At the young age of 14 years old, Ysabelle ‘LIL BIGZ’ Capitule is a straight up BEAST! Actually, a term I use quite regularly, she’s a “Humble Beast.” I first met Lil Bigz and her crew, “Empire Kidz” at America’s Best Dance Crew Season 7 LA Auditions, but our interaction on Twitter and through this interview has given me a better idea of the mind behind these creative pieces! Her motto, “LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DANCE small. If you’re gonna dance, DO IT BIGZ!” Believe me if you have seen her YouTube channel, you know she DOES IT BIGZ! Another motto of hers shared on her YouTube, “Home Of The Most Famous, Unfamous… Ysabelle aka Lil BIGZ” Often Imitated, Never Duplicated… DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE IMITATIONS!” She’s accomplished more in her career of dance then most dancers out there today! At age 11 she was featured on the Ellen Show after one of her early YouTube videos was discovered by one of Ellen’s staff! You have seen her with Empire Kidz, Urban Empire, on the World of Dance Network, and with Bloc Talent Agency.
We appreciate Ysabelle taking time to share her story with us! Make sure to follow this young girl’s journey through her social medias at the bottom! You don’t want to miss a moment of this girl’s career! Thank you again and Keep Stepping.
At what age did you start dancing?
I started dancing at the age of 6 years old but then I quit and started back up again when I was 8 years old.
Who were some of your inspirations?
Some of my inspirations are Brian Friedman, Lyle Beniga, Laura Edwards, and Tony Tzar.
What was your first exposure to Hip Hop dance? When did you start choreographing?
My first exposure to hip hop dance was when I started taking hip hop dance classes from my uncle Allan Frias who was featured on So You Think You Can Dance. I started doing choreography when I was 13 years old, which was also when I started teaching dance classes.
How did you get the name Lil BIGZ?
I got the name Lil BIGZ from my dad. He said that I am very little but I dance big and we got Lil BIGZ.
Tell us about dancing with Urban Empire. How and when did that happen?
The owners of a small dance studio in Guam use to fly Tony Tzar out there to train the studio kids. That was about the same time I also met Tony. The owners saw how popular our videos were on Youtube when we danced together so they decided to put out an instructional dance DVD and create a company named Urban Empire. That was in the Summer of 2010. At first the company only sold shirts and DVD but then really took off when they started selling sweats. Being apart of Urban Empire is amazing. Owners, Chad and Terri Knapp are very nice and are like my second family now. They’ve taken me on tour with them to Hawaii once and Australia three times to help promote the company.
What are some of the competitions or shows you’ve done?
Some competitions that I have done are: Battlefest 360, World of Dance, and Hip Hop International. Some shows that I have done are: Choreographers Carnival in La and Australia, ABDC party for We Are Heroes at Club Nokia, San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest, Debbie Reynolds Showcase, Australia Dance Festival, Encontro in Macau and lots of other local Bay Area shows.
You were on the Ellen show, tell us about that experience.
Being on Ellen was a blast. I definitely did not expect to be on the show at all. She found me on Youtube and contacted me to be a guest and to perform on her show. It was such a great opportunity for me and I was only in 6th grade at the time.
Your YouTube is off the chain with almost 10mil views, what do you attribute to all that success?
Thank you, I think it’s because when we started out on Youtube, there weren’t two many kid dancers on there at that time. Because of that I got lots of views. And because our videos go back so far, people can actually watch me grow up while dancing and improving little by little. I think people also can see from watching our channel that if you don’t give up, you can succeed in what you love.
Any favorite videos on your channel or favorite choreography?
I have lots of favorites on my channel but here are my three most favorite:
My first trip to Australia with Urban Empire and dancing with Tony to his fast and full out choreo:
Doing contemporary hip hop at a local studio:
One of my favorite classes I’ve taught so far:
Any projects coming up for you?
Not that I know of right now but hopefully some opportunties will be coming soon.
If you had a theme song to dance too, what song would it be and why?
I think Right Now by Rihanna because it tells you to live for the moment and get me really hyped up.
Other than dance, do you have any other passions?
Other than dance I dont have very many passions but I love music, dogs and arts and crafts.
Any shout outs…
I would like to give a shoutout to Urban Empire, Carla Barkley, and Bloc talent agency for everything that they have done for me, and of course everyone who supports me and keeps me inspired.
What words of inspiration would you give to dancers and kids your age out there?
Keep training and learning from different choreographers with all different styles not just one particular choreographer because you will learn and grow so much more and just never give up. Always remember that practice makes perfect.