My Interview With B-boy Legacy

You probably know Jonathan Perez (a.k.a. Legacy) from season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance, but this B-boy from Miami is about to take the blockbuster world by storm come summer. Legacy will be appearing alongside Lady Jules in the dance flick B-Girl and playing himself in Step Up 3D (the first ever 3D dance flick). I was lucky enough to chat with this down-to-earth guy while on a break from his busy shoot schedule.

VG: Were you always athletic?
JP: I don’t know if I was always athletic, but I’ve played sports forever. My dad was a professional soccer player and coached me from a young age. I always thought I would be a soccer player. I had scholarships when I was only twelve years old.

VG: So when you switched over to dance was your family supportive?
JP:  Yeah, my dad always said, “If you want to do something, then just go for it”.  But you have to go to school and finish. Getting an education was hammered into my head from a young age. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. After high school I studied massage therapy for a bit and then worked as a mechanic. It’s funny, I used to entertain the other guys at the shop during breaks by dancing. 

VG: Do you have a signature move?
JP: I don’t know, I think it would have to be the head slide that makes a letter “L” on the floor. The judges from SYTUCD really loved that move.

VG: How hard was it to learn all the different styles and techniques for SYTUCD?
JP: It was insane! I had to completely change my frame of mind. As a b-boy, if you imitate someone else’s moves you are a copycat. It’s all about individuality and creativity. Working with choreographers is really about performing someone else’s vision through your movement. That was interesting to me.

VG: So what would your dream b-girl be like?
JP: (Laughing) Dedication is huge! I am attracted to individuals who are unique. Trying to be someone else is a turnoff. Instead, strive to be a better version of yourself.

VG: Where do you see hip-hop and break dancing going in the next 5 years?
JP: I think that shows like SYTUCD are great because they have brought b-boys up from the street and into the public eye. They have portrayed it in a positive light and as a form of self-expression. It’s creating more work for guys like me!

VG: Is there a big difference between filming SYTUCD and filming a movie?
JP: Oh yeah! When you’re filming a movie, there are various takes and when you screw up you have time to then find perfection in your movement. SYTUCD is live and you only have one shot to get it right. I’ve always seen every obstacle as an opportunity. I love the idiom ‘Diamond in the rough’. It comes from the fact that diamonds need to go through a ton of obstacles and pressure from the earth to get to the point where they are beautiful and shiny. The more obstacles you have to overcome to get to your goal, the more beautiful the outcome.

Be sure to check out Legacy this summer in theaters! 

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