Mark Daftari is 19 years old and has been dancing for two years at Thrive Dance Center starting at age 17. He started gaining interest in dance after watching school rallies and football games, watching all the dancers strut he said he wanted to do exactly what they were doing. So that promoted the world of dance and introduced him to Thrive. Right away he starting taking class his junior year in high school with ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, as well as musical theatre. At least 3-6 hours a day of training. On top of that he joined Thrive's platinum award winning senior Hip Hop company.
At the conventions Mark earned many scholarships including Creating Opportunities and the Millennium Dance Complex unlimited class scholarship. In the beginning dance was just a hobby, but quickly Mark realized that he could make a career in dance a reality.
Entering senior year for Mark, college applications were on the way, and the dance auditions started to become endless. He wants to pursue a career in dance both professionally and as a teacher/choreographer. Choosing the right college would be difficult for him, but then one letter came in the mail. Mark's top choice, the University of Southern California (USC) Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. This school accepted only 30 students nationally out of an overwhelming amount of applicants. Not to mention Mark (as well as Thrive alum Justin Epstein) are some of the few students to be a part of the first class in this dance program.
At USC Mark is taking more than 8+ hours of dance class a day and he is working with some of the best in the industry including William Forsythe, Despond Richardson and Alonzo King. Mark has made some major accomplishments in life and he claims that "none of this would be possible if it weren't for Thrive, I love you guys, you will always be my second family and home."
After his four years in this vigorous program, he hopes to become a well-known choreographer for dance conventions, studios etc., all across the nation, but on top of that audition for many movies, TV shows (So You Think You Can Dance), companies, Broadway productions and much more.