Meet Amy Thomson
“MJ Live: Tribute to Michael Jackson”
Hometown: Las Vegas
Began dancing at 7. … Started performing at trade shows and conventions at 10. … Majored in dance at Las Vegas Academy. … After graduation, performed in Las Vegas and on tour with David Copperfield for about a year (favorite country to visit: Japan). … Performed on cruise ships for 18 months. … Resume also includes stint as a go-go dancer at XS nightclub. … Joined “MJ Live” in September. … Favorite Michael Jackson songs: “Smooth Criminal” and “Blood on the Dance Floor.” … Possible postdance career: dental hygienist.
On learning Michael Jackson-style moves:
“It’s completely different. It’s like nothing I ever trained to do. It’s his own style. It’s hard, and you have to be strong but, at the same time, you have to be with the music. At first everything’s kind of awkward, but it looks amazing on stage. (Laughs) It feels good to do it now that I know it, but when I first started I was a little shaky and it felt weird.”