Soleil puts his passion in a hip hop workshop – The Royal Gazette

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Created: Jul 05, 2021 8:00 AM

Soleil Richardson has the choreography for his 90-minute hip hop class, all that’s left is to work on his nerves.

Although the 15-year-old has taught before, the Troika Bermuda ‘Ultimate Dance Workshop Marathon’ is the first of its kind that she has led.

“I’m very nervous – mainly because I’m with choreographers who have been doing this longer than me,” she said. “So I’m extremely nervous, but I’m also very excited, because I love to teach.

“I choreographed a new routine from scratch which was quite difficult because I got into my head a lot, but I’m confident with the choreography I have and hope everyone has it. will appreciate. “

She is one of three Bermuda who run the three classes Troika offers on Saturdays and Sundays. Three “intense masterclasses” by three of the entertainment industry’s “best working choreographers” are also offered.

“This event aims to bring together Bermudan dancers and the best professional choreographers in the industry in a fun, stimulating and non-competitive environment that fosters growth and development,” said Chesney Robinson of Troika.

“The international instructors participating in this event are some of the world’s most sought-after dancers and choreographers. Their work includes choreography for concert tours, feature films, music videos and commercials.

Soleil, who is now home on a hiatus from Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts, began classes with In Motion School of Dance at the age of two.

“My mom made me dance, I think before I could walk,” she said. “She signed me up and I’ve been dancing ever since.”

When she was six, she moved to United Dance Productions where she stayed until she left for boarding school last year so that she could better focus on her dance and take musical theater lessons.

“It’s not specifically for the arts, but they have a really good program,” Soleil said. “I wanted to be able to integrate dance more into my schedule. In Bermuda I [could only do it] right after school so I wanted it to be more inclusive I guess. In Williston Northampton, I dance more. I just felt it suited me better.

She is grateful for the foundation she received at UDP. There she had the opportunity to participate in intensive dance lessons at the famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

“I used to dance with them in the summer and do my own thing. My mother took me to different workshops.

Debra Vega, the dance director at Williston, was a big help in helping her find her niche at her new school.

“She was so wonderful in making sure I felt comfortable away from home; she is one of my greatest inspirations. But all the teachers I have worked with over the years have made my dancing so much better.

In 2017, Soleil signed up for Groove, the dance intensive she herself will conduct for Troika on Saturday.

“One of the other choreographers who teach, Kaelynn Harris, I went to her class when I was about ten – that’s how I started with Troika. And when they put on the production of The color purple I auditioned for it and I was in the cast and that’s how I met everyone.

“This weekend will be new for me. I taught for community service and would help in my studio and teach little kids, but it’s really surreal that I’ve come full circle.

Hip hop and contemporary are his favorite dance genres. Soleil’s “biggest dream” is to eventually have a career as a dancer.

“I’m also very interested in acting and singing, so if I could do something in the future that binds the three together, I would be so happy,” she said. “I think I’m very lucky to have something that I’m passionate about and I’m glad other teens are seeing it.”

Her Saturday class is open to all ages and all levels of dancers. Soleil hopes everyone who joins has fun.

“I don’t want it to be a competitive environment or anything like that,” she said. “I just want everyone to come together and create a dance – because it’s so fun and magical to do. And I hope people can understand that if you are passionate about something, no matter how old you are, you can do something with it.

Advance tickets for Groove start at $ 10 and must be purchased today at www.ptix.bm. For more information: [email protected], 531-1728 or @troikabda on Facebook or Instagram

Groove schedule

saturday july 10

Contemporary

Taught by: Shanna Henry from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 10 if purchased before Monday July 5; $ 15 after.

Hip-hop / Tik Tok

Hosted by: Soleil Richardson from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 10 if purchased before Monday July 5; $ 15 after.

Hip hop

Supervised by: Kaelynn Harris from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 15 if purchased before Monday July 5; $ 20 after.

Sunday July 11

Island atmosphere

Supervised by: Sacha Dill from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 10 if purchased before Monday July 5; $ 15 after.

Dance hall

Registered by Bizzy Boom from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 15 if purchased before Monday July 5; $ 20 after.

Hip-hop / swimsuit

Registered by JusBMore from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 15 if purchased before Monday July 5; $ 20 after.

Soleil Richardson will host a 90-minute hip hop workshop as part of Groove, Troika Bermuda’s ultimate dance workshop marathon (Photograph by Alex Masters)

Soleil Richardson will host a 90-minute hip hop workshop as part of Groove, Troika Bermuda’s ultimate dance workshop marathon (Photograph by Alex Masters)

Soleil Richardson will host a 90-minute hip hop workshop as part of Groove, Troika Bermuda’s ultimate dance workshop marathon (Photograph by Alex Masters)


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