Jarryd is a Professional Dancer; Pro Dancer with Dancing With the Stars; Choreographer; Managing Director of Fit2Move, Keynote Speaker and all-round EPIC human! This is a real & raw conversation where we talk about his time as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars; what it was like to grow up in country Victoria as a male dancer; Australia’s ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome; his vision of incorporating dance in the Australian school curriculum; parenthood when you cannot be geographically close to your children all the time and the battles & insights of dealing with addiction. We talk about the impact for the Arts Industry from Covid-19 and changing the stigma of men in the Arts/Dancing.
Some more background: Many know Jarryd Byrne from his five seasons as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars. This year he wowed the audience and judges with his choreography and how he shined a spotlight on his partner – Australian comedian Celia Pacquola. Impressively they took out the win, yet most of the season was plagued in uncertainty as they had to contend with the changes in society from Covid- 19 (namely physical distancing….something that doesn’t go ‘hand-in-hand’ with dancing). He is more than a Pro Dancer on this show, he is trained in Latin American, Ballroom, Salsa and Hip Hop and moved to Sydney at eighteen to follow his dancing dreams. He was in the stage musical Strictly Ballroom which toured Australia for 2 years, performing to thousands of people every night. With impressive vision he is the MD behind Fit2Move, which is designed to connect youths to dance – to explore passions and positive connections with the opposite gender.
Follow Jarryd via his socials: @jarrydbyrne & on his website: http://fit2move.com.au/