Roshon Fegan on the End of "Shake It Up"
Roshon Fegan on the final episode of "Shake It Up," "Remember Me" (by Kelsey McNeal/Disney Channel)
At Dance Spirit, we say there's no such thing as too many dance-y TV shows! But sadly, we'll have to say goodbye to one of them with the series finale of Disney's "Shake It Up" this Sunday. To commemorate the end of this fun-filled show, DS chatted with "Shake It Up" star Roshon Fegan about his time on the show and what he's up to next.
Dance Spirit: Do you have a favorite episode of "Shake It Up"?
Roshon Fegan: Yes, my favorite episode is "Future It Up." In the episode I had a chance to play the old and "fluffy" version of my character, Ty. It was very funny.
DS: Is your personality similar to Ty's?
RF: We're very similar. We both dance, crack jokes and stay fly for the ladies.
DS: How would you describe your dance style?
RF: My dance style is from the soul, freestyle and emotion heavy. I just dance what I feel.
Roshon plays his character, Ty, 22 years in the future on his favorite episode, "Future It Up" (by Adam Larkey/Disney Channel)
DS: What was the biggest lesson you learned while on the show?
RF: I've learned that being on a TV show is a collaborative effort and everyone has to do their absolute best in order for the show to be its greatest. The thing I'll miss most is my "Shake It Up" family. We've had great fun together.
DS: What's next for you?
RF: I'm working hard on my music career. Since I've been on "Shake It Up," I've been writing my own music and getting it ready to release to the world. It's a new chapter in my career, and I can't wait for everyone to hear what I've been working on. I produce all my own music at Grand Vault Studios in L.A., which I opened to create a place for me and others like me—dancers, singers, musicians—to work, create and rehearse their craft.
DS: What advice would you give to future triple threats who'd like to follow in your footsteps?
RF: Always remember that there's no wrong or right way to become successful. You just have to believe in yourself, work as hard as you can and love what you do. If you love what you do and you never let anything stop or change you, then everything else will fall into place on its own. Be yourself and believe you're great.
Catch the "Shake It Up" series finale, "Remember Me," this Sunday, November 10 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
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I started dance classes at a young age. By the time I was 3, I was training at The Dance Club, and I grew up there. I started with the basics—ballet and jazz—and eventually added tap, tumbling, contemporary, and hip hop.
Early on, I did compete. I remember my first time: I did a trio at a small local competition, and it got first place. The trophy was as tall as I was, and I loved it. I attended conventions as a mini, and had the opportunity to take classes from Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Andy Pellick, and Joey Dowling-Fakhrieh. There was so much variety—I was in awe.
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My mom was a dancer growing up, and she went on to become a dance teacher, so I've really grown up in the studio. I started classes when I was 2, and by the time I was 9, I was training at The Dance Club and knew I wanted to dedicate all my time to dance.
Daphne Lee is a queen, and not just in the "OMG Girl Boss Alert" sense of the word. She's an actual queen—a beauty queen. Crowned Miss Black USA in August, she's been doing double duty as she continues to dance with the Memphis based dance company, Collage Dance Collective. Lee's new title has given her the means to encourage other black girls and boys to pursue their dreams, while also pursuing dreams of her own. The scholarship money awarded with the pageant title will assist her as she earns a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Hollins University.
When a choreographer finds a composer whose music truly inspires her, it can feel like a match made in dance heaven. Some choreographers work with the same composers so frequently that they become known for their partnerships. New York City Ballet soloist and resident choreographer Justin Peck, for example, has tapped composer Sufjan Stevens numerous times (last spring, the two premiered The Decalogue at NYCB, to rave reviews); L.A. Dance Project's Benjamin Millepied's working relationship with composer Nico Muhly has spanned a decade and two continents; and when tap dancer Michelle Dorrance premiered the first-ever Works & Process Rotunda Project, a site-specific work for New York City's Guggenheim Museum, last year, percussionist Nicholas Van Young was by her side as an equal partner. Successful collaborations require compatibility between artists, direct and honest communication, and flexible, open minds. But when the stars align, working with a composer can be extremely rewarding.
For ballerinas, it's the dream role to end all dream roles: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the type of part dancers spend years preparing for and whole careers perfecting. And it's a role that New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck never thought she'd dance. Though Peck is one of the world's preeminent ballerinas, her short stature made Odette/Odile, typically performed by longer, leggier dancers, seem (almost literally) out of reach.
Then—surprise!—her name popped up on the cast list for NYCB's fall season run of Swan Lake.