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Meet Mike Bautista

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Bautista.

Mike, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Mexico City on 07/07/1988. I am the middle child of a family with three sons. I always had a lot of energy and It was difficult for me stay still, so my parents put me in activities such as soccer and boy scouts. When I turned 13, I started Martial Arts, which became my passion before I met dance. At the age of 17, I had to dance in my cousin’s quinceañera where I started to have an interest for dance, but just for fun. I started to watch music videos, concerts, and shows on DVD and started to wonder to myself, how do I do that? How can I do the same? I wanted to dance with artists, be on stage, and be in music videos. My main curiosity was what does it feel like.

I started to do some research and learn steps on my own at home copying the videos, and eventually I joined a dance group around my city for fun. I started to put more time into studying dance, and I decided to quit martial arts. Time passed by and I heard about a Professional dance School in Mexico City which was doing a scholarship program. Because I had no money to pay for a school like that, the opportunity for a Scholarship was amazing. I went to the Audition and I was about to turn 22 at the time. I got the scholarship and my training to become a professional started.

I had to take five classes a day, every day, for one year. We had four classes on Saturdays: Ballet, Jazz, Barre, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. Not having any knowledge prior to this training was hard, but I just wanted to dance. After that year of hard training, I got a scholarship for a second year. This schedule was more open because I was able to do some jobs and go to auditions without abandoning my training. About six months went by and I booked my first big job with a well-known singer in Mexico. I toured around the country with her from 2011-2013.

Before this, when I was 17, dad had to go to the USA as an immigrant to provide for our family. I was now 24, and because of the money I saved from the work I was doing, I had the opportunity to get my visa. Finally after seven years apart, I was able to see my father again. He was living in New York City, which is a major hub for artists and dancers.

I remember arriving and thinking “wow, this is like a movie.” I started to attend classes at Broadway Dancer Center and Peridance Capezio Center in Manhattan. That experience changed me since the moment I walked into the studio. I knew at the time what the feeling of being on stage was, but being in the USA training, and getting to see professional dancers doing what they do triggered something special in me. I knew I had to work harder in order to reach my dream, and I felt motivated like when I danced for the first time.

Also living in NYC taught me how difficult life is in a country that is not yours. I went back and fort From Mex. to NYC. I worked cutting grass, doing construction, painting, shoveling snow in the winter with the mindset to make my dream a reality. I didn’t speak English the first time I went to NYC, but the necessity to grow and reach those goals and dreams motivated me teach myself and learn the language on my own. I practiced writing and listening to people’s conversations on the two hour ride back and forth from home to work. I was always trying to understand a little bit more.

I spent nine months in NYC before I had to go back to Mexico and stay there for about eight months. I kept practicing and working on my English and of course practicing dance. I remember at that time I started to watch more YouTube videos (when YouTube started to be more popular) and I saw dance studios and dance classes in Los Angeles. I had to come to LA to train and look for those dreams. I thought Los Angeles was the place where the commercial world is at. I saved money for during the time I was in Mexico and I decided to come to LA to try it out for three months on 08/07/2014. I arrived to LA and stayed in a friend’s apartment. I started to take classes and train every day.

Eventually, I heard about an Audition for a Dance Agency named MSA. I decided to take my chances and go. I arrived to the studio and saw hundreds of dancers looking for the same opportunity. It was a scary moment, but at the same time, I knew I had to give my best and do my best. I did it, and about a week later, I got an email from the agency. I agreed to a meeting and I got signed for a year with them. This opened more opportunities for me as a professional, but there was a long way to go because I was new in this city, and at the end of the day no matter how good you are, you have to be patient trust the process and work hard. I knew the dance and entertainment industry is a difficult industry to get into.

I started to do some jobs, and when I booked my first big job which was a Tour in Europe and Asia I couldn’t do it because I didn’t have my work papers yet. However, this helped to open more doors and eventually, I able to get the paperwork done and to work in the Industry. I did some awards shows, performances, and tv shows with different American and Latin Artists. I got the opportunity to choreograph for a Latin award show and also choreographed for a few Mexican singers who had a Tour in the USA which I also danced on.

I kept meeting people along the way and working hard at every opportunity I had, and in 2017 I booked a Las Vegas Residency with Ricky Martin which change my life even more. I met great people, choreographers, creative directors, etc. I did my best. That was the hardest work experience I have ever gone through. But even when I was extremely exhausted and sore and feeling weak, I always had one thought on my mind. “How much do you want it?” And using those words as my motivation, I never settled or chilled. I always give my best.

After that, it was like a snowball, I got called to do more jobs, which made me meet other choreographers and gave me an opportunity to work with them. I feel tremendously thankful for every single person who believed in me, and for every person who I have met along the way. Finally, in 2020 I booked my first World Tour. “Movimiento Tour” with Ricky Martin. But sadly, this got postponed because of Covid-19. But I sure can say I reached my goal and made my dream a reality. I am the first Mexican dancer being on a World Tour and I am proud of that.

During my professional career, I had the opportunity to work dance with Artists like Ricky Martin, Hailee Steinfeld, Luis Fonsi, Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Karol G, Becky G, Anitta, Farruko, De la Guetto, Victor Manuel, Mrka Akme, Wisin, Don Omar, Paty Cantú, Gloria Trevi, Carlos Rivera, Yuridia, Sebastian Yatra, etc. And Award shows such as Latin Billboards, VH1, Latin Ama’s, Lip Sync Battle, Premios de la Radio, CaliBash, Somos Live, etc. My Choreography work has been mostly in USA for Artists like Luis Fonsi ft Ozuna (Impossible music Video) Mark AKME, Bianca, Sole Basaludua, Ninel Conde, Maribel Guardia, Marjorie de Sousa, Saoni, Mariana Seone, El Mata, Gambarrotti, Carnival Choreographers Ball LA, Calibash, Premios de la Radio for mention a few.

In this career, we always think of the next gig, the next goal, the next project. But I have learned to enjoy my own journey and live 100% for every opportunity because at the end of the day, nothing is guaranteed. But looking back at the past and remaining how everything started to make me feel humble and proud at the same time because even though the difficulty and really hard times here, I am living my dream!

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been hard I’m not going to lie, in my own experience the main obstacles were leaving home and starting a life in a Country which is not your country, language barrier, cultural approaches of curse the paperwork to be able to work here, that’s really difficult btw, there is the fact that no matter who you are in your country or in your city when you come to a city like LA looking for the same dream that thousands of people from around the world you have to be humble, work hard and leave your ego elsewhere, here you are one more person trying to make it happen and if you can not handle that fact you won’t make it.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a Dancer and Choreographer. I am focus mainly on dancing for artists and live shows, videos Tours, etc. I chose the commercial way. And I like to choreograph for live shows, singers, commercials, and Tours, I love that. I can say I am the 1st Mexican born and raised dancing in a World Tour. I’m proud that I’ve accomplished things that nobody elsewhere I come from did before, I prove to myself and others that anything is possible and I inspire others to believe in their dreams and work hard for it. I feel proud of my resume and the jobs I’ve done and I am thankful for that and for the people I have met during my journey.

The things that set me apart are my determination, my desire to keep learning and get better, my hunger to reach my goals and that I never listened to those who told me I was not good enough or tried to put me down and I used all that to fuel me and I will never give up!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes. I mean Los Angeles is the main city for the entertainment industry and the opportunities that happen here do not happen anywhere else in the world.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Mikefreyre2015@gmail.com
  • Instagram: mikebautista0707

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