Today we’d like to introduce you to Darryl Keith.
Darryl, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am thankful that I have two parents who’ve supported me throughout each endeavor…when it comes to dance, I didn’t grow up with many family members I looked up to besides my cousin, Brandon, who I used to watch dance at GoGo parties and church cookouts. He was the first person I saw in my family that was really dancing, flipping and more! He was also my first introduction to Beat Ya Feet, a street style from Washington D.C. that is dear to me to this day. Aside from that, I grew up watching America’s best dance crew, “Breakin’” and the Nicholas brothers. Throughout my dance journey, I adopted various styles, both classical and street styles, to diversify my skill set. I’ve been blessed to teach around the US and abroad. I’ve had the pleasure to work with brands such as Nike, Spotify, Google (to name a few) and I’ve recently had the opportunity to showcase my city’s movement, Beat Ya Feet, in two international artists’ (Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber) music videos. I have so much to learn and take none of the opportunities I’ve been given for granted.
Has it been a smooth road?
Throughout my dance journey, I’ve learned lessons through personal situations while learning about myself as an artist also. Whether that lesson was patience, forgiving yourself/others, perseverance and self-belief, it has somehow intertwined with who I am as a human being making the situations “bigger than dance.” I’ve suffered from homelessness, self-doubt and struggling to find purpose in the past but it has done nothing but make me stronger. Having a specific outlook on life, finding faith at an early age (questioning it constantly as I grow older because we all do at some point), and being confident in what I have to offer have been keeping me on a positive path towards reaching my goals, both personal and professionally.
Please tell us about Flat Out. Lifestyle.
I started a passion project, if you will, called “FLAT OUT. Lifestyle” embodying authenticity of art through dance (Beat Ya Feet), fashion (Streetwear…coming soon), visual art (stickers, prints) and more. The mission is to pay homage to where I’m from and to also spread the FLAT OUT. Mentality world-wide through empowering the confidence in one’s originality (authenticity). The thing that I’m most proud of as a company is the impact that has been made through our “STICKERs.” Collection and the messages they carry in a peculiar way. They’ve reached areas beyond home (Washington D.C.) which makes me happy because it resonates with more than just one party. I’ve seen stickers posted in LA, New York, the Bay Area, London, Boston and other various regions, which is not only wild to me (and I’m eternally grateful), but also it keeps the bigger picture in mind for myself as a creator/entrepreneur…I can’t wait to see what’s next. What sets FLAT OUT. Lifestyle apart from the rest is its ability to adapt without sacrificing its authenticity.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’ve only been in LA for a few years, but I can say that y’all have a lot to explore. There’s always a new gallery, pop up, food festival or view to explore…it’s a goal of mine to “get out more” and tap into some things once the virus is contained out here which brings me to what I dislike most about the city…the air quality. Rainy days are welcomed in with open arms because of how crisp the air can be the next day. I think that’s more of an economic issue but I do hope that gets better with time.
- BEAT YA FEET PRIVATE LESSONs : for rates, please contact email@example.com
- Beat Ya Feet BASICs (tutorial package): $20
- Phone: 301.653.5006
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @darrylkeith._ @flatoutlifestyle
- Facebook: Darryl Keith
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwkGTlZf4rVSK1sqcbz8QDA
Sebastian Rodriguez and Daniel Grey (FLAT OUT. TUESDAYs)