Valentine’s Day brings out the traditionalist in “So You Think You Can Dance’s” Legacy.
He likes to keep it simple when it comes to the holiday and offers this advice.
“Share, get together with whoever that makes your heart throb,” he tells Zap2it. “Go eat some lunch or maybe some breakfast, start the day good. Some chocolate, some flowers should be good. Chocolates throughout the day. And then a nice movie end would finish it off for a great classy Valentine’s Day. And then a little gift, like a teddy bear of something cool.”
And although he’s been described as a teen heartthrob, Legacy doesn’t pay attention to the label much.
“I really don’t know what that means, but it sounds cool,” he says, adding that he’s gotten good feedback from “SYTYCD” fans who identified with his message of hope.
“I think those people are the ones that I connect with, not necessarily as a teen heartthrob per se. I have no training, I have no nothing. The only thing I had was desire and heart. I just wanted to do it. That’s why I made that far, not because I could point my foot two or three weeks in. All that dancing that I did, except for the two hip-hop routines, was technical.”
He doesn’t discount his rather emotional reputation on the show either.
“There were a handful of times, maybe only two or three times that I cried,” he points out. “But the moments they captured, they put them together consecutive, back-to-back. But this was great because when I first came in, I was the hardcore b-boy from the street. When they saw me crying and it’s like, ‘Wait, a b-boy can cry? Let’s see what else he can offer.’ I think that’s what built my fan base. They connected with me on a emotional/real grounded level.”
Fans can connect with Legacy on another level in August, when he appears on the big screen in “Step Up 3-D.” Before gaining fame on “SYTYCD,” Legacy was part of ACDC (Adam/Chu Dance Crew) that took on Miley Cyrus’ M&M dance crew in YouTube dance battles. The “Chu” refers to Jon Chu, director of “Step Up 2: The Streets,” who cast Legacy in the third film in the series.
The film stars Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson as the new male and female protagonists. Adam G. Sevani, who played Moose in the second film, is back with a “significant part of the movie” revolving around him.
“It’s a love story, it has to be so people connect to it,” says Legacy. “There’s chaos, there’s battles, there’s betrayal. There’s a lot of stuff going on that I can’t tell you the details. Once again the vibe is very fun and unique. This movie is definitely something to see. It’s life-changing. It’s going to blow people’s minds. It’s the first dance movie in 3-D. I saw some snippets because we’re still doing pickup shots for it. It’s beautiful.”
As for Legacy, he says that he plays a version of himself in the film.
“I’m part of the main good crew,” he reveals. “I can play good or bad as long as I have fun doing it and I enjoy it. Whatever role it is I can execute.”
While the film continues production, Legacy is keeping himself busy. He recently danced a hip-hop routine to classical music to demonstrate innovation at the TED conference in Long Beach, will start rehearsals for his debut at the Academy Awards and will continue working with LXD (The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) on their upcoming film-style web series that recounts b-boy origin stories as if they were superheroes.
“The first one ever to be released is called ‘B-Boy Prom,'” he says. “I choreographed that whole episode. It’s going to be amazing. I’ve seen it already. It hasn’t come out yet but it’s awesome.”
Check out a teaser for the LXD series:
“Step Up 3-D” is scheduled to be released on Friday, Aug. 6.
Photo credit: IMdB/Eric Hyler