Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hip + Urban Girl of the Week: Tre Armstrong

Ever dream of turning your passion into a full-time career?  Our latest hip + urban girl of the week did just that.  This week we catch up with Tré Armstrong - Dancer, Choreographer and Judge on CTV's So You Think You Can Dance Canada.


What made you want to become a dancer?
Being born, it was always in me.  I loved to dance and moving to music.


Who are your life influencers?
My Mother
My 5 brothers
Aaliyah
Missy Elliot
Michael Jackson
Tina Turner
Oprah


How did you get your start?
I've been fortunate to have had many starts in my career: dancing at University, dancing in the movie "Honey", lead actress in How She Move - the Sundance Film Festival favourite of 2007


What is your typical schedule like?
There is no "typical" day in the life of an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry.  I have business meetings everyday, I still teach during the week when possible.  When I'm on the show it consists of seeing Jean-Marc and the gang, laughing with each other and mentoring the dancers who cross my path.


What are some of the disadvantages of your job?
I don't have enough time to do everything I want to!


Who is the most interesting celebrity that you have worked with?
Paris Hilton


What does a dancer like you eat on a given day?
Dancers LOOOOVE junk food, so I have to watch out for my constant sugar rushes.  I always eat breakfast otherwise I'm toast. I love oxtail and rice and peas for dinner, a classic Jamaican dish.


Tell us about being a judge on SYTYCDC and what do you like best?
It's still a dream - four years later, to be on this show.  To not only have a voice in dance and to contribute to mentoring and supporting our future leaders' dreams is what I'm about.  SYTYCDC has given all dancers of Canada an even playing field both at home and abroad.  Dancers can confidently go to places like LA and New York to audition for lead roles because of the quality of engagement and level of dance training they receive at home.  Brilliant!


What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Hopefully getting my dance feet wet again!  I really missed choreographing last season and working personally with the competitors...


What did you study in University/College?  Would you have done anything differently?
Foods and Nutrition.  I would do everything the same.


Where is your favourite place to travel to?
Jamaica


Where are your favourite places to hang out in Toronto? 
Shopping is a personal love so Queen Street, Yorkville and Bloor Street are hot to me.  I also love to just walk in random parks on beautiful days for inspiration.


Best place to shop in the city?
BCBG, Marcianos, Bebe, Kensington Market and I love Vata Brasil fitness clothing line.


Tell us about your neighbourhood and what you like best about it.
I love the suburbs.  So much greenery and kids playing in the parks, you can't help but smile when you look around.


What do you wish someone told you when you were younger and just starting out?
1. Colour of skin shouldn't mean a thing, so don't listen to people when they say no because you don't "fit in".

2.  Don't be arrogant, but don't be too humble and let people step all over you.  Grow a backbone, and quick!


What life advice do you have for hip + urban girls out there trying to figure out what they want to do?
Listen to your instinct and stop "trying".  Just do it.  Take risks and learn to create your own opportunities.  Don't wait or depend on people to make you a better person.  


Websitewww.TreArmstrong.com
Twitter@TreArmstrong
FacebookTré Armstrong or Tre Armstrong


All photos by: Robin Waters

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