By Nora Kalaja, New York/
Halil Gashi is recognized as one of the best entertainers world wide. Halil contributed to American culture with his works as a choreographer/dancer, praised by critics all over the world and awarded with many top prizes. His contribution to dance, music, theatre, performing and painting has defined American culture elements of arts, with his European influences. “Be free to move the way you feel” and “Art has no limit” is his teaching philosophy in his workshops. As dance/music/ art teacher Halil Gashi hopes to inspire a life in the arts and inspire the young generation to be active.
“I hope that my students and youth in general have a lifelong appreciation for arts, whether it is dancing, singing, acting or performing. Be active and be free. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams!” said Halil Gashi.
Halil Gashi is one of the early pioneers of Hip Hop Theatre in Europe. He has immersed himself as the top dancer/actor in the industry with lead performances in Germany, UK and France. Halil has performed in prestigious shows and concerts including MTV Awards, Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC, Kylie Minogue, Sugarhill Gang and Beat Nutz. He has been seen in numerous commercials and has walked the most glamorous fashion runway shows for Versace, Gucci, Adidas and Levi. Recently, Halil Gashi walked the runway of Adidas as a fashion model as well as dancer at the prominent Global Brand Conference (GDC) in Germany, in April 2013.
Halil Gashi is a hip hop dancer extraordinaire. He established himself as one of the best performers at the prestigious Cirque Du Soleil’s LOVE show in Las Vegas. For nearly four years Halil Gashi entertained thousands of audiences with his lead solo performance.
“I enjoy being on stage. You channel positive energy with the audience and see how the performance makes them feel sad or happy. The solo act that I did for Cirque du Soleil was a big challenge. You have to keep the audience entertained for five minutes and not loose them until the last moment, so they can feel the way I feel. It was a piece about love, emotion, finding yourself and finding love. The act is not all happy and fun, but also shows that you can get hurt. So it was a big challenge to be able to present that to thousands of people daily, on a 360 stage, where you can’t hide anything. What you do, your every move will be seen from all sides. So as an entertainer I had to overcome these challenges in my choreography,” added Halil Gashi.
Halil Gashi is an internationally acclaimed artist. Whether it is dancing, acting, performing, choreographing or modeling, he is considered as a versatile and original creator/artist working today. He has won several awards in dance and modeling, including Best Dancer and Best Body Las Vegas 2012 (www.halilgashi.com ).
Halil Gashi has been honored by the Mayor of Las Vegas and has entertained Hollywood and International stars with his performance, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Dennis Hopper, Mel B, Jennifer Love, David Duchovny, Kylie Minogue, Steve Carell, Jamel Debbouze, Paul McCartney, Jean Dujardin, Tim Burton, Steve Buscemi and many others.
Halil Gashi is a highly innovative and multidisciplinary artist with inspiration coming not only from dance but also from film. Halil Gashi debut in USA and cinemas world wide in the 3D movie ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’. The film is written and directed by Academy Award winner, Andrew Adamson and Golden Globe winner of Best Director, James Cameron.