Cole Mills

Cole was born in Manhattan, New York, and lived in Brooklyn until the age of five.  He moved to Ocean Township, New Jersey, and began dancing after watching his close friend Christopher Nyemchek compete at a Latin DanceSport competition in 1999.  He knew then that he wanted to dance, and started training with Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy at Rising Stars Dance Academy in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.  In thirteen years at this dance school, he competed internationally and won many titles as a junior/youth competitor.  It was not until he was accepted into the Montclair State University Dance Program in 2012, that he began classically training in Ballet and Modern Dance.  During his sophomore year at Montclair, he was nominated for the 2014 Princess Grace Award, and performed work at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
     Throughout Cole's dance career, he has been very active in contact sports such as football, lacrosse, and rugby.  He also began surfing, snowboarding, wake boarding, and inline roller blading at the age of ten.  More recently, Cole has disciplined himself in powerlifting, and began training for the 2020 Olympics in Fencing.
      His first booked gig as a professional dancer came through Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, performing in Miami with The SWAY Show in December of 2015.  Maks and Val are two people who have directly influenced Cole's career, and have supported him throughout the many transitions in his life.