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West& Swizz Beatz Surprise 36th Coming To America Bday w/Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Words cannot express my level of gratitude for the opportunity that I had to perform with my Forces of Nature Dance family Friday morning. In 5 short days under the direction of the amazing Luam (Luam Ky Productions) and the visionary Abdel R. Salaam (Co-Founder /Artistic Director of Forces) pure magic was created. Alicia Keys wanted to surprise her husband Swizz Beatz for his 36th bday with a “Coming to America" themed party and Luam brought the vision to fruition. As the result we were sworn to secrecy and drilled the routine until it was perfect. A. Keys cut no corners recreating numerous aspects of the legendary film. The party was complete with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (African Dancers), African Flower Girls, plush thrones, a royal court and the Sexual Chocolate Band!

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre opened the party decked in elaborate headdresses and traditional accessories for the recreation of the iconic dance number from the film. Abdel and Luam recreated that legendary scene with original choreography and Swiss loved every moment. It was such an honor to share the stage with so many phenomenal dancers who I both admire and inspire me. Our cast was filled with powerhouse African dancers. Huge thank you to Nicole De Weever for being such an incredible assistant and referring the company. We are all so thankful and appreciative for the opportunity and I’m sure we made you proud! A stunning Alicia with her pregnant glow informed us that her and Swizz compete to out do one another for their birthdays. He admitted himself at the party that Alicia definitely won and that he has his work cut out for him for her January bday. I still can’t believe that I worked with Luam who I’ve admired since high school.  She even allowed for me to get a little solo and said, “we gave her chills.” It was a true honor working for Alicia, both her and Swizz seem to be genuinely sincere and loving individuals. I hope this is the first of many!

 -J.West

West& Collaboration with Men of Generation

I randomly wanted to get some 70’s inspired shots and my Men of a Generation counterparts delivered. Dex R. Jones shot the first photo and Yinka Parris shot the second. 

See More of these 2 at the links below:

http://westampersand.tumblr.com/post/80656825777/westampersand-west-dex-r-jones-men-of-our

 http://westampersand.tumblr.com/post/80656896690/westampersand-west-yinka-parris-men-of-our

 -J.West

So thankful to finally have had the opportunity to work with @luamky for Alicia Keys surprise “Coming to America" themed bday party . Luam has been a true inspiration for years. She even gave me a little solo! According to Luam Forces of Nature Dance Theatre gave her chills! #Wonthedoit #LookatGod #Dancelife #ForcesofNature #Luam #Blessed #comingtoAmerica

So thankful to finally have had the opportunity to work with @luamky for Alicia Keys surprise “Coming to America" themed bday party . Luam has been a true inspiration for years. She even gave me a little solo! According to Luam Forces of Nature Dance Theatre gave her chills! #Wonthedoit #LookatGod #Dancelife #ForcesofNature #Luam #Blessed #comingtoAmerica

West& Swizz Beatz Surprise 36th Coming To America Bday w/Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Words cannot express my level of gratitude for the opportunity that I had to perform with my Forces of Nature Dance family Friday morning. In 5 short days under the direction of the amazing Luam (Luam Ky Productions) and the visionary Abdel R. Salaam (Co-Founder /Artistic Director of Forces) pure magic was created. Alicia Keys wanted to surprise her husband Swizz Beatz for his 36th bday with a “Coming to America" themed party and Luam brought the vision to fruition. As the result we were sworn to secrecy and drilled the routine until it was perfect. A. Keys cut no corners recreating numerous aspects of the legendary film. The party was complete with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (African Dancers), African Flower Girls, plush thrones, a royal court and the Sexual Chocolate Band!

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre opened the party decked in elaborate headdresses and traditional accessories for the recreation of the iconic dance number from the film. Abdel and Luam recreated that legendary scene with original choreography and Swiss loved every moment. It was such an honor to share the stage with so many phenomenal dancers who I both admire and inspire me. Our cast was filled with powerhouse African dancers. Huge thank you to Nicole De Weever for being such an incredible assistant and referring the company. We are all so thankful and appreciative for the opportunity and I’m sure we made you proud! A stunning Alicia with her pregnant glow informed us that her and Swizz compete to out do one another for their birthdays. He admitted himself at the party that Alicia definitely won and that he has his work cut out for him for her January bday. I still can’t believe that I worked with Luam who I’ve admired since high school.  She even allowed for me to get a little solo and said, “we gave her chills.” It was a true honor working for Alicia, both her and Swizz seem to be genuinely sincere and loving individuals. I hope this is the first of many!

 -J.West

Black Excellence w/ the beautiful @kirakoreo and Lauren! Before hitting the stage for @aliciakeys surprise Coming to America themed party for @therealswizzz. My heart is still filled from this opportunity that Forces of Nature Dance Theatre was given under the incomparable Abdel R. Salaam and directed by @luamky . #forcesofnature #Dancelife #Blessed #Grateful #surprise #comingtoAmerica #Luam #Africandance #happy #ForcesofNatureDanceTheatre 

Black Excellence w/ the beautiful @kirakoreo and Lauren! Before hitting the stage for @aliciakeys surprise Coming to America themed party for @therealswizzz. My heart is still filled from this opportunity that Forces of Nature Dance Theatre was given under the incomparable Abdel R. Salaam and directed by @luamky . #forcesofnature #Dancelife #Blessed #Grateful #surprise #comingtoAmerica #Luam #Africandance #happy #ForcesofNatureDanceTheatre 

West& Shots from the Westampersand Dance Visual Commercial 

Please help me share my Afro-Fusion flava. Check out the link of the commercial here:

Starring Jerijah West 

Filmed By Dex R. Jones

Production Assistant Terry Lovette
Choreographed/Styled by Jerijah West 
Music Dj Djeff feat Nacobeta, Agre G e Game Walla - Mwangolé
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Photography: Dexter R. Jones
© All Rights Reserved

 -J.West

A shot of Jerijah West from Batoto Yetu’s Holiday Celebration.

A shot of Jerijah West from Batoto Yetu’s Holiday Celebration.

 West& FoolsGold Dayoff 2014 NYC

I thoroughly enjoyed taking the Foolsgold Dayoff NYC stage alongside Cakes! Not only did it feel great to perform for the packed festival, the special guest line up was insane. A-Trak really went in with this one! Remy Ma, Cam’ron and D Block were among the surprise guest and they had the crowd going wild. Danny Brown and B.I.C also put on great sets. We did a lite early set but definitely went in! It was a good look for Hip-Hop and Cakes represented. Cakes switched things up and brought out Contessa Stuto who performed “Reign in Ratchet” which, was a great moment. It’s always a pleasure Brooklyn, until next time. Photos courtesy of YBPlastik.

See Full Coverage Here: 

 -J.West

West& Showtime pt 2
Highlights from performances in the past year.This collage specifically chronicles my work as a dancer. I am truly blessed but even more hungry. Stay tuned the best is yet to come! Life as a “struggling artist” is so tumultuous; however, it’s important to remind yourself how blessed you truly are. Jerijah means God See’s and at 1 years old my prophecy was that “I will lead children to God through dance.” With that being said why should I worry? Regardless of how much the IRS, Students loans, cheap gigs, PSE&G, Verizon, disbelievers, and all the countless jobs that I’ve applied that wouldn’t give me a chance you won’t break me. I will remain faithful to God and do the work that has for me. It’s already written, just watch as it plays out.
-J.West

West& Showtime pt 2

Highlights from performances in the past year.This collage specifically chronicles my work as a dancer. I am truly blessed but even more hungry. Stay tuned the best is yet to come! Life as a “struggling artist” is so tumultuous; however, it’s important to remind yourself how blessed you truly are. Jerijah means God See’s and at 1 years old my prophecy was that “I will lead children to God through dance.” With that being said why should I worry? Regardless of how much the IRS, Students loans, cheap gigs, PSE&G, Verizon, disbelievers, and all the countless jobs that I’ve applied that wouldn’t give me a chance you won’t break me. I will remain faithful to God and do the work that has for me. It’s already written, just watch as it plays out.

-J.West

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West& Fall Street Style with Sirreal Photography

I had the pleasure of shooting with the incomparable Sir Dex R. Jones of sirreal photography. Embracing the beauty of the fall, I paired a pair of tapered denim washed khakis with a bold navy blue velvet vest with gold buttons and a great emblem. The pinstripe button down I felt added more character, opposed to a solid choice. My choice of a paisley necktie effortlessly makes the entire look cohesive with gold, green, and navy, orange and purple embellishments. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather, I threw my summer straw fedora on in attempts to get a last wear for the season. I completed the look with a pair of Allen Edmonds tasseled loafers. This was my second time shooting working with him and look forward to doing so again in the near future. He has an impeccable vision and is truly humble. Please follow more of his work at the following links!

 http://sirrealphoto.tumblr.com/

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 -J. West