"It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to bea dancer." and Derick Robinson has made that transition.
After many years of training at the provincial and national levels of soccer, Derick left his sporting roots behind to explore the world of dance. Starting out as just a hobby, dance has grown into more than just a passion; it’s his way of life. Derick was casted to dance in the feature film Make Your Move as a part of the “Kings & Queens Crew” and a featured dancer in Shawn Desman’s “Alive”. He has had the opportunity to work with such artists as Ariana Grande for the 2014 MMVA’s, Down with Webster for the 2013 MMVA’s, Divine Brown at the “Toronto New Years Bash” to bring in 2011, and for Lady Gaga at the 2011 “Much Music Video Awards”.
He is the founder and choreographer for the all male Hip Hop dance crew, The O.G. Crew (Original Gentlemen). They have competed at World of Dance Toronto, The Canadian Street Dance Championships and on Much Music’s Best Dance Crew. They are the official dancers for Toronto recording artist Trish, who recently performed at The America’s Next Top Model Live Event in Toronto, which Derick choreographed. Derick was also selected to be a part of the 2013 Monsters of Hip Hop Cast. In the summer of 2014 Derick traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the first ever “Choreographer’s Cup” hosted by Monsters of Hip Hop.
Over the past few years Derick has developed and refined his own style of dance, and is starting to be recognized as one of Toronto’s elite choreographers. His work has been seen at The Bazaar Showcase, On Much Music, at The Toronto’s Original Choreographer’s Ball and on the World of Dance Stage. Derick has recently traveled to Europe where he did a workshop tour teaching all over Italy. He had the chance to display his work at “Intergalactic”, a choreography showcase held in Palermo. During his tour he also taught a class at the “Milano Hip Hop Festival” and he also judged the crew competition for the festival. He believes that creating a connection between the intention, emotion, movement and the music is what makes his choreography so unique.
As a well established choreographer in Toronto, his work has been described as creative, innovative and diverse. Derick’s choreography is based with Hip Hop, but he likes to fuse it with other styles such as African, contemporary and other forms of movement. Excited to continue his journey with dance; Derick is eager and enthusiastic to bring something new and different to the stage.