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Marcus “Tizzebra” Smith performs in the music video Trampoline.

A Bermudian dancer said he was ecstatic to be featured in a new music video by superstar musicians.

Marcus “Tizzebra” Smith was highlighted among other dancers in the recently released official music video Trampoline, which was recorded in New York City with music by David Guetta, Afrojack and Missy Elliot.

Mr Smith said: “I truly couldn't have imagine a more incredible first major video showing for myself.

“I'm heavily featured throughout so you don't have to look hard for me — I'm the first and last person you see in the video. I'm the only person in the video with two complete looks and my signature heels back handspring made the video.

“It is truly magical. I cried. Just wow and just an all around an awesome video.”

Mr Smith added that he was honoured as an LGBT Bermudian dancer to be given a chance to shine on such a big stage.

Mr Smith said: “Missy, David Guetta, Afrojack, Bia and Doechii giving their stamp of approval in my first major feature is unreal.

“This is my first major credit where the magnitude of it is self-explanatory.

“To be in the video with artists I really respect, on a track by artists I also respect and admire has come with the highest sense of gratification.

“Missy Misdemeanour Elliot. I’m still screaming.”

Mr Smith, who studied theatre and dance at New York University and the Tisch School of the Arts, said he became involved in the production through a friend, Katie Paul, with whom he had collaborated on a music video in 2019.

He added: “We've stayed in touch and she's been kept posted on my social media and it was as simple as being free on a Monday.

“Filming was surprisingly painless because I've spent so much time on camera in 2021 — I was a part of 27 music videos, 20 film and video projects and 18 model and photoshoot sessions and that just the tip of the iceberg.”

Mr Smith added that his greatest challenge was his wardrobe — particularly his shoes, a pair of 4.5in heels.

He said: “In the first glimpse of my yellow look I'm actually walking uphill and trying to make it look easy.”

Mr Smith said he has been overwhelmed by the level of support he has received since the video’s release.

He said: “As we speak, I'm still receiving likes, comments, follows, video calls, voice notes and other huge outpourings of love and congratulations.

“I can't hug lots of the people I wish to celebrate with, but the consistent sharing of the video and my posts really has me feeling the support.”

Mr Smith also offered some advice to people who wanted to follow a career in the arts.

He said: “Be kind, be confidently good at what you do and find what makes you special and expand on that.”

He thanked the island’s In Motion School of Dance and United Dance Productions for the role they played in his career.

To keep up to date with Mr Smith’s work, follow his Facebook or Instagram @Tizzebra.

Marcus “Tizzebra” Smith in the opening shot of the music video Trampoline.
Marcus Smith (Photograph by Charles Anderson)

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Published March 18, 2022 at 4:32 pm (Updated March 18, 2022 at 4:32 pm)

Dream come true for dancer featured in superstars’ music video

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