Today we’d like to introduce you to Tre Norfleet.
Hi Tre, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Growing up, I was always very social and enjoyed people, I played sports my entire life, but when I discovered dance at 18, it felt like I was finally fulfilled. I was hungry and kept working, in 2013, I started locking. In 2014, I started traveling and competing. Moving around to different parts of the country (DMV, NYC, the Bay Area, LA) I learned so much from every place, and it pushed me further. Finally settling down in 2017 in Florida, building a home base for myself and representing our beautiful community. I’ve been blessed to travel more, battle, and teach internationally as well as nationally. Now the goal is to continue doing what I love, building our dance community, and being a quality father to my daughter Nori. Chelsea Miranda is the best person I could have ever asked for to share this journey with; she’s the strongest person I know and inspires me everyday.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. Then again, I doubt life is for anyone. To be fully transparent, I’m currently going through the hardest transition in my entire life. In the past, I have come to the hard realization that I haven’t been as sober or healthy as I can be. In my past, I have disappointed and hurt people, been hurt. I have anxiety, suicidal thoughts, I’ve lived in my car, struggled to find work, and more. I still count myself blessed and fortunate because I have a loving family and an amazing community. Sometimes my pride and fear get in the way when I need to reach out for help, but I’m growing through this process. My past isn’t squeaky clean, and I have issues just like everyone else, so there’s no room for judgment from me. At the end of the day, I’m not perfect, but I know I’m worth it.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My craft is a huge part of my identity. I travel around this country and others and compete in dance battles. I specialize in an art form called locking. There aren’t a lot of lockers in the United States, so I take my craft seriously because I know I represent not only myself but my country. I am most proud of representing at Juste Debout in 2020 in Paris, and even though it was canceled due to Covid-19, I know that I will have more opportunities like that in the future. What sets me apart from others is that everything I learn I bring back here to Florida. I don’t desire to chase the bright lights of fame, instead, I want to build our community in an authentic way to preserve and push our culture forward.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I see dancers as a necessity in the entertainment world. If you want your song, product, or advertisement to pop a solid solution is hiring dancers. In the next 5-10 years, I see Florida being a huge hub in the entertainment industry, we already have theme parks, but I know we can do so much more. I also see the choreography and freestyle communities being more in tune with one another. The potential is so vast for Florida, and the passion is there, I can’t wait to see what the future holds here!
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