July 15, 2020
Christopher Lawrence ‘Frostyle’ Trasmaño
Entertainer & Guinness World Record Holder
One cannot simply talk about the UAE’s dynamic dance scene without mentioning seasoned breakdancer Christopher Lawrence Frostyle Trasmaño – who has undeniably brought the underground culture to a greater arena with his unique flair. Besides empowering several budding dance professionals through mentorship, as well as having spearheaded one of the most prominent hip hop competitions in the region (Titan Dance DXB), Christopher has given voice to much of the untapped talent synonymous with Dubai’s dance community through serving as a brand ambassador for companies like Nike. He even has a Guinness World Record to his name, dancing for the longest time at a motion-sensing dance game marathon. If you haven’t seen him, or his hair, in events, concerts, or music videos, you’ve perhaps seen his work choreographing for and collaborating with international artists. Adding to his repertoire of industry work, he has recently danced on stage with well known Bahraini Platinum Records artist, Hala Al Turk, and he too has worked alongside LA Music Records choreographing a music video for Ada Satka and Dmadd – which, was aired across Europe, the Middle East, and the USA.
As a Filipino who has advanced as well as elevated his craft, Christopher shares that for other Filipinos who aspire to the same that making relationships is instrumental: “Based on my experience, it’s always important to be professional with every single one of your projects, agents, and clients because your longevity in the scene will be largely determined by how you have positively impacted others.”
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CL Frostyle Trasmaño
Dancer/Hip Hop Proponent
The UAE’s commercial and underground dance scenes would simply not be the same without the exuberant Christopher Lawrence Trasmaño. Regarded as a breakdancing role model by many local aspiring and established dancers, Christopher, a.k.a “CL Frostyle” as a disciple of Hip-Hop culture, holds the morals of respect, unity, and camaraderie close to his heart. Under his tutelage, he has empowered many dancers and manages two performance groups across Dubai.
“I love helping people out and seeing their potential and talent grow in the entertainment industry of Dubai. The UAE and the Middle East have been such a blessing to us dance artists. They have given us a lot of opportunities here. He adds, “I guess I have a big heart for the community because of my sense of patriotism. I also love seeing Filipino talents rise in one of the best cities in the world.”
As an individual who displays unwavering support for his community and fellow Filipinos, Christopher proudly represents his culture and identity in each of his undertakings.
This year, he co-founded Titan Dance DXB, the UAE’s largest Hip Hop crew competition to date. He has also performed on stage with young Platinum Record artist Hala Al Turk and choreographed for LA records artist Ada Satka and Dmadd’s music video, which was aired across Europe, the Middle East and the USA. All these are on top of his many wins through the years, which include performances in events, concerts, music videos, as well as brand endorsements, not to mention a Guinness Book of World record.
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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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