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Meet Dustin Wolf

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dustin Wolf.

Dustin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
A little bit about me! I am from a small town in Canada and have been a dancer my entire life. My first job was a national commercial for the electronics company, The Source and from there I went on to do modeling for brands such as Sears, Canadian Tire and was later the face of the children’s game “Marvins Magic Freaky Body Illusions” which was later featured on a billboard in Hong Kong.

I was a very successful competitive dancer as I am a three-time titleholder for the Dance Masters of America organization and a multiple NYCDA male outstanding dancer scholarship winner. A funny note to add: During one of my Hip-Hop solo’s – “Man in the Mirror”, I completely fell off the stage… It was a very early morning and I was feeling a little scatterbrained to say the least when halfway through my performance, I took a tumble off the stage. The worst part? I had a good minute left in the dance… So I just keep on dancing until I jumped back on stage in time for my embarrassing exit. It all worked out though when in the end, I won first overall highest solo score.

The end of my competitive career came to a close when at the NYCDA nationals, I was awarded a $65,000 dance scholarship to attend Point Park University. I studied there for four years, training and performing the works of some of the best in the dance concert world. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts, signed with Bloc Talent Agency before moving to LA and was immediately approved for a “post-grad” work Visa and then began my professional career.

Since then, I go back and forth from LA to Canada. I am represented by Bloc talent agency on the West Coast and da Costa talent management in Canada. I have worked on some great projects including 2 Netflix shows – the first one being a new musical TV series directed by the amazing Kenny Ortega and Paul Becker, and the other, an upcoming superhero series starring Josh Duhamel. I am grateful for all the experience I have gained thus far and wouldn’t be anywhere without my friends, mentors and agents.

Has it been a smooth road?
As I’m sure every dancer is aware… Dance is hard. Yes, it is fulfilling, it gives us life, brings us joy, but it also challenges you and sometimes makes you question everything. We give so much of ourselves to this craft and sometimes the rewards are few and far between. The biggest challenge is to remain positive and continue to believe in yourself. That is why it is so important to surround yourself with people who genuinely care for you as you do them. I think sometimes dancers get stuck in trying to do and be everything. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to always push yourself and expand your artistic palette – however, knowing who you are, owning it, and being aware of what your brand is and what your niche is, is priceless.

We won’t be the right fit for every job and we can’t do it all. This is has been one of my biggest struggles. I have come to accept what my body is capable of and what it is not. The journey is never over and there is always something to learn – there is always room to grow. As one of my mentors taught me “You never arrive” and “You show up every day”. That stuck with me. Thanks Kiesha Lalama for always giving me a reality check. I face challenges daily just like every other artist, however, I try to remember that the pathway to success isn’t simple and success can only be defined by oneself.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
There are many moments and events in my life that I am proud of but professionally speaking there was one job that really hit my heart. I worked for the dance activist group Move the World, where we performed a piece choreographed by Tony Testa, alongside a wonderful group of dancers. We really dove into our craft, experimenting and creating for months. Tony always brought out the best in us and his creative assistant, Charissa Kroeger, was the glue that kept us together.

We traveled to Toronto, Canada, where we performed at the opening ceremony of Parliament of the Worlds Religions, a worldwide conference that brings all types of people together annually since 1893 to create a more sustainable and peaceful world. After performing, we were all in tears, I had never felt such euphoria and love. You could feel the companionship when the entire room of nearly one thousand people stood up. It reminded me of what’s important in life and that ultimately hard work pays off.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a phenomenal location to chase your dreams, the opportunities here are endless. If you want to be a commercial dancer, this is the place to be. If someone is just starting out, I would say train here as much as you can but I am a strong advocate for the importance of education. You train differently when you attend school, your mind is tested more, your body, you become a more complex dancer and person. I love Los Angeles and have never felt more at home anywhere else!

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @dustinwolf_

Image Credit:
Wes Klain
Tony Moux

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