[Enlarge] Photographer: Melissa Hamburg
Brian Green a.k.a. "Footwork," choreographer, teacher, and dancer, began dancing at 8 years old. He studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and African for five years from Phil Black, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Joefrreys Ballet. In 1978, his brother, Oscar, introduced him to "Poppin'," a dance from California. Wanting to learn more, he went to the NYC underground between 1983-84.
By the end of 1984, Brian understood and was a part of the Hip-hop Culture. 1984-1986, he found the House and Freestyle culture in Roseland, 4Ds, Paradise Garage, and other clubs in NY. 1986, he ran into two people: Damien and Spanky, who became his full inspiration in the House culture. Their inspiration, Brian's rhythm from Tap, his mother's intricate Hustle, Salsa, and African steps, eventually spawned a unique very fast footwork style that gave Brian his name around the underground scene of NY and abroad.
Brian in his career has choreographed or danced with artists like Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefanie, Fergie, MYA, Foxy Brown, Missy Eliott, Salt-N-Pepa, Busta Rhymes, Barbara Tucker, EVE, Kraze, MAW (Masters at Work), and many more. In the last 10 years, his teaching has focused on the history of dances in the Funk, Hip-hop, and House culture, which he has spread through the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. In these countries he has been a judge for countless dance contests, promoting the true art, culture, and essence of these dances!
He is the 2001 ACA (American Choreographers Awards) recipient for Best Hip-Hop Choreography in a Music Video for his choreography in the video called, "FREE" by the artist called, MYA! He has created a new company, WORLD SOUL (www.23prime.com/worldsoul), which has focused on showing audiences the passion, history, and various techniques that are in various dance styles. He has also created a dance edutaining event that has been sweeping NY and spreading around the world called the House Dance Conference (www.myspace.com/housedanceconference & www.housedanceconference.com)! He is also one of the Foundation Team Members and Faculty of Red Bull's educational yearly event called RED BULL BEATRIDERS (www.redbullbeatriders.com).
Brian also choreographed the instructor's DVD for NIKE called NIKE ROCKSTAR WORKOUT HOUSE, and heading the campaign.