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article imageInterview with Glenn Packard: Emmy-nominated choreographer Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Chinese philosopher Confucius once said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." This wise quotation holds true for Emmy-nominated choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard, who is doing exactly that.
"I am doing what I love, so it doesn't even feel like work," he said.
A scholarship student of Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theatre in New York City, Packard garnered an Emmy nomination for "Best Choreography" for his work on the historic 2001 concert and television presentation "Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary celebration," which was an all-star tribute to the "King of Pop," which included stage and video productions with Ricky Martin, Pink, Usher, Missy Elliott, as well as the late Whitney Houston. "That was an honor since I got to work with the King of Pop and it was an extremely amazing moment in my career. The person I used to admire as a kid was Paula Abdul and she was the person that read off the Emmy nomination, so that was pretty cool, since it went full circle for me," he said.
Packard recently teamed up with Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees for their newest male musical revue entitled "Men of The Strip." "I have been wanting to do a male revue show of my own for a while, so we got connected and we created 'Men of the Strip,'" Packard said. "Jeff is so talented and he is a down-to-earth guy. We connected well since we are both family people and we get along great."
He noted that his search for the eight male finalists that made it on "Men of the Strip" was narrowed down from hundreds. "We went from four different cities (Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas) and once I liked the way they moved, I narrowed it down to thirty guys in each city. After that, they went through an interview process with me, since I was looking for personalities and back stories. After that extensive questioning, I got my final eight."
In addition to his choreography, Packard serves as a spokesperson for The Bullying Academy, which involves delivering speeches in schools and for public organizations. "I come from a really small town in Michigan, where I grew up on a farm my entire life. I was bullied in high school and back then it wasn't that big of an issue. I am a strong individual and I got involved with The Bullying Academy. I go around speaking to middle schools and high schools and I talk about my experiences and the things that have happened to me in the past. At one point I wanted to harm myself in my life and I am so glad that I didn't due to all of the opportunities that came on later on in my life. I had turned those things around. It has a lot to do with small town life and I like going to small towns and talking about being an openly gay individual. I want people to know that they are not alone. In New York City, Miami and Las Vegas, it is so accepted, but yet in smaller towns bullying is still an issue," he shared.
Having lived in New York City for ten years, he considers their upcoming show at Gramercy Theatre on December 17 as a homecoming event. "This show is a teaser of what will take place in Las Vegas. We will do a few numbers and the guys are going to perform with Jeff and some will sing with him," he said. "It is great to be back to New York City since it was my coming of age and it marked the beginning of my career. Whenever I go there, it brings back all those memories so I am really looking forward to coming back," he concluded.
To learn more about esteemed choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard, visit his official website and follow him on Twitter.
For more information on the musical revue "Men of The Strip," visit its official website.
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