Clark perceives himself as a true performer, lover of nature, and artist.
Clark paints as easily as he hauls wood, practices his performance skills and works with his young donkey, Charlotte. He loves fencing, listening to audio books, and using his body in challenging ways whether it’s competing in a kids’ triathlon, hiking in Ancestral Knowledge class, shoveling and moving a dump truck load of mulch almost by himself, or working on his his kicks and clicks in Irish dance or jumps in ballet.
Clark started Suzuki violin at age 4 and has been going ever since. He took his first dance class at age 6. He currently studies violin with Heidi Daniels, Irish dance with Patrick McGrath at the Patrick McGrath Academy of Irish Dance and ballet with Regina Bogomolova at Classical Ballet of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the Greater Manassas Children’s Choir.
Clark’s most recent discovery is that he loves on camera acting. He also greatly enjoys museums, competitions of almost any kind, quiet time out doors, observing nature, causing a ruckus among his siblings and anything and everything written by Tamora Pierce.
Parker fell in love with dance when he saw a production of The Nutcracker as a toddler. He began taking classes at the local community center and by age 6, he joined a dance team. In addition to dancing competitively for the next 3 years, he performed various roles in the Nutcracker over the next 4 years.
At age 9, he was cast in his dream role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical and he has the distinction of being the youngest boy to ever play the role in the 13 year history of the show worldwide. He played Billy in several productions from coast to coast for the next few years, and even won the Perry Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical for his portrayal of Billy.
Then he moved to Los Angeles where he worked in TV/Film, starring in several commercials, recording an original pop song, Dreams Come True and even appearing on Dance Moms. His work continued to receive recognition as he won the London Independent Film Award: Best Child Actor for his performance in the short film, Tradition and he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Music Video for his role in George Watsky’s Love Letters.
Parker is excited to be a part of this documentary and show what it really takes to be a young dancer/actor.
Aiden Fortier was born on December 5, 2005, in Portland, Maine, USA. He is known for being a male dancer at the Dance Studio of Maine successfully competing throughout New England. His favorite dance genres include ballet, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. Aiden is excited to be featured in the upcoming Zac Gates documentary, "Why Dance!"
Drake Taylor is a teenage actor, singer, and dancer born in Kansas City, Missouri. Since the age of three, when Drake started dancing, he has had a passion for performing and hit the ground running. At a young age he started performing in local and regional theatre. Drake has starred in the short film Behind Billy's Beard (2013), and is featured in an upcoming documentary, Why Dance!
He has appeared in national television and print commercials. Drake is a national competitive dancer. His dance training includes ballet, musical theatre, contemporary, jazz, tap and lyrical. He is especially known for tap dancing. He has been awarded numerous national titles for tap dancing, including International Dance Challenge Champion and Mr. Teen Elite Cup Dance Champion. Local and regional stage credits include: Newsies (Coterie Theatre & White Theatre), Rudolph (Coterie Theatre), King & I (White Theatre), Christmas Carol (KC Repertory), Starlight Stars (Starlight Theatre), Sister's Christmas Catechism (Starlight), School of Rock (Music Theatre Kansas City), Jesus Christ Superstar (MTKC), Little Mermaid (MTKC) Cinderella (TYA), Addams Family (Stage Right), Big River (Crossroads Theatre).
Drake is also a singer and performs with local choirs and has been included in The Southwest Division of Choral Directors Choir and Future Stages. He is working on his initial bid to launch his music career and expanding the reach of his dance audience. He strongly believes that if one has a great work ethic, they can achieve anything and prides himself on living every day to the fullest.
Best known for Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (2019) Appears as himself, in 8 episodes. Also appears in the Cannes Film Festival Award winning, Hannah Can You Hear Me? (2018) and in the Documentary Why Dance! (2019) Nick has been dancing since he was 7 years old. He lives in Broomall, PA with his mother and two sisters.
He was born on January 17, 2008 and is a twin. He is an experienced award winning competitive dancer and can be seen at conventions such as Radix, Nuvo, JUMP, Transcend, 24 Seven and NYCDA. He has won several scholarships and awards, including Radix Core Performer representing TOCD in Nationals in Las Vegas. (2019) He enjoys dancing in recitals, participating in fundraisers such as Dancing for Life and Delawareness for Autism. He loves the stage and playing the comical mischievous, Fritz, annually in TOCD'S, The Nutcracker.
Nick is also a member of The Upper Darby Summer Stage Program and a member of the Upper Darby Summer Stage Dance Troupe. He has been acting as a TV personality in unscripted programs (Nickelodeon) in short films, documentaries, and appearing in a variety of network TV shows as BG actor that include Manifest (NBC), Instinct (CBS) and City on a Hill (Showtime). He aspires to continue working on his craft as a dancer and a lead and supporting actor.