Toronto Hip Hop on the Big Screen
If you’re a fan of dance movies, then you’ve probably heard of choreographer Luther Brown. Brown has made a name for himself in the world of dance and choreography, having worked on many notable projects and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry. Let’s take a closer look at Luther Brown’s connections with the movies “Honey”, “How She Move” and one of Luther favourite dance movies Breakin 2′
Released in 2003, “Honey” is a dance movie that tells the story of a young dancer named Honey (played by Jessica Alba) who dreams of making it big in the music industry. The film features a range of dance styles, from hip-hop to salsa, and was choreographed by two Canadian hip-hop icons, Luther Brown and Laurieann Gibson.
Brown and Gibson’s contributions to “Honey” helped make the movie a success and showcased the talents of dancers from Toronto and beyond. The film’s soundtrack also featured tracks produced by Brown, including “Think of You” by Shawn Desman.
In addition to Brown and Gibson’s choreography, “Honey” also featured several members of Brown’s dance crew, “Do Dat.” These dancers, including Kevin “K-Fast” Anteola and Tre Armstrong, helped bring the movie’s dance scenes to life and added to the film’s overall energy and style.
The success of “Honey” helped to further cement Toronto’s reputation as a hub for dance talent and hip-hop culture. The movie inspired a new generation of dancers and choreographers and helped to elevate the profile of Canadian hip-hop on the international stage.
How She Move
Released in 2007, “How She Move” is a dance movie that follows the story of Raya (played by Rutina Wesley), a young woman who dreams of escaping her tough urban neighborhood through dance. The film features a range of dance styles, from hip-hop to step, and has connections to Canadian King of Hip Hop Dance – Luther Brown.
One of the standout performers in “How She Move” is Tré Armstrong, a member of Brown’s dance crew, Do Dat. Armstrong played the lead character’s best friend, Michelle, and delivered an unforgettable performance that helped bring the movie’s dance scenes to life. Armstrong’s talent and charisma helped her become one of the movie’s breakout stars, and she went on to become a well-known choreographer and judge on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance Canada.”
Another key player in “How She Move” is Shawn Desman, a Canadian Juno Award winner, singer-songwriter and former member of Do Dat. Desman not only appeared in the movie but also contributed several tracks to the film’s soundtrack, including “Let’s Go,” “Shook,” and “Get Ready.” Desman’s music helped to set the tone for the movie’s high-energy dance sequences and added to the overall excitement of the film.
“How She Move” is a dance movie that features some of Canada’s most talented dancers, choreographers, and musicians. Tré Armstrong’s standout performance, along with Shawn Desman’s contributions to the soundtrack, helped make the film a success and showcased the depth of talent in Canada’s hip-hop and dance communities.
Released in 1984, “Breakin” is a dance movie that tells the story of a young dancer named Kelly (played by Lucinda Dickey) who teams up with two street dancers named Ozone (played by Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones) and Turbo (played by Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers) to compete in a dance competition. The film helped popularize breakdancing and hip-hop culture and featured several memorable dance sequences.
One of the most iconic scenes in “Breakin” is the broom dance, where Turbo uses a broom as a dance partner and performs a series of impressive moves that defy gravity. The broom dance became an instant classic and is still remembered as one of the most unforgettable dance scenes in movie history.
Released the following year, “Breaking 2” is a sequel that picks up where “Breakin” left off. The film follows the same group of dancers as they attempt to save a community center from being demolished. Like its predecessor, “Breaking 2” features a range of dance styles and unforgettable sequences.
One of the most memorable dance scenes in “Breaking 2” is when Ozone performs a solo dance on the roof of the community center. The scene features stunning cinematography and showcases Quinones’ incredible talent as a dancer. Another standout scene in the movie is when Turbo dances on the ceiling, using his breakdancing skills to defy gravity and create a truly breathtaking performance.
In conclusion, “Breakin” and “Breaking 2” are iconic dance movies that helped popularize breakdancing and hip-hop culture. The films featured unforgettable dance scenes, including the broom dance, Ozone dancing on the roof, and Turbo dancing on the ceiling. These scenes continue to inspire and delight audiences today and have become an enduring part of dance movie history.
Luther Brown is a talented choreographer and dancer who has made a significant impact on the world of dance and entertainment. His work on “How She Move” helped make the movie a success, and his contributions to the dance community through Do Dat and other projects have inspired and influenced many dancers and choreographers around the world. Whether you’re a fan of classic dance movies like “Breakin’ 2” or modern dance films like “How She Move,” it’s impossible to deny Brown’s impact on the genre and the art form of dance itself.