We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Bynes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rob, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Piscataway, New Jersey which is about an hour away from mid-town Manhattan. My upbringing in church is the biggest influence on who I am as a man and as an artist. My faith informs my choices and the way that I have settled into finding my purpose. I want people to feel God through me when I dance as well as when I speak. Having an enormous family, especially one with many in the arts, has given me a strong foundation and plenty of encouragement to pursue dance without the worries of expectation or disappointment. As a three sport athlete, what I appreciated most was my drive to compete and the availability to find motivation from within.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Since I started dancing in church, being moved by spirit is something that has defined me. Pair that with the rawness of the Jersey Club culture and you get a unique combination of freedom and energy. I would not be where I am today if it had not been for exploring structure and being exposed to different dance styles and choreography under a team called RDT, based out of Rutgers University. It was there where I truly learned how to grow diligently, regardless of access and finances. It was not easy transitioning into the commercial industry but what helped me was the constant reminder that God is with me and that He will order my steps. I learned that the more I discovered and affirmed within myself, the less I was affected by the ups and downs of this industry. I just want the world to know that I am doing God’s work. I just happened to be doing it in an oversized tee and some sweatpants. That work could be as simple as someone feeling joy when they watch or learn from me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely advise my friends to enjoy a trip down Melrose, preferably on Sunday for the trading post to pick up some vintage gear while being around vibrant energy. For some views and adventure take the drive over to Joshua Tree and be ready to stay long enough to view the stars at night in those clear skies. If you enjoy comedy, check out Flappers in Burbank for some laughs. Last but certainly not least…go to a good taco truck stand and eat like a local! (You’ll probably enjoy it more than In-N-Out)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My girlfriend Amanda May hasn’t been in my life for nearly as long as some of my biggest influences, but I must say that she has the biggest impact on my life currently. Through this friendship and relationship she has helped me discover more of myself and has challenged me in so many ways that add to my artistry. Being a phenomenal artist herself, I have a great partner to lean on to bring me to my next level. My impact on an audience has everything to do with my emotional availability, my faith, my honesty, my articulation and my unique skill set. She has a pivotal role in each of these.
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