From the Bay to L.A. – Mikeal Seabury (Choreographer, Dancer, Model)

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       WHAT IS DANCE???

“Dance is an art. It is used to express emotions & thoughts. Dance has no limits, nor does it have a specific style. It allows you to be creative and to bring your imagination to life using movement. Most importantly, dance allows you to be free.” – Mikeal Seabury

art1
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noun: art; plural noun: arts; plural noun: the arts
  1. 1.
    the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
    “the art of the Renaissance”
    As you can see above, the word “art” is generally used as a noun. Mikeal Seabury shows exemplary  dance skills which definitely can transform the word art into a verb. So if you wanted to create the word “arting” to replace the word dance, Mikeal’s work would definitely personify the change.
    We first discovered Mikeal at B.J. of da Young Hustlerz music video shoot “From Da Front” in Sacramento, CA. She danced and did the choreography work. Great shoot by Ulterior Brain Media. Antoine Tramble, whom produces background music for shows such as “America’s Top Model”, was leader of the operation and invited Mikeal to the shoot.  Before and after she made other music video appearances, including an E-40 video. Mikeal is here to give you the inside scoop of how it started…and where it may head, next.
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    Music has always been a focal point in Mikeal’s life from the beginning. Her mother told her that, while she was pregnant with her, she would always play music and sing to her. One day her mother let her tag along to a dance class. Then and there Mikeal discovered her love for the art. She would learn the choreography of the dance routines simply from watching her mother dance at her class through a glass window. Soon after Mikeal began to watch Hip-Hop music videos and which she would learn the choreography to. So every time the music videos would come on television Mikeal would dance along with the choreography as if she rehearsed with the actual crew. As she got older she began to follow Aaliyah very closely. Aaliyah was a R&B artist born in Brooklyn, NY. She was signed to record company’s such as Jive records and Atlantic records in which she worked along side artist such as Timberland, R.Kelly and Missy Elliott. In 2001 Aaliyah was aboard a flight that crashed in which she did not survive. She was among the top 27 most successful R&B artist in history. Though the people loved her voice, Mikeal fell in love with the eloquence in her dance and choreography. This what made Aaliyah the perfect figure to follow from her point of view.
    “She was flawless at executing moves, and I wanted to express myself how she did. I learned every choreography piece from every video she had. Aaliyah is the reason why I started to dance. From the songs “Back and Forth” to “Rock the boat” I will always be inspired by her (R.I.P Aaliyah).” – Mikeal Seabury
    It was back in her home town where Mikeal learned that dance was more than just a thing, it was a life style. She discovered an under world and thriving community of dancers in The Bay Area. This is what introduced her to the culture of dance.  With this she learned there were different genre’s of dancing as well.
    “My favorite genre of music is Dancehall and Reggae. Although I enjoy hip hop and R&B, they way reggae and dancehall music makes me feel is indescribable. Dancehall and reggae is a style of dance from Jamaica. They have names for a lot of their dances. For example, they have dances called “nuh linga” and “cow foot” and many variations of those dances. I consider reggae and dancehall to be “feel good” music. When it comes on and I hear the bass line, I can’t help but to start moving. I’ve competed in there cultural dancehall queen competitions and have even dance for a Dancehall Queen. The culture is just so beautiful and I fell in love with it.” – Mikeal Seabury
    Mikeal quickly got indulged in the battle style form of dance. It’s  sort of like a competition but it is self induced. A pack of dancers stand-off to strut their dance moves in sort of a Hip-Hop style mosh pit. This it what gained a lot of respect and exposure to underground dancers. You had to always stay sharp, prepared, and ready to freestyle dance at any moment. Through this form of dance, Mikeal was discovered by a dance crew called “High Performance”. She soon met her mentors Gooch, whom taught her how to perform, and Kato, from the legendary crew H.A. (Housing Authority). Along with Wiley Sparks, Mikeal’s mentors slowly modeled her to prepare her for her big leap…Los Angeles.

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    Mikeal made her first commercial appearance in E-40’s music video “Function” featuring Y.G. She then danced on 106 & Park with a choreographer she used to work with. Her latest work was in French Montana’s music video “Freaks” ft Nicki Minaj. The young dancer also appeared in several commercials, one being for Pepsi, which she expressed was her best experience yet.
    ” I’ve been living in L.A. for about 2 years now and the experience has been everything needed to grow and to become strong. The industry is hard and you must have thick skin to survive out here. I’m currently a full time student at The Arts Institute perusing fashion design as a major and also on the entertainment side I am currently working on a movie called “Poetic Dancehall” written and directed by James Turner. I am playing as character named Candice. In addition to acting I am also the dance choreographer for the movie. I’m also working on another project that I can’t mention just yet but let’s just say the future is looking real promising.  I absolutely love dance.12 years dancing and 8 years professionally. I have an emotional attachment to this art. It has never failed me and has brought me up whenever I was feeling down. Dance is my release in life. As quoted by Martha Graham,” Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” “
    Be on the look out for this young lady. She is definitely on the rise to the top. Keedie’s Corner will definitely be there, every step of the way, to watch this young woman blossom into a star.

    Dancer/ Model/ Choreographer all around entertainer lover of dancehall… For inquires and booking email: Sparkle16_4eva@yahoo.com

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    Los Angeles,CA · youtube.com/onejoosi

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