“Running a Marathon through the Eye of a Hurrikane” | Feature with Alain Lauture | #SXSTV
February 9, 2015
“No thoughts, no fear, no expectations, no shame, no worries.
New beginning of life, what a journey it was now its time for living life same way I live my dance, constancy, no limitations, honesty, righteously, feel, always one with self, always myself.
My name is “Alain Lauture” those that i know for sure love me call me “Jude” and those that appreciate my art calls me “Hurrikane,” says Alain Lature.
What a journey it has been for Alain Lauture aka “Hurrikane” from established roots in Port-au Prince, Haiti experiencing various dance styles and music at a young age. His roots would help establish his desire to seek knowledge, training, and understanding as he ventured to Connecticut around 1997.
All these experiences would later prepare him to discover dance, the history and knowledge of culture and styles, and put him on a path to true artistry. And in the interview below you will read how Hurrikane has truly embodied what every dancer seeks to become…an artist.
Where did you grow up and at what age did you discover dance?
Well I grew up in Port-au-prince, Haiti the best child hood ever, I was a huge Kung Fu fan and Power Rangers fan then I moved to U.S December of 1997 so the other part of growing up was in Stamford, Connecticut.
Did you have any early dance or music influences?
My early dance and music influences is of course “compa,” “zouk,” and also “reggae.” For sure danced compa which was actually very hard for me, and some dance hall dances.
Having started dancing in 2007, which dance style primarily stood out to you at the time of this discovery?
What was the experience like discovering dance at a later age?
I’m not sure I always loved dance and been a big fan. I did it here and there, I was just not brave enough to take it seriously until I just couldn’t stop anymore and it is all I wanted. I am as fascinated now as I was in the beginning this feeling is still with me.
How did you begin the influence of other styles as you trained further?
Wow! I actually have no idea, you see I was always around every style and besides FireLock, I was the only one locking in the group of friends.
My friends were mostly focusing on Popping or House, no locking, until Firelock came around. It was awesome so I had no choice but to practice other styles, haha. As a dancer I absolutely love dance as a whole so it was natural for me to fall in love with the other styles.
Were there any specific teachers or mentors guiding you?
What was your first big break in the battle scene? as well in the industry of movies, stage, print, or TV?
Haha, I’m never a person to dwell on big breaks or successful moments because the most important is for me to keep growing and everyday is new.
Most dancers know you for your expertise and fascinating talent in Locking. Do you feel Locking has more popularity outside the US, and if so, what can be done to motivate dancers with the style?
Locking I feel has more popularity in outside of the U.S. You see for me dancers outside of the U.S. are more appreciative of street dance. Many students of dance in U.S. I feel like they have it here at home and they take it for granted, so it’s not just locking, its all the street style.
There are many, not every, but more dancers in this big U.S. that claim street dance or ‘’urban dance” but none can tell you the difference between Popping and Locking, or Dancehall and ‘’’Twerking, lol. But if you go any where in the world most will tell you the difference because they care for knowledge of what there doing.
I just feel like U.S. kids care more about the quick fame and YouTube hits than they do of the dance. Don’t want to feel like I’m judging but blah, at the same time I don’t really blame them.
I’m used to living in Connecticut which I had no idea of different street dance style or knowledge of the creators or pioneers of street dance, but at the same time I seeked and searched. I loved it so I wanted knowledge, maybe that is just the Haitian in me if I can do it they can as well.
Locking is just a whole other beast you have too many pioneers and older generation that are telling this kids they cant do this and that, or this is wrong blah blah, that is killingLlocking especially for innovation.
As a dancer you must be strong to know why in the first place you dance, don’t let anyone tell you why you dance, and how to dance. Just please do you homework, do your research, and your growing process will be that much better. Your dance will be more worth it because you gave it that much work and that much time and effort.
Like Popping and Dub-Step right?! You have this kids that learn popping and they want to do a bit more waving, or tutting, or more things in their popping, but you have people that are telling them that this is not popping. So they are like you know what well I’m Dubstepping, can you blame them though?!
Be strong y’all as selfish as it sounds dance for you but respect what ever dance style that it is that you decide to do and do your research, and get the knowledge. Street dance is already not respected by other dance communities we must be the ones to respect it first!
What’s been your favorite moments in a battle?
On your Facebook page you talk about gaining knowledge and training in dance, how important is gaining knowledge in these dance styles? And what advice would you give to dancers in doing so?
Try to dance with no question first and grow then start asking question once you start to understand the dance and your own movements.Then start doing knowledge and research from those that were there and start asking questions. Just dance for me every one should experience dance before any style then go seek style, steps and party dances.
Have the knowledge everything will make sense to you and since you have the knowledge of your self, it will be easier to understand their (OGs) knowledge even more.
Train, train and train more! First find out what works for you, me and my friends have this rule is “don’t ever be comfortable” no matter where you at. You are not good enough its ok to understand your at a good point but don’t ever get comfortable and think that is it. Keep training keep growing always a student.
As for dance style, I always hear people especially in the industries classifying the styles as foundation style, even many underground dancers who have the knowledge. Well that is really wrong because all of these dances from Locking, popping, house, or voguing even the new dances flexing, lite feet and Turfing all those dances are a style a completely different style from the next.
All have their own foundations, cultures, and lifestyle. To tell you the truth all of them, Krump has its culture, Hip-hop different culture, Jooking different culture, all of these dances.
Aside from dance, are there any hobbies of interest or anything which inspires your artistry?
I enjoy and am addicted to running long-distance marathons, I love it! Also I love art such as drawing and painting; I love knowledge, I love learning especially of earth, nature, and energy. And fearless people inspire me a lot.
Cliché one album on an island question. You are stuck on an island with only one album to dance too, what is it?
Any shout outs you would like to give
Shout out to anyone that is chasing their passion, their dream and the thing they really love, doing all they can righteously.