Senior Staff Writer
I recently got the pleasure of talking to Mandy Jiroux; DJ, dancer and singer extraordinaire. Seriously, it seems like there is nothing she can’t do.
Some of you might recognize Mandy from her time on the YouTube hit show “The Miley and Mandy Show” with one of her dear friends, Miley Cyrus. The show really started out as a joke between the two friends, “We were just hanging out, and then I started dancing to a Janet Jackson song and Miley wanted me to teach it to her. So we filmed the first episode and it really took off. I don’t think either of us really expected the show to be as popular as it was. But I have some of the best memories from that time, and Miley will always be a dear friend.”
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While some people may be able to tell you what they love doing the most, Mandy explains it best, “I really can’t decide, but only because I feel that singing, dancing, and being a DJ goes hand and hand. I truly enjoy doing all three equally.”
With that being said, her passion definitely started when she was dancing as a young girl. She started dancing around the house when she was 2 1/2, and her mom instantly knew that Mandy needed to be put into dance classes. The minute she turned 3 her mom got her enrolled in dance, and Mandy never looked back.
Mandy has taken to YouTube to showcase her singing ability as well as her knack for dancing. Her dancing tutorials for the songs “Timber” by Pitbull feat. Kesha and “Problem” by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea has reached over a million views on YouTube.
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Mandy was humbled and flattered when she found out her videos has so many views, “When I found out my videos had gotten over a million views it was mind blowing and so flattering.” But, she’s a natural born teacher, she has taught dance from a young age at dance conventions all over the country.
One thing that she loves about dancing is how you can express so much simply through movement. By simply moving, dancers are able to tell a story, and that is what she loves most about dancing, and teaching people to dance.
Of course, dancing isn’t the only thing she has going on right now, along with being a DJ she is also working on her some original music. Mandy best describes her music as “pop music that you can dance to.” However, that doesn’t mean that her music isn’t going to have meaning to it, “My songs definitely represent my past, this year I have definitely grown up. I have gone through some stuff, and that really went into my music.”
If you haven't already seen her cover of Zedd's "Clarity" you need to! She wanted to show people that she really can sing she doesn’t DJ and dance, mission accomplished.
With a girl who is constantly on the go I wanted to know what she did in her free time, if she had any, “I love hanging out with my friends and family, cuddling with my animals (which includes a bunny and a Chihuahua mix) and just relaxing. But, I really don’t know what to do with free time so it try to stay busy I don’t really like being bored! I’m happiest when I’m the busiest.”
Mandy, the forever busy girl, has so many different projects in the works right now I don't know how she keeps up. Besides her own original music, she has an eye-wear and shape-wear line coming out along with a cameo appearance in the action film Submerged
where she does something she loves, being a DJ.
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Mandy also wanted to thank her fans for their unconditional support, she is so grateful for them, and all of their continued support through all of her different ventures.
So, have you watched any of her tutorials, listened to her cover of “Clarity” or followed her on twitter? If you answered no to any of the above well, what are you waiting for? To make it even easier for you follow Mandy at @MandyJiroux
Be sure to be on the lookout for her original music; which is bound to end up on your favorite playlists.
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