Magazine article Dance Spirit

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Keone Madrid

Magazine article Dance Spirit

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Keone Madrid

Article excerpt

FOR THIS HIP-HOP STAR, DANCE IS ALL ABOUT GIVING BACK.

FAST FACTS

BIRTHDAY: June 30, 1988

FAVORITE FOOD: Korean barbecue

MOST-PLAYED ON HIS iPOD: "At the moment, I'm istening to a lot of Frank Ocean. And I'm pretty sure MJ is the top-played artist on my iTunes."

ARTISTS HJL'D LOVeuro TO WORK WITH: "Justin Timberlake Chris. Brown/Usher - all those guys who can . really get clown."

HIS STYLE IN THREE WORDS: "Athletic, smooth, experimental"

Watching Keone Madrid on the dance floor, it's no surprise the 24 year-old's first love was basketball: He exudes athleticism. But look closer and you'll see hints of Michael Jackson and even Gene Kelly. This music ranging from hardcore hip hop to Adele, and alternates between syncopated hits and smooth control, with the occassional Fosse-esque isolation.

Keone grew up a self-proclaimed jock in San Diego, CA. He was always a fan of dance, reenacting Michael Jackson and *NSYNC videos with friends. But he didn't train formally until age 15, when he followed a friend to a hip-hop class taught by KJ Gonzales. "1 started taking that one class every week, but it wasn't enough," he says. "1 would go home and choreograph on my own so 1 could dance more."

A natural mover, Keone found that performance opportunities came quickly. Soon after his first class, he joined Future Shock San Diego (the apprentice crew of Culture Shock San Diego) and eventually became its director. There, he trained with Jabbawockeez member Rynan Paguio and began to expand his skill set from '"90s party dancing" to inelude jazz, contemporary and even salsa and tango. …

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