You’re a self-taught dancer. What was your big break ‘I’ve made it’ moment in the industry?
It was a matter of two different situations. For me being a dancer and me as a choreographer – both of them happened in two different ways. As a professional dancer, I did a performance in Toronto and Mya her choreographer saw me and asked me to be part of this audition so I flew down to New York two months later and making it so that’s how I started as a professional dancer. As a choreographer it was Sean Paul’s In With The Light music video – that first video I ever choreographer- in 2003. Ironically it become the hottest music of the year so that actually catapulted me.
You’ve worked with some epic female artists from Beyoncé and Sza to Rihanna. When coming up with sequences for staged performances and music videos is the experience very collaborative?
The way I approach each artist is like a fingerprint; unique for everybody. I listen to who they are. When I say listen I don’t mean just literally I mean everything from their style, music and movement. What they do naturally. I never say ‘I need you to do this because I feel this is right.’ It’s more ‘I feel this is what we should do because these are your strengths.’ Every song is different, every music video concept is different, every stage show. With that, it’s easy for me to implement a certain type of movement based of the story we are trying to tell.