INSiGHTZ: An Insight into YOUR dance journey with Rikkai Scott
INSiGHTZ: An Inisght into…
An online series and archives with UK dance professionals sharing valuable insights within the dance industry.
Series 1 - ‘An insight into YOUR dance journey’ - Inspiring and motivating youth
Formulated by: Tamar Dixon
Disclaimer: This interview has been transcribed. Some responses are altered/edited.
Transcribed: 27th May 2019
1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO AND WHAT IS YOUR MAIN DANCE STYLE YOU WORK IN?
I am originally from Bermuda. I graduated from London Contemporary Dance School BA Hons. I then moved to Amsterdam to perform. I went back home (to Bermuda) where I worked freelance teaching Hip Hop classes and giving back to the youth in Bermuda. I am the founder and artistic director of my company BDBLAQ Dance. Tap fusion is my main style
2. WHY DANCE? WHAT OR WHO INITIALLY INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN YOUR DANCE JOURNEY?
Dance is my first love. My mum saw that I had a gift from 4 years old. I became inspired by an American dance company De Kiss Company.
I liked how they used the space. They were amazing dancers and that made me want to take dance serious.
3. WHERE WAS YOU 5 YEARS AGO? (E.G. CAREER, DANCE LIFESTYLE, JOURNEY)
I was in Amsterdam training with De Kiss Moves. I was training with the company for about 2 1/2 years. I wanted to pursue a career as an independent artist. I felt that it was time for me to move on. I wanted a change for myself, a change for my body and a change of scenery. So I decided to finish my contract and I went back home. Then I freelanced for real.
4. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME?
In the next 5 years I definitely see myself and my company, BDBLAQ, going on tour, getting commissions, getting connections with different organisations. And of course giving back the dance community and dance groups. Since living back in the UK I have noticed not a lot of dance schools not get enough dance. Especially for the males. So that is why I feel to give back to these communities. It’s definitely one of my grills for the next 5 years.
I would like to employ the dances in my company. At the moment I have 4 dances including myself but in the next 5 years... I want to Direct and choreograph pieces and get my dancers to perform and teach workshops. I also want them to get noticed too. I am passionate about giving back to my employees. I want them to get just as much connections as I would. So that is my 5 year plan.
I believe in dreams and I believe in God. At this point I just have to keep striving. I really want to push the whole tap fusion vibe.
5. WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR ALONG YOUR DANCE JOURNEY/PRACTICE?
My challenges in my dance career have been financial. Especially as a freelance mover, its hard to get projects all the time. To financially keep steady and keep getting projects going. I have learnt being a freelancer and keeping in contact with other (artists) goes a long way. Even if it's to support their show, send them an email and/or to link up. Those things are important. I continue to do that, to build my career
6. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?
My biggest achievement would be starting this company. That was a really big risk for me. I had to trust myself and have confidence. To be honest I didn't really have a business plan, I just launched a video and it took off from there. I started BDBLAQ in 2015 and since we've been alright. We've been steady with projects, making sure we are always doing something.
7. IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNG 16YR OLD SELF?
I would tell my younger self to keep training and stop being lazy. Training is super important for any dancer, any sport and even for academics. Research is also important to know your work.
8. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE YOUNGER (CREATIVE) GENERATION?
If you have a dream, a passion, stick to it. Do it. Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it. You are the only one who can fulfill your dreams. You will get people who will try and put you down and you will get your knocks and hard times. You'd think why am I doing this, what am I doing.
I've been dancing since I was 4 years old and that's over 20 years ago and I'm still doing it. Focus on what it is you want to do. Even if it means to take notes.
Set a plan for yourself
9. HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED, POSITIVE AND MOTIVATED THROUGHOUT YOUR PRACTICE/TRAINING?
My parents, my family. The people who help me to stay focused and following my dream. Also my country (Bermuda) I represent.
10. RANDOM… BUT WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? WHEN YOU AREN’T IN DANCE/WORK MODE.?
Spend time with my friends, family. Call back home and make sure my nephew and niece are fine. In my free time I just live life, can't really say I do much just live life.
BONUS QUESTION (OPTIONAL): ANY LAST FEW COMMENTS OR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR OUR INSPIRED READERS?
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Thank you to Rikkai for taking part in our INSiGHTZ series.
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This is our last INSiGHTZ - series 1
Shout out to all 10 dance artists for getting involved and sharing a piece of their dance journey and lifestyle.
Stay posted for series 2… coming soon