Blake McIver, best known for playing Michele’s friend and rival Derek on Full House and Alfalfa’s competitor for Darla’s heart in The Little Rascals (1994), has recently taken to go-go dancing to fund a forthcoming music project.

No longer the young boy who shot to child stardom playing preppy bespectacled know-it-alls, McIver has turned into a tanned and toned adult – who still keeps his hair expertly quaffed at all times. Also unchanged is McIver’s interest in music. Prior to becoming a go-go boy in the last year, he’d been making a living as a vocal coach, according to RumerFix.

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“I found it so liberating and empowering,” McIver told Rumerfix of his go-go dancing turn. The 28-year-old, who came out as gay three years ago, believes it has helped him become more comfortable with himself and his sexuality. “I had so much shame about my body,” he said. “This was a way to express myself that was safe, sensual and fun.”

Aside from the self-esteem boost, the go-go dancing proved profitable. “The tips were good. In fact, I raised so much money , I was able to finish my record — mission accomplished.”

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McIver’s debut album, titled I Wish I Didn’t Need You, comes out on Nov. 5. The concept album follows the real life story of one of his past breakups. Though it charts the end of gay relationship, McIver hopes the album will be relatable and gain a broad audience.

– Chelsea Regan

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