Derek Mitchell (USA)
Derek Mitchell is one of todays most sought out choreographers. He has choreographed projects utilizing almost every style of dance and that versatility makes him an asset to any project. He has numerous credits in TV, Film, Stage, Commercials, Music Videos and Concerts. He has choreographed a total of 15 Contemporary duets, Street Jazz duets and Group pieces for “So You Think You Can Dance” in the Ukraine for the last 4 years. He recently choreographed for Jerry Mitchell’s “Broadway Bares” Benefit for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids as well as new music videos and world tours for Taiwanese Superstar “Jolin Tsai”, pop artists “BEX” and “Irina Jade”. Derek also choreographed the YouTube viral sensation “Wedding Proposal in Bryant Park Flash Mob” which has been featured on The Piers Morgan Show on CNN, The Today Show and in many magazines and blogs.
He has choreographed for “The Brooklynettes” (Brooklyn Nets dance team) the NY Knicks City Dancers 2009/10 season halftime shows, for pop artists “Rae” and “Sea to Sun” Billboard Magazine’s #1 Dance recording artist “Sylvia Tosun” (National Tour including the House of Blues in Atlantic City with Freedom Williams and choreographed music videos for “Push ‘n’ Pull”, “5 Reasons” and “World Keeps Turning”). He also choreographed the Aldo shoes 2010 worldwide print campaign, an Industrial for Calvin Klein and Oprah magazine at Lord and Taylor’s NYC, a Pepsi industrial, choreographed and directed the Step-Up 3-D promo for Disney and the NY Color “Fashion Night Out” flash mob events in NYC.
D erek currently lives in NYC where he teaches Street Jazz and Contemporary Jazz in NYC at the world renowned institutions Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. He has also taught at Crunch Fitness for the last 13 years. He created, directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway dance drama “Thin Line“ at Dance Theatre Workshop, starred in the Off-Broadway productions of “The Karaoke Show” (also choreographer), “The Donkey Show” (Dance Captain and Associate Choreographer) both under the direction of Tony nominated Director of Hair and Porgy and Bess- Diane Paulus. He also performed with Lindsay Lohan on “Saturday Night Live,” and for R&B group New Edition.
Derek Mitchell Dance Company has performed at NY and LA Choreographers Carnival, Sirens After Dark, Pushing Progress, Young Choreographers Festival, The BDC 25th Anniversary Gala, Sybarite, and APAP festivals.
Derek collaborated with Elle Magazine’s Creative Director and Fashion Stylist Joe Zee in styling Justin Timberlake and his dancers for Nickelodeon, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Swank, Britney Spears, JC Chasez, Kelis, Mary J. Blige and dancers for Gap and most notably Madonna and Missy Elliot’s dancers in their infamous 2004 GAP commercial.
Derek has taught master classes all over the world including Argentina, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Israel, The Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and Canada. He has taught for many acclaimed dance conventions including The Pulse, MOVE NY (TOKYO The Company), Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, MOTIV8, Thunderstruck, Headliners, NADAA and for Dean College. His classes and choreography have been featured on Britneyspears.com, THE A-LIST, CBS, VH1, NY1 News, W Magazine, Piers Morgan, CNN, Good Day NY, The Today Show, TV Guide, Elle, Time Out, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Wear Daily and Crunch magazine.
In 2009 Derek was Dance Teacher’s Instructional Teacher of the Month. He has been profiled in numerous articles in Dance Spirit, Dance and Dancer magazines.