Tré Armstrong’s recently tweeted, “So if you don’t know, now you do: Hip Hop is my life!”

Canada’s very own, Tré Armstrong is one of the most talented and recognized Dancer/Choreographer’s of our time. Tré is trained in diverse forms of dance including, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Breaking, Ballroom, Reggae-ton and Dancehall. In 2004, Tré rose to success, as the choreographer in the internationally-acclaimed documentary “Breakin’ In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer. Her list of work is endless, choreographing for “So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season” 1 & 2 MTV’s Film, “Turn the Beat Around” “A Raisin in the Sun” “Repo: the Genetic Opera” “Canadian Idol” as well as National commercials. Not only a Dancer and Choreographer but Tré Armstrong is also an actress on the rise. In 2007, Tré starred alongside Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Dwain Murphy and Clé Bennett in the film, “How She Move”. Tré Armstrong has worked with many talented celebrities in the industry such as, Kenny Ortega (Michael Jackson’s Choreographer), P-Diddy, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Jessica Alba, Phylicia Rashad, Neyo, Sean Paul, Megan Fox and Ludacris. In 2008, Tré added So You Think You Can Dance Canada to her ever growing resume as the permanent judge alongside Jean-Marc Généreux a well-known ballroom dance champion and choreographer. Tré Armstrong is extremely passionate for her love of dance and gives-back to the community in dance workshops, classes and seminars as a instructor for inspiring dancers.

You started off as a ballet, tap and jazz dancer at the tender age of 5. When did you know you wanted to be a Professional Dancer and Choreographer. Who were your biggest inspirations?

Tré Armstrong: I also danced to Hip Hop at home and it was here that I feel in love deepest,  as I was always creating dance moves to my favourite Rap tunes.  It was at the age of 19 that I realized my passion to dance on stages around the world.  My biggest inspirations were my mother, brothers, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson to name a few.

You have choreographed and worked with many talented artists such as Missy Elliot, Diddy, Rihanna and Canada’s very own Kreesha Turner. Who else would you love to choreograph for?

Tré Armstrong: I’d love to choreograph for Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Justin Bieber.  If Adele, Dragonette and Robyn (Europe) would have me I’d be there too!

Who would you love to have a Freestyle Dance Battle with? Male or Female.

Tré Armstrong: I’ve always enjoyed battling guys but hey, girls are great too lol.

When you choreograph, where do you drawn inspiration from when creating those hard hitting moves?

Tré Armstrong: Really, everything and anything inspires me. I draw from everything

around me and try to keep an open mind all-ways.

You have traveled the world and been exposed to different forms of dance. What style of dance have you found the most challenging to learn and execute?

Tré Armstrong: I just finished choreographing a Bollywood video for Akshay Kumar (India’s biggest star) and Ludacris. Man, that was challenging. I wanted to infuse my Hip Hop style into the video but stay true to Bollywood. I used to watch the many classical Indian dance styles growing up and have such admiration for Bollywood as it draws from the technical and mixes with the more pop culture style of dancing today. Brilliance…

You were amazing in the film, How She Move. Will you be working on any new
film projects in the upcoming future?

Tré Armstrong: There is a film in the works, and I’ll make sure to come back to you when it’s being shot! I’d love to play an action hero soon though…

The 4th season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada will be airing later this year. What can the viewers expect this season in terms of the talent you have seen throughout the auditions? Give the viewers a hint of one of the worst auditions you’ve seen throughout the auditions.

Tré Armstrong: I find this year our dancers are very confident of themselves, and they
realize their inner star earlier in their careers. This is so important. On the show I aim to develop our dancers to be dance monsters of the dance industry. Even some of our past auditions end up being enjoyable because not everyone is a trained dancer, so it’s fun to see the funnier side too

You started a Urban Dance program called ‘D-Tour’ a division of your foundation “The Tré Armstrong Give Back Foundation.” Tell us more about the program and how it helps young inspiring dancers?

Tré Armstrong: D-Tour started as a 12-week urban dance program for girls aged 14-19 in
the Parkdale area of Toronto, ON. It was generously funded by ArtReach Toronto in part with the Laidlaw Foundation. We took the girls through different styles like Bollywood, Breaking/Hip Hop, Jazz Funk and Capoiera to name a few. We are looking to bring D-Tour to every city across Canada and the U.S. as it’s completely youth driven and directed by the youth participants! They even get to perform on stage in their own showcase at the end of the program.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to young inspiring dancers & choreographers trying to break into today’s competitive Dance Industry.

Tré Armstrong: 1. Given the choice to choose, choose not to lose! 2. Always take risks, in all-ways. If not, you’ll never know and always keep guessing about “what if?” 3. Success = Failures Persistence Passion (money will come when you’re clear about what you want)

We can’t wait to see you on the judging panel for the 4th season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. What’s else are you working on this year?

Tré Armstrong: 1. My dance company A New D.A.E.I. will be teaching out of Brampton this Summer 2011! go to www.anewdaei.com for more info starting in May! 2. My new not-for-profit foundation called the Tre Armstrong Give Back Foundation will be hosting a FREE DAY OF DANCE on June 19, 2011 at Canada’s National Ballet School. All donations will go towards the D-Tour program and more free events across Ontario and Canada for youth ages 8-29. 3. I am eagerly seeking more collaborations and partnerships to bring D-Tour, the all-girls and all-boys youth, urban dance program to the cities of Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto, Ontario. I’d really love all of North America to benefit from it really! You can reach me at www.trearmstrong.com to contact me or for more information

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