If you don’t recognize his face, you’ve definitely seen his moves. He’s Darryl Blackman "DBlack" choreographer to the stars. He’s choreographed moves for O-Town, Aaron Carter, LFO, Take 5, and C-Note. Now he’s recording his own album, and taking on not only the dance world.
Hi DBlack, how are you doing?
I’m fine, just waiting for my time to shine….patiently.
How did you get started in dancing?
I started when I was about 14 dancing in musicals in Chicago.
What was your very first big job dancing?
I guess you could say my first big job was dancing and singing on a cruise ship. I had big jobs before that but this one got me to see more of the world and brought me to Orlando.
Where do you get inspiration to create your dances?
I actually go to clubs and watch the people that other people say can’t dance. I use their reckless abandonment to inspire me. I also get hyped over music too.
Who would you say is your biggest influence and why?
I get caught up with choreographers that have worked with Michael Jackson because you gotta come with it to work with him. I would love to have the chance to do at least one song for him. I would rock the heck outta that song. I think he would like it.
Do you ever travel with the acts you dance for? … what’s that like?
I have traveled with a few acts, but the most fun was with Aaron Carter. It was also the most traveling I have ever done.
Who would you say is your favorite artist that you’ve worked with?
Aaron, without a doubt. Lil’ J was cool too because it was all my choreography and it helped to get him signed.
What would you say is the hardest part about being a choreographer?
Being taken for less of a choreographer because I don’t come from LA. There are a lot of amazing choreographers in LA, but there are also a lot here too in Orlando. We are all doing our thing and should get the same respect, but we don’t. I still won’t let that get me down. I gotta do me.
If you had to choose between dancing and singing which would you stick with?
As much as I love dancing I would have to say singing because I have been waiting patiently to do it and I am ready now.
Is music something you’ve always wanted to do?
Yes, and have done, but not like this.
How different is it to record an album then to choreograph a dance?
For me it’s a lot different because Dancing is something that came easy and I could do it anywhere. Singing is more challenging and it’s hard as heck to get someone on the same page as you to finish a song.
Do you have any advice for someone who would someday like to be a choreographer?
Trust in your ability to create something new and never let any one tell you your not good. Someone will like your gift.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, is there anything you’d like to add before we let you go?
I can do nothing but be real. I hope you follow me as I rise and fall, but never fail.