Day 111/366 – Ivan Koumaev. Dancer, Choreographer, Actor. Appreciative of a fresh pair of kicks.
Name: Ivan Koumaev
Born: Khabarovsk, Russia / Current city: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Michael Jackson Fan, Shoe Collector, etc.
Ok – take a deep breath and try to hold it as you read this…Ivan has danced for artists such as Usher, Justin Bieber, Jason DeRulo & Chris Brown. He was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance 6 years ago. Ellen Degeneres has dubbed him ‘her favorite’ on her TV show. He is first lieutenant/co-choreographer for Marty Kudelka, who choreographs for Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears & Jennifer Lopez. They are currently working with the Backstreet Boys and Ivan has begun conversations with The Voice about contributing his choreography. He has also successfully crossed over into on-camera acting; he will be in the upcoming film: Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise. Whew. See it all on his website here.
I am super grateful to know with such a talented and humble individual as Ivan himself. We grew up taking hip hop classes together at Westlake Dance Center; I was 16 years old and Ivan was just 13. We were both about 4 feet tall; as you can see, he’s added on a couple feet since then (I’ve maintained :)). Ivan has been glowing with passion when dancing ever since I met him – he gave every moment on the dance floor his all and always perfected his craft in class and at home every single day. Today, he’s one of my favorite dancers/choreographers and I was totally excited to see him (and take class from him) at Dance Vision in Clackamas, OR. Ivan loves the Nike brand so I had to pick him up a pair of special kicks – just like him! The upper is comprised of leather, suede, crocodile skin, ostrich skin and elephant print. “The sky is not the limit, Ivan – there are footprints on the moon!”
Kicks in our hands: Nike Dunk High Premium – Mighty Crown
Watch Ivan’s Boogiezone community class below! Master of control and musicality…