This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Trevor Tordjman. Trevor began studying dance at the age of 4 in his mother’s dance studio, Confidance. Although Trevor was exposed to and trained in many forms of dance, he quickly developed a passion for Hip Hop and Breakdancing. Dedicating the majority of his free time to studying dance from a young age, he has been able to hone and develop his own unique style.
Trevor began to gain exposure after being cast as a dancer in several music videos and commercials. Including works by Victoria Duffield and Shawn Desmond, and national ad campaigns for Coca-Cola andThe Family Channel.
Trevor landed his first major television role in 2012 when he was cast as “James” in Temple Street Production’s hit dance series, The Next Step. His first role in a feature film followed not long after, being cast as “Nate” in the Ariana Berlin bio-pic Full Out.
In early 2014 Trevor founded Raw Motion Dance, a full-service dance convention and in-studio workshop provider. Please visit www.rawmotiondance.com for more information on how you can meet and dance with Trevor.
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Check out what Trevor had to say in this week’s feature…
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Trevor: The first time I started dancing was at my mother’s dance studio Confidance at the age of four. I had a competitive trio to “Rockin Robin” by the Jackson 5. It was hilarious!
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Trevor: I can’t remember the first song I choreographed to but I do remember teaching my first class. My mom let me teach a hip-hop class weekly to a group of boys. I was 14 years old.
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Trevor: For me, when it comes to free-styling it is all about feeling the music and letting loose. Of course it is much easier if you are already familiar with the song you’re dancing too, but if you don’t know it, just follow the beat!
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Trevor: First I need to be inspired by a song. Once I have a song that inspires me, all I need is a nice pair of headphones and enough space to move a little.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Trevor: I often watch videos on Youtube, mostly of Keone and Mariel Madrid. Their choreography is insane. Although from another perspective, I am influenced by Gil Stroming. He runs one of the biggest dance production companies in all of North America right now. I just find it amazing how he has made such an impact on the dance industry by connecting huge choreographers with aspiring dancers.
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Trevor: I do a lot of choreography with Lamar Johnson. We often collaborate, and when we do, everything flows at such a fast pace. Our styles seem to work together very nicely.
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star. Any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)
Trevor: I have been given to the opportunity to work with Luther Brown on a few occasions. I find that his choreography possesses a lot of personality, and I love that. When performing for a live audience, stage presence is a quality that is needed in order to engage your viewers.
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Trevor: I believe that a lot Toronto Dancers tend to always give it their all, or as dancers would say being “full out.”
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Trevor: Some advice I would like to give to emerging dancers working/training in Toronto would be to never shy away from sharing your art. If there is something that you are passionate or proud of, don’t be afraid to showcase it.
Nikki: Any upcoming projects, shows or classes you would like to share with T.D.O.T.?
Trevor: I recently founded a company called Raw Motion Dance, and we are constantly trying to offer outlets for upcoming dancers to train and showcase their talents. For more information visit www.rawmotiondance.com to stay updated on our events currently happening across Canada.
THANK YOU TREVOR FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
WATCH THE EXTENDED TRAILER FOR SEASON 3 OF THE NEXT STEP
TREVOR AS JAMES ON THE NEXT STEP PERFORMING A DUET