Northwest Dancer/Choreographer Breaking Barriers
I learned about Daniel Jerome through BiancaJ. I did some research online and found out that he is a NW born mulit-faceted dancer/choreographer and I wanted to learn more! Below is his Q & A. I hope you are enlighted as much as I was! Be sure to check out our March "Spotlight" Newsletter!
Friday Night Hip Hop
Daniel Jerome Obispo; (born April 30, 1991 from Spanaway, Washington) is a self-trained dancer that started b-boying in 2003 & began choreographing in 2008. Since then he has taught workshops, won local b-boy/all style competitions, toured Asia dancing for korean popstar, Jay Park, featured in music videos, and continues to travel the world teaching at dance camps/conventions. He is also a member of the Seattle known b-boy crew "Art Of Movement", founder of the dance crew "Chapter1NE", and has experience as a dancer/instructor at "Soreal Performing Arts Center" in Houston, TX (Winners of first World Of Dance in Houston 2013). He hopes to continue sharing his love for dance through his work online and inspiring students around the world.
FNHH: What are your specialties? Hip hop bboy, etc.
DJ: I want to say my specialty is being able to do both. I feel like my hip hop style, or whatever you’d really call it, is a little better than my b-boying now due to more practice in it, but I definitely feel comfortable with both styles. I could still feel confident about doing a b-boy round in a cypher and still enter an all-styles battle. Lately I been fusing the two to give me a more unique style.
FNHH: Who are your favorite dancers and why?
DJ: This is a really hard one. There are so many dancers/choreographers out there that I enjoy watching. Well the one that inspired me to start would have to be Andrew Baterina. I loved seeing his work and seeing him use the ground, glides, hat tricks..definitely doing anything he could to have his own identity and being different from everyone else, which I really enjoy. At the time all his movements were the future to me haha. Even now he still inspires me with his work and knowledge on dance. Others that are pretty inspiring are Erica Sobol and Parris Goebel. Both different styles, but I just love their creativity, flow, and musicality. The way they listen to music is very unique and their own. I have more favorites, but it’s just too much. The list could go on forever, but my reasoning for why would be the same haha.
FNHH: What are your goals as a dancer?
DJ: It would be so cool to choreograph for an artist or be artistic director of a tour or something like that and continue traveling to teach or even perform. Another would be to just be the best I could be, break down walls for myself and inspire people. To show that dreaming and hard work can really go a long way.
FNHH: What has been one of the most significant events that you've experienced in your dance career?
DJ: There are so many things that has happened this past year, but I guess one memorable one would be dancing on tour with Jay Park. Just traveling to different countries and performing in front of thousands of people. A specific performance would be the KMF show in LA. It was my birthday and we performed in front of more than 22,000 people. A very scary moment for me being new at it, but definitely something I never thought would happen, especially so early in my career.
FNHH: Is there a saying/quote u live by?
DJ: I actually have this tattoo on my arm haha. “Dancing with your feet is one thing, but dancing with your heart is another…Always Dancing”. Just something that represents my love for dance and all that it has done for me and my life.
FNHH: What has been the most challenging in your career?
DJ: My body has definitely been challenging me haha. Being a b-boy has done so much on my bones and joints that sometimes it affects my performance and limits me from reaching full potential as a dancer. Other than that everything else is just life. I guess traveling could be a little crazy due to hours on a plane, connecting flights, foreign languages, time differences, being away from home. The second I’m teaching/performing though, I forget about all of those and remember it’s part of the job therefore those don’t bother me too much. Just having to continue working hard at bettering myself and my craft.