Magazine article Dance Spirit

Kyle Hanagami

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Kyle Hanagami

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MEET HOLLYWOOD'S HOTTEST UP-AND-COMING CHOREOGRAPHER.

When KyIe Hanagami dances, it's as if the music were specifically designed for him. Every sound is accentuated with a sharp elbow or a slow tilt of the head, with no nuance left untouched. The feeling of the song sets his choreographic style- hard-hitting and funky to Ludacris' "How Low," Fred Astaire-smooth to Michael Bublé's "Moondance"- but his hop-hop moves are always unique and precise.

At only 25, KyIe has already danced for superstar artists, including Justin Bieber and The Black Eyed Peas, and choreographed for FOX's "The X Factor." But while he's a force to be reckoned with now, a younger KyIe would never have called himself a dancer. "At middle school and high school dances, I was really self-conscious," says the L.A. native. "I never thought I had rhythm."

As an economics major at University of California, Berkeley, KyIe befriended dancers and auditioned for their hip-hop team for fun. He made the cut, and started choreographing for the group almost immediately. "As I learned to dance, it felt natural to choreograph as well," he says. "It helped me listen to the music and use my body in different ways." Before graduating, KyIe was accepted into the hip-hop company Funkanometry San Francisco, and started teaching their company classes. Post-college, he decided to return to L.A. to test his luck on the professional dance scene. KyIe found that his reputation - as both choreographer and teacher- had preceded him, and the contracts came rolling in. …

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