Miami native Nick Garcia may not have won season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, but being on the Fox reality competition last summer has opened a lot of doors.
“It definitely changed my life in a lot of ways,” says Garcia, who turned 19 on Monday. “I saw what I could do to help my community.”
Garcia, who attended Monsignor Edward Pace High School, is currently judging a local dance contest called Comparte El Movimiento (Share The Movement). Since it’s sponsored by Coca-Cola — which will award up to $3,000 to the winning team’s charity — all your moves need to have a soda theme. Go to the website, ComparteConCoke.com, to watch instructions on how to do the “Fizzy Shake,” “Bottle Spinner” and “Open Can Wave.” The official theme song is Let Fun Take Control, by Miami’s Latin/urban duo NorthRock 360.
Download your video of you and your crew (students ages 14-19, please) showing off your stuff by Sunday; upload your submission to YouTube.
“It’s a great way to learn a couple of funky steps,” says Garcia, adding that three finalists will get to perform at the Calle Ocho festival March 15.
Any advice for wannabe performers or reality show contestants?
Garcia, who learned his craft at Dance Town studio in Doral, said it’s key to learn as many styles as possible.
“Growing up, I trained very hard — ballet, jazz, contemporary. Right now I love ballroom with a little bit of a twist. I think the more versatile you are, the easier the work is going to be.”
As far as musical tastes go, the part-time L.A. resident can groove to anyone from Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars.
“They just have these great, fun hits,” says Garcia of his two faves. “When I hear their songs, it just goes through my blood.”