Mark Kanemura (24) is a Contemporary dancer born and raised in Honolulu, HI. Kanemura trained with 24-7 Dance Force in Honolulu and danced at Tokyo Disney. He also directed and choreographed performances on Norwegian Cruise Lines.
What is your full name?
Mark Kenneth Ioane Kanemura
Do you have a nickname?
Marky, Geisha, Markooshka
Where do you currently live?
Where were you born?
What is your hometown?
How old are you?
What is your birth date?
Are you in school? If so, which one and how long? Did you graduate?
Are you married?
Do you have any children?
How old were you when you started dancing?
Do you have any formal dance training?
If you had to categorize your dance style, what would it be?
Contemporary Modern Funk……Tings!
What other talents/hobbies do you have?
I enjoy crafty things and I also like to think I’m a runway coach, I enjoy walk offs with friends, and in my car I’m a professional singer!!
Who is your favorite professional dancer?
Don’t really have one in particular, but Bob Fosse is my absolute favorite choreographer!!!!!!!
Does anyone in your family dance professionally?
No, but my sisters taught me my first moves…..the running man, the cabbage patch……good stuff!!!
Have you performed in musical theater or in public functions as a dancer?
What would you like to see happen to you as a result of the show?
Opportunities to grow, Teaching and Dancing around the world. I would love to leave a mark (no pun intended) in people’s minds and hearts!
Where would you like to be in 10 years and what would you like to be doing?
Directing and Choreographing tours and stage shows, I would love to work with Cirque and also artists that are constantly pushing their art and raising the bar.
What has been your most memorable dance experience?
The last day of Vegas auditions!!!.... It was the first time I truly gave every part of myself while dancing, it was an incredible experience!!!!!!!
What have you learned so far in going through the audition process for this show?
So far, this process has been a huge challenge mentally!!!!! I’m learning that I can’t be so inverted. I need to allow myself to be somewhat vulnerable to the choreographers, dancers, and environment in order to grow. I have also learned that if you wake up and you think your hair looks cute, you should probably still do it or put something in it to maintain the look, that way it doesn’t look like you have a mop on your head by the end of the day!!!!! Hahaha.
What are your favorite dance moments from movies, TV and/or stage?
2 words "The Frug"......GENIUS!
Which choreographers would you like to work with?
WADE!!!!!!.........He is on another planet…in another mind set!!!!!......I LOVE IT!!!!!! All the choreographers on the show have HUGE passion for what they do……I’m excited to work with people that are passionate about what they do and be able to learn how to speak in their languages.