This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Myrosia Palmer. Born and raised in Toronto, Myrosia first started dancing just a few months before her 3rd birthday. She first started her training in ballet and jazz, followed by tap and acro-gymnastics a few years afterwards. Myrosia was always an active child who would often dance by the radio, and put on shows for her family members. After years of recitals and exams, Myrosia received her B.A.T.D. diploma (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) and began teaching at the very studio she began her training. In 2006, Myrosia joined internationally known step group Black Ice. Her first professional job was with Black Ice performing at BET’s Spring Bling after only being a part of the group for a few months. She then went on to perform for several corporate events, competitions in Canada and the U.S, as well as live shows. At the time, one of the member’s of Black Ice invited Myrosia to a local hip hop class being taught by internationally known choreographer Lenny Len. Going to these classes opened up the doors for Myrosia to grow tremendously and network with many other choreographers and dancers around the city. Myrosia then received many opportunities to work with great choreographers such as Hollywood Jade, Tasha “Tazz”Ricketts, Lenny Len, Shameka Blake, Scott Fordham, Jordan Washington, La Toya Robinson, Mark Samuels, Aakomon Jones to name a few. Myrosia has had the opportunity to perform in various live stage performances, videos and industrials with artist such as Mya, Janelle Monae, Gary Beals, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo to mention a few. Myrosia has also hosted a live national tour of The Backyaridgans: Quest for the Extraordinary Alien and Strawberry Shortcake across Canada and parts of the U.S.A. Myrosia continues to expand her knowledge in dance and the dance industry and has aspirations to take her creativity and love for the arts into producing.
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Twitter link : @missmyrosia
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Find out what Myrosia had to say in this week’s feature…
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Myrosia: I don’t quite remember the first time I started dancing, but I do know I was the kid who couldn’t keep still for too long lol. My mother enrolled me into dance classes a few months before my 3rd birthday at Dennis Moore School of Dance.
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Myrosia: No diggity by Blackstreet! My mother was a teacher at my elementary school and for Black History month, I choreographed a routine that my friend and I performed for her class.
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Myrosia: This is something that I continually practice myself, so I’ll just pass on some great advice given to me from colleagues and teachers J
*Listen to the music and try to highlight its unique properties with your movement.
*Really let the music get inside of your spirit and let it guide you.
*Don’t be afraid to take chances with your movement!
* Taking different classes and dance styles is one great way to expand your dance vocabulary for free styling
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Myrosia: I choreograph best early in the morning when my mind is fresh and calm. I have to really feel the song and it has to naturally make me want to move. I tend to close my eyes, turn the music waaaaaay up and sit still at first. My mind will then start to create movements to the music I’m hearing and then I get up and test it out.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Myrosia: There are so many to name but I am inspired by an eclectic group of great spirits such as Future, Archie Burnett, AntBoogie&ADubz, Debbie Allen, Cyd Cherisse, Black Ice, Shameka Blake, Aakomon Jones just to name a few.
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Myrosia: I actually have a few that I LOVE working with lol. Black Ice, Jordan Washington, Hollywood Jade and Shameka Blake(AIM). Even though their styles are different, I love working with them because they constantly challenge me with my craft and they also trust me with their visions. Their choreography is truly unique and their creativity is inspiring and uplifting.
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why?
Myrosia: BLACK ICE! They are not just a step group but a family who loves and encourages each other to grow. They constantly challenge me and they have helped cultivate me to be the dancer I am today. Working with them is truly a joy and a privilege!
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Myrosia: I believe that Toronto dancers possess leadership qualities. In my endeavours I have been blessed to befriend dancers and choreographers who are great leaders and innovators in this industry. These Leaders have taken their love for dance and manifested it into successful careers, not just in Toronto but internationally as well.
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Myrosia: Do your homework! It is so important to know where the art of dance has been, in order to help lead the art of dance into a bright future. Sometimes less is more. I think its important to dance/choreograph with a purpose… not just to fill up a count of 8. Also positivity breeds positivity, surround yourself with honest and uplifting artists. Dance is even more enjoyable when your spirit is surrounded by other great spirits. Lastly, be professional and listen to your inner voice. One thing that keeps a working dancer working is their level of professionalism.
THANK YOU MYROSIA FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
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