INTRODUCING THE FACES OF MOVE IT 2024
We spoke to Summer to get to know her better and find out more about her dance career so far! You can also check out our MOVE IT socials to see even more from our Faces of MOVE IT 2024!
What style of dance do you specialise in?
I specialise specifically in Hip Hop but always like to give it that feminine twist to add my own flavor to the style. But I’ve trained in many styles such as house, contemporary , Afro, Krump, popping, locking etc.
How did you get into dancing/ where did you train?
I got into dancing when I was 5, I remember it being the year of Flawless on Britain’s Got Talent and have been in awe ever since! I began training at Scariofunk collective being taught by the family: Lucy, Bismark, Conrad and Dani, a Street Dance company in South London where I found my love to begin with and then branched out to also train in other styles such as contemporary, ballet as well as remaining doing street. I knew at around 11 I wanted to pursue Street Dance in its full capacity and explore the umbrella correctly. I began training with Flawless at 14 and have been for the past 6 years, and I am now not only one of their faculty teaching members but perform with them on some of the biggest stages as part of Next Gen. I teach open workshops now across the UK and have also become an official judge. I also like to explore different classes weekly pushing myself outside my comfort zone. I am currently also studying at UEL on the Urban Dance Degree course which has been such an amazing, for filling training environment for me.
Who inspires you in the dance industry?
Within the industry so many amazing people inspire me in their own different ways. Marlon “Swoosh” Wallen and all the Flawless boys have kept me driven and always showed me nothing but more than just training.. love as a family and they all continue to inspire me through their passion, individuality and respect for what they do. Nathanial “Sweetboy” Jones has also been a huge inspiration to me growing up, he became my leading mentor from the age of 14 and took me in as his own. Danielle Looker is one of my biggest support systems and taught me the art of performance which is where all my facials grew from , along with other incredible females like Kloe Dean, Claire Hough/Shortie Buck and Rhian Duncan and so many more, who I believed have created their own lanes and styles within the scene and have done nothing but paved the way for me to find myself without them even knowing. I’m inspired by every person I cross paths with on my journey and take something from every one of them.
Describe yourself in three words.
Bubbly, dedicated and groovy.
What are you most looking forward to in the next five years?
In the next 5 years, I’m super excited to graduate from university with my degree, as well as create so many more opportunities for myself in the industry not only performing but continuing to judge and teach. I hope in the next 5 years to begin performing on tours and on screens, teaching abroad, and really begin to further and take my craft to the next level and see where the world takes me.
If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell my younger self that there was no need to worry and that everything happens for a reason. There are some things in our life that are meant to happen positive or negative in order to pave the way for something else to take place, I would say believe in yourself because there is actually only one you!
What are you most excited about at MOVE IT 2024?
I am so excited to network and see everyone! I cannot wait to meet new people and see old faces that I don’t get to see all the time but MOVE IT brings us together. I’m super excited to hit that main stage and share my journey with everyone but mostly just have the best weekend and be inspired!!!!
What’s your favourite snack?
Oooo this is a tough one…. But I love mini cheddars or chocolate fingers hahhaha!!
What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?
My biggest challenge is that during lockdown I suffered with a dislocation in my knee and I had to have surgery to have it fixed due to suffering from a rupture. It was a huge shock finding out something has happened to your body and you’re not as strong as you would like to think, but instead of feeling low in myself I remembered that these things happen for a reason and as a dancer, our body is our instrument and it needs to be taken care of. I got back up, I use a knee strap regularly with dancing and I will hold my chin up waiting for the surgery. Obstacles don’t stop you from going where you want to go, you just have to find the right way around them.
Where’s your ideal holiday destination?
I would love to go to Bora Bora but I would also love to revisit Thailand!!