Tell Us about yourself?
My name is Loryane, originating from Switzerland an leaving here in New York for now 4 years.
Where and when did you first discover dance?
In my country when i was 14 year old. I wanted to start before, but couldn't afford it.
Did anybody help guide you along the way?
At the beginning, it was difficult to find a good and real hip-hop school that would teach what I was looking for. Luckily i found my way and met good people with real interest in the Hip-Hop culture! D-Say (First move) and Jess (FM/ATF) helped me a lot!
I am also grateful I've been able to move to New York because since then, I have been surrounded by amazing people such as my mentor, Tony Mcgregor, and the Dance Fusion Crew (Specially Caleaf and Sekou). These generous people have been sharing their knowledge with me without boundaries, so i can definitely say that i am being guided.
What do you enjoy most about dance?
I would say that specific moment where you become the music and you can feel you are possessed by the beat ! It is such an infinite release ! Furthermore, I really like the connection the dance can create between people. Sometimes it's more difficult to put words on a feeling rather than just dancing it out !
What do you connect with/love most about Hip-Hop culture?
I would say all of it. The Hip-Hop culture is a way to be, to express, to live.. I, of course, feel in harmony with its music and it's dance. The fact that the Hip-Hop culture can gather so many different beautiful souls around a shared love and passion is a blessing to me !
Do you feel any limitations being a girl/women in Hip-Hop?
Probably when i was younger, looking at other male dancers doing incredible things and moves with their body, but the older i get, the better i can see myself in this culture without any inferiority. Women are powerful.. in each sens of it and we should use it and embrace it !
What are you working on right now? What do you have coming up?
I am working on ... myself !! hahaha! I try to get better and increase my knowledge. I have several ideas that I want to carry out such as little performances and sharing my passion with others.
What part of Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival are you looking forward to the most?
The entire Festival !! From the workshop via the battle to the performances. The battle is specially inspiring and rich in energy ! Personally the most satisfying and enjoyable part of LOHH is the simple fact to be able to share, create and learn with and from other women!!