Kent Boyd Is Shaking Up The Dance World With His Energy And Passion For The Craft

Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about you. 

Hey! I’m Kent Boyd: dancer, choreographer, influencer, and circus clown. I’m in LA making the world a better place one dance at a time.

I love to celebrate life and explore art in all its forms. You’ll find me constantly creating, always on the hunt for the next challenging adventure. 

What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry? 

All of them and none of them at the same time! My range of expression, dynamics, and energy is incomparable. I wish others could just taste my levels of joy or happiness because it’s contagious.

I consider Maximalism to be my personal, unapologetic style. I am consistently collaborating with other creatives.

My commitment is matchless.

Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?

It took a guidance counselor’s question of “What do you want to do?” for me to realize that I truly wanted a career in dancing. While they had their doubts and raised a voice of caution, they were also the first ones that helped me on my path.

Shoutout to all counselors that help prepare the youth for their futures!

What did you take away from your experience on So You Think You Can Dance?

Because it was so physically intense, I became aware of how strong my body was and what it was capable of. With a stronger body came a stronger mind and the reality of how connected they have become apparent.

I gained an understanding of TV and film, learning how to adapt quickly to the weekly pressures. I developed a willingness to step into the unknown, learning that by trusting and letting go, I could reap so many rewards.

How did you transition from dancer to choreographer? What have you learned from taking on that role?

Dance and choreography go hand-in-hand. It’s great to be a part of the puzzle and so fun to create the puzzle! The transition felt natural.

I started to choreograph at 13 after being assigned my first class at the studio I attended in Ohio. I learned how to manage dancers along with their expectations and my own, and how to create and express my creativity.

Over the years I assisted various mentors, always stayed aware and alive, and was proactive with decisions and leading a team. This lead me to successfully work with directors, producers, a camera crew, and a team in general.

It takes a village to create a masterpiece, and each person involved is so important and crucial. At the end of the day, I had a passion for it and took the time to go from student to teacher.

What message do you hope people take away from your work and your content?

I hope they get a sense of my personality, genuineness, and love for life and those around me. Life excites and fascinates me. Sheer curiosity gives me a shot of energy.

I want to be happy and have fun, and I want the same for everyone else.

Can you tell us more about PrideHouseLA and what inspired you to create this house?

I am a strong believer in extending the hands of the queer community to everyone and anyone that needs them. I have always wanted to have a place for queer youth to have representation, to feel cool and have fun, and to help them through that weird transition we all went through of understanding ourselves and where we fit in.

That vision was shared with the other creators of PrideHouseLA. We created the house on the basis of leading with love and being an example to others.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?

There are so many things I want to do and I have a very clear image of how I want to do them. In my personal projects, I can be such a perfectionist to the point of it negatively affecting me. I develop such high expectations of myself that I get discouraged when I do not see them.

I have learned to focus on the big picture and the details that actually need my attention. What has helped is having a stronger perspective of the overall scope and taking the time to check in with me during a project. It has been much more positive since.

If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career to the next level, who would those 3 people be? 

There are a few ways I look to take my career to the next level and a specific person who can help me with each of them:

I would love to assist Kenny Ortega and he would be able to help me navigate the directing route in film and television.

I have always wanted to work with a pop star whose voice I love, whose message I believe, and whose fantasy I could live in—Remi Wolf fits that spot-on.

I admire Ryan Seacrest’s work as an amazing content creator and I feel he could help take my ideas to the next level. 

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Credits

Photographer: Vince Trupsin @vincetrupsin

Grooming: Christine Hazelhurst @christine_pro_makeup

Stylist: Quentin Fears @mrqfears

PR Agency: Katz Public Relations @katzpublicrelations

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