What is your process like when creating a routine for an artist or show?
Music is what moves me; but each situation is different. Sometimes Iâ€™m given a treatment that requires a certain style of dance and other times I might just be given the music. For the most part I follow my instincts.
Do you ever get bored helping others get their groove on?
Not really, because every week is something different for me. This week Iâ€™m in Central Park; next week Iâ€™m in Florence, Italy for a fashion show; the next week I’m in Paris putting together a show for 80,000 people; and then to Chicago for a TV show. How can you not love that?
What advice do you have for dancers who want to follow in your footsteps?
Learn your craft and be prepared. Even during my downtime I kept busywith so many things from taking dancing, acting and directing classes so when I got a call for a project I was ready.
How important is it to reinvent yourself?
Very important… As long as you remember to stay true to [yourself] while doing so.
As a celebrity in your own right, how do you combat rumors like the recent one that you and rapper/actor Common were dating?
I donâ€™t Tweet or Facebook. I donâ€™t want the attention, so the attention doesnâ€™t come to me. Common and I are just friends and I went to see him in concert and some Silly Willy thought it would be a great story [to say weâ€™re a couple]. We laughed about it and ’til this day we [jokingly] call each other boyfriend and girlfriend.
How do you define success?
Happiness. I want to be happy. If a job told me I had to be away from my family for a long time then I would gracefully bow out. My family is very important to me.
When youâ€™ve decided to chuck your dancing shoes, how do you wish to be remembered?
For my work and someone who took care of business at all times.