Flava Entertainment Productions is a unique business made to add a little something extra to everyone’s life and business. We offer professional assistance in dance, theatre, music, film and fashion, including modeling, photo shoots and runway. We offer different programs, opportunities and resources for all your entertainment needs.
We believe the arts should be available to everyone. We provide the best classes, talent and environment possible.
Services we provide:
ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS NEEDS: Brand Management, Financial Advisory, Contracts, Business Analyses, Non-profit, Marketing and publicity, Social media and websites.
EVENTS: Event Coordination, management, staffing, training, execution.
THEATER: stage management, choreography, costume design, production, and hair and makeup.
FILM: project management, production, writing, editing, location scouting, casting. acting coaching and capitol.
FASHION: photo shoots, creative direction, hair and makeup, choreography for runway.
MUSIC: band management, stage performance, marketing, vocal coaching, branding, booking and more.
DANCE: choreography, stage production, individual and group private lessons, music videos, wedding dances, master classes, guest choreographers.
Valerie Cameron-Walker, Owner
Flava in the media:
UGEEK Media http://ugeekmedia.com/
The Salt Lake Tribune – www.sltrib.com/midvale/ci_3136055
Flava Entertainment Productions was proud to be a part of 2011 Strankenstein’s Zombie Prom held in awareness of juvenile diabetes. Please visit www.utahzombies.com to learn more about Zombie Prom.
E-William’s “You Don’t Know Me” music video
Utah Flash Mob at 2011 Sundance Film Festival choreographed by Valerie Cameron-Walker
Mothers are shaking; their groove thangs and getting; low at dance class
By Frances Johnson Close-Up Staff
Robyn Simonsen wanted to do something nice for her son, who was away serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 47-year-old woman decided to learn a dance routine to a song by one of her son’s favorite artists, hip-hop singer Usher. “I thought he would laugh really hard if he got something that crazy. From his mother, right?” Simonsen, of Murray, says. To help her learn the struts and lunges of hip-hop dancing, Simonsen started taking classes from Valerie Cameron-Walker. Even after the DVD was sent to her son, Simonsen couldnt stop dancing. “I got hooked,” she says. “It is so stinking; fun.” And shes not the only one who thinks so. Cameron-Walker, who has been teaching hip-hop dance classes for 10 years, says more and more of her students are older women. Mothers, and even grandmothers, attend her weekly class at the Murray Park Center to get their groove on. “I think people are really curious,” Cameron-Walker says. “It gives them a chance to step outside themselves and try something new without doing something dramatic. I didnt think it was going to take off like this.”
Cathy Racine, 50, of Murray, says the image of gangsters and guns associated with hip-hop didnt dissuade her from giving the class a try. For her, hip-hop dancing is a workout. “It makes you move in so many ways that you don’t usually move,” Racine said. “But would I ever go and do it in front of someone else? No. My husband just laughs his guts out. He says, &;Are you sure its supposed to look like that?;” Simonsen agrees it might look a little funny. “Its so far out of my comfort zone I cant even tell you,” she says. “I don’t even know how to dance. Is that about as far out of the comfort zone as you can get?” The pair are not shy, however, about dancing in front of their classmates. There are some teenagers among the 30 or so students, but Cameron-Walker says most people who take her classes are between 25 and 35 years old. That also applies to the touring dance company Cameron-Walker manages through her business, Flava Dance Productions. Cameron-Walker takes her place in front of a recent class wearing white cargo pants, her dark hair pulled up in a high ponytail. The grates over the light fixtures in the spacious room with mirrored walls shake and clang with the heavy bass beat of the music. The class starts to warm up by bouncing and rotating their shoulders. Then they start to stretch their legs. “I want everybody to get low,” Cameron-Walker shouts over the music. “Hip-hop dancing is about bending your knees, getting low.” On the other hand, hip-hop dancing does not have to be about lewd or suggestive movements, Cameron-Walker says. Cameron-Walker does teach “street style” dancing but says most people have a misconception about hip-hop dancing. “They come into the class and they say, ‘This isn’t what I thought it was,'” Cameron-Walker says. “Their husbands aren’t there and their brothers aren’t there. They can just relax and shake it. ” Ashley Chadwick of Kearns, a 28-year-old mother of two, thinks hip-hop deserves at least some of its reputation. “But it can be good, clean fun,” she says. “You’ve just gotta pick and choose.” She loves practicing at home with her kids, ages 6 and 4. She also likes Cameron-Walke teaching style. “She really gets you to have an attitude,” says Chadwick, her pink checkered newsboy cap tilted to the side.”She works on the performance.” On this night, Chadwick and the rest of the class are copping some ‘tude as they master a new and complicated dance routine. Cameron-Walker choreographs all her own dances, focusing on technique, not tricks. “It’s a real workout instead of how many tricks and freezes and holds you can do,” she said. “They don’t have to do jumps and flips.” Tonight’s routine includes plenty of bouncing, lunging, turning and crumping — a personalized strut accompanied by wild arm movements. “The good thing about hip-hop is I’m not going to dance like you, and youre not going to dance like me,” Cameron-Walker tells the class ,”And thats OK.” Valerie Cameron-Walker, shows her students the latest in hip-hop dance techniques at a recent class.
The class, taught weekly at the Park Center in Murray Park, attracts a surprising number of older women, who enjoy the camaraderie and workout they get from the experience. Everything is running smoothly until Cameron-Walker can’t find the CD she wants, a hip-hop album by female artist Missy Elliot. Disaster is averted when one student finds the same CD in his backpack. Even Simonsen and Racine have gotten into hip-hop music, which features lyrics like “you;all better shake that thing” and “get it on til the early morn,” but Cameron-Walker uses only edited CDs in her class. “I love the music, believe it or not,” Simonsen says. “I listen to hip-hop stations on the radio now. How cool is that?” After practicing the routine to several different tempos, the class divides into groups and performs, one group at a time, in front of their peers. Simonsen’s group is first. Her groups performance is met with wild applause and cat calls from the audience. Racine is up next. She’s not shy about putting Cameron-Walker’s advice into practice. “You need to use your butt,” Cameron-Walker calls out. “You really do.” When Racine’s group is finished, she runs over to Simonsen. They clasp hands, giggling and congratulating each other. Cameron-Walker, herself a 26-year-old mother, says she doesn’t know why older women enjoy her classes so much. “It’s not the younger kids that come back,” Cameron-Walker said. “It’s their moms. Maybe it’s my style. Maybe it’s old school.” There are some hip-hop rules, though, that never change. “If all else fails, what do you do?” Cameron-Walker asks her class. The reply is resounding. “Shake it!”