On a weekly basis, ETD Outreach teaches 100+ people a week at 17 sites for 5 different affordable housing sites around Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. We are making a difference in our participants lives and couldn’t be more grateful for our professional and compassionate team of instructors. We want everyone to get to know each of team members and learn more about their lives as professional dancers in New York City.
Our first interview is with Jeo Femming, one of our DanceHall/Hip Hop instructors who teaches over ten workshops a week for ETD Outreach:
When did you begin dancing?
I started dancing at 2 years old.
Has being a dancer always been your dream job?
Being a dancer has always been my dream job!
When did you join ETD Outreach? Where do you teach for us?
I started working for ETD Outreach in 2015 - I teach at for PCMH, Acacia Network, Odyssey House, and Hour Children.
How has your experience been so far?
This experience has been amazing and changed my life completely.
What other dance, theater, or film companies have you worked for or taught with?
FIYAH Productions with Jessica Phoenix, MCDC, Breaking Boundaries, Camba, Music Brings Life Inc. Danza Productions, Reaction and Jamaican Mafia Movie
What is your ultimate goal as a professional dancer/instructor?
My goal is to spread dance culture and inspire those who have always wanted to pursue their dream as a dancer or dance instructor.
Describe your style of dancing and teaching.
My style consists of Dancehall fused with my personal style/moves and Hip Hop.
What public figure has had the biggest influence on you and why?
The man that has influenced me most is Michael Jackson. Ever since I was a child my dream was to be like him; sing, dance, and touch people's hearts all across the world. Today my nickname is The DanceHall King Of Pop.
Do you have a quote or mantra that you live by?
- Follow Your Dreams
- Never Give Up
- Love Is The Answer From Jeo Da Dancer
- Dance Dance Dance
- My favorite catch phrase is "Ah Jeo Ye Ye"
What's been the largest obstacle/struggle in your life to becoming an artist in NYC? How did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle was, and still is, proving to my family that you can make a living in this field. I honestly still suffer from this and haven't fully overcome it. I can say that following my dream and working for ETD has been the best thing that ever happened in my life.