Omar "Kash" Kashim

BIOGRAPHY

OMAR “KASH” KASHIM HENRY IS CURRENTLY “MISSING IN ACTION.”  HE WAS IN HIS EARLY TWENTIES WHEN CHECK YOUR BODY AT THE DOOR WAS FILMING AT LINCOLN CENTER’S CLARK STUDIO THEATER AT JULLIARD.  BORN AND RAISED IN THE BRONX AND MANHATTAN, “KASH,” AS HE LIKED TO BE CALLED, WAS A FRIEND OF ASIA MOON. 

SELF-TAUGHT, HENRY’S STORY FOLLOWS THE SAME PATHS OF LEARNING AS THE OTHER SELF-TAUGHT FREESTYLERS.  HE BEGAN DANCING WHEN HE WAS ABOUT SEVEN-YEARS OLD, LEARNING FROM THE TV, OLD MOVIES WITH FRED ASTAIRE AND GENE KELLY, AND WATCHING ALL THE DANCE-VARIETY SHOWS ON TELEVISION, PICKING UP INFORMATION FROM MTV AND THE CLASSICAL DANCING HE WATCHED ON PBS/DANCE IN AMERICA. GROWING UP IN THE BRONX AND MANHATTAN DURING THE EXPLOSIONS OF STREET DANCING,  WITH ITS MAGNIFICENT INVENTIONS QUICKLY-EVOLVING STYLES, HE HUNG OUT ON THE STREETS.

YET, HE DOES NOT MAKE THE CLAIM THAT HE WAS EVER A BREAK DANCER. HOWEVER, HE ADDS, “I ALWAYS, WATCHED. I ALWAYS LISTENED. I ALWAYS LEARNED.”  GENEROUS AND OBSERVANT “I CREDIT MY PEERS AND EVERYBODY IN THIS DOCUMENTARY.”   LIKE HIS CLUB-ELDER, BRAHMS “BRAVO” LAFORTUNE, HENRY SAYS: “IT’S HOW YOU FEEL WHEN YOU DO IT.  YOU MIGHT THINK YOU DID NOTHING AT ALL.  BUT A PERSON LOOKING AT IT SAYS, ‘OH, THAT WAS NICE! THAT WAS SLICK! LET ME TRY THAT IN MY DANCE ROUTINE.’” HENRY REALIZED VALUE ALL AROUND HIM IN EVERYDAY PEOPLE, IN EVERYDAY MOTION.

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