Introducing new Capezio Athlete Jack Higgins
- June 30, 2016
- by Chelsea Thomas
The young Jack Higgins, a dancer hailing from Liverpool, England, has already had many life-changing experiences at the ripe old age of 14. Heâ€™s performed on the Royal Albert Hall Stage, has appeared at the Liverpool Empire in â€œcountlessâ€ productions, has won Gold at the Dance World Cup in the Male Solo category, and most recently has competed on Britain’s Got Talent. Now heâ€™s also been named a Capezio Athlete!
Hear from Jack himself as Dance Informa interviews him about his journey thus far.
Jack, congratulations on recently being named a Capezio Athlete, a position only held by elite and professional dancers. How do you feel?
â€œI have bought and worn Capezio products throughout my life. So to be named a Capezio Athlete is such an honour â€“ every dancerâ€™s dream.â€
Youâ€™ve had a big year, with competing on Britainâ€™s Got Talent and being interviewed by numerous media outlets. Whatâ€™s that been like? Can you share about the whole experience?
â€œBritainâ€™s Got Talent stated in January and finished in May and it really has been the best time ever! The judges and their comments were amazing. I have loved doing interviewsâ€¦ having different celebrities interviewing me too has just been amazing. I danced live on TV at a Britainâ€™s Got Talent Semi-Final and got a standing ovation from the judges. Itâ€™s going to be hard to better that.â€
Looking back on your journey as a dancer, can you share how you first started?
â€œWell, my mum put me into dance when I was about five as apparently I used to do little moves in front of the TV. Dance just clicked for me and I havenâ€™t stopped dancing since, and if Iâ€™m honest, I donâ€™t think I ever will.â€
Your current accomplishments include awards from Janet Cram, a competition based on examination work and then a solo performance. When did you win these?
â€œI absolutely love Janet Cram. Iâ€™ve now done it four years in a row! The first year I received an award for Most Outstanding Dancer in the Junior section. The second year I won the Junior section and the third year I won the Senior section. Actually, I just won as the overall boy in the Premier section, which kind of completes my Janet Cram journey.â€
How neat! Youâ€™ve also won the Dance World Cup, right? Howâ€™d it feel to win that distinction?
â€œTo win the Dance World Cup was an amazing experience. I received the award for Most Promising Boy Dancer Under 14 and the prize was to swim with dolphins, which was amazing as Iâ€™d never done it before.â€
What would you say are your dance goals right now?
â€œMy overall goal is to appear on the West End, to have my name in lights and to travel the world.â€
Looking to the future, are there any new projects or events youâ€™re preparing for?
â€œWell, thereâ€™s a lot coming up behind the scenes, but itâ€™s all in the early stages at the minute so I canâ€™t really go into detail. Youâ€™ll have to keep your eyes peeled! I do have my Capezio Athlete shoot coming up, which I am super excited about!â€
Finally, what advice would you offer to other young dancers just starting out?
â€œMy advice isâ€¦. Just try your best! Be who you are! Donâ€™t care what anybody else thinks. Ignore any negativity! Live your dream; donâ€™t be that person who looks back in 12 monthâ€™s time wishing they had taken that first class.â€
Watch Jackâ€™s audition for Britainâ€™s Got Talent below!
Article produced by Dance Informa.