Singer/songwriter/dancer/choreographer Bobby Newberry dazzles in vintage pieces from Balmain, Hermes, and Cèline in the fiercely sensual music video “Flight from Paris.” The video costars humpy Yanis Marshall (you know: The Stiletto Dancer) and pop provocateur Porcelain Black (who is a fixture on the WOW Best Dressed List), as well as a slew of fashionable disco dollies, all primping and preening in the world’s most decadent nightclub.
“We were going for an underground European sexy Eyes Wide Shut vibe,” Newberry explains to Out magazine. “Fashion-forward, chic, and exclusive.”
Which they certainly accomplished. Check it out below.
Below is an excerpt from Bobby’s interview with OUT about the video shoot:
Out: Where was the video shot? How much prep time was there when choreographing/working on the video.
Newberry: We shot the video at Beso Hollywood which is one of L.A.’s hottest restaurants. This video actually came together very quickly… I wrote “Flight From Paris” with Intyce two weeks before we shot the video—which is a super quick turn around. I worked with Yanis Marshall for one full day to create the choreography, and then we had two rehearsals with the dancers. The next day we shot the video it was definitely hectic.
Tell us a little about the styling and fashion. Especially that black pleated skirt!
The video was styled by Jonathan Burdine. The black leather kilt was his idea, and it is my favorite moment in the video actually. We used pieces from Balmain, Cèline, Dolce & Gabbana, and mixed them up with Zara, Top Shop, and vintage pieces, as well as some Jonathan Burdine originals.
Why did you decide to collaborate with Porcelain Black?
I’ve known Porcelain for about six years now. I was brought in to do her choreography for her music video with Lil’ Wayne “This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like.” I also choreographed her tour performances when she was on the I AM music tour with Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj. We became really good friends and always support each other. So I asked her if she’d be in the video with me, and she was like, “Yeah! Of course!” Which is amazing because she looks so MAJOR in the video!
Was this the first time you’d met or danced with Yanis?
I actually did a workshop in Paris about five years ago, and he came to it and we met then. He’s been a supporter of mine from the beginning, and I think he’s soooo talented and such an awesome person. We’ve been planning on working together on something for a while now and this ended up just coming together so perfectly.
He’s known for dancing in heels, but there’s seem to be more comfortable footwear featured in this choreography.
I wore boots in the video, which were actually not that comfortable, LOL. Yanis was in heels the entire day, naturally. I have danced in heels many times. It’s definitely fun—but not my steez.
Newberry’s passion for dance originated during youth, as he struggled with being young and gay in an underprivileged home. He taught himself dance as an outlet and earned a scholarship to a prestigious dance studio. Fast forward a decade or so… Bobby is now known best for his choreography and has an outstanding list of credits spanning live/stage, TV and music videos including: the Pussycat Dolls, Eminem,Girlicious, Jessie & the Toyboys, Porcelain Black, Lil’ Wayne, Taylor Dayne, Eva Longoria for Bebe, Missy Elliott, Jody Watley, Aaron Kwok, and most recently with Eden (he choreographed her live performance for Good Morning on America on February 23) to name a few. His television credits include: X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman and America’s Got Talent. He even won a VMA for Best Dance Video with the Pussycat Dolls.