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Exclusive Interview: Dancer/Choreographer Bizzy Linder!

First off, this is an interview that is very near and dear to my heart. Bizzy Linder is such an incredible person inside and out and I am very honored to have been able to interview him. I've had the pleasure of sitting in on a few of his dance classes and he is amazing and precise at what he does. He helps students who seem to be struggling with a smile and makes sure everyone understands the steps before he moves on; one of the many things I admire about him. His positive aura is enough to make a whole room smile.

Brian “Bizzy” Linder, a very eclectic and empowered individual in the dance industry (also a native of Chester, Pennsylvania), started dancing in his adolescence. During Bizzy’s transition to becoming a professional dancer, he had the opportunity to work with Freedom Theatre (located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) for various productions. As Bizzy began to network with many managers and directors in the business, he landed his first series of opportunities to choreograph many shows and projects throughout the Philadelphia region. 

In 2007, Bizzy decided that it was time to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia so that he could further his studies in dance. He also received a few teaching positions (Dance 411 Studios and Gotta Dance Atlanta), which helped him solidify his niche and market his brand as a dancer/choreographer. 

A year later (2008), Bizzy decided to relocate to Los Angeles, California where he could focus on breaking into the industry. He also received a few teaching opportunities at some of the best dance facilities in Hollywood (Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and Debbie Allen Dance Academy). His craft has lead him to work with the likes of Jill Scott, Will.I.AM, Alicia Keys, Raheem Davaughn, Ludacris, Jazmine Sullivan, Flo-Rida, Keke Palmer, Leona Lewis, Lil Kim, Young Jeezy, Eve, Pharrell, Soulja Boy, Enrique Inglesias, and many more. 

Currently, Bizzy is CEO of his company Bizzy Visions Entertainment. One of the main focuses for BVE is to develop and collaborate with photographers, recording artists, models, fashion designers, and choreographers for various productions. His mission statement is not only to give back to his community with the opportunities he never saw or received in his adolescence, but to inspire and empower the youth to focus on achieving goals in the entertainment industry from a positive perspective.

iS: Thank you Bizzy for having us in regards to interviewing you! 

Bizzy: Not a problem! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

iS: When did you start dancing? Did your upbringing have anything do with you wanting to dance?

Bizzy: I’ve been dancing professionally for 10 years, but it’s a God given talent that I was born with. My father was a professional dancer back in his time so I feel that it was destined for me to become one.

iS: How and when did you decide to start choreographing? Was it something you always wanted to do or is it something that happened suddenly?

Bizzy: I decided to start choreographing when I was 13 years of age. I always had the passion to create movements and visuals so I could explore how far I would be able to advance in my artistry. I was approached at the age of 15 to start choreographing for a series of productions. Ever since then, I knew that I was going to pursue it as a career.

iS: What are your other hobbies outside of dancing?

Bizzy: I am a big fan of watching movies, reading, and catching up with friends. Anything that doesn’t deal with the industry and work is refreshing to me.

iS: What influences you when you are in the process of choreographing?

Bizzy: Aw I can go on and on. Its so many things that inspire me as an artist such as: the weather, shapes, pedestrian movement, etc. I believe in being a limitless artist. Therefore, there are countless sources that inspire me.

iS: Can you choreograph to any type of song or does it have to be something you like?

Bizzy: I can choreograph to any song with any tempo. I believe in order to become that “well rounded” artist, you must open your mind and adapt to your surroundings when needed.

iS: Can you choreograph a dance without music?

Bizzy: I sure can. I started stepping when I was in grade school. It allowed me to create a series of body percussions in collaboration with various theatrics.

iS: Was there anyone that had a great impact on your decision to become a choreographer?

Bizzy: Yes! Choreographers such as Fatima Robinson inspired me to become a choreographer. In the process of growing up, I was a huge Aaliyah fan. It was something about her style, essence, and delivery as an artist that intrigued me to choreograph as well. Fatima did an amazing job developing her!

iS: What is the role of the choreographer, to inspire, to teach or to lead?

Bizzy: I say all three are very important! The role of a choreographer deals with more than compiling various dance sequences. It’s about embracing and furthering your studies in other areas as well such as: videography, fashion, music, etc. I inspire to empower. I empower to motivate. I plan to motivate artists so that artists can strive to leave a legacy for others to carry out.

iS: What traits/skills should someone have in order to become a choreographer?

Bizzy: Being able to first and foremost know the elements of choreography, which are: Time, space, form and energy. Many artists today call themselves a choreographer and don’t know what the job entail. I plan on changing that though. =)

iS: What is the most important aspect of being a choreographer?

Bizzy: For me, its patience. When you rush to create your product, its most likely not your best work. When you half step the delivery of your product, chances are it won’t create as much buzz as you planned. Time is definitely of essence. The more patience and love you have when it comes to developing a master piece, other will also look at it as a master piece.

iS: When do you feel like dancing? In which state of mind?

Bizzy: It has to be a moment when I feel random and creative. My mood also inspires me to choreograph a certain way.

iS: How do you come up with a new dance? Dance first and remember it for later or vice versa?

Bizzy: The answer is simple. I allow the music to inspire me. Without inspiration and situations, you can’t create a story. That is what the dance world is lacking today. Everyone wants to do what others are doing. I’m a fan of being original. Therefore, I look at the world as my colored paints, my body as a paintbrush, and the dance floor as my canvas. I’m not afraid to paint what I feel and emote what I create.

iS: If you could choose between being a dancer or a choreographer which would you chose?

Bizzy: Neither (jokes around and laughs). My ultimate goal is to become a director so I can piece everything together. I believe that God created me as a visionary so that I can create as a visionary from multiple perspectives.

iS: How do you find your dancers? What do you look for in them?

Bizzy: I love dancers who are willing to be themselves by executing with passion and attitude. As long as a dancers attitude is positive and they are easy to work with, I’m definitely down with helping them the best way I possibly can.

iS: What makes you pick a specific dancer out of a group of people auditioning for you?

Bizzy: The dancer must be able to pick up quickly and execute the movement exactly the way I taught it.

iS: Dancing is so competitive. Was there ever a point in your career where all of the tension and pressure really got to you?

Bizzy: Definitely! There would be many auditions that my agency sent me to that had only the best of the best in there. In the past, I say to myself that I’m not booked for the job because of the competing dancers association with the choreographer, their resume, etc. Then when I realized that I am responsible for the energy I put out in the universe, my outlook on the industry transformed into a positive one. Instead of striving to be the best artist in the world, I strive to become my personal best. That allowed me to create my own brand and the opportunity to standalone in my very own market, which lead me to become marketable.

iS: If you had to pick a favorite dancing memory, whether it is working with an artist or something you did on your own, what would it be?

Bizzy: It would have to be when I resided in LA back in 2008. There were so many opportunities that were presented at that time (work related, personal, etc.) that motivated me to become the artist I am today. I am very thankful for that opportunity!

iS: Are you working on anything else right now? What’s next for your career/ life path?

Bizzy: Yes, I am blessed to say that there are many things in the works right now. My next career path is to become a creative director for many productions. I believe that my vision can lead to an enormous following. Therefore, I will continue to study and push without any boundaries. I plan on exceeding my expectations and the only way I can do that is by having God lead the way for me.

iS: Thank you once again for allowing us to interview you Bizzy! If people would like to keep in touch with you, what is the best way? Do you have facebook and/or twitter?

Bizzy: The pleasure is all mine! Thank you once again for the opportunity. I am very humbled. Yes I do have a facebook and twitter.
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Also check out my Vimeo channel for choreographic discards: http://www.vimeo.com/BizzyVisions

Bizzy was the principle dancer in Jill Scott's latest video featuring Eve! Check it out!

Photo Credits:
Photo { #1, #4-#6: Dance Class}- Photography by Ajon Brodie
Photo {#2: Bizzy sitting on bench}-Pants by ChaCha N'Kole. Photography by: Renee Collazo Photography
Photo {#3 & #7: Bizzy wearing Pray for Japan Shirt} shirt by Jeantrix.com and photo by: Renee Collazo Photography

Renee Collazo Photography

Ajon Brodie Photography
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