Team BB sat down with our very own Fiyah / Dancehall instructor Jessica Phoenix to talk about her story and what we can expect from Fiyah Afta Dark. If you've ever taken any of her classes, you know this is going to be a soul filling, sexy night of fun! If you haven't, you're seriously missing out! Put it on your calendars and join us 10/27 at 9:15pm!
BB: WHAT GOT YOU INTO THE DANCE/FITNESS WORLD?
Jess: My mama put me and my sisters in dance classes when we were young - ballet, tap, jazz. And my mom was also a jazzercise instructor when we were growing up, so I was hip to the fitness thing from early on. I just didn't know it was going to come into my life later on. But I grew up watching her and her routines in the living room, with the highwaist leotards, biker shorts, bright colors -- BB team interrupts to say "I want that. Bring it back!" (laughter ensues) -- And maybe about 3 years ago, I started getting into the fitness aspect. People would come to my class and tell me it was such a great workout so it got me thinking maybe i should actually do it for real.
BB: LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO?
Jess: Konshens - Action...the raw version.
BB: WHAT MOVES YOU?
Jess: My mood, how I feel at the moment. What's going on in the world, friends and family. Everyday life. I might change my playlist coz of something I saw on the way over here.
BB: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DREAM JOB?
Jess: For the very first one, before I knew what a veterinarian was, I said I wanted to be animal doctor...I have a video! But around that same age, my mom dug up an old letter that I wrote to my grandparents. It said I wanted to move to NYC and be a dancer. And I did it!!! (Please note that she kicked her leg straight in the air as she said this.)
BB: FIRST AOL SCREEN NAME?
Jess: Bububear and Hoofn4life
Back story is that I realized early on that ballet wouldn't be my thing. I caught on tap really quick because of the rhythms, and I liked hoofing style. So I was into hoofing, and eventually left ballet and jazz to be in a semi-pro tap group around middle school, for about 2 years. So it was Hoofn4life!
BB: WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT AT FIYAH AFTA DARK?
Jess: A sexy good time, lights off, whining up your waist, letting your hair down, alter egos, props -- it's gonna be sexy, goodness, fun.
If you can't make it to Fiyah Afta Dark, you can find Jess spreading joy, love and FIYAH every Monday, Thursday and Sunday at BB. Check our schedule for details.