Monday, July 28, 2008

ProDance Featured Choreographer - Cicely & Olisa (Nu-Stylz)

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Cicely Bradley and Olisa Thompson are the award-winning, show-stopping choreographing team known as Nu-Stylz. Drawn together by their mutual love for dancing, the dynamic duo has been performing together since the 4th grade. As children, Nu-Stylz danced almost every day. They would perform their high-energy dance routines for anyone; anywhere! It didn’t matter if they were in a backyard or in a ballroom, Nu-Stylz would always be the center of attention when the music came on. By the time they were teens they’d already earned a reputation for ripping down stages at dance competitions, college shows and even the world-famous Apollo. Their professional career officially launched at the age of 15 when they were selected out of hundreds to dance with Ralph Tresvant of the R&B group New Edition. Since then, Nu-Stylz has gone to become one of the hottest choreographers in the business, working with top entertainers such as G-Unit, Missy Elliot, Tweet, Daddy Yankee, Mario, The Fugees, and Whitney Houston.

As their name implies, Nu-Stylz is a dance unit that creates original moves and sparks the hottest dance trends. Their choreography on Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” music video earned them nominations at the 7th Annual American Choreography Awards and the 2001 MTV Video Awards. At the 10th Annual American Choreography Awards, they won the “Outstanding Achievement in Choreography” award for their work on Missy’s “Pass the Dutch” music video. They were judges in the spring of 2006 Fox TV’s hit reality-competition show “So You Think You Can Dance”.