Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany “FLOEY” Thomas.
Brittany, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was raised in the suburbs of Long Island, NY by Jamaican parents. My life was pretty much written out for me: work hard, go to college, get a good job. Dancing professionally was not a part of that equation and definitely wasn’t supported at first. I graduated Farmingdale State College with a bachelors degree in Business – then landed a job as a banker. In December 2015, I left that comfortable job to pursue dance full-time and never looked back since. My mom is an entrepreneur and she has operated her own successful beauty salon for many years. Growing up watching her build that by scratch as an immigrant to this country, always motivated me to create my own legacy. I’ve always been a creative kid – heavy into drawing and painting all through school. I’d design logos for t-shirts, album covers, & business cards for local start-up fashion brands/music artists.
Dance has always been apart of my life. As a Caribbean family, we dance to Afro/Carib rhythms as kids and have backyard parties in our neighborhood like every other weekend. My dad had a huge sound system & vinyl record player in the basement – I’d sneak into it when no one was around and just lose myself to musicians like: Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, Marcia Griffiths & Celine Dion. At eight years old, my parents put me into Jazz classes. I was too shy to perform at recitals, so I would only train with the other girls during lessons and hide way in the back haha. In Junior high, I broke out of my shell by performing at school talent shows, house parties and clubs. I was getting a lot of positive reactions so I started posting Dancehall & Lite feet videos on YouTube. Classmates would talk about it around school and share it. I then started taking the LIRR to Manhattan at seventeen, and enrolled in the summer intensive program at BDC to learn more about the entertainment industry. Then I started hanging out at local battles/jams where I met more talented friends.
So far, I’ve had the privilege to perform all around the world, been a top contestant on SYTYCD – Season 12 and won first place at Freestyle Session in Los Angeles, CA. Recently, I competed as a finalist for Red Bull “Dance Your Style” and Juste Debout. I still have much more to do and I’m excited to share what I have in store for 2020.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a movement artist, choreographer, and creative producer for my own independent dance films. I started by hanging around Bushwick and Soho with one of my good friends from college, Alexa Koegel. She’s a really amazing photographer, by the way. She would help me record the cinematography. I would audition local dancers around NYC, sketch out the storyboard and concept, create the choreography, cut/edit the film and then publish it on my YouTube channel. Many supporters and major industry players like Diddy, Missy Elliott, & Kehlani would show love to my work and share it on their pages. I also compete in major dance tournaments in the U.S. and overseas. Through my art, I want to challenge dancers to see themselves as THE Artist and get the general public to realize the human being behind the moves. Its always important to me as a creative to control my own narrative because that is where our power lies. This has always been my goal from the very beginning. I represent possibilities so I never want to be boxed into any categories. I say, flip the “traditional” formula on it’s head, and shake the culture up. So anytime someone sees me, I want my life to be the reminder that if I can do it so can you.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
For me, success is growing into your own individual purpose. Whether it be personal or business, I believe we all look for this to be happy in whatever we do. The more we evolve into our purpose, we stand a little taller, speak a little louder and our light gives others permission to do the same. It’s a beautiful domino effect. The mind is super powerful, so it’s important to speak empowering words to yourself and keep a supportive circle around you who aren’t afraid to tell you the truth either. Most times, you’re going to have to be your own cheerleader. You have to be crazy enough to believe in a vision that literally no one else sees but YOU, but be realistic enough to understand the necessary work it’s going to take to get you from point A to point B. There is no formula or short cuts for success. Purpose will give you a clear path on what serves you and what doesn’t. Then the right people & opportunities will present itself to you. The key is to stay consistent and never give up.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can support my work through my social media: @IAMFLOEY – I update everything there. You can also catch me in a city near you for future shows.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamfloey/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamfloey
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/iamfloey
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