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:)

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Networking....it's what's for dinner! LOL