Ashanti’s Choreographer, Brice D. Vick, Shares His Dancing Success!
Always having a love for expression through movement, Brice D. Vick has fought his way to the top and through a very rigorous dance industry. So many dancers are born and compete for that one shot every day, but not many are lucky enough to actually reach their goal of stardom. Brice was discovered by a talent scout who was on a search to find the right person to choreograph an upcoming United Colors of Benetton commercial. After having a successful run with the company, he was soon discovered by top recording artist, Ashanti, and took on the role as her sole choreographer. Like most success stories go, Vick’s talent also caught the attention of power houses such as: Beyonce, R. Kelly, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill, Chris Brown and so many others.
Hailing from Queens, New York (my birthplace!), his dance ability bloomed while attending the Bernice Johnson Dance Studio. Brice D. Vick was also trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, The Dance Theater of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance (wow!). His journey has afforded him the opportunity to work with greats such as Debbie Allen and David Robertson. If you think his story is inspiring, you are not alone! I was able to pick his brain and find out what pushed him to fight so hard for his place in the industry, how you can get there and what latest projects he has in store.
What is the hardest thing you’ve had to endure throughout your career?
My mother getting diagnosed with congestive heart failure; I was in the height of my career. I had just finished working with Beyonce’ and I was working with Ashanti on the Concrete Rose album for her video “Only You” in addition to being selected the Artistic Director for Pop Starz, Inc. ( a professional dance company geared for children). I got the call that my mother wouldn’t make it and I had to drop everything.
What advice can you offer up-and-coming choreographers who aren’t seeing success and feel like giving up?
If they feel that they need to give up, then that is not your calling. I would suggest that they create their own opportunities, produce their own events, create their own name by teaming up with local companies to showcase their talent.
What is your ultimate career goal?
To help preserve our future. To me, that means helping children stay healthy, both mentally and physically. If we don’t look out for our youth, imagine a world without them..there isn’t one.
How have you managed to build your brand so well that power houses such as Ashanti and Beyonce trust you to work for/with them?
By hard work, determination and being talented. God doesn’t deny talent. When it’s your time to shine, it’s your time to shine! Choreography is what I love and when you are passionate about something and you invest time and energy, you cannot fail.
What advice would you offer the “younger you” knowing what you do about the industry thus far?
Run as fast as you can! LOL. No, I’m joking. I would say just to remain humble and know that in this industry, you must pay your dues. Every gig is an opportunity to show your talent and what you have to offer, regardless if it is paid or not. Also, no matter what comes my way, I can’t quit.
What artist have you always wanted to work with and haven’t yet?
Sting because I’ve always loved his music. With his style and mine, I think we would create the ultimate masterpiece. I believe he would allow me a lot of space to be creative.
What’s one funny/quirky thing that others don’t know about you?
I have to have my security blanket everywhere I go. I travel with it when I’m overseas. Also, I am a huge prankster.
What projects do you have coming up in the near future?
I am releasing a children’s DVD called “Hip Hop For Health”, it is a fun and interactive way for children to learn the benefits of exercise and taking care of their bodies by incorporating hip hop music and moves.
Be sure to support Brice D. Vick’s new children’s DVD when it comes out! Making sure our kids are healthy is key! I hope this has been helpful for all aspiring dancers out there. Thank you for visiting the Dreamworld; come back often!
Philly’s Own, Charli Baltimore, Chats with the Dreamworld!
It’s always nice to share the journey of others, whether they be famous or not, but it is always rewarding to highlight individuals within the industry. Hearing how they made it and what their experiences have been like, let’s us all know that anything is possible if you just follow your heart and your path. YOU can be successful in any talent you choose to pursue; the drive just needs to be steadfast. I recently had the pleasure of exploring the female, Hip-Hop world (for all you aspiring female rappers out there)! Well known rapper, Charli Baltimore, blessed me with a few moments of her time to catch the Dreamworld up on life and offers some advice to female artists on the come-up.
Born Tiffany Lane, to a German father and Black mother, she adopted the name “Charli Baltimore” from Geena Davis’ character in the film, The Long Kiss Goodnight. She’s seen her fair share of ups and downs, in and out of the industry, but remains grounded and driven; determined to be a strong support system for her family. A Philly native and a mother of two daughters, India and Sianni (to the right), Charli is taking a step back into the limelight and on her own terms. Since meeting The Notorious B.I.G. in 1995 and given her first shot at fame, she has continued to write her own rhymes (something she prides herself on) and has always sprinkled her unique flare among other female rappers.
Dealing with personal losses and an abusive relationship, she managed to graduate from Pierce College as a certified paralegal. She’s also earned a Grammy nomination, been featured with Junior M.A.F.I.A. and released a debut album (Cold As Ice). After a five year hiatus, she signed to Murder Inc. but separated with them in 2006 due to album delays and creative differences. She’s since released an EP on iTunes and in March 2012, released the mixtape titled Mickey and Mallory Knox: Natural Born Khronicles. With a new album on the horizon, True Lies, Baltimore is determined to continue doing what she loves, while making sure that she doesn’t settle.
Take a look at what she has to say to the Dreamworld:
What do you think the female hip-hop game is missing?
I don’t necessarily think it’s missing anything but more females…I think that their is a diverse mix right now but we could always use more females.
What motivates you to continue to follow your passion for music?
It’s not so much a motivation at this point…I’m good at writing…it makes me happy…
Who do you think is the best female rapper?
Best female rapper? Well to not hold one’s self in the highest regards would be awkward.
What advice can you offer other females trying to make it in this industry?
Stay away from it…lol. No..it’s a hard business so you have to develop a tough skin and be able to take the good with the bad.
What do you think is your God-given purpose in life, outside of rapping?
My God given purpose is to make sure my Children are good….first and foremost. Everything else is secondary.
If you could have a conversation with the younger you, what advice would you give?
Learn to relax…have more patience..actually that applies to myself now as well.
Are you involved in any other business ventures outside of music?
I am actually, but I kinda gotta keep it under raps for the time being.
How can fans show their support?
Well, for now they can support my two films, my single All Lies, my album (when it’s released)…and [follow] @charlibaltmore on Twitter….
What’s one funny/quirky thing about you that fans may not know?
One quirky thing..I’ll give u 3. I have OCD when it comes to cleaning. It destresses me…Walls, floors, whatever. I turn into Cinderella..lol. I’m a bit of a nerd and I was a huge wrestling fan forever. I used to attend all the matches and everything!
She has a great sense of humor and a much appreciated dose of sarcasm. I was so excited to have her as a guest on danithedreamgirl.com. Thanks for your time and best wishes on your new album…WE are patiently awaiting the drop!
Check out Charli Baltimore’s new track, All Lies featuring Maino: