It’s a winning flexx for Team Cautiion’s Shemar Brown, who emerged victorious in the Jamaica leg of the 2021 Red Bull Dance Your Style competition recently in Kingston.
“A member of the group had entered and won in 2018 and I had friends who were entering this year, which pushed the mood to enter this competition and see where it takes off,” said the dancer, who calls Flexx Cautiion. He said THE WEEKEND STAR that because he eats, sleeps, and breathes dance, it was easy for him, as a creative, to get his head in the game and let his movements do whatever he talked about.
The contest, which saw several dancers compete for the top spot to represent Jamaica on an international platform in South Africa, saw a series of eliminations. In each confrontation, Flexx Cautiion dominated, displaying exceptional skill until the final. After going “move to move” with Oneil le Grand, it was announced that the “boss of Caution” was this year’s champion.
Effortless freestyle technique
The music, he said, was spontaneous at every turn, so his strategy was to execute an effortless freestyle technique. His dance style is mostly fluid, so once he hears the beat, he gets the vibe and character, putting his body on autopilot. This natural showcase resulted in dozens of supporters cheering the young dancer.
“The feedback was great. The honest way the crowd reacted made me feel like a star, like I should have come for the title a long time ago,” he shared.
The answer comes as a welcoming change from the days when all he had was love for the art form, minus the moves. “It’s an honor to represent Jamaica as Red Bull in South Africa. I’m still excited after winning a few days ago,” he said.
So what’s next for Stony Hill native St Andrew? The dance teacher will continue his classes with local and international students and he is looking to branch out into video production. As for the international leg of the competition, all roads lead to South Africa on December 4th. The qualifying round starts at the beginning of the month. From there, 16 out of 40 dancers will be chosen to battle for first place. Fans can expect Flexx Cautiion to go 10 times stronger than it did in local competition.
“I took the good things away, of course. I had to do it. I’m taking on beasts and I didn’t want to use all my guns before. Once there, I give them my all and representing Jamaica, big and bad. So South Africa, come up with ‘Cautiion’,” he added.