How did you get into dancing?
I started dancing at a young age but was forced into real dancing after high school because I didn’t have the money to join a University, and then later on got a scholarship to study dance and graduated with a bachelor of performing arts with a major in dance which was the best thing that ever happened to me
What projects are you currently working on?
Well, apart from my weekly classes and socials. I’m working on two major projects; one being the One Kenya Project which seeks to identify, nurture, build and showcase the amount of talent that we have in Kenya in regards to kizomba and semba and also to celebrate the milestones we have achieved as a nation since kizomba was introduced to us.
The second project I’m working on, is a kizomba festival (Kizuri Kizomba Festival) in December from the 7th-9th here in Nairobi with Eddy vents and Aggie Aloo of Wa Miel Events that will also include a teacher’s training program for level 1 &2 with Eddy Vents.
What’s been the most memorable moment of your journey as a dancer so far?
As a dance artist I have the privilege of working with different people with different abilities and about 4 years ago I worked with young students who had cerebral palsy from the Gibson school. Seeing them perform and remember the choreography with smiles on their faces is the most memorable and I’ll forever have that close to my heart.
What advice would you give to up & coming dancers looking at you for inspiration?
I know it’s hard or even considered bullshit for even wanting to be a dancer, but I’m a living testimony that you can earn a living from dance, I may not be the richest person on earth right now, but dance gives me satisfaction, to touch and change lives and change perception where round table meetings have failed? That is magical.
Keep on believing in yourself, in the people around you, in your craft and keep learning, learning never stops even when you get to the top. Be humble, don’t let pride get into your head because of a little fame, always believe and build others, no one ever gets to the top by working alone. You need a team of people that believe in you, people that love you and when you have this? You set into motion your gift to the world.
Respect those that have been there before you, it doesn’t make you small, but it’s good, and please learn the right thing, don’t lie to the students you teach. Remember creativity requires a lot of discipline and childlike spirit, that’s what sets you apart. Everyone has their own strengths and weakness, work on both; that’s who you are and never forget to pray. I’m also thankful to those that believe in me, so yeah nothing comes to easy so you’ve got to work on it.
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2018?
I have a lot of projects and goals to fulfil this year, I’m looking into getting more opportunities to teach and perform, and also will be rolling out in bits the different community dance projects that I have. Apart from that, the most important question would be ‘what we can expect from dance for the rest of the year?’ and my answer would be a lot of great things will happen, stay tuned because they will be life changing experiences
Thank you for putting a spotlight on me. God bless you abundantly