AFTERBUZZ TV – AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On edition, is a long form interview series featuring Actors and TV personalities discussing their roles and shows as well as their thoughts, passions and journeys. In this episode hosts Francisco Thurston interviews Michael Dameski.
MICHAEL’S BIO: Michael Dameski (born 7 November 1995 in Sydney) is an Australian dancer, actor and singer of Macedonian descent. When he was 6 years old he entered in his first dance competition the Australian Dance Idol, making the top 10 without any formal training. After that he started training at Glenda Yee School of Dance where he stayed until the decision to move over to Brent Street Studios where he was given the opportunity to represent Australia in the world championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and received gold in each category he entered and overall Junior World Dancer.
Dameski was a guest at the Zlatno Slavejce (Golden Nightingale) children’s singing festival in Macedonia, at which he recorded a song written especially for him entitled ‘One Dance’.
In October 2008 Dameski joined the cast as one of the five Billy’s in Billy Elliot the Musical, along with Joshua Denyer (Sydney), Rhys Kosakowski (Newcastle), Dayton Tavares (Sydney) and Joshua Waiss Gates (Hobart) in the Sydney production. His final performance as Billy in Australia was the next to last show there on 13 June 2009, in Melbourne.
Dameski departed Sydney 20 December 2009 to commence a season in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot The Musical.
Dameski left the Broadway production on 5 September 2010 to join the BETM 2nd North American Tour. He was in rehearsals with the new cast of that production in September and early October, before the tour begins in Durham, North Carolina on October 30, 2010. Michael’s last performance as Billy was 29 January 2011 at 7:30PM.
Dameski was a Green Room Award 2008 joint recipient for Male Artist In A Leading Role for Billy Elliot the Musical; as well as an Australian Dance Awards 2009 joint recipient for Outstanding Performance in a Stage Musical for the same role.
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