I had a ball co-hosting this episode with Derrell Bullock where we follow our 'Happy Hour' format (thank you Derrell) as we get into nitty gritty dance topics with Jose "Hollywood" Ramos and Andye Jamieson. We forget the mic is there and get into conversations that cover a wide range from when to give and take critique, to the teachers' journeys to becoming household names... agency talk (even on getting dropped), the idea of authenticity when creating for a job, and much much more.
Jose "Hollywood" Ramos
Chris Dupré is the quintessential dancer, choreographer...CREATIVE being. With credits that include Janet Jackson, Prince, and Diana Ross (literally, that's just a SLIVER of his resume...) and decades of experience under his belt, Chris is one of the most knowledgeable people on and in the dance industry.
Chris shares on-the-job experiences from his professional career that started while in Middle School, what gets a person rehired... or fired, insights from auditioning dancers, his work as a director, the journey of him once being part owner in a production house, the whispered-about topic of dating within the dance world, how he faces challenges on the job, a different approach to networked... and well... even more!!!
Chris is warmth, he is soul, and he is... as he puts, a conduit of creativity!!!
The Movement Talent: movement-agency.com/chris-dupre
I was going to jokingly dub this episode 1000 f--kin questions, as Derrell Bullock (credits incl Madonna, Madonna, Madonna) and I were discussing the universal (I think) post-class time where students gather around and start asking questions. Now, first, please know how much I/We LOVE students/people/humans/aliens/dancers asking questions. However, there is one vital question around improvement that Derrell points out as being approached all wrong. I was able to capture this audio during a meeting turned into impromptu interview, and now it is available for everyone's benefit! I also believe this can be taken into a larger scope outside of the dance world. Enjoy!
After 15 years of experience in the dance world, Galit has worked as Assistant Choreographer for Prince, danced in numerous music videos, including Pharrell Williams' "Happy", has been featured in two dance publications, and currently works as a dance instructor and conditioning specialist in Los Angeles and around the country.