Dancer | Choreographer | Creative Director | Vogue Instructor
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Current City: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor, Creative Director
Dance Affiliations: Dancer’s Alliance, SAG-AFTRA, Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studio, 007 Voguer, Bloc
Dance is a form of expression, feelings cultivated into movement meant to share with the world. Whenever anyone hears music or listen to any type of rhythm that makes them move, that is dance. When we share that with other people in the world it becomes a part of our expression.
Dance is my life Experience. When looking at another dancer, as long as they make me feel something and can tell me a story, that’s what dance means to me.
I began dancing around 10 years old. I trained in the New York City Club Scene at an early age and dance with several dance crews including KR3Ts (Keep Rising To The Top), Safi Thomas’s The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory, Kelly Peter’s Movement, Torrey Nelson’s Company with RADPAC, Anthony Rodriguez La Santa Luz Dance Company. I, also, trained at Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Broadway Dance Center.
Vogue, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, House, Whacking, and Freestyle
Vogue and Any Club Styles because it is freedom! There is no construct of what you are supposed to do because it is all about a feeling. That’s why I love going to the club because you just live your life!
In the 5th grade, I was a drummer playing the djembe and the congas in the enrichment program and I saw the lady African Dancers and I was inspired by them. I joined the African dance team and I was the only male dancer at the time dancing in my school.
My Love for Dance. I love the way it makes me feel. Dance was an escape for my hardships in reality. Dance made me vent, it was my therapy and it made me feel good.
I respect anyone including companies that continues to do what they love and give a platform to artist to express themselves. Among those are Alvin Ailey, KR3Ts, Ruth Williams dance studio. I respect everyone’s journey and those who continue to fight for their dreams despite all odds.
At 17 years old, I performed for Freestyle Artists Lisette Melendez at Madison Square Garden. The feeling of performing for thousands of people at a stadium was everything to me. That is what make me push forward to continue doing what I love to do.
I have choreographed for Sybarite in New York City, which is similar to Choreographer’s Carnival, Choreographer’s Carnival in New York City, and Rhaspody’s Sirens After Dark. It felt really good to choreograph and get that feeling out there. As I was getting to understand my style of dance, I was gravitating toward club and euphoria type of movement—mixing modern, African, and ballet techniques into my choreography. I began to love dance even more.
I am currently choreographing for artists. We take things one song at a time doing research and collaborating on the types of movement the artists want. Choreographing is more than just steps, it’s about getting to know the artist and to know the type of genre they are in and what type of picture they want to create and express through their artistry. I love doing it because it makes me learn more about myself and I get different types of creativity and I love building a project from start to finish. It goes from choreographing to creative directing with everything from selecting dancers, costumes, and lighting—looking at the overall picture of everything a performance is supposed to have. I love it. It is a great feeling.
I am a dancer, choreographer and teacher. I dance in music videos for artists, in television and stage productions. I have choreographed for artists on tour. As a side hustle, I bartend in Hollywood.
I am, also, starting The Foundation Dance Workshops in LA where I bring in teachers from all over the world, specifically the OG generation of teachers, so that they have a platform to teach this younger generation of dancers now.
Dance is an opportunity to vent. I can express what I feel in choreography. I use dance as a conduit to vent in a healthy way.
Dance is not always lucrative at first, so you have to have a great business sense when it comes to dance. How can you turn something that you love into something that is profitable, into something that you can live off of, then into something that you can have as a career. It takes a while to understand if you don’t know those tools already. You have to do your research to figure it out. The biggest tool that helped me was serving and bartending. With the tips that I make, I can put that towards taking dance classes, putting it towards my knowledge of doing workshops with different choreographers, or staging my own work or even getting new headshots. I got myself a job that is very flexible that I can still do all of things that I want to do.
You have to make it work with discipline and consistency. As long as you love it, you will never give up.