100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Christopher Lawrence Frostyle Trasmaño – Dance Artist
For Christopher “CL Frostyle” Trasmaño, dance is not just about grace, fluidity or motion – but it is about culture.
“Hiphop culture in general – especially dance culture – has been such a positive influence in the world,” he says. “One of the legendary bboys Remind once said – “We can stop Wars.” The culture which started in New York has now reached almost all parts of the world, and every year, hundreds of really high level international events are happening worldwide.”
Last year, this Pinoy who is the most prominent in the local dance scene known not only for his moves but also his unmistakeable hairstyle and ebullient personality became part of two landmark dance documentaries. The first one was “Beyond the Block” by dance legend Ricky Carranza, where he represented Middle East Pinoy hiphop. Then there was “Grit. Grace. Gold.” a HipHop film produced for Sole Dxb where he was the only Filipino among the “OGs,” as well as up and coming talents of bboying and hiphop in the emirates.
Nike also appointed Frostyle as brand ambassador in 2017, with his photos placed at the Mall of Emirates during the Nike Airmax 30th anniversary. He also became part of the FilClub and was instrumental in organizing the very first Bayanihan HipHop Dance showdown held at World Trade Center to give an avenue for Pinoy dance crews to showcase their skills.
“I just want to touch lives and guide the young generation of hiphop dancers in the real essence of it all – to spread love, peace, unity, knowledge and to have fun,” he says.
Photography by: Alex Callueng
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