Making Moves – Our Exclusive Interview With Hip-Hop Dancer Lil Fly Girl
Catch up with the dance prodigy at i-D Magazine x Nike’s Force Is Female Air Force 1 shoot in Berlin.
Since its beginning earlier this year, Nike’s The Force Is Female campaign, launched in conjunction with new Air Force 1 releases, has shaken the sneaker world with fresh-faced female empowerment. The campaign is a stance for equality, a declaration of female power and an assertion that empowerment is a state of mind. Through offering a platform to inspirational female game-changers and spreading the word of female influentials, Nike have been able to construct a community in celebration of female strength at the forefront of the sneaker and sportswear community. As the campaign continues to steam ahead with collaborative shooting of the new Port Wine and Black Patent colorways with I-D Magazine, we headed down to catch up with 13 year old hip-hop dancer and performer in the new campaign, Lil Fly Girl, to talk the then, the now and the future.
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How did you get into dance?
I was away on holiday in Turkey a couple years back during summer break and I met a dancer there who was offering workshops. He said that I had talent and should consider taking dancing further. So, I got in touch with a friend who had contacts from Flying Steps Academy, who’s actually a part of the Flying Steps Illusion himself. And yeah, I got started with the academy straight away over that summer break and also began training on my own at home.
How would you describe your dancing in three words?
Joyous, confident and fun.
If you could dance for any hip-hop star who would it be, and why?
Hmmm… I think dancing for Big Sean, Le Twins or Ariana Grande would be really cool. And of course Patrox, my coach (laughs).
Finish this sentence: The future is ...?
What's been the best part of your experience with Nike so far?
I’ve met some amazing people, had lots of fun and gained a lot of new experiences… so its hard to say. But I’ve never had the chance to shoot a music video before, which has just been crazy.
What does The Force Is Female mean to you?
The first thing that comes to mind is the incredible, inspiring The Force Is Female team and of course, the #FutureForce Air Force One dance crew, as well. So, I guess The Force Is Female means togetherness to me.
If you were a sneaker, what would you be?
An Air Force One!
What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?
On stage. Dancing, acting, I don’t know. Just on stage.
The Nike SF Air Force 1 SE Premium Force is Female in Port Wine is available here for $230 (180€).
The Nike Air Force 1 Low in Black Patent is available from November 16th at nike.com and at selected retailers.