Population Pierce: Inspired by the Jabbawockeez

First year student, Jacob "Nalu" Bauman, 18, dances in "The Hut" in Pierce College on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Photo: Laura Chen
First year student, Jacob “Nalu” Bauman, 18, dances in “The Hut” in Pierce College on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Photo: Laura Chen

“I started dancing when I was a little kid because I grew up in a Hawaiian culture. I danced when I was in 3rd grade but stopped because I wasn’t good,” said Jacob “Nalu” Bauman. “Then in sophomore year I picked up dancing again when I saw the Jabbawockeez perform on MTV, got more into it in junior year and it wasn’t until senior year that I knew dancing was my passion.”

“Most of the dances I know, I’ve ­taught myself. The style of dance I prefer is Pop and Lock because there’s so much body control you must do and because you can make your body look unreal. I like being surprising. In the future, I see myself on the stage of World of Dance because it’s one of the best dancing competitions. That’s the place where I want to get as a dancer. Win and get recognized more”.

Quote gathered by Gaby Soriano Photo: Laura Chen