Today we’ll hear from Gheremi Clay- a local STL dancer and performer!
Gheremi Clay, is a dancer, singer and choreographer from St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, Gheremi decided to start dancing and training at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), where he found himself in both COCADance and Hip Hop Crew for two years. Along with being apart of the student dance companies, Gheremi participated in COCA’s musical performances of Ragtime, Bring it On, Songs for a New World and the most recent summer musical, Memphis. At 18, Gheremi traveled to Los Angeles, California and studied at AMDA and participated in the hip hop dance company, “The Badgers”. Traveling back to St Louis, Gheremi has been able to share his talents as a dance teacher at COCA, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Best Dance and Talent Center, and many other studios/organizations. Gheremi, will be taking part in the play “Akeelah and the Bee” as character Dr. Larabee at COCA, alongside being one of four soloists in the production of “Antigone in Ferguson.”
Q: What your first experience in theater?
A: My first experience in theater was a new musical I did in the 7th grade, entitled “Jack and the Beans Talk”. I played the lead role of Jack!
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: The best career advice I’ve received was from my mother, Melissa Rice. She told me to always do what was best for me, never compromise what I believe in and to never downgrade myself to please bad intentions.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: I did the musical “Songs for a New World” at COCA and on the final dress rehearsal an audience came to watch. That night was probably the worst my vocals have ever been and on my solo song, “She Cries”, I had to hit a high note and held the longest yodel ever! It was terrifying and I was super embarrassed, but that didn’t stop me from finishing the song or the rest of the show.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: This summer I actually got to fulfill my dream role as Delray Farrell in the musical “Memphis”. It was one of the best performing experiences of my career and I’d do it again in a heart beat!
Q: What is your TV guilty pleasure?
A: My TV guilty pleasure right now is probably a tie between “Supergirl” and “The Flash”. It’s something about those Detective Comic shows that really get me!
Thank you Gheremi!
Grace Austin is a STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com.