Every House Head has a root or story on how they first fell in love with House Music.
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When I was a teen, I knew I could do anything as long as I tried. Even though I tried very hard, I was not about to follow my dreams of becoming a dancer.
I never played high school sports like football, basketball and baseball like most high school jocks. In fact, I did not have any male friends and was teased because as the result. It hurt a lot until I learned how to dance. The pain went away and I felt better.
After I finished my homework, I would watch music videos on MTV. I would emulate dance moves from Michael Jackson, Prince, Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson and Madonna. Flashdance was the one movie that inspired me the most. I would watch the TV show Fame because of Debbie Allen. Debbie Allen was the choreographer of the original movie by the same name. I would go to my room and try to recreate their dance routines. I enjoyed it so much it became a part of me, so I taught myself choreography.
When I was ready to show people what I learned, I danced at house parties and special dance events at various high schools. One day I discovered this teen dance club called Jenal’s located on the northwest side of Chicago. Everytime I went there, it was electric. The dance floor was huge; the special effects were awesome and the djs kept you on the dance floor. The guys were always in style and the girls were hot. Jenal’s was the home of Chicago freestyle dancing. The three top groups were the Culito’s, Imported Taste and All Star Dancers. The Culito’s were the hottest group in town. They were so popular everyone wanted a piece of them. Their members were great looking; their clothes were stylish but mostly their dance routines were poetry in motion. I wanted to be just like them.
Months later, I was better than most of the Culito members. In fact, their leader asked me to join their group. It would have been a dream come true. At that time, I was gaining my own popularity. I joined small groups like Inferno Dances, Situation and Contact. I was able to create their dances and our performances were successful. I started choreograph high school girls for talent shows, pomp pons and school musicals. Some girls would compete with other high schools and a few won first place. I was even in a group that combine members of the Culito’s, Imported Taste and Contact. We were called the Magnificent Seven. When we performed at Jenal’s, we would tear the house down. That moment I knew I wanted to dance professionally.
My high school stated a dance troupe and wanted me to become its instructor. Needless to stay I was very excited at this great opportunity. Here I was a high school junior and I was going teach others the art of dancing. The possibilities were endless. Some of the male jocks started to tease me and call me names like punk and sissy. They say only girls should be in dance classes and not boys. I should be in sports and chasing girls. I couldn’t understand why they hated what I did. I had all girls in my classes and was in a relationship with the prettiest girl in school. I should have been labeled as a stud and not a sissy. Every time I held class, the guys would interrupt and become nasty toward me and the girls. I brought this matter to the principal but it only stopped for the short period of time then it started again. This kept going on for a while until most of the girls start dropping out of the dance troupe. Unfortunately, I too grew tired of the constant teasing from these so called boys. Finally, I went to the school and told them I was giving up the dance troupe. Days after, I quit choreography all together. I was so hurt and so tired of dealing with jealous and close-minded people.
Now I dance for myself and my love for House music is stronger than ever. That’s why I was excited to had attended Old School Parties Jenal’s Reunion, the Chosen Few House Cruise, the Chose Few Picnic and other parties and events. Today, I am a House blogger, own and website, sell t-shirts and create a House Social Network. This would had never been possible if it were not for my first encounter with Jenal’s and my love for House and Dance Music. This House Head Has Spoken!!