What’s up Murka Nation?! For this instalment of Own Roads we’re chatting with Hilton Denis, a touring dancer, choreographer and all around bad man!
Hilton has been touring the globe with a show called Limbo (If it is ever playing in your town, go see it! It’s absolutely insane!). He took a few moments to have a chat with us and let us know what he has been up to.
Hilton, in a couple of sentences, introduce yo’self to the Murka Nation that may not have heard of you yet and tell them what you do?
I’m a righteous homie from Sydney with a Haitian background. I’m a versatile performer specialising in dance and also like to compose music and organise events.
How did it all start for you and when did you realise that you could make this your “thing”? I remember seeing you on So You Think You Can Dance before we ran into each other.
Started when I was a teenager. An after-school activity was dance class of all different dance styles and I progressed over the years and become professional after high school.
What impact did that show have on your career?
The show gave me a lot of popularity back when I was 18 but back then I didn’t really know how to use that to my advantage. That said, I did get a lot of gigs and shows out of it and it sure did help in my professional development.
What’s it like living around the world performing in shows? Does it feel like work or are you just living a life of happiness?
Mmm good question! Defiantly living a life of happiness, I think the trick is making what you love to do your work. I call it work cause I’m getting paid to do it but it sure doesn’t feel like it!
How important do you believe ‘individually’ is in today’s world? Especially, when everyone can portray an image of what they’d like to be via social media. Obviously, dance is a big part of your expression, what other ways do you express yourself? Creatively that is.
Individuality is key if you want to stand out from the rest! Being able to recreate yourself as a performer, always learning and growing while finding different ways of expressing yourself to keep the fire burning and alive. Collaborating with people and being able to bounce ideas back and forth is also great! Social media is great to check out what other people are up to. It can be inspiring but you gotta make sure you’re going into the cave and focusing on your ‘self helps’ to find your individuality and style.
Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
I see my self running shows. Currently, I am working on some ideas of mine that’s are in pre-production. I also want to be running my own company, putting on events and collaborating with people that are also doing dope shit!
I know you have been touring with “Limbo” for the past 3 years. What do you do in your downtime?
In my downtime, I like to chill depending on which city I’m in. I’ll do a lot of site seeing but I also like to play guitar and piano.
Your pet hates when dealing with people in the entertainment business?
Not starting on time! I know when I was younger I used to run late to things but I’ve come to respect time more.
What are the main things that you believe are tried and true when it comes successful people and how they go about their lives and interactions with others?
Consistency, paying attention to detail, being a good person and having respect for yourself and others staying committed. If you get knocked down get back up and never give up!! Make sure you’re doing something everyday that’s gonna help you achieve whatever goal you set out for yourself.
Biggest piece of advice you could give an aspiring dancer that wants to make a living, like you’re doing, off dancing and performing?
Find your avenue or your field. It’s always great to specialise in one or two things, but also, it’s great to be versatile. Follow great choreographers and do research on projects you want to be apart of but most importantly, be creative and be an individual. Never give up.
Favourite Fashion brand, favourite piece of music and favorite sports team…and why?
I guess I follow UFC the most out of any sport and I normally follow the best so that would be Demetrious Johnson. His last performance was just amazing, I like Nate Diaz cause he always keeps it real and represents where he comes from and never forgets where he came from. Conor McGregor, of course, watching his rise to success has been inspiring and how he handles himself in defeat or victory with undeniable confidence and belief in himself.
Fashion Brand ???? Still looking for my favourite, but I am really digging Murka! Honestly, it’s a classic style that can be worn for any occasion!