Beyonce can shake it, Ellen does the comedy dance, and Usher walks on air, but choreographer Rosero McCoy can teach 'em all a move or two, and he has. The self-proclaimed "club kid" has worked with the best (Fergie, Outkast, N'Sync, to name a few) and now he's making the stars — The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and Matthew "Mdot" Finley — of Disney's latest musical masterpiece, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, have happy feet. We recently had a chance to chat with him in San Francisco.
LilSugar: As a choreographer working with so many different stars, how do you go from Ellen to Usher to Disney?
Rosero McCoy: The elements of music are what drive me. Going from different style of music be it rock or hip hop or rap, I can still adapt to it. There are so many different styles of music in the Camp Rock movie. Going from someone like Ellen (laughs), I worked with her — it was comedy and she was so cool to work for because she just was over the top. She was like we're going to make up our own dance called the booty slap (I don't know if I should be saying that), but it was just comedy and fun. I think the beauty of it is seeing that there's a need and fulfilling that need whatever that music is.
LS: And what attracted you to Disney and skewing to a younger demographic?
RM: I grew up with Disney and I have two boys (ages 20 and 21), and every year our family went to Disneyland. I grew up watching Disney films so I felt when I had the opportunity — and, I've said this before — my son told me not to mess it up because we are a Disney family. I was very excited about it.
LS: Is dancing in everyone or are some people born dancers and other people just don't have rhythm?
RM: I think that when you walk you dance. You just have to put it to beat. It's definitely in everyone and of course everyone excels at things differently. But if it's something that is in you, it's as easy as walking because when you walk you walk 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (snapping), then you put that to music and you have MDOT. Everyone can dance, you just dance to your own beat of music and that's what makes things amazing.
To see how Rosero got into dance and what inspires his moves, read more.
LS: How did you become a choreographer?
RM: My first big choreography gig was Usher and I did that back in '90-something, but before that my whole background was as a freestyle club kid. That's what I do, I dance. I go out to the club and I dance and sweat and have a great time and that's where I get inspiration from the kids about other things that are happening. I always watch different award shows when Michael or Janet or Paula were on there and I loved that they would incorporate Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire things inside so it wasn't so one dimensional. I think that is why I can work with Celine Dion on her Billboard performance, but then go over and work with Snoop Dogg on his Eastsidaz project because that's how I grew up — with all types of music. I've always been into it.
LS: The rise of pop music in a way blurred the lines between different genres of music, is this true with dance?
RM: I think so — it is fusing. Everyone can appreciate music and you don't have to be categorized by one type of it. We all have different types of moods so we have different types of music. We don't always feel like we want to bob our head, dance, it's evolved to where it makes you move a certain way or feel a certain thing and that's what you go with. It's not I just listen to this or just dance to this. I'm very much inspired by jazz dancers and ballet dancers and hip hop kids that are doing some things that are so amazing like spinning on their heads or crazy flips. Yes, it's definitely fusing.
Watch Rosero's work in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam which premieres tonight (8:00pm ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Check Lil tomorrow for our interview with MDOT.