“First, life casually tells you something, then it taps you on the shoulder, finally it shoves you to get your attention” – Emeroy Bernardo
This week we have my friend and professional breakdancer, dance teacher, and health coach Emeroy Bernardo on the show! I was super excited to talk to Emeroy, partly because of my own obsession with how cool breakdancing is, and partly because he has such a unique and interesting back story.
In this episode, we talk about the history of breakdancing and what it means to be a B-Boy, Emeroy’s approach to dance and health coaching, and later in the episode, we talk about how a low point opened his eyes and changed his life – powerful stuff. Enjoy this episode!
What You Will Learn:
-How to breakdance! (Or at least how to learn quickly)
-Most of Emeroy’s dance skill is maintained through teaching, Emeroy improves his skills solo two days a week
-Why you should have multiple teachers. One of his is Bboy Machine (who was a hero of his growingÂ up)
-What isÂ Battle Of The YearÂ ?- The Olympics of B-Boying
-How Emeroy learned to dance in his room from Usher and NSYNC videos, then performed in front of his family
– How he started dancing again after being called a faggot as a young dancer made him stop for four years – he thought “Iâ€™m never dancing again”
-How B-Boys can make money teaching dance outside of the US vs. the challenge of teaching at a dance studio.
-How to startÂ with one thing until it becomes easy: Success by simplifying
-Tip for self-conscious dancers: If you close your eyes while dancing you will focus on what you are doing instead of what people think
Mentioned in this episode:
The best breakdancing movie: Planet B-Boy
Emeroy’s favorite Phil Jackson books:
If you are interested in working with me as an athlete, seeÂ my coaching page