An all-male hip-hop dance crew that debuted in a Surrey church in 2011 has since stepped up their game, big time.
They are named fraternitywho 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, off 104th Avenue in Whalley .
The crew’s most recent accolade was first place in the Vibe Dance Competitionheld at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California on March 31.
“It’s one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, and this was our third year of competition and our second victory,” said Scott Forsyth, choreographer and group director. “It’s basically an invitation-only competition, so it’s the best in the world there. In our world, it’s pretty much the biggest dance competition there is.
Eleven of Brotherhood’s 15 dancers live in Surrey, the other four are from Burnaby. The core group has remained intact since 2011 — “which is kind of crazy for a dance group,” Forsyth said. “Most of them have a fairly high turnover. We’ve had that chemistry for nine years now, and I think it gives us a leg up on other teams. We’ve 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 TV show and also travels the world “presenting, judging, teaching and inspiring millions of dancers,” notes brotherhoodcrew.com.
Although founded in Surrey, the team now rehearses throughout Metro Vancouver.
“Since we don’t have a studio,” Forsyth explained, “we have access to random after-hours studios once they’re closed. So our normal practice schedule is 10pm night. a.m. to 3 a.m., then the boys have to get up early for their 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work or full-time school schedule.
Last weekend, Brotherhood made a rare local stage appearance at the Emerging Artists Event at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. Forsyth is a competition and convention managing partner.
“We always love coming home and playing 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 their performances. At the recent Vibe event in California, for example, they targeted “haters” lurking on the internet.
“There’s just a lot of discussion on social media and everyone has an opinion,” Forsyth explained. “It’s not always constructive, not always true and often it’s just hurtful, so we wanted to create something about it, and we found some hateful comments posted online about our previous videos and put a positive on all of this.”
The truth is, there will always be haters, and the members of Brotherhood know that.
“The more successful you are, the more they want you to fail,” Forsyth added. “Dance is a delicate sport/art; it is subjective and is judged based on the opinion of others. Don’t take yourself too seriously and never let the opinions of others determine your self-worth. Just keep creating, inspiring, and remembering your purpose.