Tap Dancer / Choreographer, Knights Bros., Brampton, ON. Born: Montreal, QC.
Tap dancer. Performer. Choreographer. Speaker. Believer.
Montreal native, Travis Knights is realizing his dreams, pounding rhythms on wood floors all over the world. His talent and dedication have earned him audiences in Berlin, Genova, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Vancouver to name a few. He has worked in film and television with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Patrick Huard and Gregory Charles.
In 2006, after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, Travis made the decision to pursue his passion, and in the same year was tapped to be the principle dancer in the motion capture process for the video game adaptation of Warner Brother’s Happy Feet. Since then, he’s performed in Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer at the Apollo Theatre, was hired as a Tap consultant for Cirque du Soleil, and a principle dancer in the touring show Wonderland: A Tap Tribute to Stevie Wonder. In 2010, Travis exploded on the scene, performing at the Opening Ceremony to the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Most recently, he joined the cast of the most successful tap dance show of all time, Tap Dogs for a North American Tour.
Travis’ career is tapping into his passion by performing, teaching and working with the best of the best in the tap dance and entertainment industry.
Favourite book? The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. It’s the story of a young man that pursues his passion. The backdrop in this novel is that of a world full of mystery, romance and magic. The young man travels far and wide to find his treasure and eventually finds it, exactly where he started.
Favourite quotes? 1) “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson 2) “When the clock strikes me, the story of Jesus will simply be told as a children’s story where His name will be replaced with the name of every newborn, and families will celebrate every birth as the rebirth of the Messiah and all people will think of all people as chosen.” – Saul Williams
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I believe that I will get the chance to do exactly what I want to do. My focus is to be prepared for it. I’m focused on working. That being said, I’d love to work with Erykah Badu, Sade, Esperanza Spalding and Mos Def, to name a few.
Who inspires you? My family continues to inspire me.
Why do you do what you do? I have no choice. It’s in me and all around me. The dance is my language. For a shy guy like me, it’s the best way that I can think of to communicate with you.