Isryel JULES

Isryel received a grant to participate in the Camping project organized by the Centre National de la Danse.


What is your artistic background?

My artistic background is hip hop-based. Influenced by the hip hop street culture in NYC. Also influenced by musical theater and life lessons. 


How do you see your profession today?

My view on my profession is that I can be bigger than I originally thought I could. I see myself reaching a level where I can be as big as a mega superstar like Beyoncé or Michael Jackson. Someone of that caliber with my dancing. I feel as though dance is underappreciated because we have to not only dance but also sing and act. We are athletes as well. There is so much that goes into dance for it to be only seen as less than singing or acting. I also see my profession as something that I can use to create change. I see myself being a voice that speaks about the things that are going on in the world and waking people up. Dancing allows me to have a platform to do that. Especially if I have a big following. 


How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?

In five years, I see myself being a master at multiple styles. Winning world cup battles, physically being in peak physical condition. Absolute flexibility too. I see my style of dance being so personal and unique that it is one of a kind. I see myself traveling all over the world regularly with everything paid for by the people I am performing for. Having a business and being able to manage myself. I see myself learning how to make videos so I can create dance films. So I can speak to people through my art and create change. I see myself living off and thriving with my dancing. In 10 years, I see myself as a master of my dance style, mastering 15 styles of dance by that point. Having a vast network and a big following. Having my company successfully set up and managing myself. I see myself traveling and performing all around the world for very important people. I see myself being in a lot of music videos and movies. 


This interview was conducted in 2017

Photo credit: Céline Anaya Gautier