

Whereas Macdonald stays humble about his talents, achievements, and the alternatives he’s had as an rising dancer, it’s notable how usually choreographers on the high of their subject acknowledge Macdonald as a rising expertise to observe and clamor to work with him.

A choreographer for tv and movie, and a co-choreographer with Mia Michaels on the long-running FOX TV actuality present, So You Assume You Can Dance, Mark Meismer discovered Macdonald’s dancing exhausting to overlook in the course of the 2015 Dance Excellence Competition in Los Angeles, the place dancers from all of over the world convene by invitation solely.

Kieran Macdonald performing at NUVO Dance Convention. Photo by Mati Ficara.
Kieran Macdonald acting at NUVO Dance Conference. Photograph: Mati Ficara.

“There was a loud ring of applause earlier than and after once I referred to as on [Macdonald] to offer an impromptu demonstration for the category,” recollects Meismer. “It was one of many highlights of the session and I bear in mind telling him that he modified my life.”

Macdonald now works with Meismer each weekend at NUVO Dance Conference. The choreographer considers the younger skilled a gifted asset to the corporate and to the leisure trade, gushing about his consideration to craft, work ethic, and self-discipline.

“He elevates every class he assists me in and dancers all around the United States look as much as him and his expertise.”

Emmy-nominated director, choreographer and dancer Stacey Tookey met Macdonald whereas he was nonetheless a scholar at Shelley’s Dance Firm.

“He struck me as a type of uncommon artists who’ve the charisma to effortlessly draw the eye of individuals and hold them riveted,” she recollects of their first assembly. “I knew proper then that I’d like to work with him professionally sometime.”

Happily, Tookey obtained her want, creating and demonstrating motion concepts with Macdonald throughout workshop courses, improvisation, freestyle and efficiency showcase alternatives which might be a part of every intense weekend at NUVO occasions supplied in main cities throughout the U.S. She additionally labored with him on The Dance Awards, a culminating nationwide finals competitors introduced yearly in Las Vegas and Orlando by Break the Ground Productions.

Kieran Macdonald assisting Stacey Tookey at NUVO Dance Convention. Photo by Kate Watt.
Kieran Macdonald aiding Stacey Tookey at NUVO Dance Conference.
Photograph by Kate Watt. 

Lukas MacFarlane, founder and inventive director of London-based firm, UnTitled Dance Firm, labored with Macdonald on the choreographer’s 2017 Capezio A.C.E. Awards submission Falling, which received 1st Runner-Up within the contest for rising and influential dancemakers. MacFarlane described Macdonald because the epitome of knowledgeable dancer.

“He goes above and past, is pushed, and very hardworking. A particularly reliable dancer and performer, if I might rent him on each single job I’ve, I’d.”

Kieran Macdonald in class at NUVO Dance Convention. Photo by Mati Ficara.
Kieran Macdonald in school at NUVO Dance Conference. Photograph by Mati Ficara.

Working at NUVO with high lecturers and choreographers has allowed Macdonald to boost and work on his craft. He’s at all times perfecting new expertise.

“I’m continually being pushed to discover new avenues of my motion,” he displays. “I do know that I’m meant to be dancing and I can’t image doing something apart from transferring and creating.”

A 30-year contributor to the dance trade, grasp instructor, and director of NUVO Dance Conference, Ray Leeper considers Macdonald to be probably the most gifted, well-rounded, devoted, and accountable younger dancers with whom he’s had the pleasure to work.

“Kieran [Macdonald], with kindness and willpower, is the definition of somebody who has the drive, ardour, and perseverance to make the biggest of marks on the dance group, now and sooner or later.”

All who work with Macdonald and witness his exceptional expertise would agree. 

“When Kieran dances the viewers audibly gasps,” says fellow dancer Jenn Stafford. “His approach and high quality of motion make him probably the most fascinating dancers of his era.”

Kieran Macdonald. Photo by Mati Ficara.
Kieran Macdonald. Photograph by Mati Ficara.

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