Throughout years in the entertainment industry, Don Mirault has built an interesting list of occupations. His experiences range from being on popular TV shows such as “CSI” and “General Hospital,” to being in Broadway performances such as “A Chorus Line.” Mirault has settled in Las Vegas with his family, but travels often with Talent on Parade, a dance competition where he works with teachers and dancers from across the country.
“I have had a million jobs!” Mirault said.
Mirault is passionate about working with young dancers and preparing them for entertainment industry careers. Yearly, he visits more than 30 studios throughout the country where he enjoys going to studios and helping improve routines and dancers. Through his years in the industry he knows 1,500 dance instructors and more than 10,000 students from 700 studios.
Dance teachers hire Mirault to work with dancers on routines. He works with ages from 3 years to college students on dance technique and performance qualities. No matter the studio size, Mirault visits to help the dancers.
“I can help these teachers, they are learning, just like the students are learning,” Mirault said.
Eva Moore, owner of Eva Moore’s Performing Arts Center, has known Mirault for five years. She has worked with him at Talent on Parade events and has enlisted him for studio assistance. Yearly, he comes to the studio to watch and critique competition routines. He gives the dancers and Moore advice on how to fix the routines and make them better.
“He brings out a certain performance quality, I can only try to get out of them,” Moore said.
Moore appreciates Mirault’s honesty with her dancers and choreography. With a trained eye, he gives each dancer specific advice that will advance their careers.
“Don Mirault is a great guy, and I always look forward to seeing him at conventions or competitions or when he comes to visit,” Ali Novak, Pleasant Hill High School senior and Eva Moore’s Performing Arts Center dancer said. “I always listen to his advice and try to improve myself. He’s kind and cares about everyone he meets.”
Mirault has helped Novak for two years, and she says he has enabled her to grow as a dancer and improve her competition scores. Both Moore and Novak believe Mirault’s advice has made them better dancers and instructors.
Mirault also creates shows in Las Vegas that involve dancers of his choice. Mirault said one of the best aspects of his job is that he is able to hire dancers he has helped previously. For instance, he once coordinated a show in Chicago and contacted dancers he had worked with when they were 10 years old.
Even though Mirault misses his acting jobs, he enjoys where he is currently in life — working with young dancers and making an impact on their lives while doing what he loves.