Wise & Young

Friday, June 08, 2007

Spotlight: DJ Prodigy

DJ Prodigy Family Man




DJ Prodigy is a family man, whether its his ballroom family or his biological family, both families have been instrumental to molding the DJ Prodigy that knows. Verrell Chanel DJ Prodigy’s cousin, was the first to take DJ to a ball, in 2004. At first DJ did not like what he saw, but with more exposure to the scene, the urge to walk increased. Deciding to walk realness with a twist, was again due to his family, namely his cousin who is also a twister. Twisting came easy for DJ, due to his dance background, growing up he had been involved in school plays, dance recitals, and ballroom dancing.

When asked to describe the Chicago Scene, DJ Prodigy’s sense of family is evident once more, “the group of people I was introduce to in the Chicago scene were family oriented”. Part of this can be explained by the fact that Chicago does not get a constant influx of people from the ballroom scene like, New York, Atlanta, and Philly on a constant basis. People from other ballroom communities do participate in balls in Chicago, but not at the same level as they do in the aforementioned communities. Thereby, Chicago’s scene fosters a sense of community because it was, created for Chicago, and participants live in Chicago as well.


DJ Prodigy took the family ethos when deciding which house to belong to, “Going back to my cousin [who] was a Prodigy at the time, and [they are] very family oriented, make you feel right at home. Once I got the feel of that, I wanted to be a Prodigy, very cool house very nice individuals. ”

Even outside of the ballroom scene, DJ Prodigy is family oriented, with his biological family as well, for example on Mother’s Day he cooked Chicken Parmesan meal from scratch as a present. Focusing on family and in turn surrounding yourself with people who earnestly care about you, not only serves as vital to your self esteem, also is a grounding mechanism that helps one keep things in perspective, which is evident with DJ Prodigy. When asked how he feels about those who use the accolades and adjuration of the ballroom scene as means of self-validation, DJ responds with, “everyone should be humble when receiving accolades, that weren’t promised to you…or in life period.” This humility is easy to understand in those who do not do well in the scene, but for someone who has received a total of five of the years, Midwest Awards Ball Twister for year, Midwest People’s Choice Twister of the Year, Philly Twister, New York Twister, and Chicago’s Finest in New York, it speaks volumes of his character.

DJ Prodigy is a prime example of big things coming in small packages, not only is he turning his category, but he does not define himself by his wins or losses, by his heart and his integrity. Whether it be laughing at rumors questioning his small stature in height, or honing his skill, DJ Prodigy is young man poised to turn it, in future both in life and the ballroom scene.



Word Association


Crafting Different strokes for Different folks


Fights Dangerous


Misconception Alot


Humility Tim Tim Milan


Seedy Not Fond Of


Hard Work Myself


Love My father

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Examples of DJ Prodigy at Work










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3 Comments:

  • way to go short stuff really nailed it and i enjoyed reading the article......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:16 PM  

  • it was very nice to get an inside look at the life of the new and fabulous face of DJ Prodigy. The article was good and a true star is born.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 PM  

  • W0W. I am pretty impressed, to start at such a young age and really develope your talent is great, esp. cause not many people do it. You should check out this event going down tomorrow (Thursday 06/14/07), Dice Raw from The Roots and Truck North are performing live in Puritan Mills along with battling DJ’s and pimp kicks artists. You don’t wanna miss it because it’s FREE! Visit http://www.yarisversusyaris.com for more info and to RSVP. I just wanted to pass this along to ya’ll because I work with Toyota. Payce!

    By Blogger g, at 7:52 PM  

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