May I Present…King Charles
January 30, 2013
“NEVER RUN AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD IMAGINATION. JUST BECOME MORE EDUCATED WITH IT. IF YOU FIND YOUR GIFT, DON’T BE SCARED TO PURSUE THE POSSIBILITIES. THIS WORLD IS NOT ABOUT TREND & ISOLATION. ITS ABOUT CREATIVITY AND DISCOVERY.”
– King Charles
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present one of the most passionate and revered dancers/ choreographers today. He has toured as one of Madonnas dancers on her “Sticky & Sweet” World Tour 2008-2009 and his extraordinary musicianship has made him a highly sought out and top choreographer and performer in the world of dance. He is also the founder and leader of local battle clique, Creation (since 2001), All Star Champions of BET’s “Wildin’ Out Wednesdays.” He is also the Artistic Director to The FootworKINGz (FWK), an all-star ensemble featuring Chicago’s top foot-workers.
Foot-working is all about the lower half of your body being stimulated into electrifying movements that work in catching every beat of music.
Founded by Leida “Lady Sol” Villegas in 2007, the professional dance ensemble out of Chicago, FWK has helped in making foot-working famous. Described by the Chicago Tribune as “part tap, African tribal, and breaking,” King Charles explains FWK saying, “This style has been around for over twenty years and we want it to be exposed in the mainstream and all over the world.”
Just as music flowed through the veins of Mozart, it beats in the heart of King Charles, a consummate master of movement and a galvanizing interpreter of rhythm.
So, without further ado may I present, a man who no beat escapes the cadence of his feet, Dancer & Choreographer,
When you were a little what did you want to be?
A RAPPER. THEN, THAT EVOLVED TO A MUSICAL ENTERTAINER.
Do you have a song or musician that moves you to dance the most?
NOT REALLY. I HAVE A LOVE FOR SO MUCH MUSIC THAT ITS HARD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE.
What spice does FWK offer to the world of Dance?
FWK OFFERS A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF LOWER BODY COMBINATIONS (RHYTHMICALLY), A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF CULTURE, AND A NEW OPEN DOOR OF FRESH AIR FOR THOSE DANCERS THAT FEEL BORED AND TRAPPED IN A BOX OF REPETITION.
What was your driving force behind you founding Battle Clique Creation?
BEFORE I HAD MY OWN CREW, I WAS A MEMBER OF SEVERAL OTHER GROUPS. I LEARNED THE ROPES VERY FAST WITH A HUMBLE ATTITUDE AND AT A YOUNG AGE, I ALREADY HAD THIS FEELING THAT I WOULD DO MORE JUSTICE TO MY COMMUNITY IF I WAS LEADING MY OWN CLIQUE. SO I DID. IT WAS HARD FOR A WHILE IN EVERY WAY BUT, I WAS BLESSED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF WILL POWER TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
The video “happy feet’is phenomenal! What inspired the dance moves?
Did you put the music on and dance first yourself, do you sit and visualize it first, what’s your process? WELL, THE MUSIC VIDEO “HAPPY” BY C2C WAS A MAJOR SUCCESS FOR THE WHOLE TEAM. ESPECIALLY THE DIRECTOR “WENDY MORGAN” & PRODUCER “JANNIE MCINNES”. THE MOVES CAME NATURALLY WHEN I WAS ON SET BECAUSE OF THE ENERGY AND PEOPLE WATCHING. THAT’S USUALLY WHAT GUIDES ME TO A PARTICULAR CHOICE OF MOVES FOR THAT MOMENT.
What’s was one of the top two most enjoyable times you’ve had in your life as a dancer?
WOW! “TIME” IS A BIG WORD. UM………… ENTERING ONE OF EUROPE’S BIGGEST STREET DANCE BATTLES IN FRANCE CALLED “JUSTE DEBOUT” 4 YEARS STRAIGHT WITH MY PARTNER “PRINCE JARON”. ITS A 20,000 SEATER PACKED OUT ARENA WITH NOTHING BUT DANCE LOVERS WATCHING ONE PERSON AT A TIME GET DOWN ON THE DANCE FLOOR. (i was the poster child for 2010 Juste Debout and we almost won the whole house dance category part of Juste Debout in 2011) THE OTHER BIG MOMENT HAS TO BE TOURING WITH “MADONNA” FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS WITH PRINCE JARON. IT CHANGED MY LIFE.
What’s the latest project you are working on?
WELL, I JUST FINISHED A PROJECT WITH “PUMA” THAT WILL BE OUT SOON. BUT, I GUESS YOU CAN SAY THAT IM ALWAYS ON THE MOVE, STICKING MY FOOT IN THE DOORS OF MANY OPPORTUNITIES. LOL
What do you think of the state of music and dance today vs the past ? ( Is it more appreciated or unappreciated. more or less innovative?)
ITS SAD TO SAY BUT, THERE’S LESS GOOD MUSIC IN THIS GENERATION & AND LESS PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT THE DETAILS. I WAS BORN IN 86 SO, I GREW UP APPRECIATING THE 90’s MUSIC. PLUS, MY FATHER (Charles Parks the 3rd) IS A JAZZ/FUNK MUSICIAN. SO, I WAS FORCED TO HAVE A GOOD EAR FOR WHATS GOING ON IN A TRACK AND A KNOWLEDGE FOR THE HISTORY. A LOT OF ARTIST ARE TREND FOLLOWERS, NOT TREND SETTERS, & SINCE THE TREND NOW-A-DAYS IS SIMPLE & SOULLESS, 90% OF THE AMERICAN MUSIC INDUSTRY FOLLOWS THAT. BUT I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT THAT TOPIC……NEXT QUESTION.
Do you enjoy choreographing as much as dancing or one more than the other?
I ENJOY EVERYTHING THAT DANCE HAS TO OFFER. FROM LEARNING NEW THINGS TO FREESTYLES TO TEACHING, PERFORMING & CHOREOGRAPHING. ITS ALL A PIECE OF THE DANCE PUZZLE. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY DANCER SHOULD TRY IT ALL. TO FEEL THE FULL BLESSING OF DANCE. (But, in a orderly fashion.)
When did you realize/feel, “you made it”?
WITH MADONNA….. THE FIRST OVERSEAS COUNTRY I WENT TO WAS, PARIS. I CRIED LIKE A BABY! HAHA! I WALKED AROUND OLD DOWNTOWN PARIS LISTENING TO LENNY KRAVITZ “FLY AWAY” ON REPEAT. THEN THE NEXT NIGHT, MADONNA MADE US GO OUT TO ONE OF HER FRIENDS HOUSES AND IT ENDED UP BEING LENNY KRAVITZ HOME!!!! I DONT BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCE SO, THAT’S WHEN I KNEW I MADE IT TO HIGHER STAGE IN MY LIFE.
What has been your most recent muse?
HMMM….. LOOKING BACK AT 11 YRS OF HARD WORK & KNOWING THAT I HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO DO. BUT, IM ALWAYS UP FOR THE ADVENTURE.
Could you describe what it was like touring w/ Madonna? Did it hit you as surreal once you hit the stage and saw the crowd?
IT WAS ALWAYS A RUSH! 100,000 FANS SCREAMING, CRYING, WAVING. SOME FANS WERE SO FAR AWAY THAT, WHEN THEY CLAPPED HANDS, IT WAS ALWAYS OFF BEAT BECAUSE IT TOOK A EXTRA SECOND FOR THE SOUND TO GET TO THEM. IT WAS REAL EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER.
My favorite past times are :
1.GOING TO JERUSALEM 2. LEARNING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES- 3.SHOWING MY FELLOW DANCER ON THE TOUR, THAT IF THEY NEEDED ME, I WAS THERE.
Favorite thing in nature:
One of your favorite movies:
THE MATRIX 1,2 & 3 & SOUL POWER
One of your favorite Modern Dance films:
TAKE FLIGHT (by the FootworKINGz) Old dance films BREAKIN’
One of your favorite dancers Modern and old?
PAUSE EDDIE (FWKZ) & BRIAN FOOTWORK GREEN (LEGEND)
PAUSE EDDIE (above)
One of your favorite musicians:
THE SKY IS “NOT” THE LIMIT. THE LIMIT IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.
Was there a time you felt like you were not going to be able to make a living off of being a dancer?
NO, BECAUSE ONCE CREATION WON THE ALL STAR COMPETITION ON “BET” 2006, MY PURPOSE BECAME CLEAR.
What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams based upon how you were able to manifest yours.
GOD 1ST………NEVER RUN AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD IMAGINATION. JUST BECOME MORE EDUCATED WITH IT. IF YOU FIND YOUR GIFT, DON’T BE SCARED TO PURSUE THE POSSIBILITIES. THIS WORLD IS NOT ABOUT TREND & ISOLATION. ITS ABOUT CREATIVITY AND DISCOVERY.
What are three values you hold dear to you?
MY LORD AND SAVIOR, MY MUSICALITY AND MY FAMILY.
You’ll never catch me :
Who/What inspires or moves you?
MY ROUGH PAST.
Works – Past & Present:
Here’s another video (only freestyle) that i put together. The purpose of this video was self expression from different styles. Very simple.
Self Expression Freestyle #02 – FootworKINGz + Lady Boogaloos + StylzPlay // Freestyle Culture TV
(Aids walk 2007)
One (out of the many) ways I’m going to change the world is:
LEAVING PEOPLE WITH POSITIVE THOUGHTS. NOT NEGATIVE
Come rain or come shine, wherever King goes he leaves his dance print.
Thank you King Charles, for the interview and for dancing on our hearts.