ian mills

During a career spanning 25 years Ian Mills has established himself as an inspiring choreographer and Creative director. His work with top advertising agencies Lowe, Godman, Abbot Mead Vickers, WRCS and Ogilvy and Mathers as a choreographer/ movement director and performance mentor has produced award winning commercials including ‘Muller Life’, Vauxhall Astrabatics’ and ‘Cook Along’ with Gordon Ramsey, Walkers Crisps, John lewis and XFactor. In the pop world Ian has worked with Annie Lennox on “No More I Love You’s” and the Medusa album’s European Tour, Boyzone on their British arena tour and was creatively involved in the hugely successful ‘Cha Cha Slide’, N’Trance’s dance floor classic ‘Set Me Free’, Bill Nighy’s ‘Christmas Is All Around’ from the film Love Actually directed by Richard Curtis and the award winning ‘Burn Baby Burn’ by ASH. Ian worked as the Casting director Kylie’s  hugely successful ‘Can’t get you out of my head’ Recent projects include the high profile M&S Christmas commercial featuring the X Factor Finalists, Greenpeace’s Star Wars campaign and V V Brown’s ‘Game Over’. Recently working in India on an iconic KAMASUTRA Condom commercial, and Cape town shooting for Artify a spectacular dance commercial for Egypt. Ian is also responsible for mentoring new artists for their debut performances on British TV’s Top Of The Pops and C.D.U.K. including , flip and fill, kelly lorena, LMC- VS u2 “Take me to the clouds above” UK NUMBER 1 single. Ultra beats ‘ Pretty green eyes” , Apollo ‘Dance" In fashion and live Events Ian has produced dance works for Nike, Jean Paul Gautier, Moschino, Clothes Show Live, Levis, F&F, George, House of Fraser, Harrods, Ben Sherman, Dunlop, Galaxy Radio, Next, Carrefort, Fashion for the Brave, Brest Cancer Cares, Matalan. For the last 5 year ian has worked as the creative director for Shopdirect (UK largest online retailer) creating shows, working with leading brands, Ralph lauren, John Smedley, little Miss, Lipsy and Adidas. creating new and exiting ways to involve dance and fashion. Ian has also been working at the Dance Company 'Moving into dance' in Johannesburg creating 3 new works for the up and coming season. And works every year with Liverpool institute of performing arts, giving the chance for young dancers to perform in their first professional show held every year at the echo arena Liverpool. Ian‘s positive energy and likeability made him a natural to present and perform on TV. He has featured as a mentor and guest star on BBC 3’s  ’Missing Top Model’, ‘Naked’ and ‘Jerry Hall’s Kept’ on VH1, also the BBC Comedy’s ‘Moving On’ with Bob Mortimer. He is a guest teacher at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Ian has been described as: “A very likeable ball of energy and a lot of fun to work with “ Angela Wallis head of BBC talent. “The expert when it comes to training Europe’s finest models” Jerry Hall. “A force to reckon with, he gives you what you need and more” Zoe Page, series producer. Ian started his training with the National Youth Theater. Studying Shakeaspere with Michael Croft and Performing in ‘Zigger Zagger’ and ‘Nightshriek’ with Daniel Craig he went on to star in the west end musical ‘Starlight Express’ where he worked closely with Arleen Phillips, Trevor Nunn and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Also performing In ‘The Royal Variety Performance’,'David Letterman Show’ and the movie’Judge Dredd’ with Silvester Stalone’. Ian’s first love is Contemporary Dance,which he studied from the age of 13 focusing on Graham and Cunningham techniques. He has recently created a new version of the "Red Shoes’ working with the Johannesburg based Moving into Dance. When ever he can, he teaches masterclasses to inspire young people to use dance as a tool to empower themselves and move forward with confidence.

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