Transcript: Show #21 Thrive Story | Mar 16, 2003

(music plays)

Fast colourful clips show the title: “VOX TV.”

Next, the Host appears on screen. She’s in her twenties. She has short dark hair down to the shoulders with pink highlights. She wears glasses, black trousers, a white blouse and a blue printed hoodie.

She says
COMING UP RIGHT AROUND THE
CORNER AT 7 WE HAVE AN EPISODE
OF TRAIL BOUND WHERE WE'LL
FOLLOW A GROUP OF TEENS AS THEY
FACE THE RISKS AND CHALLENGES
OF AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE.
BUT FIRST, FROM MUSIC VIDEOS
TO FASHION TRENDS, CELEBRITIES
AND AIR WAVES, HIP-HOP
CULTURE, AND SPECIFICALLY
HIP-HOP DANCE HAS
BEEN IN FULL FORCE.
SO HOW DOES SOMEONE GET
INVOLVED WITH THIS LATEST CRAZE?
BY JOINING A DANCE
COMPANY LIKE THRIVE.
THRIVE HAS BEEN HAILED AS THE
HOTTEST AND NEWEST HIP-HOP
DANCE COMPANY IN TORONTO.
BUT DON'T TAKE IT FROM ME.
TAKE IT FROM THEM.

(music plays)

A group of dancers rehearse at a dance studio. The Teacher is in his thirties. He has short dark hair and a goatee. He wears jeans and a loose striped white shirt over a matching T-shirt. His name is Shawn.

He says
OUT, LOOK, LOOK.
ARMS.
BUMP, BUMP.

The Host says
HEY, WE'RE
HERE WITH --

She abruptly bursts of laughter
WHO AM I AGAIN?

Shawn giggles and says
WHAT'S MY NAME?
HI, I'M SHAWN BYFIELD.
I'M ONE OF THE
DIRECTORS OF THRIVE.
THIS IS ANJULIE.

A clip shows Shawn at work: he shows the steps to his students.

He says
SO BA, BA, HOLD, AND THEN
WE'LL ALL PUT THEM UP ON ONE.

A dancer asks
GRABBING YOUR
WRIST, OR JUST...?

Shawn says
WHATEVER HELPS
YOU SHAKE BETTER.

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New clips show the dancers doing a choreography. A caption on screen reads “Shawn Byfield. Co-director of Thrive.”

Shawn says
HIP-HOP NOWADAYS IS VERY
MAINSTREAM, AND ALMOST EVERY
CITY YOU GO TO, YOU CAN
JUMP INTO A HIP-HOP CLASS.
EVERYBODY LISTENS TO HIP-HOP
MUSIC NOWADAYS, AND IT'S NOT
JUST AN UNDERGROUND THING.

A song plays while Shawn dances with a partner.

The lyrics go
A LITTLE TIME TO EASE
MY MIND, MY MIND.

The Host says
HOW DID THRIVE
DANCE COMPANY START?
The caption changes to “Jeff Wong. Co-director of Thrive.” He’s in his twenties. He has short dark hair and is clean-shaven. He wears a red T-shirt under a white jumper and a small earring on his left ear.

Jeff says
BASICALLY, IT STARTED WITH
THE THREE OF US, MYSELF, SHAWN
BYFIELD, AND TROY TERASHITA,
TEACHING DANCE CLASSES,
AND WANTING TO EXPOSE JUST
EVERYBODY TO HIP-HOP
AND ITS CULTURE.

The Host says
WHAT DO YOUR STUDENTS GET OUT
OF THE THRIVE HIP-HOP CLASSES?

Shawn says
OH, MY GOODNESS, WHAT DO
THEY GET OUT OF OUR CLASSES?
THEY GET A SENSE OF
CONFIDENCE FOR SURE.
THEY GET TO LEARN SOME
AWESOME CHOREOGRAPHY.
WE REALLY PUSH THEIR BRAINS
AND TRY AND GIVE THEM THE SAME
TECHNIQUE AND THE SAME
TRAINING THAT A LOT OF THE
DANCERS ARE GETTING IN
NEW YORK CITY, IN L.A.,
IN CHICAGO.

Jeff says
MY INSPIRATION IS FROM THE
MUSIC AND FROM THE BEATS
IN THE MUSIC.
I MEAN, I JUST PUT A TRACK ON,
AND WHATEVER COMES OUT OF
MY BODY IS WHAT I'LL TEACH
OR WHAT I'LL CHOREOGRAPH.

New images of the group dancing to a routine appears on screen.

(music plays)

Shawn says to one of his students
LOOKING SCARY RIGHT NOW.
NOT HARDCORE.
DON'T SCARE AWAY THE AUDIENCE.
YOU CAN BE HAPPY.
IT'S JENNY FROM THE BLOCK.
SHE'S HAPPY.

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The caption changes to “Melissa E.” She’s one of Thrive’s students. She’s in her twenties. She has long dark hair tied up in a ponytail and wears a white T-shirt and small silver earrings.

She says
YOU'RE MORE FREE
WITH YOURSELF.
NOT THAT THERE ISN'T ANY
TECHNIQUE IN HIP-HOP,
BUT AS OPPOSED TO JAZZ, YOU'VE
GOT TO POINT YOUR FOOT,
EVERYTHING IS PLACED.
WITH HIP-HOP, IT'S
JUST DO WHAT YOU WANT.
HAVE FUN WITH THE MUSIC.
IT'S REALLY INDIVIDUAL.
YOU FEEL THE MUSIC.
YOU JUST DANCE THE WAY
YOU WANT TO WITH IT.

(music plays)

Next is a new student. The caption changes to “Melissa N.” She’s in her twenties, too. She has short brown curly hair down to the shoulders and wears a blue T-shirt.

Melissa N. says
WITH HIP-HOP, THERE'S
NOT AS MANY RESTRICTIONS.
YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH DO
ANYTHING AND GET AWAY
WITH IT IN HIP-HOP.
AND NOBODY WOULD SAY, WELL,
THAT DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT.
THAT'S NOT RIGHT.
BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ONE
PARTICULAR STYLE IN HIP-HOP.

(music plays)

The Host says
WHAT MUSIC VIDEOS OR OTHER
WORK HAVE YOU DONE IN THE
HIP-HOP COMMUNITY?

Jeff says
I'VE DONE SOME WORK
WITH AMANDA MARSHALL.
I DID A MOVIE CALLED
GET OVER IT WITH CISCO.
SUPERSTAR.
I'VE HAD THE CHANCE TO PERFORM
WITH MARTHA WASH, VITAMIN C,
SHAWN DESMAN.

Melissa N. says
I'VE HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO
WORK WITH AN R AND B MUSIC GROUP
CALLED HEAT WHERE I
CHOREOGRAPHED A MUSIC VIDEO
FOR THEM JUST
THIS PAST SUMMER.

Shawn says
YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ME IN
SUCH FILMS AS -- I'VE BEEN IN
BLUES BROTHERS 2000.
THAT WAS WITH DAN
AYKROYD AND JOHN GOODMAN.
BOJANGLES IS A TAP
FILM WITH GREGORY HINES.
THAT'S ONE OF THEM.

The Host says
WHO'D BE AN IDEAL ARTIST THAT
YOU WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH?

Melissa E. says
OKAY, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE,
I HAVE TO ADMIT.

The Host says OH!

Jeff says MICHAEL JACKSON.

Melissa N. says
DEFINITELY JANET JACKSON.

Shawn says
WOW, WOW, I LOVE YOU JANET.
JUST REMEMBER ME, OKAY?
I LOVE JANET JACKSON.

Melissa N. says
I'VE GOTTEN SO MANY
OPPORTUNITIES FROM THRIVE.
ACTUALLY, IF IT WASN'T FOR
THRIVE, I DON'T THINK I'D BE
WHERE I AM TODAY.

Melissa E. says
I GET TO DANCE
AS MUCH AS I WANT.
I GET TO MEET GREAT FRIENDS.
DO AWESOME CHOREOGRAPHY, AND
JUST THE CHANCE, YOU KNOW,
WITH THRIVE, THERE'S A LOT OF
PEOPLE THAT KNOW THE REPUTATION.
SO WHEN THEY COME OUT TO SEE
THE SHOW, MAYBE, YOU KNOW,
SOMEBODY WILL BE INTERESTED.

A class finishes so the group of students cheers enthusiastically.

The Host concludes
UP NEXT, WE HAVE AN EPISODE
OF TRAIL BOUND, WHERE WE'LL
FOLLOW A BUNCH OF TEAMS AS
THEY EXPLORE THE WILDERNESS
AND LEARN ABOUT NATURE,
THEMSELVES, AND EACH OTHER.
TAKE A LOOK.

Watch: Show #21 Thrive Story