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Dancer Highlight v.7


Posted by on June 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

A long, long, ok sort of long, well the kind of long that you may think has been a long time, but in reality, compared to everything else, was maybe just awhile back, I met this guy named Tiev. Appearing more like Tony Hawk straight out of the movie Gleaming the Cube mixed with an 80's popstar futurdelic funkstar, I was amazed to watch this guy, along with his crew Abstrakt Dance Poets, get busy for the first time at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival back in 2002.

Tiev is most noted for his footwork, sharp isolations, unique competition dance names, origami skills and far out gear. It’s no surprise that when he begins dancing his movement captivates onlookers. He maintains a fresh character, a special wit and humor, and an undeniable presence of internal personality.

We hope you enjoy learning about what makes him tick and watching him dance as much as we do. Enjoy!



Name: Tiev Bartok Miller… It just rolls right off the tongue.

Dance Name: Tiev. Although, in the past, I’ve also gone by Owen Wilson, Silky Poon Tang, Leutenant Robo-Tits and Peaches in competitions. I know these names are all absolutely retarded but I’ve always viewed myself as just another awkward white guy on the dance floor. So I went by names that I thought suited the awkwardness I felt at competitions. It was also my way of trying to cut the tension in the room. Whether it worked or not, I can’t tell for sure. I still run into people in New York who think my name is “Silky”. As much as I would like to give myself a legit and respectable Poppin’ name such as “Boogaloo Funkysmoothmusicannihilator’” or maybe “Poppin’ Killanddestroyanotherpopper”… I’d be much more comfortable with a name given to me by the people I have actually danced with at a club or a party. When the lights come on at the end of the night… the anonymity and mystery of the guy you vibed with from across the circle for hours is over anyway. In hindsight, one of the most enjoyable things about the underground dance scene for me was the lack of introductions. Seeing somebody for the first time you thought was so dope, that for the rest of the night his name was “that dude… is disgusting”. In my wildest fantasy, that’s the kind of profile I wish I could have all the time. An unknown celebrity for one night.

Crew Affiliations: “Abstrakt Dance Poets” is the only crew I have ever officially been a member of. The other members are Amy Spears, Michael “Rome” Scoccolo, Scott “Machine” Wallace, Marea “Lady Fouresquare” Stamper, Darren “Jazz” Rogers, and Jared “Jredz” Jackson. However, there are many people in our dance family who have nurtured us, inspired us and shown us all love and support over the years. The lines that distinguish crew and dance family are blurry to say the very least. To all of my dance buddies out there, if you’ve ever wanted to be in a dance crew with me… you can consider yourself one of the pack. It’s as easy as that. Welcome to the Abstrakt family.

Tiev with Fans

City/State: Louisville, Kentucky (but I haven’t lived there in over 6 years)

Age: 32

Core Dance Styles: Liquid, Gliding, and as of the year 2000, House footwork… I never really learned how to “pop” and I intend to keep it that way.

Where to Find Tiev:

Email Tiev

Tiev @ CLJ Evening Program 2006

Years Dancing: Between 14 and 16 years. I’m still a little foggy on when I actually started taking dance seriously. Perhaps, I still don’t.

My Inspiration Comes From: The people I meet, the places I go and the music that moves me. But lately… rollerskating has been an enormous source of inspiration.

Tiev @ A High Tech Soul Party (2005)

What Got You Dancing? I went to my first party in Louisville back in 1995. It was called “Transphere”... I can assure you that there was no Trance played at Transphere. Just good old Jungle, Techno and House music. That was my first exposure to the electronic music scene... still very much an underground scene then. No websites or youtube… just flyers and a phone number you would call on the day of the event which had a voice message disclosing the secret location and directions on how to get there from all points North, South, East and West. I fully credit the genesis of my dancing days to two brothers, Adam & Steven Meadows, and mutual friend Brandon Johnson. They took me with them to that party, they showed me liquid dancing and gliding, and they gave me my first mix tapes… thank you for shifting my paradigm.

Best of the Brome Studio Sessions with Tiev (2004)

You have traveled abroad to quite a few places. Which one or two places stands out the most to you? Why? Mexico is a country of such incredible physical beauty. Mountains, beaches, forests, pyramids, exotic cactus... it's got it all. I haven't been to any of the other large Latin American countries south of Columbia yet, but as far as I can tell... Mexico is the crown jewel. Mexican food is the best but Thai food is running a close second.

The second place is a tie between Wadi Rum in Jordan (where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed), Angkor Wat in Cambodia (definitely a world treasure worth visiting), the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal, the fjords of Norway, and Hampi in South India, an absolute photographers paradise. The stacked boulders and strange rock formations juxtaposed with the ruins of an ancient Hindu empire are scenes from another world. All very special places and excellent backdrops for Poppin' John's next youtube post.

Tiev dance after his workshop

What certain something/technique/philosophy/lesson do you think made a major impact on your ability to understand your dance?  I used to think that I was unique and had my own style. Then I saw Elsewhere's Detours video (to this day the best video I've ever seen put together by a dancer and I still have the VHS that I bought from Robzilla). What impressed me the most was a scene towards the end of the video. Crazy Legs is sitting on top of a basketball rim and utters something incredibly profound to his loyal subjects below... "Ain't none of y'all here the best Bboy... we're all just manifestin' the same sh#t at a different time." After that, the expressive montage of dance derivation begins. Footage of old gumboot, tap, African, and jazz dancers followed by footage of their modern day street dance doppelgangers doing another rendition of the same move.

From that point on, I was no longer a unique and beautiful snowflake. I was just another beat up plastic bottle headed for the recycling center… like all the dancers out there. We recycle and we will be recycled. It’s like the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence. We’re just grains of sand in the endless desert of time. One day you’re on the top of the dune crest and with sudden gust of wind, you’re not on top anymore. The faster you get there, the faster you get knocked off. In the grander scheme of the universe, no one person is any more or less important than anyone else… and in all honesty… nothing we do really matters.

On another note, dancing is a great way to make life long friends. People exchange words and routine body language everyday. Sometimes it can be sincere, but most of the time it’s some form of diarhea or masturbation. Someone is either talking to get whatever it is out of themselves as quickly as possible because holding it is making them uncomfortable…, or they’re saying something because it pleasures them and strokes their ego. When you exchange dance with someone, you physically warp the space around you and enter a realm of intimacy that is seldom reached in routine interactions of daily living. One of the biggest, and consequently most intimate, compliments I can give someone is when I tell them I like the way they dance. There’s no particular reasoning behind it… I just do. There’s always an important conversation on the dancefloor. If you have to turn your head to follow someone who is running at the mouth, then you’re probably missing some good and intimate dance conversation that’s happening somewhere else. There’s never any room for talking because words just get in the way. Oh yeah, and by the way… I hope your hush puppies, sweat rag, and derby hat match your purse. Thanx for reading. Stay fluid and be yourself.

Juste Debout Singapore 2011 House Final (J-Rong & Ra) and (Tiev & Michael)

Dancers that influence me are: 

Dancers that influence me are: Oh boy… This one is a doozie so I’ll try to list the names of these exceptionally talented people by the geographical region where I encountered them. All of these people are dancers whom I have met and danced with. Please forgive me if you find this post, you look for your name and it’s not there. I probably forgot to put it down and I’m sorry… but it doesn’t mean you’re not one of my inspirations. It just means that my DNA is being slowly dismantled by the force of time and my memory isn’t what it used to be.

First and foremost, my Louisville/ Midwestern dance inspirations:

  • Chad Rigsby
  • Steven Meadows
  • Adam Meadows
  • Brandon Johnson
  • Marea Stamper
  • Scott Wallace
  • Josh Toole
  • Kelly
  • Jae Grady
  • Jay Busch
  • Carlos Ramos
  • Matt Wilson
  • Damon
  • Jerry
  • Dominic
  • Zach
  • Trevor
  • Kerry Clark
  • Pat Donnahue
  • Corey from Kokomo
  • Seth
  • Pat
  • James “Caotic” Bell
  • Tim Therman
  • Glen Rhodes
  • Dante
  • Matt Watson
  • Jeremy Riggs
  • Kyle (Imperial Jedi)
  • Glyde (Imperial Jedi)
  • Pringlez (Imperial Jedi)
  • Ted (Imperial Jedi)
  • Popula
  • Anthony (Populas’ cousin)
  • Bboy Flex
  • Shorty
  • Heathe
  • Hippy
  • Chicho
  • Antonio
  • Bruce Lim
  • Jason Ramey
  • Kendra Armstrong Toole
  • Trae Mitchem
  • Ben and Doug Barnhart
  • Micheal Scoccolo
  • Amy Spears
  • Taiisha
  • Omar
  • Shari
  • Urith
  • Daron Jazz Rodgers
  • Kate Eversole
  • Stevie Bean
  • Ausbin “Aus Ninja”
  • Steve Wiggins
  • Chris Labarbara
  • Cloe
  • Beth G.
  • Josh Hill
  • Leon Padgett
  • Kevin B.
  • Jason & Kim Clark
  • J.J. Haus
  • Ian The Chef
  • Chandler Hora
  • Laura
  • Mindy
  • Milly
  • James
  • Mike Welch
  • Natalie
  • Nasty Nate
  • Rahman
  • Lyndon Moore
  • Phil Wenger
  • Ed Wenger
  • John “Bubbalicious” Phelps
  • Tim Norris
  • Len
  • Jeff Lee
  • Hollis
  • Ray
  • Christin
  • Michelle
  • Angie
  • Mark D.
  • John Owens
  • Shawn
  • Dave the Dread
  • Mickey
  • John Allen
  • Frank Arnett
  • Kurtis
  • Billy and Michelle Byrnes
  • Sick Sense Bboys from Cincinati
  • 4UE (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Bamboozle Crew
  • Chicago Tribe
  • Phase 2
  • Brickheads
  • Battle Cats
  • Space Capital
  • Stringz (Hardcore Detroit)
  • Cryzko
  • Tempo
  • All the Jitters I met in Detroit
  • Grillz
  • Devious
  • Tanya
  • Funktion
  • Bishop Don
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Daze One

This list could be longer… but I’m afraid my Alzheimers has commandeered the most precious part of my memory and driven it into a brick wall… there’s gotta be at least 100 people that I’ve left off of this part of my list… I apologize. I will probably remember to add you after this has already been posted.

My East Coast inspirations:

  • The performers in Momix, Polabilus, Vertigo and at Jacob’s Pillow
  • Ren Hansen (Wherever you are, I miss the good old dayz)
  • Tony
  • Dolph & Keelia
  • Josh Gold
  • Chris Yerling
  • Jared “Jredz” Jackson
  • John Onion
  • Fadayz
  • Eric “3D” Cruz
  • Omar
  • Jedi
  • D Rock
  • Sammy
  • Carl “Triple Threat”
  • Tron
  • Domino
  • Dash
  • Shallow
  • Aqua Boogie
  • Brown Hornet
  • Kevin Yuhas
  • Tony Kundu
  • Kotaro Otani
  • Jason “Dr. Funk” (Vibe Elements)
  • Tony Flow (Vibe Elements)
  • Tiny Love (Vibe Elements)
  • Chris “Dementia” Lim (formerly of Vibe Elements)
  • Bam Bam
  • Pop
  • Skip
  • Fantastic Plastic
  • Frosty
  • Omega
  • Merlin
  • Strings
  • Jayday (P.N.G.)
  • Andy
  • Frankie
  • Jerry “The Remote”
  • Teddy
  • Jesus
  • Elvis
  • Conrad
  • Caleaf
  • Byron Cox
  • Pee Wee
  • Doc
  • Adesula
  • Tweetie
  • Kmel (Boogie Brats)
  • Disco Dave (Boogie Brats)
  • Vengence (Boogie Brats)
  • Ray
  • Cricket
  • Future
  • Fish
  • Ryo
  • Shuho
  • Motaro
  • Hideki
  • Junius
  • Dan
  • Marvin (Montreal)
  • Crazy Bones (Toronto)
  • Shan S. (and his brother the rollerskater… wow!)
  • Fabel
  • Mr. Wigglez
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Normski
  • Flow Master
  • Ken Swift
  • Shock-a-lock
  • Jazzy J
  • Mitzu
  • Javier Ninja
  • Shannon
  • Ejoe
  • Majory
  • Spex
  • Brian “The House Dance Christian” Green
  • Link
  • Stretch
  • Terry Wright
  • Moncell
  • Mike
  • Frankie
  • Cebo
  • Carlos
  • Cyclone
  • Tony McGregor
  • Popkorn
  • Sabela
  • Cookie
  • Crutch Master
  • Kareem
  • Cloud
  • Abstract
  • Breeze Crew Breakers
  • (P.N.G.)
  • Step Fenz
  • Transformers
  • Tic and Toc
  • Liquid Pop Collective (All of you, especially Eric, Jared, Lucas, and Frequency)
  • Floor Lordz
  • Losst Unkownn
  • Problemz Kru
  • Bag of Trix (Canada)
  • Deadly Vemons (Florida)
  • Rennie Harris Pure Movement (Not Rennie in particular)

A special acknowledgement to all of the inspirational but anonymous club and party heads:

All of the Jungle kids who used to go to Concrete Jungle @ the Pyramid Lounge. All the dope dancers that went to Dumbo Luna parties @ the Lunitarium, Shelter Night @ Club Speed and the House Dance Conferences @ Demararas’, Milky Way and Soul Sessions in Boston, Liquid in Philly and The Vault in Baltimore. Some of the best music I’ve ever heard and some of the most unforgettable dance moments were shared with the people I met at these places.

My West Coast inspirations:

  • Barbara Lis Guerrero Collazo
  • Frankie Barumen
  • Matt “Rubic” Elmore
  • No Skills
  • Sweetfeet
  • Teenwolf
  • Phil
  • Jheric Hizon
  • Jojo Zolina
  • Stu
  • Jamison DeGuzman
  • Eric
  • Bboy Maya
  • Tommy Boy (Style Elements)
  • Mario (Havikoro)
  • Cold Cuts (Havikoro)
  • Uno
  • Midus
  • Elsewhere
  • Skywalker
  • Junior Boogaloo (Without reservation, one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met)
  • Popzilla
  • Legend
  • French Twist
  • Pandora
  • Tetris
  • Poppin’ Todd
  • Boppin’ Andre
  • Boppin’ Chuck
  • Boppin’ Ronnie
  • Playboy Eddie
  • Playboy Brian
  • Politix
  • Cartoon
  • Wizard
  • Kenny
  • Wavomatic
  • Board Man
  • No Bone Tyrone
  • Puppet Master
  • Ric Hard
  • Papa Chicken (I’ve seen this guy at almost every club I’ve been to in L.A.)
  • Scorpio
  • Kid Cosmic
  • Tinman
  • Sting Ray
  • Heckle & Jeckle
  • Animation & Casper
  • Boogaloo Shrimp (Who I have not yet personally met, but deserves his place on this list)
  • Ruben Luckee Hall “Flattop”
  • Robot Prince
  • Poppin’ Pete
  • Taco
  • Skeeter
  • Sweepy
  • Circle of Fire
  • Housing Authority
  • Demons of the Mind
  • Now or Never Crew
  • Soul Sector
  • Style Elements
  • Havikoro
  • Pamona City Wavers
  • L.A. Breakers
  • L.A. Boppers
  • Electric Boogaloos

Another special acknowledgement to all of the anonymous dancers at The Top, 1015 Folsom, OM parties, and a lot of spots in the Mission District of San Francisco I can’t remember… and the Attic in Oakland. In L.A., Blue Monday, KingKing, DrumN’Bass Nights @ Martini Lounge, Bridges and DEEP Nights.

My Inspirations in Europe:

  • Black Light Theater of Prague
  • The street mimes on Las Ramblas in Barcelona
  • The street performers at the Stork Fountain in Copenhagen
  • David Roth
  • Sven Foreshell
  • Addy
  • Prime
  • Steen
  • Wildcat
  • Sean
  • Rubberband Man
  • Phax
  • Storm
  • Jeppe and Nick
  • Saku
  • Michael
  • Salah
  • Walid
  • Sally Sly
  • Bruce Ykanji
  • Danny
  • Extremo
  • Maurizio
  • Baba
  • Meech
  • Yugson
  • Flying Steps
  • Vagabonds Crew
  • The Family
  • Wanted Posse
  • Out of Control
  • Enemy Squad
  • Broken Glass

My Inspirations in Asia:

  • Sameet “Ninja”
  • Priya Gonzalvez
  • Robin Merchant
  • Nickhil
  • Tony Kundu
  • Francis
  • Nimit
  • Michael Sim
  • Jackson Boogie
  • Ayumi Janelle
  • Tan Zhiming
  • Willy Ong
  • Sang Yeong (ADHOC)
  • Han (ADHOC)
  • Gerry Mander
  • Racheal and her boyfriend
  • Hand
  • Neat Feet
  • Joe
  • Daisuke
  • Tim
  • Fin
  • Nat
  • Gip
  • Reborne
  • Teto
  • Marihe
  • Dino
  • Ra Choi
  • J-Rong
  • Kin
  • 1G
  • B.J.
  • L.K.
  • Syntheskillz (India)
  • Thailand Poppers Crew
  • Dance Mania (Thailand)
  • Big Toe Crew (Vietnam)
  • Body and Soul Crew (Korea)
  • Rocksteady Japan
  • Spartanic Rockers (especially Go, who I have never met personally but was a huge inspiration via bootleg video footage)
  • Rapid Fire Crew (Australia)



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