Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lights, Camera, WORK!

Triple threat artists are hard to find. Not only can they sing and dance, but they also have personal style that screams ICON. A handful of these types of artists exist (think old school Prince, the great Grace Jones, and material girl Madonna,) but in this post-modern age triple threat artists are usually created by labels and managers, rather than found fully intact. Music moguls scour the earth searching for these rare creatures, like Charlie searching for the Golden Ticket. Look no further - our 21st Century poster boy Jonte' has emerged! Playing with different sounds, moves, looks, and flipping gender roles on their head, Jonte' is working it like no other. This Portland, Oregon native has been dancing since he was 13, working with famed choreographer Kim Borgaro (Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie). His background in ballet, flamenco, African and modern dance lead him to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC, and he began performing with artists like Mya, Ciara and the Pussycat Dolls. His work did not go unnoticed. He then appeared in Madonna's Confessions on the Dancefloor documentary, and the infamous 2004 Janet Jackson Super Bowl performance. With Janet and Madonna under his belt you'd think he was satisfied, but Jonte' was just getting started. He's now taking Japan by storm, performing on popular television programs, and making crowds scream with delight. You better brace yourself, because Jonte' is the Next Big Thing. Better believe it:

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