En­ergy shows ‘No Weak­ness’

The Star (Jamaica) - - Entertainment The Weekend Star - STEPHANIE LYEW STAR Writer

Although the dance and song that launched En­ergy’s ca­reer only came about in 2017, the dancer says he has been in the dance fra­ter­nity for more than 15 years.

The sin­gle Swing Di En­ergy that was recorded by Chi Ching Ching and Sam­boni on the ‘Genna Bounce’ rhythm, high­lighted the dance move that En­ergy cre­ated and quickly gar­nered at­ten­tion of dancers world­wide, who added the move to var­i­ous rou­tines that went vi­ral.

Now, En­ergy can say that he has suc­cess­fully set his foot in the dance­hall space.

“I was orig­i­nally part of Ber­muda

Squad, but even­tu­ally de­cided to try danc­ing on my own. It was one of the scari­est mo­ments in my ca­reer as a dancer,” said En­ergy, who is now a mem­ber of dance­hall dee­jay Chi Ching Ching’s dance group, Get There Squad.

The dancer, whose given name is Paul Thomp­son, de­scribes that mo­ment of his life as one where he was at his weak­est. The sec­ond, he said: “Was when my girl­friend (now my ex-girl­friend) and I split be­cause of emo­tional strug­gles from the loss of our child dur­ing preg­nancy. That was in 2015.”

The fol­low­ing year he was caught on the big screen, danc­ing in a scene for Nick Can­non’s King of the Dance­hall movie with his hard-to-miss, fiery-red and blond locks.

“It was a great op­por­tu­nity, although I think the dancers needed a big­ger role, one more speak­ing to share the his­tory and ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

En­ergy has also been fea­tured in nu­mer­ous mu­sic videos for Chi Ching Ching, in­clud­ing Rock Di World, Bread­fruit and Rope. He has also been fea­tured in Vybz Kar­tel’s Real Bad Gyal.

He also ex­plored the idea of be­ing an artiste with a col­lab­o­ra­tion ti­tled Dagga Reloader with a dee­jay named Jomo. How­ever, he said that danc­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in video pro­duc­tions helped him to re­gain the happy en­ergy he is known for, and that is what he is fo­cused on for now.

“I am a calm per­son, but I am the en­ergy of the danc­ing world. When I am out there in the street, it is just straight en­ergy. Like, if me see you and you nah dance or tell me you can’t dance, be­fore the night end you are go­ing to do some moves,” he said.

En­ergy is now pro­mot­ing his new­est dance move called ‘No Weak­ness’.

“It (dance move) re­lates to life goals. If you are go­ing for some­thing in life, al­ways be­lieve in your­self. Don’t show no type of weak­ness,” he said.

PHO­TOS BY STEPHANIE LYEW

Get There Squad dancer, En­ergy.

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