Bobby Newberry has choreographed music videos for Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot and The Pussycat Dolls. His work has also been seen on TV’s Dancing with The Stars and X-Factor.
This weekend, he’ll take the mic at Miami Pride performing tracks from his latest EP. Joining him on stage will be Sam J Garfield, eight male dancers and Rhea Litre, debuting their new duet, “Freak.”
“It’ll be a full thirty-minute set,” Newberry confirms. We spoke with him from his Los Angeles home.
Why is it important that we celebrate Pride?
Bobby Newberry: We need to always celebrate Pride and never forget how hard generations of our community fought for the rights that we enjoy today. Love is love! Be proud of who you are, stand up for what you believe in, spread love and stop hate.
How did you get into choreographing for major stars?
Bobby Newberry: I started by posting videos of my choreography on YouTube. It was in the early stages of the platform so my following grew really quickly.
Of all the songs you have worked on, which is your fave?
Bobby Newberry: That’s so tough! I was part of the choreography team for the Pussycat Dolls’ “When I grow up” and it was one of my favorite projects ever. Also choreographing Nicki Minaj’s “Rake It Up” was so fun. Working one on one with Nicki was incredible.
Did you ever have to convince an artist to do a move they didn’t want to do?
Bobby Newberry: No, I think one of the most important jobs of a great choreographer is to put the artist and their artistry above the steps. If the artist doesn’t feel the steps are right for the song, they’re not. Some choreographers get caught up in their choreography when in reality, it’s all about the artist and the whole picture.
What made you want to step up to the mic?
Bobby Newberry: My love of singing actually came before my love of dance. I started singing the second I was able to talk. My family would watch me sing everything from Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson to Prince and Madonna. I would pretend play “tour” all day in my room, even changing costumes between numbers!
How did you choose the sound for your own music?
Bobby Newberry: My sound changes a lot. I am constantly getting new ideas. Melodies are forever flowing through my head. Like, literally all day and night. So, while today I would describe my sound as pop with R&B and hip-hop elements, who knows what tomorrow may bring? My art is inspired by my life.
Bobby Newberry performs the Miami Beach Pride pop stage on Saturday, September 18 at 8:30pm. More information at MiamiBeachPride.com.