What do you say to dancers who aren’t technically trained but want to be a professional dancer?
I’m not technically trained. I’m very self-taught in everything that I do. There’s no rule book on how to be a great dancer. My advice would just be to work. Whatever circumstances you’re in, you can train no matter what. You know, for me, there weren’t any hip-hop schools around for me to train. So I would just watch MTV and dance in my room. That was enough for me to at least start. I was creating my own voice through movement. And you know, here I am today. So I think as long as you’re working on your craft, whether that’s dancing with friends at school or whatever, all of those things, baby steps to a door opening. And sometimes it’s just timing. Once that door opens you can really train and work on your craft how you want to, then you’ll just fly.
What makes you feel like you’ve accomplished what you’ve wanted to accomplish with your choreography? What makes you feel like a piece of work you’ve created is successful?
For me it’s a personal thing. I think success is a personal feeling. I don’t base that off how the world reacts. I’m just not that kind of person who waits for validation, or for other people to cheer for me to feel successful. For me, it’s being able to look at something I’ve done and just know that it’s true to heart and true to my vision and something that I’ll be proud of forever. That’s kind of how I judge it. And it’s funny because sometimes the biggest things I’ve done, I think I could have done better. You have your own kind of thoughts. So that’s why I feel like success is such a personal thing.