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September 14, 2011

Darrin Henson: A Man with No Limits

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Written by: Angell Davis
Darrin Henson

The speaker entered the crowded room with great poise and confidence. The humbleness of his nature was communicated throughout the many intrigued faces that surrounded him. “Who am I? Do you really know me?” You could have heard a pin drop as he continued, “What is commonly known as a stereotype is someone who has formed an opinion about a group, a person and/or an idea that is not necessarily true. When we say something is stereotypical, it’s a made-up idea.  People look at me and say, ‘Hey that’s Lem from Soul Food,’ that means they see me as an actor. Others may say, ‘That’s the choreographer,’ so I’m the dancer. If you stereotype me as a choreographer then you can’t see me as an actor, or vice versa. But do you really know who Darrin Dewitt Henson is?”

Darrin Dewitt Henson is a man with no limits, therefore refuses to be boxed into any form of boundary. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Darrin grew up mimicking and improvising on the dance moves of some of the industry’s greatest entertainers.  He got his start at age 14 with the late legendary hip-hop DJ, Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions, when he joined La Rock’s Vermont school tour. Because of Henson’s innate talent to be a dance designer, he found himself frustrated with the dance steps being taught by the choreographers. “As a dancer you have to audition for different choreographers and their dance moves didn’t fit my idea of what I thought it should be.” This frustration became the driving force that ultimately pushed him to become Darrin Henson: The Choreographer.

As a choreographer, Darrin travels all over the world working with a wide range of clients; from small dance schools, to teaching such greats as Prince, Jennifer Lopez, and Britney Spears, to name a few. One of his biggest achievements as a choreographer is receiving a MTV Music Award for Best Choreography for N’Sync’s video “Bye, Bye, Bye.”  One of Darrin’s biggest dreams was to work with the late Michael Jackson. In 1995 that dream came true. For almost a year, Darrin traveled to Europe and specifically in Germany with Michael. He also worked with him on the MTV music awards and on Jackson’s HBO Special. “I’m really fortunate to be able to work with, in my opinion, two of the best entertainers in the world, Michael Jackson and Prince.”

Darrin takes pride in his dance techniques, along with living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Reflecting on his passion for a healthier society allowed him to introduce to the world Darrin Henson: The Health Advocate.

Darrin not only focuses on teaching dance moves as a form of exercise, but he also thrives on educating people on how their bodies work. “It is important that we understand the principles of our cellular structure, not just our muscular and bone structure. Most people are dehydrated and don’t know it. You’re already dehydrated the minute you feel like you’re thirsty, and the way our body communicates is through water. If we don’t have enough water in our body then our organs aren’t able to communicate with each other properly, which is how our cells become cancerous.” Not only does he provide healthy lifestyle education, but he also made this one of the key points touched upon in his first DVD “Darrin’s Dance Grooves” and placed an even stronger emphasis on it in “Darrin’s Dance Grooves II.” His dance videos have sold over 3 million copies and have ignited health frenzies across many nations. He looks forward to starting production on a movie version of “Dance Grooves” in the near future, showing-off his master choreography along with his acting skills. Thus, Darrin Henson: The Actor.

As an actor, Darrin grew in fame when playing Lem Van Adams on the hit Showtime series “Soul Food.” For five seasons, he gave a compelling performance as a street hustler turned husband, father and businessman. Darrin relates to the character of Lem in the aspect of being a man who started from one end of a spectrum and evolved into something else. He also resonates with the character of Grant, from the hit movie “Stomp the Yard,” in which Darrin played the character aspiring to be the Alpha-male in his group.

Darrin played characters in many other films, including, “The Express,” but his most recent character is that of Raven, a superhero in his newest movie “Tekken.” “Tekken” is based upon one of the largest and most popular video games in the world. This highly awaited movie, filled with live action, is due to be released in Japan in January 2010. Its debut in the States is set for February 2010. Darrin also demonstrates his directing skills in the upcoming movie “Violation,” a Showtime movie that depicts two Gulf War veterans whose relationship may be compromised by their opposing outlooks on war. Even with so much talent under his belt, Darrin still manages to remain family-oriented, humble and true to himself. Thus, Darrin Henson: The Man.

Darrin Dewitt Henson thrives off of the effort to grow, whether it’s intellectual growth or spiritual growth. He taught himself through self-help books how to speak Japanese, Spanish and French, reinforcing his thirst for development. He spends a lot of his time looking at the so-called challenges within in his life and meets them head-on. He balances life and the industry with ease by valuing his privacy, trusting his own abilities and embracing his spirituality. Darrin acknowledges God in everything he does. “Simply smiling and telling Him thank you is praising Him. Acknowledging God allows us to be healed.”

When asked what inspires this talented man, his answer, remarkably, instilled inspiration inside of me. “I am inspired by a lot of things but mostly I’m inspired by children. Children know no boundaries and have no limits. It is us as adults that put limits on what we can or can’t do and/or become.” Darrin Henson has adapted to this innocent thought-process of having no limits placed on his life. He reminds our readers that when you stop stereotyping each other in society and begin to meet and greet one another as is, then we get to see who and what we all really are. “We are very strong, powerful, and spiritual human beings who can be whatever we want to be. We don’t have to possess one particular form or shape; we can evolve into any and everything we desire.”

Currently Darrin Dewitt Henson has published his first book, Intimate Thoughts. He is starring in several movies, sitcoms, and plays and still manages to find time to promote his current fitness DVD: Get Fit & Stay Fit. Darrin Henson also has a blog/promo section with NtoU Magazine entitled Intimate Thoughts, where you can read excerpts from his new book and stay updated!

www.darrinhenson.com and www.ntouonline.com



About the Author

Angell Davis
Angell Davis
Angell Marcella Davis is a Cleveland, OH native who has always had a passion for writing. Poetic, thoughtful, opinionated, and driven; she has been determined to get NtoU to greater summits for the last seven years. So far on her quest for excellence, Angell has yet to fail. Her constant smile would lead many to believe that making NtoU happen is easy, hence many have tried and few endured. In her most honest moments, Angell has revealed that doing this on her own is exhausting to say the least. Virtuous, sensitive, empathetic, and compassionate; still she perseveres, because in her own words, “I want to be that light in their (the readers) dark place.” Click NT logo below to read more.




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