Willdabeast Adams on Dance, Oscars, Janelle Monae, IMMABEAST, and Relationships
Written by: Dana Alexander – February 23rd 2020, 12:55pm pst
This week on the brand new show, The Dance Influence with Dana Alexa, host Dana Alexa and co-host Danielle Rose sat down with the amazing Willdabeast Adams.
Since moving from Indiana in 2005, Will has danced among artists such as Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Jason Derulo and T-Pain. Some of his choreography credits include; Glee, JBalvin, Mercedes, Step Up Year of Dance, John Legend – and that’s just to name a few. He has over 2.2 million youtube subscribers, over half a billion views and 870 k people watching him on instagram.
The chat begins about The Oscars and their lack of acknowledgment for dancers and choreographers. Isn’t it time for a best choreography in a movie award? All three were blown away by Janelle Monae’s opening performance. Janelle wanted to make a statement about the lack of inclusion in the ceremony; she dressed her dancers in costumes that represented the films she felt were snubbed, references the female directors she felt were not properly acknowledged, speaks of herself as a”black queer artist,” all while in the middle of a well choreographed, high energy dance performance.
“It was out there but it was just enough to make people wake up” -Will
Then the conversation turned to Valentine’s day. Dana Alexa opened up about her public relationship to her ex-fiance and fellow choreographer Matt Steffanina.
The girls, both now single, asked Will for relationship advice since him and his wife, Janelle Ginestra, have been together for nearly a decade. “Apologize quickly,” Will says. Will and his wife are not only romantic partners, but also run all their very successful companies and businesses together as well, from their dance company Immabeast to their dance convention Buildabeast.
“I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It’s the coolest thing in the world… Working with your best friend, living with your best friend… getting to share the highs, just the small wins together. It’s really cool.” – Will Adams
Will goes on to discuss some of the highs and lows with living a very public life as the persona
‘Willdabeast.” Will gets real about being an underdog and how he has made this amazing come up throughout his career in LA.
“Debbie Reynolds wouldn’t let me sub. Millennium wouldn’t let me sub. It wasn’t until Kenya Clay brought me in… and Jin from Millennium was like ‘Who is this boy? He needs to teach here’.”
Not only is Will a world renowned dancer and choreographer, he also created a studio space located here in LA called IMMASPACE. He created the studio to be a home for his company members as well as to offer open classes to the dance community. He says his main goal is to remind dancers that they are a beast and to move away from the idea that dancers are just background. His attitude is focused on progress and moving the industry forward to acquire the respect that dancers and choreographers deserve.
“What does that BEAST name mean? And that could be in whatever you do. What else can we do?”
Will and Janelle are now looking to move IMMASPACE into a larger space in hopes of creating a dance “multiplex” where the community can come together. The new space will include tutors for dancers, acting and singing lessons, Doctors for Dancers to teach dancers how to take care of their bodies, and much more. They are asking the community to support them by helping them to raise funds. If you’d like to donate you can do so at:
This article was co-written by Dana Alexa and Danielle Ross.
About The Author:
Dana Alexa was born in Brooklyn, NY and started her dance training at 2 years old. She quickly fell in love with dance and began training seriously and pursuing a professional career at the age of 21 first on the east coast and now here in LA. Dana began her professional dance career by representing the NBA in her hometown NYC as a Knicks City Dancer. Most recently Dana has worked in a national 2019 Superbowl commercial for the company Expensify and in a music video for 2 chainz. She worked as a choreographer on a new Disney show and is currently on staff at the world renowned Millennium Dance Complex. Dana has amassed a massive social media following, totaling over a million followers across all of her platforms. Dana is loving her home as a host at Afterbuzz TV on the new show, The Dance Influence with Dana Alexa where she sits down to chat with the biggest influencers in dance every week.
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