It’s a wet and snowy day here in Maryland, but I plan on spending the day inside playing Battlefield 3( love the online play and amazing graphics) and doing some school work as well. I know a few weeks ago I posted information about my brother, dancer and choreographer Jamile McGee dancing with Gloria Estefan on The View, but he was also on The Rosie Show and Jay Leno. He did a great job performing and had a lot of fun working with Gloria and the other dancers, but I also forgot to mention that while he was in New York tapping on The View, he had gotten a direct hire to dance in Mary J. Blige’s video “25/8″.
Through out most of his dance career after making it big on season 1 of So You Think You Can Dance?, Jamz (Jamile) has had the opportunity to work with many great artists and appear in their music videos, as well as commercial, television, and tour work. He’s met some pretty cool people, but he did say that Mary J. Blige was very nice and so down to earth. Her new song “25/8″ is such a great song and the video features some pretty nice dance scenes as well. I’m so proud of Jamz for being such an amazing dancer and showing people that you can make a career out of dance, you just have to believe in yourself, and being insanely talented doesn’t hurt either.
Check out the video below! You can see Jamile in some of the dance scenes. At one point he’s in front on the ground next to Mary J. Blige and she pushes his head back with her hand. I love how she looks in this video, so powerful, confident, and just doing her thing!
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I usually don’t watch The View, but today I actually sat down and watched an entire episode. The episode was pretty good, but the best part was seeing my brother, Jamile McGee, having a blast dancing on stage with Gloria Estefan. The performance was awesome! He had so much fun dancing and he said Gloria Estefan is such a sweet person. I can totally imagine that. She doesn’t seem like the type of musician who would be a diva and act like everyone beneath her is a peasant. Some musicians and celebrities act like that, it’s disgusting.
Gloria Estefan is a great musician and she seems like such a nice person. I’m glad my brother was able to perform on The View with her today and he was able to make it look so effortless. Her new song “Wepa” is such a fast paced song, but since my brother has been dancing all his life and around the world; it was a breeze for him.
Check out the fast paced performance below and be sure to support my brother Jamile McGee. Follow him on twitter @jamilemcgee and be sure to take one of his dance classes if you live in DC or Maryland. He is such an amazing dancer and has such a beautiful personality. I can truly say that I have the best brother in the world and I can’t wait for him to get back from New York so we can play PS3 together. Shout out to my brother Jamz, love you so much and congrats on dancing on The View with Gloria Estefan. You rock!!!!
Watch the video!!! Jamile is the tall Black guy wearing the plaid shirt I helped him pick out at Burlington and a trendy blue sweater from H&M. One thing I can say, is that my brother has a great sense of style. Baggy clothes have never been his thing. He has travelled around the world and has seen so much culture, so he has a amazing style. We have to go shopping together soon!
While working on my rough draft of my documentary about life after reality television, I realized that there weren’t many documentaries on this subject. Throughout the course of my documentary I’ve had the position as an insider on my subject. Over the years I’ve seen my brother’s career rise and dealt with the “So You Think You Can Dance?” obsession from outsiders.
I can recall so many encounters with people obsessed with SYTYCD and individuals who were hungry to have their 15 minutes of fame. It’s sad to see how many people are willing to do anything in order to have their time in the spotlight, even if that means attempting to ride off the coats of others. Even though my brother has achieved a certain amount of acknowledgement in the dance/entertainment industry, I’ve never been the type of person to just ride off his success.
My role in this documentary and in my interactions with my brother’s dance career and “15 minutes of fame,” has been a role of support and knowledge. I aim to let others know about the reality of a dancers life and how shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance?” only help a dancer so much in their career. Being on a show like that doesn’t guarantee success and it shouldn’t be the main mission for a dancer. In my documentary Jamile briefly talked about how he strives to make a name for himself that is based upon his amazing talent and character, not riding off the SYTYCD claim to fame.
I gathered quite a bit of material for my documentary but had to shorten it in order to meet appropriate time length for my Multimedia Composition class. This topic of a dancers life and coming off a reality show, is a topic that can easily be an hour long documentary. I’ve collected a lot of footage as an insider on this topic, but one day it would be interesting to possibly talk to other dancers as well. I haven’t felt any discomfort when discussing the subject and shedding light on the reality of the aftermath following reality television. It’s been fascinating!
My hope is that people will begin to discuss more about reality television and the truth about being on season 1 of “So You Think You Can Dance?” It’s a shame how so many of the dancers from the first season have sort of been forgotten by the producers, yet they have had successful careers around the world. Interesting…
As I approach the final two weeks of summer classes, I’ve begun preparation for my documentary. I’ve chosen to do a documentary about my brother Jamile McGee and his life after being on “So You Think You Can Dance?” In 2005 he wowed audiences with his amazing dances moves on the first season of SYTYCD and six years later he has a wife, a passion for choreography, and a dream to live a stable yet exciting life.
I found this subject interesting because many people over the years have always asked me about his career and what it’s like having a brother that is rich. Whenever people find out my brother was on SYTYCD, they always assume his must be rolling in money. The life of a dancer is one that has it’s up and downs; the glitz and glamor of reality television don’t ensure riches.
I personally know a lot of my subject for my documentary; I mean come on now, I am his only sister. I’ve helped him out a great deal. From managing his social media sites, networking, helping him with his website, and just being a support system; I’ve been there through all the years. Within the allotted time I will inquire about life after reality television and show my audience that reality tv doesn’t guarantee fame or happiness.
This documentary is going to be concise. I have done some research about life after reality tv and also this obsession with desiring fame. So many people want to be in the public eye and be famous, but it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. Reality television sucks. It’s fun to watch but the aftermath is brutal. The great thing about Jamile is the fact he never planned on being on reality television. He just happened to audition and from there things took off. He doesn’t like to live off his “So You Think You Can Dance?” days, he prefers to make a name for himself as a choreographer, husband, and a normal guy that loves to dance.
He may have toured all over the world, petted lions, eating fine cuisine and stayed in luxury hotels, but he is still a normal person. Jamile doesn’t have a lingering desire to be famous or on a reality show again, he just wants to make money and build a life for him and his wife.Now that’s reality.
Hey guys, be sure to check out the behind the scenes footage that my brother Jamile McGee filmed while working with Wayne Brady, Bobby Brown, and Mike Tyson on the Funny or Die "Every Little Step I Take" video.
From Jamile McGee’s blog
A few months ago I had the oppurtunity of working with Mike Tyson, Wayne Brady, and Bobby Brown. Just those three names alone sound funny together already. Many of us known Bobby Brown can sing and dance, many of us know Wayne Brady can sing and dance, but who would ever think that Mike Tyson the heavyweight champion of the world could dance? Just the thought of that makes people laugh.
This all happened when I moved back to LA. Wayne called me on the phone and said “You, me, Bobby Brown, Mike Tyson…Every Little Step I take.” My initial response was “Huh?!” At the same time I was eager to hear the next words to come out of his mouth. He went into further detail about the concept of the video and that I would be choreographing the entire video. READ THE REST AT HIS BLOG! ADD US ON FACEBOOK and BECOME A FAN OF JAMILE MCGEE ON FB!
He just relocated back to the DMV (DC.MD.VA) area and working on putting together some dance workshops. All those interested in learning to dance or gain more skills from a dancer who has danced around the world and worked with some of the greatest entertainers, then check you will want to stay updated.Stay tuned for more information regarding dance lessons, workshops,and show some love!
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Behind the Scenes Footage
Jamile McGee Performing at United States Air Force Band Guest Series