HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! We hope 2018 is treating everyone well 🙂
For the new year, we thought we should start it off with someone inspiring in the HipHop scene… none other than Alif Aircho! He recently got engaged with his equally inspiring partner Kayte Willis! CONGRATULATIONS ALIF!
Being in the scene for more than 10 years, we chatted with him about his thoughts with dance. Without further ado, lets begin with his latest Instagram video:
🎵Feels Like Insomia🎵- @craigdavid . . Feeling so bless to receive that kind of energy last week at the start my first Friday class of the year! Thank you everyone who poured your energy in class and challenged yourself by pushing through the choreography.Looking forward to more of this every Friday 😌🙌🏼 . . . #alifairchofriday #danzpeoplesg #insomia #craigdavid #blaqueneez #freekzynutz
Talk me through your dance journey. Who/What inspired you to begin dance?
“I started dancing when I was 12 in 2004. My brother Falig Rais (Phliq) was the one who inspired me as he started dancing first and I saw him competing in a dance competition called Anti-Drug Danceworks! back in 2003. In addition, the movie You Got Served also ignited my interest to start dancing.”
What kept you going?
“My curiosity in the hip hop culture in general got me going actually – not just the dance. I wanted to know more about the hip hop culture and its different elements. Dancing was just one of the elements that I really pursued after trying out the different elements like Rapping and DJ-ing. Of course wanting to be better in dance kept my fire burning as I wanted to be the best in what I do in this industry.”
Having been in the industry for a while now, what changes did you see in the dance scene since then?
“The community is definitely closer now compared to a few years ago. Back in 2005-2010, crews were very competitive and we couldn’t get along as much as now. We realize that the scene is too small for this kind of beef (rivalries) to be happening between dancers or crews. I feel that we are now working better together to bring up the standards of dance in Singapore as one happy community”
How do you think dance in Singapore will change in the future?
“I see it changing for the better. Especially since we’re getting more recognition from the government, schools are also now open to holding dance enrichment classes for the students which in turn gives us dancers jobs and opportunities to make dance our career and give back to the society we grew up in. The quantity of dancers will grow but that is if the current dancers/instructors play a huge role in maintaining the quality of the dancers and make it better even.”
What does dance mean to you?
“It means almost everything to me actually. It brings me my bread and butter and most importantly brought me happiness especially when I can spare and share knowledge to new dancers who are eager to learn.”
What influenced your decision to follow dance as a career?
“My brother and my fiancé (Kayte Willis) were a few that influenced me to make dance as a career but to be honest I had already wanted to make dance as a career during my first year in polytechnic. It was already quite set in my mind, haha! I’ve spent most of my time in Secondary School dancing and achieved quite a bit. I want to push myself more in different aspects where my contributions could be of great use.”
To all dancers that intend to take up dance as a career, any words of advice for them?
“Stay focused, be sure of what you want and go for it. Don’t look back.”
Just for fun, could you tell us what does Freestyle mean to you in three words? What about Choreography?
“Freestyle: Creativity, Musicality & Identity
Choreography: Complicating and Make Music Look Good.”
Finally, any other events in the upcoming months that we will be able to catch you at?
“I’ll be competing in Radikal Forze Jam 2018 in March!
and I teach every Friday, 8.30pm at Danz People.”
Do follow him on Instagram @alifaircho and his studio @danzpeople ! Filled with dope videos of his freestyle and choreography, his Instagram is not one you would want to miss out on!