The time has come and the suspense is almost over. Fans have inquired on the talented Richard “Richy” Jackson, the mysterious wonder that effortlessly assisted in choreography on BET’s new dance reality, Born To Dance: Laurieann Gibson, which premiered August 2, 2011. Through the process of elimination, Laurieann, was assisted in narrowing down to the best dancer, who ultimately, would win the cash prize of $50k and the “Ms. BoomKack” title. The winner of Season 1, which also included the opportunity of becoming a member of Laurieann’s dance team, was Maryland native, LaTonya Swann.
Answering the phone with his energetic and bubbly voice “Hello! How are you?”, he is ready for action. On his day off, Richy has granted me the opportunity to get to know him and nourish the cravings of fans, for more knowledge on this “Sensation” that has danced his way into a lot of hearts. He is not hesitant, he dodges no questions, and he is happy for fans to find out all about Richy.
Trying to enjoy his time off is always a difficult task. He says, “There is always more work to be done”. Yet, he unselfishly takes the time to answer all of my questions. He is one of those people who you could talk to all day because of his passion for his craft and his “People Person” disposition. Here is what Richy had to say in Part 1 of a 2 Part Exclusive.
Where are you from?
I am from a town called Fairfield. It’s Northern California in between Sacramento and San Francisco.
Who started calling your Richy? Are you a Junior?
I am Richard but Richy comes from being in L.A. and working with all the artist, it just kind of happened.
Where did the nickname Squirrel come from?
That was what I called the dancers. Like “Here we go Squirrels” you know “Let’s get it together” it just kind of came from me addressing the dancers. Then the name Richy Squirrel was like I want to be original and call the dancers Squirrels.
What does Richy do to relax?
Oh gosh! I love a bowl of cherries and good movie.
What type of movies do you watch?
I love Horror films. I love drama films and action. I’m not much of a comedy film person.
What would you do if you were not a dancer?
I would be a lawyer. I would definitely be a lawyer. I am all about truth, justice and honor. Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong.
You are doing what you love, living your dream right now. Therefore, where do you see yourself in five years from now?
Five years from now let’s see, that’s a really good question. I see myself choreographing artist, going into creative direction. Writing music and directing videos.
How many years have you been dancing and where did you get your inspiration to dance?
I have been dancing ever since I could move my legs. Professionally it’s been about ten years and my inspiration came from, first and foremost my family. When I was growing up we were dancing all the time. Everything was a celebration. We always were together for everything and the music was a big part of our lives and it was always a big dinner and a party. Through family and my mom especially, that’s where it first started.
Over this years I know Michael Jackson would be the obvious choice, but I loved MC Hammer. I loved 3-5-7, and Genuine back in the day. Michael Jackson was great, don’t get me wrong, but it was something about MC Hammer. When I grew up dancing in the clubs, I didn’t know anything about choreography, I was into free-style. Me and my friends would go to the clubs and it wasn’t about being trained or choreographed it was about feeling music and freeing yourself and that’s where I come from the club atmosphere. So when I thought about dancing, I loved watching MC Hammer, because I loved the freedom in his movement and all the dancers he had on stage. His movements didn’t seem precisely choreographed they were free and funky.
So are you a self–taught dancer?
Yes I am.
That is amazing!
I never had any formal training. My family taught me, the clubs taught me, watching videos, especially MC Hammer. Watching videos as a young kid, Aaliyah videos and Brandy videos, even back in the day the Back Street Boy videos. I just used to always watch tv and mimic videos and then go to the club. I didn’t take any formal classes or any of that. I didn’t even know about formal dance classes until I came to L.A.
I know you want more, but please check back to get part 2 of this exclusive interview with Richard “Richy” Jackson. Believe me, you will not want to miss it, because Richard has a lot more in store for his fans!
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