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Noxwire Interviews ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Star Jayme Rae Dailey

Written by Patrick Rice on Saturday, April 24th, 2010


Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada was a special season for us in our household. A local girl by the name of Jayme Rae Dailey, who trains at Studio A, the same school as my daughter, Alisha, had made it into the finals. I hadn’t thought much about the show until my daughter requested that we watch every episode, and to top if off, we had to vote. Needless to say, the show was very entertaining and Jayme Rae finished in 3rd place. From that moment on I told my daughter that I will get an interview with Jayme Rae to find out how she began her career as a dancer, her feelings towards the show and pretty much everything in between.  So here it is.

Noxwire:  Jayme, how old are you know?

JRD:  I’m 21 years old

Noxwire: At what age did you begin dancing?

JRD:  I began dancing at the age of 3. I started off with ballet jazz, then I did a lot of gymnastics and acrosport. It’s great because it helped me work on my technique from a very young age.

In high school, dancing became more serious for me and I started taking all styles of dance such as ballet, hip-hop, modern… I loved it all!

Noxwire: Have you ever competed in dance competitions before SYTYCD?

If so, how did you do?

JRD: Yes I have competed before the show in competitions such as 5678 showtime, the world hop-hop championships, etc … I always loved it, especially when we had to go out of time for competitions because I always loved the thrill of traveling and meeting new dancers and getting an experience of what it was like to compete with other dancers form other studios. It’s great to see how different cities and studios have a distinct style to them and I learnt a lot from looking at what was around me. I was always really passionate about performing but also very perfectionist and demanding in myself . The dance teams I was a part of always did rather well in competition. Studio A is a great studio and we always worked really well together as a team to get results

Noxwire:  What made you decide to try out for the show?

JRD: My mom and my friends really helped me by telling me that they would drag me to the auditions even if I didn’t want to go so that definitely gave me no choice but it was really the best timing because it felt right. To me, if something feels right then it has to be and it felt like it was my year so I knew I had to go. 

Noxwire:  How were you so sure that you were ready for such a big step?

JRD: I knew I was ready because I felt like it was the right timing in my life. It’s difficult to explain that feeling. Everything fell into place.

Noxwire: It must have been nerve wrecking seeing all those people show up for the audition. Did that affect you in anyway?  Did it make you perform better or worse?

JRD:  I was lacking a bit in self-confidence I won’t lie… but I knew what I had to do in order to make sure I would be ready. I made sure I prepared myself mentally most importantly. I told myself that i would believe in myself no matter what. I knew that there were amazing dancers around me who had plenty of talent but I always made sure to remind myself that I knew I had something special to bring to the competition too. Everyone is different and unique in their own way and I wanted to show what I could bring to dancing in my own way.

Noxwire: Did you feel confident that you would make it into the top 10 or were you nervous about your chances? 

JRD: Wow… oh no … I had no clue I was going to make it as far as I did. Every week was an amazing surprise. I was happy because I got to learn more styles and more choreography every week. I was really nervous because I knew it was out of my control how people voted but for some reason as nervous as I would get offstage, when it came time to perform, I suddenly became this confident person who looooved to perform. Performing made me forget all my worries.

Noxwire: Was there a particular type of dance that you were not too comfortable with?

JRD:  Yes,  the quickstep made me feel a little uncomfortable because I had never done it before and also because I was afraid to pick it. It went rather well though I must say. It’s always great to challenge yourself.

Noxwire: Which routine would you consider to have been your best one and why?
JRD:I really enjoyed doing the Mambo because I had never done it before and still managed to be able to succeed in it. I loved my dress and it just made me feel sexy :) I always really admired Ballroom and Salsa and Mambo so for me to have picked it was a lot of fun! I also loved my Hip-Hop piece that I performed with Daniel. Luther choreographed it and I totally felt in my element to be dancing this with Daniel: we had great chemistry together on stage.

Noxwire:  Was it fun being on the show or was it all business for you?

JRD: None of it was ever business. I never once considered it as a competition because of the fact that it was out of our control. The voting, how well we did, what we picked out of the hat… It was all about the experience and learning new styles and enjoying this chance I was given. Not many people get to live this so I was loving it even though it was stressful at times.

Noxwire: Since SYTYCD was basically an individual competition, was it difficult for you to perform the routines with a partner?

JRD: I was really lucky with the partners I had because I was able to create a trust and chemistry with them. The season 2 team really got along well with each other so that helped us out. It was easiest to dance with Daniel because we understood each other so well. We still work and teach together till this day.

Noxwire: What happens if you and your partner don’t click? I guess the audience could see that the chemistry is not there or being a professional you could put all else aside and just perform?

JRD: You need to be able to perform with anyone and if it does happen that you don’t necessarily click with your partner, you have to be professional about it and try and create that bond no matter what. It’s almost like a relationship in a funny way… You have to make compromises and listen to each other.

Noxwire: Since we don’t get to see too much behind the scenes, can you tell us what really goes on?

JRD: There is a lot of hard work put into this show. The crew works so hard on filming and editing. It’s amazing to see them work. When we do have taping days, it can be very long because they have to have many takes of once dance. For example, when we tape the group dances, we need to do the dance as long as it takes to get all the right camera angles. It can be up to 20 takes if they want it to be. That’s when I really saw how TV shows work.

Noxwire: Were you surprised by all the support you were getting back home? My daughter, Alisha had her mom and her grand-mother call the show endlessly voting for you.

JRD: I was extremely shocked to see the support I got back home. It brought tears to my eyes to hear that people who hardly know me were calling and voting for me. It’s a great feeling to know how much my family supports me and would do anything for me and on top of that to see people that I don’t know support me as well is amazing to me. Tell them that I say thank you by the way :) I wish there was a bigger word than THANK YOU for all the people who were there for me and who appreciated my dancing. It’s a blessing really.

Noxwire: Do you ever look back now and say’ I should have won the competition’ or did  you just move on from that point?

JRD: O God no…. it was never about winning the competition for me. I never imagined myself going that far either way. No matter what happens on that show or what the ranking is, my life has taken an amazing turn. Win or no win, I knew my career had just started… it is the beginning of something amazing in my life and I was lucky enough that people got to see me till the very end at the finale. I still showed everyone my passion and what I love.. that’s worth more to me than $100 000 and a car ( although that would have been pretty sweet don’t get me wrong ) haha.

Noxwire: $100 000 and a car…? I didn’t know the 1st prize was so high. I would have been pissed.  Since the show ended, what have you been doing?

JRD: I have been working like crazy. Mostly teaching in dance conventions or judging in competitions. I love the traveling aspect of my life. It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted to do. I also have been auditioning in Montreal. I auditioned for a french musical show called “Big Bazar” and got the part so I was really happy about that. I want to sing, act and dance. I love all forms of art!

Noxwire: Where are you living now? Are you still in Montreal?

JRD: Yes, I still live in Montreal but I am looking in to moving to L.A for a couple months in September.

Noxwire: So Jayme, do you still find time to teach?

JRD: Yes, most of what I do is teaching.

Noxwire:  What about good dancers like yourself?  Where do you go to further your skills? I mean does Montreal have what it takes to get you to the next step or must you leave town and study elsewhere?

JRD: It depends what the dancer is looking to achieve. If a dancer’s style is more musicals and shows in companies, NYC is a good place. If dancers like myself like more commercial work then L.A is a good spot. Montreal has great things to offer as well and it’s my home so I know I will always come back here no matter what.

Noxwire: What will be the next aspect of your life? Continue dancing, teaching, etc?

JRD: I want to travel, continue teaching, perform in music videos or for world tours for artists and then choreograph with my twin sister Jenny. I always want to do everything! My mind is everywhere!

Noxwire: What is the dancing scene like in Montreal for professional dancers?

JRD: I think the dancing scene is very artistic in Montreal. There are a lot of amazing and beautiful dancers but the opportunities are not as big for working jobs as in L.A for example. I might be wrong but I get the feeling there are a lot of company shows here. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, LALALA Human steps, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal are great companies.

Noxwire: Why do you think dancing has become big all of a sudden?

JRD: Shows like SYTYCDC has really allowed people to see how amazing dancing is. People have a bigger appreciation for the art of dance because they see what it’s all about and how hard it is to make it. I think it’s great that shows like this exist. It’s not just like any TV reality show.

Noxwire: Who do you credit for making dance what it is today? 

JRD: I credit Michael Jackson for making dance what it is today. Talk about true art and passion. No one can put on a show like he does. He is so unique and what talent is about. I grew up listening to his music and he’s always been a big source of inspiration to me. Listening to his music makes anyone want to dance.

Noxwire: Young, aspiring dancers out there might want to know if one can make a good living being a dancer.

JRD: Yes they can make a very good living if they know how to network well. You can’t be shy if you want to make this a career. You need to want to put yourself out there and show others what you can bring. Networking is important. I got my business cards and my website right after the show because I knew they would be important tools for my career. (

Noxwire: What kind of jobs are out there for dancers? I mean is there movies, videos, live shows, etc?

JRD: There is a lot out there for dancers. Movies, commercials, live shows. It all depends on how much you want to do. I love to sing and act so I want to do a lot more than just dancing. I secretly wish I was a movie star so I hope I get to do that as well.

Noxwire: How has SYTYCD changed your life? Are you recognizable in Montreal when walking the streets?

JRD: It has completely changed my life and gave me opportunities. It has opened amazing doors for me and it’s great to see that people recognize me. I get so excited when people recognize me and ask me for an autograph. It’s a dream come true.

Noxwire:  Since Noxwire is all about nightlife activities and letting people know what’s out there, tell me…where do you go clubbing when in Montreal or Toronto? What are the names of the clubs and why?

JRD: It all depends on my mood of course. But if I feel like going out to a club or a loungy place I will go for Suco Lounge or Koko ( beautiful in the summer with the terrace). Both have a beautiful atmosphere and great people. It’s really clean and classy and I get to dress up all pretty :) I also love going to Buena Note for the music. Macaroni bar is great too! It’s a great atmosphere; I went for the first time the other night and liked it a lot. If I want to sit down or go to more of a bar, anywhere on crescent is good. Thursdays, although it is an older crowd or Karina’s. St-Denis street is really great for food too ( I like the Italian place called Napoli) it’s really cute. Walking on St-Denis when there are festivals is a lot of fun. In general: St-Laurent Street has more of a club lounge atmosphere and Crescent Street is more bar, pub atmosphere.

Noxwire: What is your favorite genre of music to listen to?

JRD: I really love music; it’s my life so I appreciate all kinds of music. R&B is my favorite because it feels  so good but I like everything. I also like really loungy music.

Noxwire:  Can you tell us something about yourself that not many people know about you?.

JRD: Hhmmmm … I am so clumsy!!! I drop everything all the time and I can’t cook very well :(

Noxwire: Thank you very much for taking some time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. We really appreciate it and we wish you all the best. If there’s anything Noxwire can do for you, we’ll be there.

6 Responses to “Noxwire Interviews ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Star Jayme Rae Dailey”

  1. great interview. Nice to get a look at local talent that makes it big. She sounds very down to earth too. Great job!

  2. Purplestar says:

    I love the interview…It’s AMAZING! She’s such a great dancer.
    Good Job!

  3. Marg Poole says:

    I enjoyed the interview – sounds like she is a very down to earth person and she is a great dancer.

    Great job!! Well done!!

  4. Mel Lorenzo D. says:

    Very professional interview. I would say, She’s on her way to bigger and better things in the business! Way to go!

  5. Sawn says:

    Nicely conducted with intriguing inquiries posed to an exciting artist. Jayme Rae responds to each question with a fun, honest attitude – demonstrating great rapport in a successful interview.

  6. [...] Jenny Dailey, the twin sister of Jayme Rae Dailey who placed 3rd at last years So You Think You Can Dance competition, was knowcked out last [...]

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