Hip-hop dance star visits Kingsford
By THERESA PROUDFIT
For The Daily News
KINGSFORD – Comfort Fedoke, a professional hip-hop dancer who appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Glee,” visited Dickinson County to teach dance moves to students at the U.P. Dance Academy in Kingsford.
Kathrine Trempe of the U.P. Dance Academy met Fedoke through a mutual friend with a dance studio in California.
She decided to bring her to the U.P. to teach street style hip-hop to her dance classes.
Fedoke flew in to Green Bay. They took her to Lambeau Field where she tried cheese curds for the first time and bought her a Packer hat, even though she’s a Dallas Cowboys fan.
“She loved it here and plans to come back next year,” said Trempe.
The students thought it was a great experience to learn from a professional dancer.
“Seeing the kids’ faces was the best part,” Trempe said. “Having someone famous coming to our town, the girls were so star struck.”
Addison Rutter of Kingsford enjoyed her afternoon with Fedoke. Her favorite part of the visit was “the dancing.” She thought “she was funny,” and “it was hard.”
Getting her autograph “was cool,” Rutter said.
According to her online biography Fedoke was born on May 20, 1988 in Dallas, and now resides in Los Angeles, as she continues her career in the entertainment industry.
At the age 13, Comfort had already involved herself in the art of dance through the street and taught herself how to dance by watching numerous break dance videos and emulating Michael and Janet Jackson.
As Fedoke grew older, she attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas where she continued as the only girl “who got down with the boys.”
She was always involved in her street crews with her dance brothers and battles.
Dallas Dance Club 21, a local Dallas dance show, was the beginning of Fedoke’s stardom, which led her to being one of the top 10 contestants on the hit television show, “So Do You Think You Can Dance,” season 4.
When her season ended, Fedoke took her talent and fame to more job opportunities and was asked to come back to “So Do You Think You Can Dance” as an all-star for seasons 7, 8, and 9.
After the reality show, Fedoke has been featured in a couple of films as a dancer in “Honey 2” and the remake of “Footloose” and currently “The East Side Story.”
She has also danced in the late Michael Jackson Tribute Tour, and Justin Bieber’s My World Tour with Jasmine Villegas, along with other artists like Jason Derulo, Big Time Rush, Robin Thicke, Wayne Brady, Owl City and Jennifer Lopez.
Fedoke is also on Fresh Beat bands on the Nick Jr. network, along with other hit TV shows like The Ellen Show, The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, and reoccurring appearances on the hit television show Glee.
Fedoke’s current job has been considered her dream job; she is now Missy Elliot’s main dancer as well as a dancer for Missy’s new artist, Sharaya J.
Comfort is currently a part of an all-female crew called Stylz Play composed of six girls, created by performer Sho-Tyme.
Outside of dancing, she has also excelled in rapping and singing and is now pursuing her career as a recording artist. Her single, “Lose Your Mind” featuring Gustavo is now on iTunes.
“My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die. Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule,” Fedoke says.
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