This picture is a mock-promotion of a class that my future-company would host for its community. Although I am far away from anything of the sort, I do believe in speaking into the future as though it is true.
My video made it to the top 5 in the Movement Lifestyle Tour video contest! It is such an honor. To have the people who I look up to even pay attention to my work is such a blessing, but to be selected as a finalist is something that has been constantly blowing my mind. It is nice to know that some of my questions and pursuits are valued within both academia and general Hiphop culture. Even if I do not win, I believe that the process has helped me to funnel out some of the main aspects of my purpose as a dancer in this world. I’m so excited for the next 3 years and how that purpose will mold into tangible work that will affect the societies and cultures that I am a part of. Attached is a link of the blog of all of the 5 finalists. Below are the comments that the Movement Lifestyle judges say about my work.
“We loved Quilan’s personal and narrative take on the contest. In under two minutes we were able to feel his true passion, love, and dedication to dance, both in hip-hop and other forms. We were given chills by the last statement:
“Every day, I think about the importance of being consistently engaged within the hip-hop dance community, so I can carry it to worlds where hip-hop does not yet prevalently exist but needs to be. Being a part of the mL Tour would be a step in that direction.”
If Quilan’s video is your favorite, make sure you share and promote it!”
-Movement Lifestyle Blog
Movement Lifestyle (ML) is pretty much a monopoly within the Hiphop agency business over in Los Angeles. They have contracts with a lot of the top mainstream Hiphop choreographers and dancers that exist on the west coast. However, it is much more than an agency. It literally is a movement. The company’s members seem to be a community more than anything else. They dance in each others’ videos, vouch for each other to obtain professional jobs, teach at each others’ workshops, etc. The company is only a few years old, and yet it is currently one of the biggest known names within the Hiphop industry.
Many of the dancers within the ML company, I happen to be a devout follower of online and, therefore, am constantly following the activities and influence of the ML company. Recently, over the past two years, the leaders of ML have chosen to go on tour throughout the major cities in the country with some of their top dancers/choreographers to hold Hiphop workshops during certain weekends multiple times a year. From what I know, these workshops have almost always sold out and are very expensive. Hence why, as much as I would love to learn from these people, I just cannot ever go.
HOWEVER! From the gates of heaven, an opportunity has presented itself through the company that would allow me to go to a workshop for free. ML is hosting a video contest with a theme of “What Moves You?” And so, I decided to submit a video describing to them why I wanted to go to the event and what I feel moves me.
Whether or not I actually win the contest, it has been good for me to get another opportunity to try and articulate what it is I want to do for the field of dance. And at the same time, I was able to use some new editing techniques that I have discovered through my film studies class. So all in all, my education is having good practical use. Yay me!
So the link is posted. Check it out. It took me hours to make, so I figured that I should make good use of the video even if I don’t win. Wish me luck!
It is amazing to see this guy grow. I don’t know him personally, but I feel like I do in a way. I have been following his work for three years now, and the growth that he has shown as a mover and a choreographer is amazing. I’m very excited to see where he goes in his career and what explorations he taps into as he becomes more infamous in the dance culture.