The East Side is in the building! I continue Phase 2 with Bucc N Flvr’s own, Shenika Hamilton.
“Born on April 6th 1993 and raised in Scarborough, Shenika comes from a single parent environment where finances were tough and certain luxuries couldn’t be afforded. Her family wasn’t able to put her into dance classes; leading Shenika to learn Hip Hop culture through the music she was exposed to as a child and through the environment she grew up in.”
‘I remember learning to dance by watching artists like Aaliyah, Missy, and Ciara. My mom used to play me everything from 2 Pac to Kevin Little.’
Upon entering high school she joined her school dance team and competed in many local competitions until Bucc N Flvr discovered her in 2011. Ever since, she has been training in Hip Hop professionally and has competed in local competitions such as the Beat Down Urban Dance Competition and claiming first place with Bucc N Flvr in MUCH MUSIC’s New Music Live, Dance Battles. She has now begun to share her skills within and outside the Greater Toronto Area, teaching young girls the core foundations of Hip Hop and grooves, preparing them for stage, performance and competition.
I remember the day we discovered Shenika. It was a hot summer day in June 2011 at Notre Dame High School; it was around the end of the school year and everyone had prepared for this day, Dance Off. Dance Off is a High School Hip Hop Dance Competition hosted among the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Half of Bucc N Flvr were in attendance as some of us were coaching teams from Neil McNeil to Pope John Paul Secondary.
I was excited to assist my husband as he coached the boys of Neil McNeil as well as see what everyone prepared for competition. I heard Mary Ward was about to go onstage, I had remembered this team for their burgundy sweaters and clean routines, it was worth a watch for myself and the boys we were couching. The cafeteria packed as Mary Ward was announced, they graced the stage, set-up into their starting positions and that’s when it happened. At the bottom left of the stage was a young girl with a faux hawk, large black framed glasses and her starting pose was so fierce our eyes immediately drew to her. The music started and it was a wrap, she had Bucc on our feet, we were all watching the girl with the faux hawk and glasses…who was she? Eugene Diwa of Bucc N Flvr slyly replies, “She’s my friend.”
The competition came to a close, teams were acknowledged for their hard work and creativity and everyone was prepared for next year’s competition. Bucc was about to leave when Eugene comes walking up to me, armed linked with none other than our girl with the faux hawk and glasses, Shenika Hamilton. I gushed about her performance and how much I enjoyed watching her and told her I hope to see her around, little did I know it was already in the works.
It’s been 6 years since that day and Shenika is no longer the young girl with the faux hawk and glasses but a humble esteemed Artist/Professional. I continue to celebrate Shenika and her story as it is the epitome of “Fighting Adversity and Discovering Oneself.”
My Videographer and I are very pleased with the shots filmed of Shenika. In my efforts to find the perfect shot to reflect the Artist/Professional and their dance style, I was reminded of Lenny Len as Director during our Video-Tutorial shoots for FlavorshopDance.com, he would reassure us that we need not be perfect, what he’s looking for is moments. Moments! How could I completely forget about this as Director?!
I can only describe a “moment” as a point in dance where the artist syncs their mind and their body, they are in a space where they can effortlessly articulate their feelings, their message, their art. I discovered the day of shoot when Shenika would get into this pocket in the music and we were in the right place at the right time to catch her movement, I would direct her to continue that pocket and it snowballed to finding the perfect shot to showcase her dance, her style.
Finding moments is so much more natural, encouraging and organic to the Art and Artist.
Moving forward I know which shots are consistent across all Artist/Professionals and which edits we will be using for who; based on the moments we were able to capture. Continuing into Phase 2, I interview my third Artists/Professional this weekend. So much has happened in the past year for her and she landed on the ground running. Her fire truly spreads love and light.
2017-02-22T04:29:14+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Home Phase 2- Shenika Hamilton