First and foremost, Gabe De Guzman is an entertainer. Whether he’s digging into choreography by hip hop’s hottest artists or capping off a freestyle routine with his signature jump turn into a James Brown split, the 14-year-old uses every second onstage to thrill his audience. Gabe’s impressive resumé reflects that devotion: After landing his first major gig with Bruno Mars at age 10, he went on to work with Will Smith, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, in addition to appearing in a Microsoft Surface commercial and on Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up.” In February, Gabe added yet another superstar performance to his list when he danced with Missy Elliott at Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX half-time show.
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"My goal is to be known as more than just a hip-hop dancer. That’s why I push myself to take classes in so many different styles—especially ballet."
Birthday: February 20, 2001
Hometown: Murrieta, CA
Dance studio: Temecula Dance Company
Go-to freestyle song: “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
Dance mentors: Tricia Miranda, Erik Saradpon and Will “WilldaBeast” Adams
If he had a super power, it would be…super speed. “I’d never have to learn to drive—so I’d save gas and the earth!”
Dream job: dancing on tour with Usher
Favorite school subject: math
Favorite foods: homemade Filipino egg rolls and sushi
His advice for DS readers: “Ballet, ballet, ballet—especially for boys! It’s the foundation for everything.”