Style Feature || Jerome Esplana

VANCOUVER, AUGUST 2012
Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon

Allow me to introduce you to someone who is driven, hardworking, stylish and continuously perfecting his talent each and every day – ladies & gentleman… Jerome Esplana!   He’s a force to reckon with from the West Coast but is the most down to earth and funny guy you will ever meet.  His dance videos are taking over the virtual world via his youtube channel (which features beast dancers from Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles etc.) and he can be caught throughout Europe teaching master classes in London, Germany and Austria.

Not only has teaching around the world become part of his daily schedule, he also runs a hip hop crew in Vancouver called TwoFourSeven Company with close friend and Diamond Crew member, Roberta Bierman.  In addition, he is a part of The Faculty Crew which took home the World of Dance Champions title more than once this year!  He’s only in his young twenties and his list of accomplishments does not end soon…

On the style end, I’ve caught Jerome rocking button downs with bow ties or casual trendy looks like the one below; not to mention he probably owns every Mickey Mouse graphic shirt ever made and makes it trendy.

You’ll love his interview and should probably join the thousands obsessing over his latest dance videos on youtube.

Enjoy. xx

Jerome Esplana || Beanie: Army & Navy

Watch: Casio || Bracelet: Some religious store (his words exactly)

Shades: Primark || Jean Jacket: Levi’s

|| Backpack: Herschel ||

Fancy Footwork || Shoes: Vans

Some MJ’s in the blood! || Jeans: Bluenotes

Kate W: What is your current state of mind?

Jerome E: I’m really happy.  Great things even stem from bad.

KW: Where do you feel most at home?

JE: When I’m dancing.

KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

JE: “Never Give Up”. It’s straight forward, but it’s true in any industry, even in the youtube world.

KW: Which living person do you most admire?

JE: Will Smith. He’s very accomplished, seems quite humble, wise and is one of my favorite actors.

KW: What was the last thing you bought?

JE: A costume piece for the 247 Company.

KW: What makes you laugh?

JE: Oh my God. Everything!

KW: If you could dance in any music video, which one would it be?

JE: I have three! First would be Michael Jackson’s “Bad” , second would be Janet Jackson’s “Rhythmnation” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You”.

KW: Which dancer, choreographer or artist would you want to share the stage with the most?

JE: Justin Timberlake. I’m always a fan of his work, and again I feel he’s humble. He has incredible stage presence and his concerts are always insane.

KW: What has been your greatest extravagance thus far?

JE: Performing at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and travelling the world teaching dance.

KW: What is your favorite dance city?

JE: First, I have to say Vancouver for it’s incredible potential and talent. Vancouver has a very driven dance community.  Secondly it would be LA. There’s many different vibes present, even from studio to studio.  I also feel ML (Movement Lifestyle in NoHo) is my second home; I have very close friends there and the studio itself has a great vibe and inspiring talent.

KW: What is your favorite fashion city?

JE: London. It’s so fashionable and trendy with a certain maturity.  It’s exactly how I want to dress.

KW: If you were to dance in this outfit you’re currently wearing, would you change anything?

JE: Nope!

KW: Cat or Dog?

JE: Dog.

KW: Black or white?

JE: Ughhh… I love both!

KW: What’s your number one breakfast dish?

JE: That’s really hard, I love food. Any kind of meal makes me happy and I’m happy eating cereal for dinner.

KW: Name some songs on your playlist.

JE: Backstreet Boys “Get Down” , N’Sync “This I Promise You” and Usher “Superstar”.

KW: Do you dress mostly by your mood or the day’s events?

JE: Weather actually plays a huge part, or if I find something in my closet I haven’t worn for awhile. I find I’ll wear certain colours depending on my mood too.

KW: What is your signature piece?

JE: My gold watch.

KW: Which shoes do you love to dance in?

JE: My Vans.

KW: Favorite colour(s)?

JE: Neutrals.

KW: Suspenders or bow ties?

JE: Both!

KW: What’s next for you?

JE: I’m aiming to choreograph for artists like Justin Timberlake and if I wasn’t dancing, I would want to be an architect.

KW: Thank you so much Jerome!

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PNE 2012 & Hip Hop Workshop

VANCOUVER, AUGUST 2012
Words & Photos by Kate Wotherspoon

This past week, my days off from work were filled with some pretty memorable moments. I performed at PNE with a stacked group of dancers under the 247 Company & Friends Show and my good friend from Toronto, Mark Samuels, taught a hip hop workshop at Harbour Dance Centre.  Both the show and the workshop generated incredible vibes and it’s times like those when I’m so grateful to be able to surround myself with top notch talent. Vancouver reps hard!

There will be videos posted soon from both events, but for now, here are some photos…

Note: Check out all the hype outfits these dancers rock out. Just awesome! Love them all.

PNE || NO BOYS ALLOWED ft. (Left to Right) Taylor, Shay, Daniela, Anne, Abbey, Randa, Carmen, Me, Sharon, Rina and Roberta!

PNE || Scott and I

PNE || Scott & Stu… If you know Stu, I’m sure he’s given you one of his famous massages. The facials are priceless.

PNE || Kristen, Ashley, Me & Scott

PNE || Sammie, Stu and Ben || Check out Stu’s meal.. dammmnn

PNE || I like chicken || Ben & I

After Class || Akshun, Mark, JB & Jerome

After Class || Michael aka Akshun, lookin fresh!

Mark & I || Missed this guy!

On that instagram tip || keightw

www.harbourdance.com

Thanks for checking it out, stay tuned for videos!

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Jerome Esplana || “Hoodlums” || Vancity Project

I really wish I could of been at the Vancity Project show that went down last week;  however, thanks to technology and youtube, I’m able to share Jerome Esplana’s piece with you all!

This piece starts off BEASTLY with the incredible Roberta Bierman owning the stage, the middle is on point with everyone looking like each other’s clone (yet still with individual style), and it ends with you wanting more and more and more.  Jerome Esplana’s choreography….DID IT AGAIN!  Please watch and support Vancouver dancers!!!

Dancers: @RobertaBierman @BenjaminRit @AloGaledo @Scott4syth @JustinRaay @JonBongato @JeromeEsplana

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