Cross-posted on Starpulse.com
All you dance and exercise fans out there better keep an eye out for July 21, because that’s the day that “So You Think You Can Dance: Get Fit” comes out on DVD. There are two different DVDs – one titled “Tone and Groove” and the other “Cardio Funk.”
Starpulse.com got a chance to speak with one of the instructors on the video, Stephen “Twitch” Boss. He was the runner-up of SYTYCD season four and is now appearing in these DVDs and the upcoming movie “Step Up 3-D.” Check out our interview to learn more about Twitch and how you can get fit by having fun!
Starpulse: So you were really close to making the top 20 in season three, but Hok edged forward a little bit. Was it discouraging to get that close or inspirational for you to try again?
Twitch: It was inspirational for me to try again. I auditioned for season three on a whim. I was just kind of like, oh it’s happening today? Yeah, yeah, I’ll go. I’d love that. And then I ended up going that far. So I realized when I got to the top 20, even though I didn’t make it, I didn’t go in with the intention and probably the same hunger and thirst that everybody else went in all the way, they were committed from the start. Whereas I went on a whim, you know what I mean?
But you brought it back for season four.
That’s right, season four I had it. (Laughter) I really did.
Hip-hop has come a long way, especially on that show, and I think you and Joshua have a lot to do with that. How do you feel about being an inspiration for the hip-hop dancers coming up now?
Well, I guess it feels really good, but you know they did have Hok and Deitrix, and then also Ivan of season two. So I think it’s just been continuously kind of been paving the way, each of us in a different way. We kind of approach hip-hop differently even though we’re coming from the same place. I’m very smooth and very clean and get musicality, while Hok and Deitrix are getting the power moves. I think we’re all just kind of pushing our own thing.
What advice would you have for hip-hop dancers starting to get serious in the dance world?
To absolutely make yourself as versatile as possible. Even though you are a hip-hop dancer, that’s … that’s really just kind of a word. It’s more what you do to specialize, but you understand movement so therefore you are a dancer. There really are no brackets. Even if you’re a hip hop dancer, that just means you really like to dance to hip-hop, but you understand movement. You understand how to move your body, so to further that is one of the smartest things that I will ever say.
And it worked out well for you.
(Laughter) It did, it did. It’s knowledge. Knowledge is always good.
So how did you get involved with the SYTYCD Get Fit DVD project?
Well after we came back from tour they called a couple of us and said they had an idea for a fitness DVD together. And how interested we’d be in it. And at first you know fitness DVD you think about Richard Simmons a little bit, spandex (chuckle) … but, I don’t know, I liked the people that were involved and I thought it would be fun. So I went in.
So how does the two DVDs differ from one another? “Tone and Groove” versus “Cardio Funk?”
Well tone and groove is kind of an intro to it, while cardio funk is really kind of cutting you up… It’s not like an advanced and beginner type thing, it’s just a little different in movement quality. I think that’s what we were trying to go with for the different styles. Where they target different muscle groups, and then while one DVD will target those muscle groups and kind of activate them and get you used to moving your body like that, the other DVD will move your body in a completely different way that might work on stretching rhythmically. You know what I mean? That will be the entire exercise, something like that.
What can people expect when they pop the DVD in? What are they going to see?
Oh, when you pop it in you’re going to start with a warm up. We’re trying to motivate people to get fit by dancing. And since, you know, we’re using us, we’re going to take you through basically how we get started before we dance. Meaning we’ll start with the warm up of course, and we’re breaking everything down letting you know why we’re warming it up, because we didn’t want to approach it as if… people that understand everything that dancers do before they dance or the dancers vocabulary and stuff like that. We’re trying to explain why you would warm up, why you get yourself comfortable before you actually stretch. Stuff like that. And then we move on into the exercise. And you can do exercise by exercise. There’s three different chapters, you can pick whichever one you like. Or you can do them all in sequence.
That’s amazing, you know I’m sure a lot of people would love to learn how to dance and stay in shape at the same time. I want to do it!
What are you up to these days other than the DVDs? What else is going on in the life of Twitch?
Life of Twitch so far, it’s been “Step Up 3-D!” We’ve been filming that.
Yeah we’ve been working on that since late March. We’ll be finished in late July. It’s been a huge part, dancing and I have an acting role in it as well.
How is it working with Adam (Shankman)? Continuing with him actually from the show?
Aw, It’s awesome. It’s amazing. Adam is just such a good spirit. You know when he’s in the room. (Laughter) He’s always making us laugh, you know? Adam is a one-of-a-kind character, and it’s great working with him.
He twitters from the set every day!
I hear he is the Twitter King!
He is, he got Nigel and Mary into it as well.
Oh, he got Nigel and Mary? (Laughter)
(Laughter) They’re all twittering together with Lil’ C. So you might want to join on there.
I might. I don’t have a twitter just yet. I might have to break down and get one. We’ll see soon.
You should, then your fans can all talk to you and feel like they’re part of your life.
There we go, there we go.
If you could work with any dance choreographer, either from the show or somebody else you know, who would it be and why?
Hmm, if I could. It’s hard to pick just one.
Let’s see. It would be hard to choose between the two, but I think I’d either like to work with Wade Robson or Mia.
They’re kind of the big two names?
They’re not of Earth. They’re amazing. I love where it goes, with both of them.
When did you know you wanted to be a professional dancer?
I think my first year of college and in high school … I started dancing my senior year of high school so I didn’t know too much about the career field of it all. I was still so caught up in the euphoria…of the novelty of it. It’s like dancing…all I want to do is just dance dance dance. You know, so when the question of career came up with my parents, with the how are you going to support yourself and this and that…my argument was like I’m just getting started, because I love dance so much. It took me awhile to actually explore the career and stuff like that. It was my first year of college, that’s when I first got a taste of New York is more with the Broadway scene, live plays, and stuff like that, whereas out in the west it’s more commercial work.
If there was one dance style other than hip-hop you could train to be an expert in, what would it be?
Oooh. (Long pause) I’d have to say contemporary. Contemporary. Oh yeah.
That’s where Mia comes in.
Absolutely, do you like contemporary?
I do. Have you been watching this season?
I’ve caught a couple of episodes and a couple of clips, there are some dances online. I haven’t been able to watch the whole thing continuously.
Are there any dancers this season who have caught your attention?
Well you know, a lot of the dancers this season have auditioned for past seasons. So, I remember going to Vegas week with some of the people that are on stage. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite because I’m rooting for so many – like Ade, and Brandon, just to name a few actually…Evan and Randi. Is Randi still on?
Oh Randi’s still on, she’s fine. They’re in the top ten. Actually all the people you just named are in the top ten.
Oh okay, yeah.
I’m very excited for them, they’re amazing!
If you were trying to market the DVD yourself, what would you tell people if they wanted to pick it off the shelf. What would you tell them about your DVD?
Everyone dances when they feel good. There’s no reason to think that oh I can’t dance, I’m not an expert at dancing, because we break it down. And also you have the rewind function so it’s up to you if you want to get fit. If you want to dance, if you like dancing, then this is a perfect way to do it. You can do it at home, if you feel good at home you can take it to the club. You can, you know, take it to school. It’s versatile.
Any word or hint you want to give us about Step Up 3D?
It’s going to be, honestly, it’s going to be mindblowing. I think Jon Chu is breaking ground with this movie.