John Cole

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John Cole
John Cole Actor, Dancer. Choreographer
John Cole
Born (1988-06-16) June 16, 1988 (age 31)
NationalityZimbabwe
Occupation
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Actor
Spouse(s)Cindy Cole
ChildrenAvant Cole, Duncan Cole


John Cole is a Zimbabwean actor, dancer and multi-award winning choreographer as well as the brand ambassador for SterKinekor Zimbabwe.[1][2] He is the founder and president of the Zimbabwe Choreographers Dancers Association.[2]


Background

John Cole was born on the 16th of June 1988 into a family of six.[2] He says he was inspired to take up dancing at an early age, when he was five, by his mother who was a huge fan of Michael Jackson.[1]. Unfortunately, both his parents died before he could finish his education and he was left in the custody of his grandmother. His grandmother could not do much as she was partially blind and he had to drop out of school after finishing his Ordinary Levels at Morgan High School in Braeside Harare.[3]


After dropping out of school, Cole decided to play cricket as he was a good athlete[1]. He went as far as trials with the Zimbabwe cricket national team but he could realise his dream of playing for the national team, he had to drop out after he sustained an injury[1]. He decided to follow his passion of dancing.

John Cole married Cindy Quinlan Bain Cole in 2011.[2][3]They have two children Avant and Duncan.[4]

Dance Choreography

John Cole became one of the leading choreographers in Zimbabwe. Cole has featured on several local shows with international guests including, Freshly Ground, Brick and Lace, Joe Thomas and UMOJA amongst others[1].Cole was also invited to take part in the wedding preparation for Kudzi and Brian Mungate, which took place in the Philippines.[1]

John Cole is a dance teacher at Harare International School, Maranatha Group of Schools as well as Allure Pre-School.[1]

Achievements

  • Cole won the best dancer award at the 2016 Zim Hip Hop Awards[5]
  • The next day, Cole won the best choreographer award at the 2016 Zim Modelling Awards [5]
  • Cole choreographed the Zimbabwe dancehall hip-hop crew “House of Stone” which won Battle of the year Africa competition[1].
  • “House of Stone” also battled against world top crews from South Korea “Last 4 One” in 2009[1].

Deals and Endorsements

After the success of Tytan and Ammara Brown’s “Mukoko” Video he choreographed, Cole, managed to work with several organisation on deals and endorsements which include Barclays Bank, Coca-cola, CECVI,and PRIOR. He is also the brand ambassador of Ster Kinekor Zimbabwe.[1]

Controversies

2016 Best Dancer of the Year and Best Choreographer Awards

After John Cole won the Best Dancer of the Year and Best Choreographer awards at the 2016 Zim Hip-Hop Awards and Zimbabwe Modelling Awards respectively, there was an uproar on social media as some people questioned how he managed to scoop the awards. Some said that he was not a dancer as he was just a choreographer. [5]

Jibilika Dance Trust founder, Plot Mhako wrote on Facebook:

I will say it on record. The boy has not been dancing but choreographing. I will call this a fraud [5]

However, John Cole said:

I will continue doing what I do best and that’s dance. I am a dancer, the one who creates dance compositions, plans, arranges dance movements and patterns. Dance is in my blood, it is my profession, therefore, I will keep at it, [5]

Videos

Cynthia Mare - Ngoro (Official Video) Starring John Cole



MUKOKO BY TYTAN AND AMMARA BROWN (Official Music Video) featuring John COle



Crazy Dance by John Cole & Deborah at Maestro



Far From Yesterday - Sneak Peek (Zimbabwean Film, 2015) - John Cole





Picture Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 International success for choreographer, The Herald, , Published: April 09, 2016: Retrieved:27 March 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 John Cole Facebook Profile, Facebook, Retrieved:27 March 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 John Cole Facebook Profile, Facebook, Retrieved:27 March 2017
  4. Zimbabwe’s John Cole: The world is my stage, SkyNews, Published: 8 July, 2016; Retrieved:28 March 2017
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 John Cole deserves awards, Newsday Lorraine Muromo, Published: December 20, 2016: Retrieved:27 March 2017