*Heads up for our listeners, this episode was recorded pre-pandemic*
In this episode, we sit down with an icon in the making, Isidro Rafael. Isidro dedicated most of his life to sports, but later transitioned into dance. In his short 8 years of dance, Isidro has some significantly notable accomplishments on his dance resume and has spent more than 7,000 hours (and counting) perfecting his craft. We talk with Isidro about what it means to become a community icon, directing 220, his love for Selene, and meeting Keone Madrid. We also reflect back on Isidro’s first class at the BOX Dance studio, hear from a 220 dancer on the evolution of the team, and discuss Isidro’s concept on the “colors of dance”. Isidro reminds us to kiss our mom and dads and talks about his almost becoming “Chef Isidro”. It’s an episode full of deep insights, reflections and full-circle moments.
In this episode, we explore:
02:30 Sitting down with a Community Icon
03:09 Special Co-Host: Dylan Banares
03:25 A lesson in pronunciation
05:10 An Instagram Flashback
08:17 “How come I wasn’t in that piece”?
08:40 Directing 220 (Second to None) and using a different approach
14:07 220’s Director Trinity
15:18 Isidro’s self-evolution
22:13 Isidro & Selene: 5 years in the making
25:56 An evolving relationship with Keone Madrid: a true mentor
27:32 IsidroRafael1: An homage to Keone
28:57 Isidro means Intimidation
29:35 Isidro’s Master Class at The BOX
31:11 Some of Isidro’s mentors
32:37 The Colors of Dance
33:36 Finding inspiration abroad
35:09 220: From the perspective of a team member
40:16 Connecting the dots
40:41 Surrounding yourself with positive people
42:11 The origins of Meraki
44:03 A day in the life of Isidro Rafael
45:05 A professional dance career & traditional Filipino parents
49:21 Self doubt: Human Nature
52:19 Chef Isidro
55:45 Isidro’s obsession with Nike (“Yo Nike- Hit me up!”)
58:23 Rapid Fire Questions
1:00:25 What’s next for Isidro?
1:02:16 What’s good in the dance community?
1:04:42 Closing remarks
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Special thanks to Jane Banares for creating our Co-Lab Podcast artwork!
Music by Sam Stan - Das Boo - https://thmatc.co/?l=997FC418
Music by SkeetOnTheBeat - Late Night - https://thmatc.co/?l=E76B5749
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