Many women have proven their entity in the industry through acting or music, but not everyone can say that they are a choreographer, actress, dancer, TV personality, and now a judge for a TV show.
Tre Armstrong, has taken her love for dance and has turned her frequent lessons in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop at the age of 5, into a successful career. Since then she has trained in salsa, breaking, reggae-ton, dancehall and various ballroom styles. With her many skills in dance, Armstrong has paved her own way to the top as one of the most dominant women in the industry today.
“Before, I was just a dancer living in Los Angeles. I danced backup for Missy Elliot, Rihanna, and 50 Cent to name a few,” Armstrong told us.
Starting out backup dancing, Tre has taken major choreography jobs with different stars such as Megan Fox, Neyo, and Sarah Brightman. Armstrong also worked with Sean “Diddy” Combs with ABC movie, “A Raisin in the Sun.”
“On the choreography side, I was his dance partner in rehearsal. In between takes we have a great time, but when the cameras come on, he is a complete professional,” Armstrong said.
She also completed choreography for Ludacris’s new Breakaway music video, directed by Director X.
“Ludacris is such a humble guy. He is a business man and complete professional in what he does,” she says.
Tré was featured in the 2004 internationally acclaimed documentary “Breakin’ In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer,”which highlighted her as one of Canada’s top rising stars. Her acting debut happened the following year and in 2006 she secured a lead actress role as the character “Michelle” in the feature film “How She Move.” “How She Move” was an official dramatic selectee for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It was picked up for distribution by Paramount Vantage with MTV Films, alongside BET Films and was released in theaters in 2008.
Along with choreographing and teaching, Armstrong has been granted a permanent judge position on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada.” According to Armstrong, the season 4 auditions for the show are going “real good,” and “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” differs from the United States adaptation of the show.
“Huge differences,” Armstrong stated. “We have a lot of native dancers from Ukrainian, Polish, and Turkish. We have very mosaic of culture on the show,” Armstrong added.
With her heavy load of dance, Tre has traveled the world into sharing her love and experience for dance through workshops, seminars and classes in hip-hop, urban and freestyle dance. She has been highly active in community service for the youth.
“When someone has something they like and they want to learn more about it, you have their attention,” said Armstrong.
Tre is active in the charity, “Free the Children,” which empowers children in North America to take action to improve the lives of fellow children overseas.
Not only is Tre working with charities, she has started her own foundation and her own dance program, “D Tour.” This is a nurturing 12-week program focusing on using urban dance to promote life-skill building in young girls aged 15-19 years old. Armstrong is expressing life skills through the program by the procedures that are present within schools.
“Instead of having the normal school routine of students sitting and listening, you incorporate it in the program. When you miss two sessions without a proper excuse, there will be consequences,” said Armstrong. “In life there are consequences,” she added.
After reaching major plateaus as a dancer, choreographer and actress, Tré continues to grow as an artist herself. Her goal in life is to rise as a dancer, teacher and a humanitarian in order to support and guide youth around the world who need quality, life-empowering engagement through creative arts.