Madonna Tribe meets another talented artist who teamed up
with Madonna on the promo tour for her 2005 studio album,
during the Confessions Tour in 2006 and again in
2007 for the Live Earth concert at the Wembley Stadium.
Fourteen years of dance training and a jazz degree at the
International Dance Academy in Paris are only the tip of the
iceberg of the skills of the amazing Steve Nestar,
the versatile dancer and choreographer performing exciting
mixtures of salsa, break dance, jacking, hip hop, jazz and
tap, who can easily switch from a movie like Le Défi
- written and directed by Blanca Li - to commercials, fashion
shows, and of course... working hard on stage with Madonna.
Welcome to MadonnaTribe, Steve.
You are known to Madonna fans for performing with her during
the promo tour and the videoclips for the Confessions
On A Dance Floor album, the Confessions Tour
and at the Coachella and Live Earth shows,
but when did you start your career as a dancer?
Steve Nestar: In 1998 I guess...
MT: Was that
the time when you had the first big break in show business?
SN: Yes, at the opening of the FIFA World
Cup in 1998. And then a movie in 2000 called Le Défi
(The Challenge) in France...
MT: Let's talk about working with
Madonna, how did it start? Did you have to audition for her?
SN: Yes, I did the
audition in London for her first video, Hung Up,
with 500 other dancers there... and then she kept me for the
first date of the promo tour, which was in Portugal for the
MTV Europe Music Awards.
Yeah, the show in Lisbon was fantastic! How was working on
the set of the Hung Up video?
SN: Well, I
was a bit nervous during rehearsals, 'cause as u can see on
the video, I was supposed to bend over, having her in my arms...
and you know, well that's "Madonna you know"!...
(laughs) But I did good!... no worries...!
MT: When the Confessions album was
launched you also took part to the famous appearances at Koko
club, G-A-Y, at the Studio Coast in Japan
and later on at the Coachella Valley Festival. What
do you remember about each of those intimate gigs?
SN: Well, Koko
was ok, but G-A-Y was definitly crazy, 'cause gay
people were alwayz cheering up the all show (crazy screams!)...
and Coachella was cool.. but it was very hoooot in
there! I swear... I was dying on stage!
MT: Those gigs and especially Coachella
anticipated in choreography and mood part of the Confessions
How was the work behind the scenes of the tour?
tough sometimes... depending on what song we were rehearsing...
but it was ok... we got used to it after a few weeks...
it's just a timing to catch... and a vibe too.
Iit was very different than the promo tour, but we did good...
and most of all, she was satisfied of our job and that was
the most important I think... right?!
MT: Eh eh, yeah I think so...
We have been told that rehearsals for the Confessions tour
were very demanding, even phisically. When the show hit
the road you could not make a few dates because of an injured
shoulder but you recovered fast. I just wanted to ask if
everything went ok and how did it feel to see a few shows
from the point of view of the audience?
that was hard for me to not doing it... plus Madonna really
needed me on the show... from what the specialists said
to her - about my shoulder - it could have taken three weeks,
maybe more, to recover... she couldn't accept that... that's
why I flew back with her in her private jet to New York
after the show in Boston to go and see a specialist and
recover in a week... being treated by her own chiropractor
and massage girl "Michelle"... so that's why I
recovered very quickly... and I was back for New York too...
I was sollicited 'cause I was almost the swing person for
everyone just in case... I even did "Jump" with
the free runners for three weeks in the U.S... .damn!...
that was tough sometimes...! (laughs).
MT: At the European dates
of the show you appear on stage during Forbidden Love
with symbols painted on your chest. Is that idea something
that came up later in the show running? It wasn't part of
the show in the North American leg...
SN: Nope it
wasn't... That idea came from Madonna... she had it for London...
since then we ran that number of the show with the painting
on the chest.
The symbols were the "Star of David" - the Jewish
sign - and Normann had the "Crescent Moon" - the
symbol of Islam... we were supposed to represent those two
religions who oppose each other in Palestine....
MT: I remember seeing you ofter walking around
the Bercy arena in Paris before the shows there and all the
fans approaching you and asking for pictures and authograps.
How do you deal with fans? And what do you think about Madonna
fans - do you think they are different in the various countries?
SN: Well in
Bercy I was there waiting for my family 'cause I'm French...
let's not forget that right?! (laughs).
But the Madonna fans are almost the same everywhere, you know,
but with different views on her sometimes... and they can
be really cool... and talk about anything... or really focused
on her and questioning me about her - you know... the usual
thing they do! when they see any of us outside the venue...
but they're cool people anyway!
MT: What's your favourite moment of the Confessions
Tour - and what are your memories from the stage?
I would say the Confessions of Cloud, Sofia
and Hypnosis... was really dope... 'cause it was real - you
know what I'm saying?! - and they practise really hard for
that too, if I have good memory!
MT: And what was the
most fun moment?
SN: Well... Sorry is funny ...'cause sometimes
we were acting goofy... or Hung Up - that was a
lot of fun too... because we were really close from the
The Sorry Remix... when we used to encourage "Charm"
and "Hypno"... while they're performing....
Well a lot of fun I'd say, all along the show!
MT: Did you bond with some of the Confessions
Tour dancers and do you happen to hang out with them?
SN: Yes! Normann of course but also Cloud,
Jason, Mihran, Hypnosis... everyone on that tour! Even since
the tour is over, I'm in keep and touch with everyone you
know through the net and phone too!
MT: You recently appeared
with Madonna again on Live Earth. How was it like,
reuniting with the cast from the Confession Tour
again? And what was your favourite moment from the Live
SN: La Isla Bonita - the new version:
it was fun to perform with Eugene and the rest of the crew...
that was really funny... it reminded me of the tour!
MT: You are now working on a documentary
called Deeper, can you tell us more about this
Well with my partner Mr. "Hardy Muanza". who is
also the producer and director of this documentary, with me
co-producing and co-directing too, we want to show to the
whole world that being a dancer is not what people think it
is... There is bads and goods you know!... and well by describing
every type of dance who appeared those last 30 years... their
evolutions.., then that break apart between dancers and dj's/mc's
(in the middle of the 80's)...
Now we have two sides... the "underground scene"
- dancers who perform on stage with their dance company
or crew, in theatre... or doin what we call"battles"
- and the "commercials" - dancers who work for
the music industry constantly, Hollywood reign!, and the
Well, we're just doing kinda report with this documentary,
about what's goin on now with "dancing" in all
aspects of the word itself!... and what's possibly next
- the future of dancing? - maybe better or worst... changes?!
Well you'll see the result when the documentary will be
out... really soon!! I think it will be interesting to see
the real truth about being a dancer/choreographer also!...
MT: We usually close
our interviews to dancers who have worked with Madonna asking
what's their fondest memory of her...
So Steve, what's the fondest memory you have of working
SN: It's different than any other job that
I've done in the past of course... but it's also a honor...
not only be'cause she's Madonna ... but when she hired us...
she didn't ask us to change a bit of what we were... she
accepted us the way we were already with no conditions...
and for what we could possibly bring of positive to her
show... and trust me, there are not a lot of artists who
She is really kind with any of us... but has her temper
sometimes too... but hey! she's a human been too right!?
But at least she's tryin' all the time to be nice with everyone...
And the more you know her the more you appreciate to be
her friend... and she gives it back to you... makes you
feel... like you are accepted in her small circle of friends...
And I do understand why you are fans of Madonna... 'Cause
she is one of those persons who keeps it real!... no bullshit,
no blabla... She's always straight with everyone... and
today it's hard to find celebrities of her kind...
If I wasn't one of her dancers - and I knew what I know
about her, now that i know her personnally... I would probably
be a fan of her person and mentality, I think...
So keep supporting her... 'cause the world needs more women
like her...and men even more!! Ahah!!... Peace... Respect...
and wisdom to make the right choices in your life... that's
all you need.!!! ell and a couple of other things to...
but let's say that's the foundations here... (laughs).
MT: That's very cool Steve, thanks for
sharing this with our readers!
SN: Ure welcome!!!... Peace!..
For more info about Deeper - The Documentary
please check out the YouTube
page by Club Des Millionnaires.
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