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Fierce. To use a word that nearly lost it's meaning as a result of it's excessive usage the last year. Was it someone called Sasha who gave it the mortal blow? We'll instead let's try, over the top, intense, cruel, le magnifique, dangerous... fierce.
Lagom. The word we used to describe the country of Sweden with, in so many years. It's Swedish essence deeply rooted and hard to shake off. Some call it the seamy side of the equality of the Swedish Wellfare state. It's the never ending ringdance of indivuduality and equality. There isn't even a perfect translation of the word in English. But there are attempts: Just good enough, moderately, adequate...Not the worst one but surely not the best one either, just plain ol' "lagom". - the opposite of fierce... ferocious.
Born and raised in Sweden but currently based in the Netherlands, where 22 year old dancer Fredrik Quinones now is entering the
Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy after receiving a Schoolarship. After just been dancing Street Styles some few years of his life, Fredrik started out at one of Sweden ’s best vocational training schools for dancers, he learnt ballet and jazz for the first time but never really felt comfortable in the environment, but not because of the new disciplines.
– The problem was it wasn't OK to stand out, to take the front row too often, or practice too much. Everything's supposed to be "fair" – this in a dance business that's nothing like "fair"!. I'll be back in Stockholm in 5, 6, 7... eh ok maybe 10 years haha... then I'd love to help build the scene of dance that I feel... But I don't miss Sweden right now...
Far from lagom and the
moderatly Swede. Fredrik
strikes a pose, laughs and
"I just wanna be fierce and have
“Yep it happens that people think I’m gay, and I can understand that some of them think so because of what they think of these dance styles, but seriously I can’t care that much of what narrow minded people think”
He says it's in the small details:
– This summer in NYC, me and a friend where fooling around and I did a pirouette randomly on the street to illustrate something, an ol' lady passing me by proclaimed "Oh that's beautiful!". In Sweden people most likely would have given me the side eye...
But it's 2faced story also for Fredrik Quinones:
– There was actually a teacher here in Holland that seriously accused me for lying when I said I was Swedish... But my classmates are so used to people questioning where I'm from so they often answer in chorus "he's Swedish but his parents are from Chile" before I open my mouth!
Still he worries of being mistaken for the non-urbane Swede wandering around any big
city, like his Persona 2, it's about being all one can be, and for Fredrik that opposite personal alter ego became a typical sporty dude from your high school, eager to blend in even though all he wanted to do was to dance...
– I appreciate uniqueness, people who can and have the courage to carry themselves." It's not only about being brazen, vibrant and fast forward as a Swede, Fredrik is definitely stretching the idea on what a normative man could be like. He's into the dancing styles of Waacking and Vouging, dances that strongly are connected to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,
"It takes courage to be yourself! What good does trying to blend in really make?"
“I'd hate to travel to other countries and directly become spotted as a Swede straight out of Götgatan Stores or Swedish Style blogs, looking lost in that Swedish trendy uniform... Don’t get me wrong, I’m always repping Sweden when I travel, but I do it full out."