Not just a dancer, not just a dj, Nate “Nacho Pop” Mendelsohn has become one of Australia’s favourite television personalities and artists.
His role as main hip hop choreographer on ‘So You Think You Can Dance Australia’ Seasons 1 & 2 launched him into the spotlight, and his fan base has been soaring ever since. However this seeming new kid on the block has been involved in the scene for much longer than his stage years.
Having relocated from the States in 1999, Nacho became heavily involved in Sydney’s budding underground scene, both Djing and battling constantly in the hip hop dance community. It was from these roots that he gained his silent confidence and passion for the art form of street dance.
He soon started to feature in film clips and TV commercials (Channel V dance Space, McDonalds, Coke, Evian, Sprite, Bliss n Eso, Paulini, Girlband, Amy Pearson), and was taught the foundations of Boogaloo upon his induction into the International funkstyle crew ‘Star Connection. His place in the dj world was cemented when hip hop legends Guru, Supernatural and Pharrel Williams were all individually impressed with his sets and enthusiastically demanded mixtapes.
In a whirlwind of television appearances and dance performances, Nacho became a sudden media figure. His professional and relaxed presenting style came with a loyal fan base. He was Cleo Bachelor of the year 2nd runner up in 2008 and the Presenter in Mcdonalds’ “Nacho Pop’s road trip” down the East Coast of Australia. He hosted the backstage segments of ‘So You Think You Can Dance Australia’, choreographed and opened the Sydney Fashion Festival. As an ambassador for Puma, his face is now bigger than life size on the side of buses Australia-wide.
Recently Nacho has been busy choreographing videoclips for local and international artists (Marvin Priest, Justice Crew, Dane Rumble) as well as the live show component for the associated tours – including the “Sexy and you know it” Australian National tour in 2011
He was the surprise guest dancer in 2012′s Sydney Symphony “Vanguard” Launch and according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nacho ‘single-handedly redefined the genre’
He has now become a household name and personality. Keeping his passion for street dance and quality music a priority, his commercial success seems to have no end in sight.
“Nacho Pop for president! …Nacho is the missing link between the old school and the new school.”
- Zulu King Alien Ness
“Nate is a true teacher, creator and educator on the art of pure Hip Hop.”
- Kelley Abbey
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