Put On Your Dancing Shoes!
Breje teaches Kid Reporter the dance moves to Twist Wit It.
This summer, I met Breje, a 13-year-old entertainer, who came to the Scholastic Headquarters in New York City to promote his new album, called Scene 1.
Just like a regular kid, Breje (pronounced bre-zay) enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with his friends. One difference, is that he has to keep a daily schedule to find time for writing songs, performing, and doing social things like sports as well as schoolwork. He also makes time to read. He recommended some great books like the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. Maximum Ride is young adult science fiction.
I asked Breje if he had any advice for kids. Turns out he has a whole philosophy!
“You can’t get it if you don’t try,” he told me.
He defined failure as not trying. He said as kids, we should all keep trying and not give up our dreams. Kids need to “work hard, get good grades in school and practice,” he said.
That is what he plans to do to become a famous pop star. From what I can tell by his music and personality, he is definitely on his way!
“Instead of waiting on the world to change, make a change yourself,” Breje said. “Don’t wait for someone else to do it. We each can make a difference.” Some good words to live by!
Breje started dancing and rapping with his sisters' group when he was 8 years old. He really loves performing, he told me. The famous part, he’s still getting used to. Recently, after singing at a concert in a school, he was going backstage and suddenly a group of people rounded the corner with papers and pens screaming his name. He looked around wondering what they wanted. Then he realized it was his autograph! He thought that was pretty funny!
He may be modest about his popularity, but there is no reason for him to be modest about his talent. I saw him dance at Scholastic. In fact, he made me try it with him. There’s nothing easy about dancing, especially in front of a camera.
Breje is an awesome dancer. I was reluctant to try, but Breje convinced me to come up on stage and dance with him. He taught me some of his great moves to his new song Twist Wit It.
Check out the video above and try it yourself. It was fun, but I think I need more practice before I take it on the road.
It was a blast meeting Breje at Scholastic headquarters and dancing on stage with him. It was certainly a first for an interview: I had to take off my journalist’s hat and put on my dancing shoes for this one!