Dance King Jason Gilkison Makes His Move 

Out Aussie ballroom champ Jason Gilkison looks to give Dancing With the Stars a run for its money on the new Superstars of Dance.

BY Greg Archer

January 14 2009 1:00 AM ET

You’re an Aussie. What differences have you
noticed about the LGBT scene in Australia compared to
here in the States?
It’s really interesting coming to San
Francisco. You know, we saw Milk and went to the
Castro for lunch the other day. There is such a
villagey feel about that area. And I wish we had that
scene back in Sydney. I mean, people say there is such a gay
scene in Sydney and there is, but it doesn’t
have that, well ... [Sydney] is far more sexually
oriented and has some areas that are sleazy. And it was
great to be in San Francisco and know that it wasn’t
based on that. It was kind of family-like. I wish we
had that back in Australia.

Best advice you’ve been given? Really good question. I was really lucky because
I was brought up by my mum, who said, “Nothing
is impossible!” And it really is. And I remember,
coming from Perth, I wanted to be a world champion. And back
then the thought of an Australian getting to the top
was so ridiculous. No one out of Europe had ever won.
And I found a dancing partner who shared the vision
with me and we never thought we wouldn’t get there.
So I always stuck to that advice. You know, I believe
if you want something enough, you can have it.
That’s my advice.

What’s your biggest quirk? Through being an only child, it’s that I
feel I am always missing something. I mean,
I’ll be in this nice hotel room and I can’t
settle, and I wonder where everybody is. That’s
one reason why I exhaust myself.

You dance around a lot, for lack of a better word. Exactly.

What are you most proud of? My mother, Kay.

Why? Because my mother is very innocent and she was a
single mom who put me through dancing school and told
me nothing was impossible. I had a bit of a Gilmore
Girls
upbringing. But I was really lucky because I
had a wholesome environment and I always acted as if she
did know [that I was gay.] I knew when I was 16 or 17. And
in the ballroom dancing world, there are always a lot
of suspicious guys that had girlfriends and you
thought, Are they just going along with a story
line?
And now it’s more normal to be gay [in
ballroom] but when I was growing up there
weren’t that many out gay men, just a lot of
rumors.

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