Friday, December 11, 2009


The other night, I had a good friend of mine over for dinner and we were catching up on the last few months since we hadn't seen each other in a long time. She proceeded to tell me that she decided to join an acting class. I was like,"Awesome, what inspired you to do that?" She said, "Oh, you know it's my one scary thing I do a day." I asked her about this "one scary thing a day" bit and she began to tell me that she's created this as a daily habit.

Everyday, my friend wakes up and goes through her thoughts and either does something she's been putting off, or one thing she's just plain scared of doing. She then told me since she started this habit, she's booked 3 international/ national commercials, started her weekly blog, became a volunteer for a local shelter to help out for the holidays and took up sewing...WOW! I was beyond impressed...

I immediately told her that I would be adopting this rule for myself. I'll be honest, in the's not easy. However, you'll notice that once you get into the habit, this unknown power you never thought you had, just shows up!

Just imagine the breakthroughs we can have as artists and performers if we all did just ONE thing that scared us...hmmmmm

You could:
-take that ballet class you've been putting off
-jump into a freestyle circle for the first time
-call that person you've been avoiding calling
-finally start your new workout regimen

The possibilities are endless...

If just the mere thought of even trying this freaks you out, my suggestion is this:

Find a partner to do it with you:)

My business and choreography partner Chonique has always been my support through the scariest of scary times and we encourage each other to feel the fear and do it anyway. How else are we going to grow?

Remember, most of the time, the things that you are most scared of are what you truly care about and want to see yourself succeed in. Keep pushing yourself the distance...

FIGHT THE FEAR! 2010....Let's GO!

xoxox and Happiest of Holidays

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Over the last few weeks I've been overwhelmed, inspired and blessed to have spent intimate times with amazing dancers from all over the country. In Salt Lake Utah I got to experience a rare moment to create a number using bboys, gymnasts, technical, ballroom, and hiphop dancers who all got to share the same stage. Rehearsal was an amazing workshop where all of these energies and talents thrived off of there differences and came together as one to share what they loved...DANCE!

The specialness of it all was not only the dancing experience, but to really get to know some of these individuals on a more intimate level. The dancers found comfort in each other while they got to share why they dance. Everyone had different reasons, from feeling inspired, to releasing, to my personal favorite "to know I'm alive"!

Why do you dance?

Ask yourself that from time to time, because I've found in different stages and phases of my life, the answer has changed.
There is nothing like a community of sharing what you love. That is why staying involved in the community of dance is just as important as any audition, booking, etc. It feeds and fuels your passion. It reminds you that you are not alone in your journey, and how you can learn from others experience, as well as maybe help someone else out.

We sometimes get so caught up in the crazy pettiness of it all. Who's booking what and why? What song are they teaching today? Why didn't I get called for that?
All of these questions sometimes make us lose the point of it all.
So don't forget to ask yourself sometimes... Why do I dance?

My answer:
"I Dance for MY LIFE"!

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Monday, November 2, 2009


Recently when I gave the seminar for Creating Opportunities in Denver, Colorado, I noticed something so big....During our "powerful networking" exercise, only one young lady named Erin approached me. Only 1!!! What????!!!! (Good job by the way Erin)

Guys, this is huge...Networking opportunities are all around you...on the plane, in class, at the studio, or at an audition. 50% of your opportunities as a dancer or choreographer are going to come from your ability to network your butt off:)

I realize as dancers, we are so used to expressing ourselves with our bodies, and we're great at it! As you move through your career, realize that being able to express who you are verbally is just as important.

Try this on:
Next time you're on a plane or a public place, instead of just sitting there in silence...ask the person next to you their name and what they do...or what I do which really breaks the ice is say, "So what's your story?" Lol...believe me it opens people up.

Most people WANT to connect with you. We often think that if we talk to people or ask them questions about their passions of what it is they are up to, that we'll be "bothering" them. Not the case. You'll be surprised on what you can find out, what opportunities you can create and how much you might have in common with that person.

If you see yourself becoming a professional dancer, or creating a career for yourself in anything for that matter...practice this. At Monsters of Hip Hop, you have so many opportunities to meet so many fellow dancers, choreographers, etc. USE YOUR MOMENTS!!

*Having a business card with your info and a pic of your face will be a great networking tool!!!

Above is a picture of a great connection I made with the band COBRA STARSHIP at the MTV LATIN VMA's last month...I was not afraid to talk to them, share with them and laugh with them...they're great and we've kept in touch and look forward to collaborating in the future again:)

Keep in touch with US!!!'s what's for dinner! LOL

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In the beginning....

There were two girls who just loved to dance...It's all they ever thought about, talked about and DID! Spending every waking moment at the dance studio, they fed their passion and trained with the best of the best. After countless auditions, dancing on free gigs and showcasing themselves wherever they had an audience..these two talents met and became friends.

Their careers as dancers began to skyrocket, they toured the globe performing and living their dreams. Their faces graced MTV on an hourly basis and no more taking those "free" finally happened for them...a full fledged "dance career"!

One night the two girls were hanging out at the place where all the "kids" frequented...LA's own Choreographer's Carnival. Sitting upstairs, they watched the show and were left feeling a little less than inspired. They decided to take matters into their own hands and "CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY".

They quickly got on the phone and called all of their fellow dancer friends and decided to choreograph a number in the following month's show just because they felt they had something to share. They conceptualized, choreographed and styled an all girl number that SMASHED at the event. The crowd went wild and when the host of the show brought them up on stage to chat, they knew this would be the beginning of something big....Big indeed, in fact, one of the biggest LA agents asked to sign them as choreographers THAT NIGHT...and the next part of their journey began...

They spent their days hanging out, and drawing inspiration from Fashion, Art, and Music while Creating Opportunities wherever they went.

It all happened so fast that these two girls thought.."hey, this is easy"..but boy did they have it coming. The transition from being dancers to choreographers was tough...They were constantly hustling, back to doing those "free gigs" and starting from the bottom to work their way up the very competative "choreography ladder". They worked their asses off and knew that it would pay off if they just stayed true to what inspired them and what they believed in as artists and creators..

Things started to turn around and look up for these two as they began networking and putting their work out there and they soon began to book jobs choreographing for some big names. Britney, check. Pink, check. JLo, check! Ahhhhh...success again...but what was next?


From choreography for films, commercials, music videos, tours and TV to artistic direction...directing music videos, creating a television show for kids, and embarking on their own music careers...these two ladies have seen, done, and experienced it all...and have had an awesome time doing it!

Their next step is to share it with all of you! What mark do you want to make in this industry? What are your dreams and how do you make them real? How can you create your own story??? We'll show you how...

"Creating Opportunites"'s more than the moves