November 03, 2008
Mystic Defines Dancing
Some people are blessed with a special talent, and Mystic is undoubtedly one such person.
A dancer who has been honing her craft from her eyes were at her knees — as the saying goes this young lady is definitely a cut above the rest and she is quietly building a reputation as the one to watch.
The newest sensation in the streets, Mystic initially sought to carve out her own space in the highly competitive dancehall arena, where she jostles with the best both male and female and usually comes out the winner. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that she is one dimensional and can only hold her own in the dancehall, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. She has the talent and is ready, able and versatile enough to take on any genre of music and segue into a dance routine that is sure to mesmerize.
With no formal training, Mystic (and that is her real name) credits her father’s agility as a football coach and her mother’s singing ability — she is the daughter of singer, Joy White — as the combination that gifted with the DNA for dancing. She also gives her older brother his props. It was through watching him and his friends and secretly rehearsing their routine, which she unleashed on them, once she had it perfect that led to her entrée into the halls of dance.
“After he and his friends realized how good I was, they took me everywhere they went to dance. We would walk miles just to get on a show and then walk miles back home, because we just didn’t have money for cab fares. We did it out of pure love for dancing,” she recalls.
With a passion for choreography, Mystic gained a reputation while at school, both Wolmer’s Girls and Titchfield High as “da bomb”. So it comes as no surprise to those who know her that she was chosen as the lead in a Gnarls Barkley video. And securing this role was no easy feat as it tested every iota of Mystic’s dancing skill, especially since every respected dancer in Jamaica turned up at this audition. “When they told me that I got the part I was so excited,” she recalls. But, with a twist of irony, the lead role didn’t even require her to dance.
But, it was her ticket to the big times and the exposure from that video has been remarkable.
So too has her alliance with Olympic World Record holder and dancing dynamo, Usain Bolt, who never fails to give her props as the person who taught him the Gully Creeper, Nuh Linga and the other dance moves he unleashed on the world this summer in Beijing, China.
Of that relationship, she says, “Usain likes to learn and I like to teach.”
And teaching is really what Mystic does best every time she captures the video light and expertly shows her talent to the world.