Her Brilliant Career

Suzy Stone is a driven dance teacher who has turned her troupe, the Hip Hop Kidz, into a big-league draw. Is it any wonder she's also a bit of a tyrant?

The stage is surrendered to the next act, Sammie Bush. The troupe gathers under a tree, near the food stands selling the chicken wings for which the festival is named. Hugging one another first, they crowd around to watch their performance on a small hand-held video camera. Zack and two other boys, Sam and Sport, spray their heads with a silver paint to mimic the dye worn by Sisqó, Zack's favorite singer. Stone walks around embracing parents and children, beaming with pride.

“I think things really went well,” she assesses, smiling. “I am really proud of them all. Everything looked really good.” A producer from MTV Latino who saw the Kidz onstage approaches her and asks if they could perform at the company's holiday party. This invitation pleases Stone to no end. “I've always wanted to work with MTV,” she reveals. “This is MTV Latino, but still. We are the ones getting the calls now. After all the blood and sweat and tears, it seems things are finally starting to go our way.

Onstage, upbeat, and according to Stone, making an 
impact on millions of people
Courtesy of Hip Hop Kidz
Onstage, upbeat, and according to Stone, making an impact on millions of people

“Someday someone from our troupe is going to become a national star,” she promises. “Then I'll feel we've really made it.”

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