Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Lewis.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
At the age of six, I started dancing salsa at the Starlite Dance Studio in the Bronx, New York. Under the guidance of my parents Lewis & Yvette Lanier, I was mentored by studio owner, David Melendez and was afforded many opportunities performing all over the country and places like Puerto Rico, Canada, and Japan. At the age of 12, I began training in modern dance and ballet at Crossroads Tabernacle in the Bronx. There I was trained under Cari–Lenn Miles, LaTrisa Harper, and Alvin Ailey’s Associate Artistic Director Matthew Rushing. With their guidance and training, I auditioned and was accepted into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School aka the “FAME’ school for dance. During my four years at LaGuardia High School, I also trained at the Joffrey Ballet and danced with the professional salsa company Yamulee.
In 2011, I moved to California to study at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy where I received my BFA in Dance Theater. Since then, I have been able to work with Holland America Cruise Line, perform on stages with many artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Becky G, Alejandra Guzman, Gloria Trevi, and Wisin y Yandel, and have been able to focus on creating short films and photography. I now also work with AMDA’s Dance Outreach program and travel to different dance conventions around the country helping young dancers pursue a higher education in dance through scholarships.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been a smooth road. As a Puerto Rican and Black queer man I dealt with many injustices and prejudices. As a child, I was bullied during my time at the Starlite Dance Studio and as I got older was often questioned about the sincerity of my blackness. Despite these challenges, I was able to pull through and use art and my talent to put me into better situations. Being able to be a working artist in Los Angeles I have been to meet like-minded people and create safe spaces for myself and others.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As an entertainer, filmmaker, and photographer, my main focus is always to create from a conscious place and always to create a safe space for everyone involved. I specialize in lifestyle and portrait photos and my favorite thing is working with people, making them comfortable, and capturing the beauty thats already there.
Timothy will be releasing his dance short film, “Living With Walls” this summer which will be available both on his IGTV(@timothyxlewis) & his Youtube channel.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The characteristic I feel is most important to my successful is resilience.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.” James Baldwin
- Email: Timmyxlewis@gmail.com
- Instagram: @Timothyxlewis, @Timothyxshootz
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTimothyLewis
All images by Timothy Lewis. @Timothyxshootz