Macy Baez is feeling the beat. Not your average 15 year old hip hop dancer, Macy was born profoundly deaf, so she really is quite literally feeling the beat. It’s how she moves. It’s all about the music. And she’s moving up in the world. Macy is the chosen one for the face of Sony’s new Extra Bass SRS-XB3 wireless speaker. The technology is so intensely great that the vibrations and beat pumping through the sound system have made it easier for the beat to speak to Macy. And there’s nothing we love more than a good beat. It gets us going, gets the blood pumping, gets us ready to take on the world. Macy gets it. Just watch her move. It’s a universal time for hip hop. The World Hip Hop Championships that Macy will take on with her dance crew take place on August 13th in Las Vegas. And the day before, Baz Luhrmann’s hip hop ‘The Get Down’ Netflix series is premiering. It’s all hip hop happening.
When did you decide you wanted to dance?
“Around 2008, when I started dancing hip hop. I started dancing with Brooke Tulloch at Street Beatz Hip Hop Studio in 2010, and Brooke has been my teacher and my mentor ever since.”
Who are your influences?
“Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson are amazing, I love watching how their bodies communicate with the music.”
Why hip hop?
“I love Hip Hop as it was the style I was brought up listening to.”
Describe the feeling when you start moving to the beat.
“It’s incredible. Dancing is like my own language that I use to express myself. Sound travels through my cochlear implants and I also feel the beat vibrating through my feet.”
Which styles of music/which artists create music that you feel?
“I’m a big fan of Michael Jackson. I watch his video clips to see how he feels the music and how he dances.”
How does Sony’s wireless speaker change dance for you?
“The new Sony XB3 speaker has a button that pumps up the bass even more so I can really feel the music. It’s awesome.”
Why is music so important to you?
“I trained myself to dance by feeling the vibrations from the bass sounds. If it wasn’t for music, I wouldn’t be where I am today. More and more I find my body just connects to the beat and that’s what I try to focus on. The music is just in me.”
Best clothing to move in?
“Stylish baggy clothing.”
Who is your dance hero/heroine?
“I love Parris Goebel. She’s an amazing choreographer and dancer who has worked with people like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. It’s amazing how she dances, it’s really fierce, strong and clean. She’s built up all these female dancers to become better, bigger and stronger artists.”
Describe your routine for the World Hip-Hop Championships in 3 words.
“Crazy, fierce, and exciting.”
Post originally published on 10 Magazine