Dance Mogul: What was it like to perform at the Super Bowl this year?
Montana E: It felt magical! Theoretically, you can get hired as a dancer to do the Super Bowl with any artist, but the fact I got to do it with Lady Gaga and the whole team that I’ve been working alongside for 7+ years was so special. We’ve been through it all together and I loved we got to share that moment as well!
Dance Mogul: What did it take to prepare and execute on such a large scale?
Montana E: It took lots of rehearsal and keeping our body’s healthy. Richard Jackson, her brilliant choreographer, was a mastermind at putting it all together. It’s a treat for me to see him work so closely as I do.
Dance Mogul: As a performer how do take a performance such as this and use it to empower and further your career?
Montana E: I guess I don’t really think about it like that. I work hard, enjoy the moment, and continue the mission. I just experienced something many only dream of doing I don’t take that lightly. All that were there were there for a reason and whatever is next for me is all meant for me too. I just follow my heart and passion and that has gotten me further than anything so far.
Dance Mogul: From the time your started dancing did you ever think you would reach a platform like the Super Bowl?
Montana E: Man, it’s still crazy to me! All I knew I was that I wanted to do big things, dance on the biggest stages. A Super Bowl stage was never the end goal (because there are more dreams for me to accomplish after this) but as a dancer yeah it’s about the biggest platform you can be hired to dance on and for sure a peak in my dance career, Buck-list moment for sure.
Dance Mogul: What advice do you have for younger dancers in terms of work ethic to build them up for these types of opportunities?
Montana E: My advice for young dancers is to not stop. There is no cookie cutter path to our lives as a dancer. I got a big break at 18 some don’t get theirs till mid-twenties or later. Everyone has their own journey so trust and believe in your own. Work hard, be yourself, and don’t dim your light for nothing!!!
Dance Mogul: What’s next for you in 2017?
Montana E: Aside from dance gigsI’m working with several artists more so on the choreography and creative direction end. I’m about to choreograph country star Sam Hunt’s upcoming headlining summer tour. I do creative direction for Jonny Goood. He’s so fun to work with because he’s one of a kind and knows who he is. He plays bass, raps, and is a true show man. And lastly working with singer/songwriter Tayla Parx. She’s written some of your favorite pop hits and I’m so excited to see where her career goes as she takes the forefront. So a lot to be excited about!
Dance Mogul: Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you on your journey thus far?
Montana E: I definitely didn’t get here alone. I have to thank my Mom and Dad for being the most supportive parents. I chose an unconventional professional path and they never doubted my dreams! And from the industry side, I’d have to thank Richard Jackson , Gaga’s choreographer. I always tell people that he gave me hope about this industry. You can do big things and still be a kind, genuine, and loyal person. He can work faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. Literally, make magic in 2 hours or less under stressful circumstances haha and above all, he is fun to work with! Grateful for him in life and career. I’d also love to thank my friends I was on tour with that became family. Gained some of my best friends on the road and they helped make me the woman I am today.