Today we’d like to introduce you to Ralph Geffrard.
Hi Ralph, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Dance has always been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I can say that I started getting into this art at the age of 6 or 7. I start taking it seriously or started sharing my gifts with everybody around my junior year of high school, which was when I competed in my first Spring talent show. Ever since then it’s just been a difficult but amazing journey thus far. If it wasn’t for my faith in God and the hard work that I applied to myself, the ability to not give up, or letting outsiders critiques hijack my drive, I don’t think I would be where I’m at today.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Smooth road? Definitely not.
When I was growing up in Miami, I was a self-taught dancer. I never had a mentor in the first couple of chapters in this journey, so I never had anybody to guide me or teach me how to move. At the time, I would be on YouTube to watch amazing dancers like Les Twins or Fikshun, and I would just be in my room alone and try to imitate their dancing to the best of my ability. I wish I had a mentor or even a friend at the time that shared the same passion for dance. I was alone, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as a dance community until I moved more North to Fort Lauderdale area. I was also dealing with a lot of financial hurdles, so it was very difficult for me to get to locations to perform, take workshops from amazing known dancers or even go to a local event to perform or battle.
One of my bigger struggles though was the mental battle of persuading myself that this is what I want to. I’m also a Haitian descendant, so it does get challenging to be home and to hear constantly that, “It’s better to go to school and get a degree to be lawyer or an engineer.” Especially knowing what my family sacrificed to get here to the U.S., so it was a battle of deciding if I wanted to listen to my parents and them happy to reduce their stress level or doing what make me happy regardless of what others think, even if it’s family. Having to support yourself knowing that you could be the only one supporting your own vision was the challenge, “Is this what I really want to do?”
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a hybrid dancer that is studying the art forms of Animation, Krump, and HipHop. I enjoy popping out to local events and battle, perform on stage even networking. I also enjoy creating mini cinematic dance films. There’s something about having an idea or vision and then seeing it on a screen as one final piece.
Now that I’m part of a community I can say that not only I’m known for the way that I dance but because I don’t stop dancing, literally. I try to train almost every day regardless of how I feel. My drive and my hunger is different, and I can say that its different because I am still putting 100% behind close doors despite how my body may feel (rest is still important) I want to inspire those around me, and I feel like I am doing a wonderful job thus far.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Can’t take this life for granted. During the time of the crisis, it had not only but the entire world on pause. I had to sit there and really think that if this was the end of time would I be happy or satisfied with what I’ve done or accomplished? Or did I really put energy into the things that I really wanted to do or get done? It definitely had me look at my focuses and discard my distractions. It helped me developed more character to make sure I accomplished my goals the best way as possible. Not just with dance but with Everything.
- $250 dance-related performance or film
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