An all-male hip-hop dance team that debuted at a Surrey church in 2011 have since stepped up their game, in a big way.
They are named fraternity, who have won international dance titles and performed at events around the world in the eight years since those first rehearsals in the basement of Our Lady of Good Counsel near 104th Avenue in Whalley .
The crew’s most recent accolade was a first place in the Vibrant dance competition, held at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, Calif., on March 31.
“This is one of the highest caliber competitions in the world, and this was our third year of competition and our second victory,” said Scott Forsyth, choreographer and group manager. “It’s basically an invitation-only competition, so it’s the best in the world there. In our world, this is pretty much the biggest dance competition out there.
Eleven of Brotherhood’s 15 dancers make their home in Surrey, with the remaining four from Burnaby. The main group has remained intact since 2011 – “which is kinda crazy for a dance group,” Forsyth said. “Most of them have a pretty high turnover. We’ve had this chemistry for nine years now, and I think it gives us a head start over the other teams. We added a few members, but most of our core is the same.
Today the team members are Forsyth, co-director Adrian Vediola, Francis Aranton, Jesko Guiang, Jerome Hocson, Devan Isaac, Justin Nicolas, Jaymie Sorongon, Angelo Admana, Dillon Tran, Kelvin Tu, Raveinal Lescano, AJ Okyere, Nathan Gavilan and Chris Demetillo.
– Scott Forsyth (@ scott4syth) April 2, 2019
Brotherhood was recently featured on NBC Dance world television show and also travels the world “to present, judge, teach and inspire millions of dancers”, notes fraternityecrew.com.
Although based in Surrey, the team now rehearses throughout the Metro Vancouver area.
“Since we don’t have a studio,” Forsyth explained, “we have access to random studios after hours once they are closed. So our normal training schedule is at night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and then the boys have to get up early for their 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job or their full-time school schedule.
Last weekend, Brotherhood made a rare local appearance on stage at the Emerge Artists Event at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. Forsyth is a managing partner of the competition and convention.
“We always love to come home and play for family and friends,” Forsyth told the Now-Leader. “All year round we are on call and only take about a month off in the summer and for the other 11 months we train and prepare for competition, traveling.”
During the competition, Brotherhood incorporates themes and concepts into its performances. During the recent Vibe event in California, for example, they targeted “enemies” lurking on the Internet.
“There’s just a lot of talk on social media and everyone has an opinion,” Forsyth explained. “It’s not always constructive, not always true and a lot of times it’s just hurtful, so we wanted to create something about it, and we found some hateful comments posted online on our previous videos and put a bright spot on all of this.”
The truth is that there will always be enemies, and the members of the Brotherhood know that.
“The more you succeed, the more they want you to fail,” Forsyth added. “Dance is a delicate sport / art; it’s subjective and judged by the opinions of others. Don’t take yourself too seriously and never let the opinions of others determine your self-esteem. Just keep creating, inspiring, and remembering your goal.