A b-boy who considers dance the “language of his soul” has landed in Trail to teach residents the fundamentals of break dancing and the lifestyle he’s chosen.
Wil Fernandez, also known as “Flexx,” is a Dominican Republic native who started dancing at 12.
The 28-year-old met Steps Dance Centre teacher Valere Hart while dancing on a cruise and has since decided to bring a flavour of break dancing to Trail this weekend.
“Real dance comes from expressing what you feel in the moment and using your foundation moves to be creative with your footwork and your freezes so if someone were deaf and watching your dancing, they can hear the music,” said Fernandez.
The Miami resident will be introducing the art to both male and female/ young and old by touching on basics of the popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of the hip-hop culture.
The dance consists of “top rock,” showing character before transitioning into footwork, freezes and power moves, which are acrobatic movements that are usually the showstoppers.
“The cool stuff comes later but the foundation is so important,” he said.
“It’s kind of like ‘don’t run before you learn how to crawl or walk.’ It’s an understanding of your body moving in a different way, it’s a different language so you can’t start speaking until you know words.”
Though Fernandez has performed alongside artists like Chris Brown and Missy Elliot and has worked with top choreographers such as Jamal Simon from the Step Up movies, the modest man considers himself a student.
“There’s a lot of guys who’ve inspired me to dance so I wouldn’t say I’m like this master teacher,” he said. “But I can say, I can introduce a community that doesn’t have the same capabilities that I have at home to something that is new.”
Hart, who specializes in jazz and hip-hop at Steps, is pleased to see an instructor introduce a new style of dance to Trail’s dancers and those just wanting to find their rhythm and try something new.
“It’s pretty great, I mean the kids do hip-hop and have learned a basic six-step and can do a baby freeze, which is pretty basic, but the fundamentals are key,” she said.
Fernandez’s workshop kicks off Saturday and runs through Sunday with classes geared toward kids, teens and adults.
Classes are $12 each for children under nine years old and $15 for all other levels or $25 for two classes.
To get the course schedule or find out more about Fernandez, visit www.stepsdancecentre.ca and go to “about us” and then to “news.”
He can also be followed on his website www.bboyflexx.com or on Facebook.
Steps can be reached at 368-8119 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org