Spikes is a Jamaican Authentic Dancehall Dancer residing in the USA.
Spikes speaks about his early childhood years, growing stages and all about his dance life:
“My mom had to leave me at the hospital since I only weight 2.5 pounds. She had just turned twenty three years old and had already had my older sister. She was still living in her mother’s house, working in a dead end job and hardly had fathers for her children. My name is Terry Omar Taylor and I was born on May 14, 1986 at the Spanish Town Hospital, minutes before my twin sister. My mother had to undergo a C-Section because I was pre-mature and was fighting to hang on. Once I was out, I lived in an incubator for three months. I could not have died if I wanted to. I had a purpose to serve.
I grew up in Portmore St.Catherine Jamaica, living the good life; going to the cane piece with my grandfather, learning to ride an over sized bicycle, playing marbles at school and lastly but not the least, dancing.
I see myself as a determine, persistent, down to earth, patient, jovial and self-motivated individual. I discovered my passion since the age of four; dancing. I love to dance! When I dance, my world is good, I feel energetic and on top of the world, I put my all in dancing, I dance until my clothes is wet on my back. I grew up with my two sisters and my mom. My most memorable moments though are those spent on the road dancing. I earned my title as a dancer throughout my school years. After school, I started to hang around youths who were into dancing. I also attended every event possible that enabled me to show my raw talent. I quickly earned popularity, respect and critics in my community. I also earned my dance name; Spikes 2004. Bogle was my idol and I dreamed of the day I would meet him and work with him. I started traveling the distance to be present at passa passa, a famous dance session that attracts the likes of Bogle and international spectators. One of my greatest memories is the night I got the opportunity to shake hands with my dancing idol. It was one of the best day of my life. Shortly after, my idol died so I didn’t get to meet him the way I wanted to cause he didn’t know I was a dancer. His death had a strong impact on me because he was a big influence on my drive as a dancer. After that I took his dance call Pelpa and rename it to WACKY SLIDE. I bring that dance all over JA in the streets. I got the opportunity to work with Jay Will, music producer. His eye for talent led him to contact me and I played apart in some great music videos and Documentary It’s all about Dancing where they put me next to Bogle when I was doing Wacky Slide. and some of my own moves I created. I saw myself growing and I know where I wanted to be. I did not care much about going to college or securing a nine to five job. I just needed to dance. I took my dancing everywhere I went. I won dancer of the year award in 2006 at Jiggy Fridays in New York City. I was great but I did not have much support from other Jamaican dancers because I was too good so they tried to keep me out of the spotlight. That never stop me from moving forward though, my love for dancing was just the same.
I wish to be the next Bogle and represent my Jamaican dancehall culture as well as reach my personal goal. I see myself being exposed to the world as a dance hall icon and operating my own choreography studio that will enable youths with a passion for dancing to nurture and grow their talent. I didn’t died at birth because I have a purpose and for every moment I take the dance floor, my purpose is being served.”