Live BMX dancing has left audiences absolutely spellbound at recent Dance Across the North performances. Here we interview the artist behind the craft, Flatlands BMX Champion Keelan Phillips.
Keelan – your BMX skills are causing quite a stir with our audiences. Can you tell us where you are from and where you trained?
When did you first start BMX riding? Tell us a bit about it?
There are different disciplines to BMX, for example ‘racing’ , and ‘flatland’ is the name given to the type of riding in which it is just the rider and the bike, the purest form, no equipment, and literally done on a flat piece of land hence the name . Many describe it as breakdance on a bike.
And the dancing with Balbir? How did that happen?
I have been involved with Balbir for a good few years now, what’s great is the originality of the work we do, not only involving dance with BMX but involving a story in which the BMX bike is used
Did working with Balbir change the way you used your bike?
What do you think of Dance Across the North? How does it feel to perform?
I’m all for something original, it’s a great original idea, it feels great to perform with such talented dancers, and they are so willing to get involved and learn about the BMX side too. Dance Across the North is giving us a platform to show people our original and fresh idea which I’m sure nobody has seen before.
You are about to perform in Cumbria. I believe you have performed there before?
I took part in something called ‘sporting champons’ a plan to get kids active and I go along to their Sports’ Days and do a show and also a inspiring talk to motivate them about sports.
On that note, why should people dance? Are there still barriers for boys do you think?
I’m very close to the world of street dance and breakdance, and that’s mostly boys, so I think your meaning like contemporary or Indian dance etc, and there’s no barriers anymore at all, all dancers are equal – it doesnt matter if your a boy or girl – it just goes on what you can do
What would you like to see happen after Dance Across the North?
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