Curretly on tour with pop icon Madonna, we catch up with French dancer Loic Mabanza. The worlds of dance and fashion often collide with Loic also showcasing his talents as a model, signed to Soul Artist Management.
in New York. We recently connected with Mabanza to talk fashion, style and of course–what’s it like to work with Madonna.
How long have you been dancing?
I’ve been dancing since I was 7 years old, but It really became my passion when I was 13 after I stopped playing soccer due to an injury. At age 16, I was dancing professionally.
What inspired you to start?
My big brother inspired me to start. He was a Hip Hop dancer back in the days. I remember always trying to imitate him. I was his biggest fan.
How long have you been dancing with Madonna?
I met Madonna 5 years ago. I did a couple jobs with her but my first tour with her was the MDNA world tour in 2012. She’s the best boss and also one of my closest friends.
Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
Absolutely not. Before I go on stage, I always take a moment for myself to realize how blessed I am. “I am part of one of the best shows ever done and I’m about to perform with the most iconic artist on the planet…” As a dancer, it doesn’t get any better than that. This is our passion and we live for these moments. I get so pumped and excited, I can’t wait to get on stage.
What goes through your mind while performing?
I’m focused on my performance, my acting, my dancing, my character for each number. I make sure I stay connected with everyone on stage especially Madonna and most importantly, I make sure to always have fun. I am constantly trying to find new ways to make my show more exciting every night.
How did you become a model?
Actually Steven Klein is the person who pushed me and encouraged me to pursue a modeling career. 3 years ago, I was shooting a short film that he was co-directing with Madonna called “TheSecretProjectRevolution”. He told me that he saw something special in me and told me that I will make it far in this business. So I gave it a chance and here I am!