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This episode was recorded during the height of popularity for a Canadian dance duo Flow XS. Watching their high energy choreography videos was a bright spot for our producer Anaid.
Here's the full transcript of our interview so you can follow along.
YouTube choreo video Anaid mentions
This episode was produced by Anaid.
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Anaid: Welcome to Power Your Story. I’m Anaid. Today we are talking about Flow XS. Flow XS is a dance group. It’s just Kevin and Michael. They are just brothers from Toronto, Canada.
I first found out about them because they were in a Disney movie, Zombies 1 and 2, and I see the background dancers and they're so amazing. I look them up on Instagram first. There was somebody from that movie who posted a picture and I just commented on that picture and then Flow XS liked my comment.
Ms K: Anaid, I think you spend a lot of time on Instagram. Do you love being on Instagram?
Ms K: Tell us what you like about it.
Anaid: I like the filters. I like, I dunno, there’s something about Instagram that I like. When I’m commenting on posts, I feel happy. I watch Flow XS on YouTube. They dance mostly to hip hop music.
Ms K: Why do you think they're special? What do you think it is about when they dance that makes them different than other dancers?
Anaid: I think they have a different flow and unique, and that's what I like about them. One day I will love to see them perform in person.
Ms K: So for you, you have a disability that would make it pretty difficult for you to move your body in the same way that they move their bodies. Probably even I could not move my body in the same way that they move their bodies. Because like you said, it's really unique and they've probably put in a lot of hard work.
Anaid: Yeah, I wish I could dance like that.
Ms K: Is there any physical activity that you have done, that you really enjoy?
Anaid: Standing up. When I can stand up, I feel strong.
I have a brain tumor. It makes it difficult to walk. And when I see other people dance, I wanna do that.
Sometimes I DM people I follow, but I don't hear back. It doesn't really matter. I have made friends on Instagram who like bands.
When I first got my Instagram account, I was 18 or 17 years old. I waited for a lot of years. I think it’s because my disability doesn't, like, respond really quick.
Ms K: And how did it feel when you first started using Instagram?
Anaid: I was happy.
Ms K: Right away, you loved it?
Ms K: I'm wondering cuz you've seen some movies and some performances and Flow XS – when I looked at their website, they've been in a ton of different things. Do you have, like, a favorite video or a favorite performance you've seen of theirs?
Anaid: There’s this YouTube video.
Ms K: Mm-hmm.
Anaid: It was like a class and they were teaching us how to dance to “Somebody To Love” by Justin Bieber and Usher.
Ms K: So it's a class and they're teaching you how to dance to “Somebody To Love”?
Anaid: Yeah. I like how they’re teaching us step by step. I go over the steps in my mind. It made me feel happy.
I think listeners should check out Flow XS because they are the best dancers. I think it will make you feel good and happy.
My name is Anaid. Go check out Flow XS and thank you for listening.