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Michael & Jowita Interview for Performer Stuff Pro Series: Winners of BBC TV’s The Greatest Dancer
Written by: Mark Pawsey
February 28, 2021
To continue with our Performers Stuff Pro Series, please welcome Michael Danilczuk & Jowita Przystal. Michael began ballroom and Latin dance aged 7 and Jowita at 12. They met in 2013 at a summer dance camp in Krakow, Poland. Initially, they disliked each other but, after a year of partnership they fell in love, and now are inseparable both on and off stage. They represented Poland at many National and International competitions and in 2014 became Polish Open Latin Champions.
In 2015 they ended their competitive career to join Burn The Floor, an internationally renowned dance company, where they worked for 4 years, investing their time to learn, develop and incorporate tricks, lifts, and other styles of dance into their choreography. They then moved to London, to follow their biggest dream, becoming professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing the show that sparked the worldwide phenomenon, Dancing with The Stars.
In 2020 Michael & Jowita won the BBC TV hit show “The Greatest Dancer” series 2, giving them an opportunity to perform on Strictly Come Dancing, a stepping-stone to achieving their dreams. Learn more about Michael & Jowita here.
Meet Michael Danilczuk & Jowita Przystal
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Mark is British and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London winning the Liverpool Playhouse Award and an honors diploma in Stage Management. He spent 15 years in London’s West End working on shows such as “Steel Magnolias”, “Taboo – The Boy George Musical” and original productions of “The Woman in Black” “Buddy” and “The Phantom of the Opera”. In 1998 Mark joined the acclaimed “Cirque du Soleil” troupe, touring the world with “Alegria”, “Quidam” and “Amaluna”. He moved to Las Vegas in 2004 to take up residence with them on “Zumanity” and then to Tokyo in 2010 with “ZED” where he became Artistic Director. He gave a TEDx Talk in Edmonton, Canada in 2013 on “The Future of Inspiration” and left Cirque after 16 years, in 2014. However, he stumbled upon an opportunity with Norwegian Cruise Lines which led to a fortuitous partnership with Joyce Arbucias and The Imagination House in Orlando, where he has been a Producer of Live Entertainment for the past 3½ years.