It’s not easy to land a spot on Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience world tour. But armed with fluid moves, dynamic versatility and a sly sense of humor, 24-year-old Matt Aylward did just that—and much more. He started training at Fancy Feet Dance Studios near Charlotte, NC, at age 13, and went on to perform with Usher and Rihanna and to appear on “Glee” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” In addition to dancing live with Justin every night, he was featured in Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” video. Read on for The Dirt.

(Photo by Vince Trupsin, courtesy Clear Talent Group)

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A Power Ranger.

What dancer would you drop everything to see?

Anthony Morigerato.

If you could work with any performer, past or present, who would it be?

Gene Kelly.

What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag?

A small brush for my beard. #Fearthebeard.

Dance-wise, do you have any bad habits?

I tend to look down while I dance. I'm trying to stop that immediately.

What was your most embarrassing onstage moment?

Having my pants split all the way on stage with Usher.

What’s the most challenging thing about touring?

Being away from my dogs and anything that has to do with luggage!


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