When he isn’t instructing in hip hop, breaking, popping, waacking, locking, dancehall and Afrobeat at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Eugene Baffoe, “GeNie” can be found heading up Winnipeg’s newest and fastest growing urban hip hop dance crew “B.O.S.S Dance Team” (Built on Self Success). The group began in the summer of 2011 and made its debut at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers game halftime show in September of 2011.
GeNie is a freestyle battle dancer from Montreal, Quebec. He has been training in hip hop for the last decade, teaching, choreographing and directing at a professional level over the last six years. GeNie has taught at the National Ballet School and for two years was a co-creator of the national initiative, Sharing Dance, of which the RWB School is a national partner. He is the co-creator and director of a non-profit Charity Dance Showcase “Dance 4 MS”, which he began in 2009. The event raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research by donating all proceeds to the Manitoba MS Society. With it’s first ever sold out show in May of 2012, the annual showcase has raised over $5,000 over the span of four years. .
His choreography has been showcased at Manitoba Dance Festival, Showtime Productions, local musical theatre productions of RENT, flash mobs, high school events, Juste Debouts, and hip-hop dance teams over the past three years. In 2017 he created and directed the ground-breaking work, The Artist Within which featured a cast of thirty-five Winnipeg dancers. GeNie appeared in the feature films Strings in 2014, Strike! The Musical and Ruthless Souls in 2017 and has recently created a documentary film called Our Scene The Movie, which depicts the history of the Winnipeg hip hop dance community from 1983 to today.
Honoured by the city of Winnipeg with the “Youth Role Model Award” in 2009, GeNie is a committed teacher and choreographer. Never forgetting that he remains a student of dance, he credits his joy of learning to his incredible teachers and mentors such as “Lil C”, Tucker Barkley, “Bizzy Boom”, “B-Girl Lynx” and Brian Friedman.