Prodigy: “Michael Jackson was a big influence to me because my grandmother had a dance school in Jamaica, Queens and she raised a lot of choreographers. A couple of the choreographers, they were the ones that created the choreography for ‘Beat It’ and ‘Thriller.’ That was close to home for me. I used to want to be Michael Jackson when I was little and then my family had connections with him. That album was big for me. As a little kid, I was doing the moonwalk, all that.”