The Gold Caviar Crew are an unconventional Dance Group with a focus on African dance.

The group includes four charismatic ladies Temiloluwa Obiyemi, Jessica Williams Marie-Louise Batamak and Chigozie Ogbuebele.

Apart from dancing, they are also models who have perfected the art of choreography on the runway. In this interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, they take you into their world, their passion, opportunities and more.

WHAT inspired you to come together?

We have been dancing for a very long time. Some of us started as early as four, while others were a bit older. We used to be two separate dance groups years ago, and then we decided to form the actual crew we are in now.
How did you feel when your video was trending last year? What were some of the reactions from family and friends?
The performance for the Vienna Fashion Week Closing Show happened last year in September. However, we were not able to get a hold of the footage until this year, so we decided to post the video on Mother’s Day because my mother also took part in the show. This is how our video started trending. We were surprised because we didn’t see it coming at all. To us it was just a normal performance. We were really happy and so grateful for the lovely comments that we received. So many people messaged us and shared our video, as well as tagged us when we were not mentioned in posts on separate accounts.  Our family and friends have been our day one supporters. They were therefore even more excited about us going viral and were so happy for us.

What were you doing before this?
We actually all work full-time. Dancing for us is something we do in our free time as it is our passion.
Tell us about some of the things you have done on the local and international scene.
We have been participating in a lot of dance competitions. We also had performances on big stages, like our recent one at Donauinselfest in Vienna. Besides that, we regularly give workshops in our hometown and touch the lives of young people around us. We recently had a performance in Lagos, Nigeria, which was awesome. We were also on media tour, which we really enjoyed.
What are your memories of the Vienna Fashion Week?
The Vienna Fashion Week was very busy, but also funny. We were rehearsing and talking to all the different models. The theme for the Closing Show was Colours of the World, which represented several different cultures. It was nice talking to everyone and getting to know many diverse cultures. We were all a bit nervous, but when we saw our friends and family in the audience we became more confident, and the cheers of the other models gave us an extra boost.

What are the other memorable moments together?
Our rehearsals are very interesting and we get inspiration from time to time. Other moments are when we prepare for our workshops, as well as when we teach and impart knowledge. In addition, I would say that performing on stage with our friend, Rose May Alaba, along with our recent business trip to Nigeria, will definitely count as very memorable moments together.
What makes Gold Caviar different? Why did you give the crew this name?
We are not totally different than other dance groups, but we do have our own flow and we try to come up with new ideas (like combining dance and modelling in our performance). Since we couldn’t really decide on a crew name, we wrote down some words which we felt that we associated with and then we randomly picked out two words: Gold and Caviar.

Apart from dance, what are the other things to look out for?
Apart from dancing, we are models and you would find us modelling at several fashion shows, attending and even organising events.
How would you assess the entertainment sector? Are there some changes that you are looking forward to?
The entertainment sector is massive, but there is still so much potential to make it more exciting.
One of the changes we are looking forward to includes having more creativity, especially when it comes to choreography on the runway and more diversity in the models. Tall, small, big or skinny: all can still be represented in a unique and beautiful way.

Tell us about the people you admire
We admire a lot of people: musicians, dancers, models, fashion designers, photographers, filmmakers, comedians, producers… So the list goes on, but most of all, we rate their individual vibe and willingness to support.

What are the challenges?
Since we all have full-time jobs in totally different areas, it sometimes gets hard to keep up with new dance moves, balance our time with friends and family, and recharge our strength and energy.

Where do you see the crew in the next few years?
As a crew we are really excited, we have a lot of ideas that we are working on to express and reach out to others. This includes, giving international workshops, collaborating with amazing top artists and dancers, choreographing in various fields such as music videos, runways, movies, concerts, shows and organising meaningful events.
 
Marie- Louise Batamak
So, how many doors have been opened?
We’ve been friends before we started dancing. Our love for dancing brought us together. It has been a very interesting journey together. We still can’t believe it, so many doors have been opened since then.
When we see other people record and post our choreography, we love being tagged; so feel free to do so. It makes us feel good.
Education was our main focus in the beginning and we all pursued different professions. Therefore we only had time for our dance rehearsals after work during the weekends.
Locally and internationally we currently have some collaborations going on with big companies, which we can’t wait to share with the world. So please stay tuned. Modelling at several fashion shows, attending and even organising events are the thrills that make us tick.
In future, we look forward to travelling around the world and shooting with more designers. We always try to keep everyone up to date via our social media platforms, especially on Instagram (@wearegcc).
 
Chigozie Ogbuebele (Chichi)
What are the challenges?
We also had a break for two years because Lolu, Jessica and I studied abroad. After that, we came back together again and started giving lessons on a regular basis.
Tell us about some of the things you have done on the local and international scene
We have been participating in a lot of dance competitions. We also had performances on big stages, like our recent one at Donauinselfest in Vienna. Besides that, we regularly give workshops in our hometown. We recently had a performance in Lagos, Nigeria, which was awesome. We were also on a media tour, which we really enjoyed.

Tell us about some of the memorable moments together
For me, one of the memorable moments was our performance at the carnival in Salzburg, Austria. A thunderstorm caused a blackout at the venue. We couldn’t get our song to play and therefore decided to dance to the music from drummers that were there. Everyone loved it.
We are not totally different from other dance groups, but we do have our own flow and we try to come up with new ideas (like combining dance and modelling in our performance). Since we couldn’t really decide on a crew name, we wrote down some words which we felt that we associated with and then we randomly picked out two words: Gold and Caviar. And somehow it really fits perfectly to us and what we do.

Let’s talk about the people you admire
We especially admire our family and friends for always supporting and helping us out:
Oskar for filming some our videos as well as Johann and Malik for always mixing our music. In addition, there is also Topi for always being there if we need a helping hand. That is not all. We also appreciate a number of our working colleagues for encouraging and assisting us in different ways.
What legacies would you like to bring to the Nigerian music scene?
What we love to do but can also be a challenge sometimes is handling our social media. Since we all have different styles and sizes it’s a challenge to find perfect outfits for everyone. So, basically, at the top of the top, by his grace, because we do believe that we would bring a fresh wind into the industry.

Jessica Williams
How did you become united in music and dance?
Lolu, Louzy and I were part of a dance group called Soul Black Sisters. Chichi was in another dance group called Colour Cartoonz with her sister and friends.
We were also a supporting act for Davido when he came to Vienna back in 2013.
The Vienna Fashion Week was very busy, but also funny and exciting. We were rehearsing and talking to all the different models.
We are therefore looking forward to working on some exciting commercials and the upcoming London Fashion Week.
What is your assessment of the Nigerian entertainment scene?
The entertainment sector is massive, but there is still so much potential to make it more exciting.

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By Nation Online


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