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.
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 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: 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.
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?
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.