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So You Think You Can Dance: Mark Calape

Mark Calape

From a Filipino dance family, recently became a dad. Dance is not just a routine, it's a feeling.

Born in October 1985, Mark was brought up in Milton Keynes. His signature style is as a self-taught breakdancer who choreographs his own crews, runs his own dance company, and as a teen was a local top class skateboarder before giving it up to forge a distinctive path in the world of dance.

He has been taught in hip-hop by some of the best teachers from around the world – Brian Green, Henry Link, Yoshi, Kite and Marjorie. He has worked with various companies – Dance To Excess, Zoo Nation, Boy Blue, Bird Gang, Pink Mafia, Animaniacs – which has provided him with more constructive training in hip-hop.

He recently reached the grand final stage of the BBC Three series Move Like Michael Jackson with his crew The Animaniacs.

His ambition is to have a worldwide dance company, with a base in the UK and mini-studios around the world, with teachers travelling from school to school.

He has danced in music videos for Jay Shaun, All Saints, Sugababes, se:sa, and performed in the West End last year in Into The Hoods. He did a UK theatre tour in Pied Piper, and was privileged to have danced at Nelson Mandella's 90th birthday celebrations.

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