Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
I am a performer and dance instructor from Kuwait.
Tell us about your education.
I finished high school with a diploma in accounting and then took my certification from Paris from The International Dance Council CID.
What is it exactly that you do?
I teach the style of dance that I perform in Kuwait. I also give workshops in GCC.
What got you interested in what you’re doing?
My brothers were into hip-hop dance and it was something fun to do when I was a kid.
What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
I’m self taught. There is no school in Kuwait for dance yet I’m still going with my dance dreams!
Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
It started about 14 years ago. I was battling on a basketball court until I became the GCC winner for all style battles 2016. Also, I went from teaching behind a mall next to the street, to now teaching in different countries. I have performed with many local and international artists from different fields. The biggest struggle is that our community wasn’t accepting this form of art.
How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
At first, I wasn’t sure if they would support me. But after they saw me grow in this field they supported me and still support me and help me sometimes in my work.
Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
My mom (may her soul rest in peace). She supported me with everything. She watched every show I was in on TV and was always pushing me.
What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
The challenge of teaching this form of art in Kuwait and making kids move away from negativity to positivity to make it easier for them to learn. Also, the challenge of the market in Kuwait which is not supportive of dancers.
What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
A video I received from one of the creators of the style I do (Poppin). His name is Mr. Wiggles and he saw my videos and gave me motivation to grow in this field. I was happy that my videos reached international artists.
How would your friends describe you?
Crazy! Or the guy who never stops dancing.
What are some of your hobbies?
Video gaming and basketball – when I have free time from work.
What are some of your top achievements?
A judge in different battles in GCC (Oman, Bahrain), winner of battles in Kuwait and GCC, giving workshops in Kuwait, KSA, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Dubai.
What are your plans or goals for the future?
To grow more in this field and teach kids and adults in Kuwait to move away from negative to positive vibes. To battle internationally with this form of art.
How does it feel to have been chosen for this award?
I’m happy to be part of this.
Your message for other young and talented people out there.
It’s always just a start. You will grow more and more. You are always a student, never a master.
Your favourite quote.
The struggle you’re in today will develop the strength you need for tomorrow.