This week’s Dancer/Choreographer feature goes to Malcolm Messado – Fletcher. Malcolm is a successfully graduated student from the general arts and science program at Humber and He is currently in the Visual and Digital arts course. On top of attending Humber, He also Danced for a Dance Company JHHA (Jades Hip Hop Academy). He also learned and taught workshops and St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School as a Dance Major.
Malcolm is now a dancer for OIP dance company and the leader of the crew 8th union. 8th Union Crew is a union of dancers who train in a variety of styles, but are also united by their different cultures and backgrounds. Malcolm has qualified to represent Canada at the 2011 udo championships in the UK and has also auditioned for Canada’s Got Talent and sytycd canada. He has also danced for artists such as Avril Lavigne, King Alexander, Presca Wild, Rebecca Nazz and Cascada. Malcolm has performed for Rogers Television, Much Music, 2013 MMVA’s, Raptors Halftime show, the Moon Runnerâ€™s Fired Up Still Jam, Nuit Blanche, Youth Day, International dance day, Dance Weekend at Harbourfront and various other charity events and performance venues. His choreography has been featured in shows like jhha cup challenge, OIP’s the ring, WOD Toronto, two worlds apart charity showcase, Monsters of Hip-Hop, and The Bazaar and has been recognized by choreographers such as Michael Jackson immortal tour director Mike Cameron and Tre Armstrong. He has recently join the cast apprenticeship program directed by Danny Davalos and Angela Mahoney. Malcolm and his crew have trained with Natalie Nesterenko, Danny Davalos, Andrew Pyro Chung, Mariano Abarca, Jerome freshFX Villa, Tre Armstrong, Anthony Patrick Smith and much more.
Bio provided by Malcolm
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Malcolm: I started dancing at the age of 15 as a self taught street dancer. It all started when I watched season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance and got inspired by watching the “dance for your life” solos. I eventually came across tutorials on YouTube on how to Pop. Eventually I began to come out of my shy dancer phase and I decided to join my first competitive dance studio.
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Malcolm: The first song I ever choreographed was Don’t Mess With My Man by Nivea. I was asked by my high school to teach a workshop for the dance majors and I chose this song because at that moment it was my favorite song.
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Malcolm: Speaking as a street dancer, my advice to dancers would be to explore musicality in a way where you’re not just dancing on beat with the music but manipulating it in a way that creates the illusion that your body is creating the music.
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Malcolm: What it takes for me to get in the zone to choreograph is too just listen deeply to the music and absorb every single beat. For me I feel that the trademark of a good choreographer AND freestyler is that they can dance to any song without changing there individual style.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Malcolm: On a global scale, my biggest inspirations are Phillip Chbeeb, Ian Eastwood, and lil Steph. In Toronto’s scene my inspirations would be everyone! Being in the battle scene and the industry scene, I always come across new dancers that literally show up out of no where and amaze me! I’d have to say my city is the biggest inspiration I have.
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Malcolm: My favourite choreographers to work with would be Danny Davalos and Angela Mahoney. To me, Danny and Angela are like my dance parents because I feel like if it wasn’t for them training me and teaching me how the industry works, I would be nowhere near as successful as I’ve been so far!
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.
Malcolm: My favorite people to work with is definitely my dance crew, 8th Union crew! Working with these guys over the past 2 years has been truly amazing and it’s a great feeling to work as a dancer along side your best friends!
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Malcolm: Qualities I feel Toronto dancers have are confidence, strong will, patience, and business knowledge. These are important because dance takes blood, sweat and tears and if you don’t know exactly how much money you deserve, you may give away all that blood, sweat and tears for free.
Nikki: Any upcoming projects, shows or classes you would like to share with T.D.O.T.?
Malcolm: I’m working on a big workshop my dance crew at the YMCA, I will be sharing more details very soon.
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Malcolm: My advice to emerging dancers would be that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve danced, how many gig you’ve gotten before, or how many awards you’ve received. If you show a high level of confidence and never turn that confidence off, people will start to believe in you and someone will hire you. That exactly how it happened for me.
THANK YOU MALCOLM FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T XO
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