SPOTLIGHT #5: Darnell McClain "Dancer, Singer & Choreographer"
Dance is medicine for the soul. It's fun, therapeutic and will always give your mind and body the challenge it needs. There are so many talented dancer's and choreographer's in this world, but there is one that will always be at the top of my list. That is my best friend, my brother, my dance buddy, Darnell McClain. He is a multi-talented star on the rise. He can sing, dance, choreograph, act and he is a unique creator of many other things.
Darnell and I met when I was a freshman in high school as I auditioned for the majorette team at Pearl-Cohn High School. I was so nervous, but meeting someone like Darnell made me feel so much better. Who knew that we would become life long besties? My mother had a miscarriage between my older sister and I. Darnell is literally between us in age. This gave me even more confirmation that he is the brother I never got to have.
Born and raised in Nashville, TN Darnell McClain has many years of experience in his field. Throughout his high school years at Nashville School of The Arts and Pearl Cohn High School, he was a singer, actor, choreographer, cheerleader, half-timer, flag dancer, twirler, and drum major in the marching band. After high school, he attended Alabama State University where he was a cheerleader and a member of the dance team. He also graduated from American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York (AMDA).
He has had many successful opportunities in Tennessee, New York, Florida, Alaska, and Hawaii. He has also shown the world his many talents on an international level while aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Crusie Line. His talents are one of a kind. It's amazing to know someone can be so talented yet so humble and sweet.
He is also the funniest person I know. I can't keep count of the many times we have almost passed out from laughter. He is someone I can talk to about anything and I know he will tell me the truth. Not what I want to hear, but he will keep it real with me no matter what. That's what true friends do for each other. We have fun, but we also support each other. True friends are there for each other whenever it's necessary and not just when it's convenient.
His hard work and determination has influenced me and the way I pursue opportunities in my own life. You never know who you inspire. I remember several years ago when many of us in our hometown of Nashville TN would take his dance classes. Not only did we get a great workout, but we was also able to have great talks, plenty of laughs, and some good ole reminiscing. I sure do miss those days.
Darnell is always doing more than the minimum. Whether if he is choreographing a routine, training dancers or rehearsing for his own production, he is always putting in more hours than expected. He makes sure everything is ready before showtime. He has a special natural gift. Some things can be taught and there are other skills and qualities that you have since birth. Darnell's life experiences thus far has not only added to his resume but also enhanced many of the skills and talents he already has ingrained in his heart.
Darnell will soon be going overseas for his next big opportunity. I admire him for always taking risks and doing whatever is necessary to excel to the next level. In this industry, things aren't always great. It takes a lot of time, dedication, patience and sacrifice.
Darnell has demonstrated that he is not afraid to step out on faith and do what it takes to make things happen. Today, lets shine a light on Darnell McClain. I am excited to see all of the amazing adventures that will unfold for him. Stay tuned! If you have questions regarding his services, please contact him directly!
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