Armstrong’s dance school technical training and unique flare for urban street dance shaped her into the multi-talented dancer, actress and choreographer she is today. She has appeared on international hit shows such as Top O the Pops, Canadian Idol, BET’s 106 & Park and the MTV Video Music Awards. Armstrong has worked with such celebrities as Rihanna, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kreesha Turner, Jay-Z, Megan Fox and Missy Elliot. Armstrong’s feature role in the internationally acclaimed documentary Breakin’ In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer highlighted her as one of Canada’s rising stars, which led to her acting debut in Save the Last Dance 2. Armstrong is personally dedicated to improving the self-esteem, health and vitality of all people through dance and related movement. Armstrong travels year-round using various platforms to engage, inspire and empower young men and women globally. You can see Armstrong as Michelle, lead actress in the Sundance Film Festival smash hit, How She Move. Currently, Armstrong is a judge and choreographer on Canada's #1 new show, So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
When asked about my playlist theme, I thought immediately about passion. What drives people? More importantly, why? What is it about our emotions that allow us to do the most daring things and take risks normally ignored?
It's fascinating to watch a young boy and girl playing in the park, enjoying the mutual company. The two are ignorant to barriers of colour, language, intellect because all that matters is catching the red ball they are focused on bouncing back and forth. Yet, while the two play, turn your head the other way and witness an adult male and female having a lover's quarrel. Not so ignorant anymore and speaking the same language, they are still passionately involved (even though they're yelling obscenities in public at each other).
Okay, so what's the point? The point? Passion is the driving force for many things in life. It is food for the soul. When you eat a piece of passion pie, your energy soars and you feel like you can achieve anything! It's such a great feeling, but when the feeling is lost, it's like the body crashes after a sugar rush. Lethargic, uninterested, undriven.
With the young boy and girl above, it was all about the ball. With the older couple, you really never know… when love is involved. What I feel I do know is that without passions, life would be a lot duller.
My passion for dance, choreography and acting led me to film and television. When I quit dance at 17, I thought that was the creative end of me forever. Until my candle was relit with a fiery drive, a passion to help others learn to dance in university…
All five films in my playlist display the intense passion and vision of the directors, creators and players. From birth to music to dance to death and in between, they explore moving life in unique, captivating ways. Hope you enjoy the selections. I sure did!
Note: You can watch all 13 chapters of RiP! A Remix Manifesto here.