In many ways people feel, think, hear, taste and sound different but one thing all human beings have in common is the ability to adapt. Dance Your Pounds Off is a movement turned establishment that motivates and demonstrates ways to lose weight effectively through dance.
Dwight Holt Jr. took to heart the ability to make people feel great, not only about losing weight but finding their groove while doing so. Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, he began dancing at the age of 5. As his talents emerged he found himself alongside professional dancers at Alvin Ailey Dance Company and traveling with Walt Disney. He moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Morehouse College where he began to train and develop professionals, including Jazmine Sullivan, Amber Riley, Brely Evans and the extremely talented comedian Mo’Nique.
Holt and Mo’Nique took the internet by storm, partnering together to create various exercise videos of choreographed routines that Dwight used to train the Academy Award-winning actress. After working together nearly four years and a countless number of viral videos, Holt was able to obtain a remarkable following and sculpt a next level platform for Dance Your Pounds Off.
Rolling out got a chance to reflect on the journey and talk about future endeavors with Dwight Holt Jr.; here is what he had to say:
How did you arrive at this career choice? Was it a deliberate decision or a gradual and natural evolution?
Natural evolution, definitely. I don’t argue with things that make sense. I began to receive a great deal of emails about how motivated people we’re to loose weight after watching Mo’Nique and I dance online that it started to feel like a calling.
Please define your personal brand.
To define my personal brand, it would reflect a quote I live by stating “In order to live you must be alive.” I believe in brining out the life in people no matter the demographic.
How do you map out your goals? How do you measure your success?
I believe in acting rather than planning, honestly. In 2016, I did do a vision board though and humbly speaking I was able to bring everything to life, so I am incredibly thankful for that. I measure my success by being true to myself. Doing what’s right for me and allowing other people to gravitate towards that.
Name two of your top role models: one from your industry and one from outside of it.
I wouldn’t necessarily call her a role model, but I always stayed close to my mother. She taught me how to work hard and always made sure I knew that I could be what ever I wanted to be.
As far as the industry goes, I would say Mo’Nique. Her loyalty and drive have instilled a special place inside of my heart and I am forever grateful for her.
How do you stay connected with fans?
Social media: @DwightHoltJr and DanceYourPoundsOff.com