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Exclusive Interview: Get Ready to Ride the “Pony”!
Get Ready to Ride the “Pony”!
Interview by: Vaughn Alvarez (email@example.com)
Human Magazine had the opportunity to have a one-on-one chat with famed choreographer Devon Webster, noted more famously as, Pony Zion. Mr. Webster is part of the dance group “Vogue Evolution”. The group was catapulted onto a mainstream platform after participating in a past season of the MTV show “America’s Best Dance Crew”. Check out our conversation as we give you an intimate look at the man behind the dance.
How Are You?
I’m O.K. I am in New York City visiting my mom.
How is it living in Harlem?
Harlem is my “sanctuary”. It is very therapeutic for me to walk the streets and reflect on life. I draw inspiration from my home.
Did you deal with any bullying growing up living in Harlem and do you experience bullying now?
No I really didn’t. I believe people are reacting to homosexuals different now.
How long have you been dancing and when did it become your passion?
I’ve been dancing since the second grade. (laughs). I used to teach dance in school recess. (laughs) I kinda always knew in my heart I wanted to dance. I was raised by my Uncle, and being rather deprived as a child – I didn’t get out much. My uncle would teach me dance moves from the current music videos on television.
When did you get your “big break” in the dance industry?
In junior high, I auditioned for a music video featuring R&B group 702. Choreographer, Laurie Ann Gibson hired me and not to long thereafter, I was introduced to a man named Darryl Brown and he began to mentor me.
Who inspires you?
Janet Jackson! (laughs) Unfortunately, I haven’t met her face to face. I have been close to her and I know people who know her. In all honesty, I consider myself (laughs) the “incest” child of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
Being that you are a legend in the LGBT community please speak to the current issue of bullying.
To the people out there who are dealing with issues as it relates to being bullied because of their sexuality, I encourage you to know that you matter. Know who you are and whose you are. Don’t allow people to hurt your feelings. Somebody loves you and needs you in their life. You can make a difference.
Human Magazine has a faith based foundation. Talk about your relationship with God and the role God plays in your life.
Everyday I am learning more about me and the God in me. I don’t do the “normal practices” of your every day Christian. Yes, I listen to gospel music and have some form of worship. However, I grew up in the church and I am very much God conscious. I have drawn my theology and spirituality from simple things like watching a movie, dancing, or others teachings. I went to see, “For Colored Girls” and learned more of what God means to me. I believe, that though the Bible says certain things – people are believing the wrong things. So yes, I am a christian but not in and I quote “normal way”.
So, what is your take on the latest season of ABC’s TV series Dancing With the Stars? I know that you like Brandy, and she is on the latest season.
I don’t watch television. (laughs). I know, bad right? I try to, but I’m so busy! My ADD really keeps me from sitting in one spot too long. I get bored. I don’t watch dance shows, or go to concerts. I’m really not connected to dance outside of myself and my endeavors. However, I want to start expanding my knowledge and get better. With all that said, I am definitely supporting Brandy on Dancing With the Stars. I hear she is doing quite well.
The most common question on Twitter that you get is: Are you single?
Yes, I’m single and the last relationship I was in was about two and half months ago. It ended due to irresponsibility on both of our ends.
Do you date long distance?
Yes, I have and I will, as long as the distance isn’t a handicap in the relationship.
Do you want to be in a relationship and what are you looking for?
I want to experience love. I want love and if it comes in the form of a relationship then I’m open to it. I’m not looking for anything, I’m open to creating the atmosphere of love.
From a physical stand point what are you attracted to?
I like masculinity, but not all masculinity. When I say masculine, I’m not talking about ‘trade” or ‘thug”. There is a certain power behind the word that a person can carry. I like natural sex appeal and confidence.
What would you say to someone who is lonely and single?
Get online and wait your turn! (laughs) Whatever works. No really, my thing is get your life!
Ok, so what about the person who has been hurt and been there and done that?
We’ve all been hurt. Stop playing the victim! Your no more hurt than the next. Just because someone doesn’t want you, doesn’t mean your not valuable. Stop your shit & stop getting in your own way.
Wow that’s so real and raw and honest. And everybody who is looking for love needs to know that. Let’s talk about what’s on your ipod?
Recently, I been playing alot of gospel music. I love classic R&B. I’m really big on house music. Oh and currently I love Rihanna’s, “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl”.
Before you go, tell your fans when they can expect to see you on TV again and what you have in the works.
I’m working a big commercial, I can’t give out the details yet. I’m also working with a new artist named, Talia Coles. I want to continue to make a difference in whatever way.
How can your fans stay connected to you?
My twitter is @ponyzion.
For more information on Pony Zion, visit: http://myspace.com/ponyzion
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