He’s an artist, a dancer, and a certified hustler.
As one of the misfits proudly donning the new Levi’s® Engineered Jeans™, Jesse “Reflex” Gotangco is all about moving without limits. In fact, he’s gotten so good at it that he became one of the first few Filipinos to represent the country at the R16 World Finals, which he did as part of Project P-Noise in 2010.
As a solo act, he has already claimed the gold at the R16 Southeast Asia Championship in 2013 and the Freestyle Sessions in 2017.
But his passion for the performing arts goes beyond the gold and the glory. To him, dancing is an avenue for self-expression and a form of reprieve from the pressures of daily life.
“I look at dancing as a platform to be able to share different things about myself. I get to express social and political issues in a way that is relatable and entertaining,” explained Reflex.
And it is this sense of release and artistic exploration that pushes Gotangco to dedicate his passion to building up the next generation of artists and performers.
“As a dancer and avid practitioner of the hip-hop culture, I ascribe to the ‘Each One, Teach One’ motto.”
“It’s our way of paying it forward and empowering people through dance,“ he explains.
“I know it sounds cliché but I feel like we’re able to help people find their identities, their own style, and even help them go through stress or find an escape when dealing with social or personal issues. So I think that’s a really powerful thing, especially for this generation.”
As movement is the name of the game, Reflex stresses the importance of free, unrestricted motion when it comes to fully expressing one’s self in dance and other forms of the performing art.
“With what I do most especially in freestyle and hip-hop, we always believe that you got to look fresh but at the same time, be able to move,” he intimated.
“That’s why I like to keep it loose and simple, and at the same time, very functional and free.”
For this reason, Gotangco is all praises for the return of the Levi’s® Engineered Jeans™. Defined by its design and functionality, the collection is fit for the misfits and style junkies who are looking for their own signature style and the comfort of unrestricted motion.
“It definitely helps with my movement and it looks just so casual, which is cool because you can wear it every day. And anytime I need to get down and dance, I can get down with these jeans for sure.”
The Levi’s® Engineered Jeans™ are available at Levi’s® boutique stores and selected department stores.
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