Mr.'s Open Road
Believe In What You Want (0:32)
Poor, Lazy Overachievers
Venice Beach, CA
Public Television: Season Seven
dance, Entertainment, mr. animation, negativity, street performer, venice beach, vincent kowitz foster
Vincent Kowitz Foster aka "Mr. Animation," a hip-hop dancer and choreographer for Missy Elliot, didn't always lead the fulfilling life he has now. Vincent grew up in the tough streets of South Central Los Angeles, Calif., when by the age of 15 he was already in a gang. Vincent turned his life around, however, when the director of a local youth art center helped him break away from the street life by introducing him to a film director for a movie starring rapper Ice-T. The director noticed Vincent's talent for dance right away, and he hired him as a dancer and stunt man for the film. Vincent's career as a choreographer took off. Since then, Vincent has taught his art at the University of California at Los Angeles and currently street performs to gathered crowds in Southern California.