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Spotlight Travels: New York City with Anthony Rue II

Anthony Rue II is the founder and leader of one of the most commercially successful dance groups, The Amount Boyz. Anthony Rue II was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and transcended the boundaries of the inner city and its woes, beginning his dance training starting at the early age of 10, at the National Dance Institute. After training at the institute through out his elementary years Anthony then moved on to attend New York City’s acclaimed “Fame” school Fiorella La Gaurdia High School of the Performing Arts. While training and excelling in classically trained dance, the exposure to funk and soul classics by his mother and the rise of Hip-Hop music and the dance that followed the movement still had a profound influence on him, and was ultimately where his passion for the art form lay.

Anthony Rue II aka Ant Boogie
Anthony Rue II aka Ant Boogie

After founding the Amount Boyz with best friend Adrian Wiltshire and a group of other close friends, it was not long before he was combining the technique and precision he had gained in his years of classical study, with the new emerging style of Hip-Hop dance taking hold of youth throughout the inner city.

A combination of his natural ability, learned skill, and determination gained Anthony Rue II and the rest of the Amount Boyz recognition from the dance world and commercial industry as a whole. some of his credits include working with Madonna, Jay-Z , P.Diddy, Omarion, Alicia Keys, Mario, 3LW , and Ryan Leslie. He has also worked on the movies Honey, Dream Girls, Walk Hard, and Notorious B.I.G.

Anthony Rue II

Anthony Rue II has been teaching at Broadway Dance Center since 2000. In 2012 he launched Urban Dance League at BDC. The Urban Dance League (U.D.L) is a professional sports league of organized street-dance competitions, classes, and showcases. The U.D.L presents professional dancing in the same arena as the professional sports and athletic world. Anthony Rue II believes “Dancers are Athletes.”


HollyDayz: How has growing up in Brooklyn inspired your dancing?
 
Anthony: Growing up in Brooklyn gave me access to see a lot of the raw street dancing at an early age. I was into MJ and music videos as well but to be able to see dancers at battles and jams and on the street it was great. I also started dancing in school by age 10 so it was awesome.

HollyDayz: Do you think that the hip-hop style of dance is more acceptable now?

Anthony: I think for sure it is. Over the last 10 years I have seen it get bigger and bigger from movies to commercials to tv shows, You name it and hip hop dance is being affiliated with it to sell products or entertain viewers.

Performing
Performing

HollyDayz: What do you think about the “new style” of (hip-hop) dancers like Les Twins?

Anthony: Well I would like to say that their style isn’t new, but they are very talented dancers with great marketing advantages being brothers and twins.

HollyDayz: What is your opinion on Misty Copeland being made a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre and the effect on the world of classical dance?

Anthony: I hope it inspires other young women of color to train hard and seek out their best lane to become the best they can be as dancers as for the world of classical dance. I’m not sure it is a big deal to them. We know how things go.

HollyDayz: Do you think that your training in New York differs from overseas dancers training? If so, how?

Anthony: I think the training is different due to style of dance in the city. Also depending where you are some cities do not support focus on dance, so the community is hard to seek or grow with. Luckily I’m from the Mecca, the place it was born so we have a lot of options.

HollyDayz: What have been some of your favorite venues to perform at in the NYC area?

Anthony: My favorite venue to perform in would have to be Madison Square Garden!!!! That’s PRIME TIME =)
Anthony dancing with Madonna on tour
Anthony dancing with Madonna on tour
 HollyDayz: I know you have performed all over. How is the dance scene in New York different then other places?

Anthony: I think the major difference with NYC and other places is we are a major city that allows us to have more options on where we want to dance and with who. Also a lot of people come to NYC to do events so we get to taste different styles.
HollyDayz: After teaching a great class at Broadway Dance Center, what is your go to spot to grab some food?

Anthony:  LMAO people know I stay at the chicken bar down the block from Broadway Dance Center.
Ant Boogie Dancing
Ant Boogie Dancing
HollyDayz: What are some places in NYC people should check out that they may not know about?

Anthony: I think when they get to NYC the best thing to do is search their friends events on FaceBook, their are tons of events happening and some are underground so its good to get a peek at some parties.
HollyDayz:In your opinion, when is the best time to visit NYC?

Anthony: Best time to visit NYC, I would say the fall, around September or October. Everyone just left for the summer and it’s not as packed.
Anthony and UDL on BET's 106 & Park
Anthony and UDL on BET’s 106 & Park
HollyDayz: Do you have any performances coming up? 

Anthony: Yes, I’m working on the showcase (Urban Dance League Finals) at the HighLine Ballroom Dec 13th, 2015.
UDL Results
UDL Results
HollyDayz: What is next for the Urban Dance League?
Anthony:UDL is working on our own space. We have some new battles coming next year and we also launched our youth league over the summer so we are making some moves to expand to more public schools!

For more information on Anthony visit AntBoogieWorld. Follow him on Twitter. Learn more about the Urban Dance League. Check Anthony out in action.
**All photos by Anthony Rue II**

33 Comments

  • Allison Jones

    What an interesting interview! I love what he said about the differences in being a dancer in NYC as compared to elsewhere. I think that relates to the diversity in the city.

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    • Holly Dayz

      The city is very diverse. He is doing great things.

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  • Kita Bryant

    Love this interview! My daughter wants to dance so bad and she can move too. I am determined to put her in something this winter and I can’t wait!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. Oh you should, you never know she could really have a career.

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  • Joanna

    I love this! I’m not as big of a dancer to get into “fame school”, but I appreciate anyone who practices the art AND it’s a plus he’s able to share it with others.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea he has been teaching dance for years while doing his thing. Anyone who practices their craft I can appreciate.

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  • staciesayzso

    When I was younger, I wanted to be the next Debbie Allen so it’s cool seeing dancers be successful.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Aww, well you can still take classes and enjoy yourself.

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  • BeFree Project (@BeFreeProject)

    Great interview! This is my first time hearing about Anthony, he’s an AMAZING dancer.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. He really is! I have watched him for years and he has flourished.

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  • Staci

    Great interview! It’s very inspiring to see this level of success come from humble beginnings

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. He is very inspiring. He is doing great things.

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  • Nicole M Williams

    Really cool interview. Love watching dancers do there thing.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. Me too, I love the art form.

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  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    So cool, hadn’t heard of him before. I love NYC and I love dance. I am definitely going to be looking him up. My daughter is a budding dancer 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea look him up. He has done so much and he is fun to watch.

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  • Jonna Scott-Blakes

    Nice interview. He’s worked with a lot of people that I love. So cool to see people do things that some would say ‘oh you can’t make a living doing that’ and they’re able to live doing what they love with it.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. Yea he has got a long list of great things he has done. It is always a blessing to do what you love for a living.

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  • Tyra

    Great interview and great action shots. Anthony has a great resume and it is awesome that he gets to do his passion for a living.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. He has some great captures of him in action. Watching him dance is a lot of fun.

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  • Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    Great interview, I love his energy. It makes me want to know him right away. I love his passion and he has worked with amazing people. I need to check him out.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. I agree, he has great energy! I love watching him dance.

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  • lesleycarter

    Great interview. It’s always refreshing to read about people doing what they love and excelling at it.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. It really is a great thing to see people living out their passion and dreams.

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  • anneklien

    Thats a nice interview. I love street dance and hip hop on my younger years.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks. I love watching people dance.

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  • Mama Munchkin

    Wow… he has accomplished so much. I grew up dancing and reading about dancing in New York makes me want to go back in time and travel there before I had kids. What a wonderful city… so many opportunities for dancers!!

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    • Holly Dayz

      He really has and still going. Hopefully you get the opportunity to come New York and expose your kids to it.

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  • DonnaTruly

    Great interview. I always meant to go take a class at BDC and it never happened.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. Me too and never went.

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  • mags

    Love this! I used to take classes at BDC when I was a kid. I did mostly ballet and jazz, but all of the dancers there are amazing. It’s great getting an inside scoop on the dance scene in NYC

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh wow that is great. I never went, but maybe one day. I was thinking of taking some adult dance classes. I took ballet and jazz as a kid.

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  • Chasing Joy

    Very interesting interview. I don’t know much about dance and enjoyed learning about him. I liked the questions about NYC.

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