Currently, on tour with Disney presents The Lion King, Kevin Tate is a model and professional dancer who uses his gifts as fine art. Standing at 5’9, this DC-native dreams of modeling for Nike and Calvin Klein.
Favorite things: Eating (fav cuisine is Italian & Seafood), writing, traveling & shopping (I have a sneaker fetish)!
What music are you listening to at the moment? I’m jamming Janelle Monae’s new album, ‘Dirty Computer’.
Favorite movie, tv show: Free Willy
Favorite designer, fragrance or grooming product: Currently my favorite cologne is Bleu De Chanel. I also really like Angel for men by Terry Mugler.
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling? Technically, I am a dancer in the Broadway National tour of The Lion King. I aspire to book an ad or national campaign.
Favorite place you’ve visited? My favorite place I’ve visited: Tel Aviv (Israel).
Which brand would you love to model for? Nike or Calvin Klein.
Favorite modeling experience so far? Modeling for SELF Magazine.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer? I started dancing as an after-school activity. Over time my teachers realized I had some natural ability and encouraged me to continue. I fell in love with being able to express myself with more than just words. All in all, I was inspired by Desmond Richardson. I saw him dance a lot growing up, and I saw the respect people had for him and saw the rewarding lifestyle that dance allowed for him. He is my idol, and I aspire to be as great, legendary & iconic as he!
Where do you gain inspiration to keep you motivated? My inspiration comes from witnessing the lives and hearts of people that are impacted by my not only “my” dancing but art in general. Art saves lives and heals people across the world. I perform for 2,000 plus people every night all around the world and seeing the range of emotions, healing that happens to keep me inspired & motivated.
Any other career goals outside of dancing? Absolutely. I plan to do some acting and (more) modeling. I’d really love to have a national commercial or campaign.
3 Words that best describe you as a person? Outspoken. Eccentric. Creative.
Favorite entertainer or public personality? BEYONCE
Your favorite quote?“What you build you must protect, suffer the pain of discipline or pain of regret.”
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