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.
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?
KW: Cat or 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)?
KW: Suspenders or bow ties?
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!