From dancing beside Rihanna, gracing the floor with Beyonce, working alongside Chris Brown and sharing laughs, Jamile McGee has danced with top names in the entertainment industry. Following his days on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance?” season one, as third place finalist Jamile has had a successful career as a dancer and choreographer.
Jamile’s love for dance has been alive since a very young age. At the age of four Jamile was always dancing around the house, mimicking the famous dance moves of Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Fred Astaire. The dance moves weren’t just a fun child hood pastime but an imprint on his soul that laid down the foundation for his destiny. But sadly at the age of nine Jamile was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and told that he was going to never walk again or live out his dream as a dancer. Unbeknownst to the doctors, it was Jamile’s destiny to dance around the world and fate had a different plan for his life. He was miraculously healed and decided to devote his life to dance.
His love for dance was molded at Wright State University, where he studied ballet, modern, lyrical, and jazz. His versatile background in dance can be attributed to his success on “So You Think You Can Dance?” a show in which dancers are taken outside of their comfort zone and every week learn new dance routines. With such an extensive background in all styles of dance, including some salsa, and years of mimicking Fred Astaire, Jamile was well prepared for any challenge that was thrown his way. During that time, his ability to dance any style was tested and proven on the highly rated national Fox TV show. He amazed the crowd with his spirited come back every week with highly energized, outstanding freestyle solos.
The show may have put Jamile in the public eye, but it didn’t define him as a dancer. Jamile McGee taught his first master class at the age of 16 at the Peabody Conservatory for Dance and since then has had a passion for spreading his love of dance to the world. Now at the age of 28, Jamile has danced into to hearts of those throughout the US and abroad. While on tour with Wayne Brady last year, Jamile had the chance to travel the world and had exposure to culture and the arts abroad.
His love for African music, house, indie dance styles, foreign fashion, and different cuisines were cultivated while jet setting from the edges of the Australian outback, to Amsterdam, South Africa, London, New Zealand, Greece, and Malaysia. Being on tour gave him the opportunity to network with legends in the entertainment industry and birthed in him an intense dedication to becoming the best dancer and choreographer.
Jamile had the pleasure of choreographing for Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die” video featuring Wayne Brady, Mike Tyson, and Bobby Brown. The video was a viral success and quickly became one of the most circulated videos on the web in 2010. When asked about working on the video and the experience, Jamile said “As a choreographer on this job, I had to watch Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step I Take” music video over and over again to prepare my mind for shoot day. I wanted to be prepared mentally to teach the steps to the guys. Overall the job went viral and it was a huge hit! It is one of the biggest video’s on the internet and still is. It was cool seeing my face on Larry King Live. It was such an honor to work with entertainment legends and the boxing champion Mike Tyson, it was a rewarding experience”
Working with Mike Tyson and Bobby Brown was a big moment in Jamile’s career, but his love for dance has given him the opportunity to work with other popular artists. In the past Jamile has worked with entertainment superstars such as Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, and many more. His love for dance has reached a huge fan base and has opened up doors for him to work with the dance industry’s biggest choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Lavelle Smith Jr., and Laurie Ann Gibson.