Nine Questions

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson, a sixth generation Tucsonan and Tucson Magnet High graduate, cofounded the popular Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation fundraiser fashion show Möda Provcater at the age of 17. Wilson, now 29, has had an amazing young career in dance that started at the age of 15 when he began with the UA College of Dance—a career that's taken him all over the world with the EDGE Performing Arts Center and Imagine Entertainment, among others. He also works as an instructor and choreographer, and returned to Tucson to open BreakOut Studios, a dance and fitness company where Tucson Weekly fave (and Best of Tucson winner), DJ Herm provides tracks for Wilson's dance cardio class. For more on Wilson and BreakOut, visit

What was the first concert you attended?

Jimmy Buffet. My uncle was an exec for Corona. We were major Parrotheads. What are you listening to these days?

Anything and everything. I need to stay current with what's going on in music. I follow a few blogs, Soundcloud, and spend way too much money on iTunes. The usual. What was the first album you owned?

Ace of Base or Boyz II Men—not sure. Both albums were danced to in a variety of costumes in our living room. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

I am not a huge country fan. Some songs hit me and I find my toes tapping—but not usually.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Diana Ross. We have met a few times. She was so kind and lovely. I have never seen her perform. Would love that. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". Jack in the Box tacos. Skincare products. I am so random. Was that a music question or general? What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

"Edge of Glory," the acoustic version from Lady Gaga What artist changed your life and how?

Lady Gaga. I came back to Tucson after living in LA after going around the globe a few years ago. Working in the dance industry at first and then in live direction for entertainment and fashion. I brushed her off at first. I had become so numb to pop artists. A friend invited me to her show in San Diego. I went mostly due to the hot men I was traveling with. Gaga gave the best concert I had seen (I am a young man but I've seen some whoppers). She is an artist. She brought me back to my core—my art. I hope to tell her that someday.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

SUCH A HARD QUESTION.[The soundtrack for the] "Lion King," it is. I am sorry but damn that's some good music.

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