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
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...
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
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?
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
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).
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
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 crowd too!....
The Sorry Remix... when we used to encourage
"Charm" and "Hypno"... while they're
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 Earth set?
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
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 do that...
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
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.
Images from the Confessions Tour by Madonna Tribe
taken from the Confessions Rewind
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This interview © 2007 MadonnaTribe.