He’s grinded from the bottom to the top of the dance profession. Tyrell Washington’s strength, courage and love for dance has kept him motivated to the point where he has danced for some of the industry’s biggest entertainers.
In high school, Washington was the chorographer for a dance group called, “Ground Zero”, where after many performances the town and high school knew who they were. He took the art of dancing as something he liked to do to occupy his time; but it soon grew into a passion. After winning several talent shows and dance battles by 2002, he took a chance and moved to Los Angeles to see what he could do professionally with dance. The moment that Washington realized that taking dance seriously would pay off is when he booked his first tour with B2K.
From that point, his passion led him to dance with entertainers such as Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Beyonce’ and even the late-great Whitney Houston.
Growing up, Washington was influenced by entertainers who danced in their videos such as MC Hammer, Michael Jackson and Price, so through watching and imitating them, he naturally wanted to dance.
Although the dance industry has grown a lot and artists such as Washington have had these wonderful opportunities, the profession is still under-rated; Washington explained that the lifestyle of being a professional dancer changes a lot because of the strain and stress that they put on their bodies. Their diets change and dancers are always expected to give one-hundred percent at every performance. “Sometimes people want you for your looks or how you dance…Sometimes it’s losing ten pounds in a week, which is crazy, to get ready for a performance,” says Washington.
One music artist that Washington admires is Chris Brown, Washingon says, “Chris Brown is like a sponge, he takes in everything around him, he always gives one hundred percent and wants to perfect his dancing just as much as his singing, so being around him makes you want to do better.”
Although Washington’s first love is dance, he also has some other projects in the works. He has a music group called “The Lab”, consisting of himself and two other dancers and this year they’re going to be creating and releasing new music.
His advice for up and coming dancers, Washington says, “Learn and take classes…Pay attention to the artist that you like, hang around other great dancers and don’t half-ass what you love!”
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