Dance Influence Team

Dancer Spotlight: Chris Munar

A respected dancer, choreographer, and performer, Chris Munar is making waves on the East Coast with his dedication to dance and the positive effects it has on his community, which spans from NY to NC. I first met him when KODACHROME brought him down to teach at the inaugural KODACHROME NC workshop! For those who don’t know Chris but meet him in the future – Yes, he is that nice! :p

But the dude can flat out dance!

Check out Chris’ dope piece to N*ggas in Paris w/ the dope JJ Zhang, at our very own UNC!

Chris Munar – Ninjas in Paris

It’s a rare combination of talent and humility that lends itself to Chris’ widespread dance appeal, you can’t not love the guy! With that being said, it’s with distinct pleasure that Chris is now repping Fresh From Birth. In fact, Fresh From Birth might just be repping Chris!

Alex and Chris

Who inspired you to dance?
The person(s) who actually got me starting to dance would be Kristin Santiago and my crew Ajnin Precizion. I owe all of my dancing to her, as she is one of my biggest inspirations. I have the privilege to dance with her in several crews/teams/companies. In addition to her, the Tito BoyScouts play a very important part in my life, as they are my big brothers/sisters. Also definitely have to mention God, as without Him there is nothing I can do. I always thank God for the blessings and the gift of dance that I can share with the rest of the world.

What’s your favorite part about dancing?
My favorite part about dancing is when people tell me that I have inspired them in any way, shape, or form. Since I am a product of those who have danced and inspired me, one of my aims for my dancing is to give back to the community, hopefully through the same way I got into the dance community in the first place: Inspiration.

What’s on your Ipod?
It’s funny because I just recently got a new iphone so I have been slowly getting my music back, but mostly songs to dance to. What’s been on repeat for a while is “Common Ft. John Legend & Kanye West – They Say”. My favorite types of music are conscious hip-hop, old school hip-hop, and house.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Not really guilty about it but something people might not know is that I love watching anime and reading manga. I recommend the Naruto and Pokemon mangas, they are awesome!

Favorite Junk Food?
Candy, candy, candy. My favorites are Skittles and Starburst.

Chris music

What’s your style?
My style would be one of a basketball player. I wear a lot of jerseys, tanks, basketball shorts, low socks, basketball shoes, and padded flip flops with high socks. Before dance basketball was my first love. I still play from time to time.

Best Ninja Turtle?
Despite my love for the color red, my favorite TMNT would have to be Donatello. Witty and fights with a long stick, what more do you need?

Favorite Fresh From Birth Shirt?
The shirt that I wore during when I taught in North Carolina for the More Than Dance workshop. It was the grey tank top with the baby wearing the purple shades. Really dope design.

Chris music

Influence Photos Team Update

Angel, the Pink Hello Kitty Ranger!?

Passionate about the color PINK and her growing collection of Hello Kitty memorabilia (seriously though :P), having an odd ability to point both knees inward invoking people to stare in a curious stupor, she melts the hearts of those around with her cute & outgoing personality. With an infectious smile and kick butt attitude, Angel Mercado joins The Official Fresh From Birth Street Team on the campus of UNC.

// Photos provided by Joey Cho & Angel Mercado

What makes you FRESH?
I was born fresh – fresh from birth & fresh till death. 😉

Why did you want to join Fresh From Birth?
Well, my initial interest in FFB actually stemmed from the fact that I really wanted to be supportive of Alex (& G, who I met after the fact), but it didn’t take me long to really get into it because of what FFB actually is – a lifestyle. After meeting G & hearing Alex talk so much about it, I realized their idea that “you can’t learn fresh, you gotta be born with it” held true to all aspects of FFB. From there on, I started watching FFB grow & just got really excited about it. The first line came out strong with awesome designs, great quality, & a unique story.. & its only improved from there. I take pride in FFB & am so glad that I’ve joined the family!

Angel & Fresh From Birth

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My mom 🙂 She’s always set a good example for me. She’s taught me everything I know & has never let me down. Everything I have & everything I am, I owe to her. I want to do everything to the best of my ability to make her happy & give back to her.

What is an interesting, random, or unique fact about you?
I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty. I have Hello Kitty everything – blanket, towel, bathing suit, bags, clothes, chopsticks (that I don’t even know how to use), cell phone cover, binders, pens, notebooks, stuffed animal, make up, umbrella, rain boots, jewelry, car decorations, glasses case, evvvverythingggg. It’s definitely an obsession & a little bit of an addiction. Overkill, I know..

What is your sign?
Well, my birthday is October 6, so if we’re going by the old signs, I’m a Libra but according to the new signs I’m a Virgo. Either way, I’m not really into that kind of stuff. I make my own luck. 😀

What are you listening to now?
“Summer Hits of the 90s” station on Pandora, specifically “Run Around” by Blues Travelers.. Love this song. Throwback music puts me in the best mood!

What are your favorite top 3 music artists?
1. Taylor Swift, 2. Goo Goo Dolls, 3. Katy Perry
They’re all really different, I know. 🙂 My mood pretty much determines what kind of music I listen to.

Angel kicks butt & takes names

What are the last 3 movies that you’ve seen (in or out of theaters)?
1. Cowboys & Aliens, 2. Batman Begins, 3. Crazy Stupid Love
Number 3 was by far my favorite.. for obvious reasons 🙂

If you were a superhero or super-villain, who would you be and why?
Sailor Moon! Not exactly sure why though..

What activities would a “Perfect Date” consist of (kids read this blog too, LOL)?
Well for a perfect first date, I would say dinner at an average restaurant, a movie that both people want to see, then ice cream! Simple, but it seems like a pretty well rounded date. Talking over a meal to break the ice, a movie to see if you’re comfortable sitting beside each other & maybe holding hands or something ^_^, then ice cream so you have another chance to talk about the movie & get to know each other more before the night is over.

Favorite Disney movie?
Lion King! Lion King! Lion King! I’ve seen it at least 50 times & am still not tired of it. And I cry pretty much every time Mufasa dies. :/

Pick one and why, Power Rangers or Ninja Turtles?
Power Rangers. When I was younger, I would always pretend to be the pink one. I actually watched ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie’ the other day on Netflix.. The monsters weren’t as scary as I remember, but I still think the pink ranger is just as cool as she was when I was 7.

Which do you prefer, cats or dogs?  Sunshine or overcast/rain?  Math or English?
Dogs. Sunshine. Math. I’ll keep this question simple. 😉

Do you play an instrument (or in the past)?
I played the violin in elementary/middle school.. That’s about the extent of my musical career.

If you were cast for a movie and could choose any actor to act alongside, who would it be and why?
Hm, I don’t know that I could choose just one. Ryan Gosling because he’s beautiful. Sandra Bullock because she’s talented. Or Jackie Chan because he’s hilarious.

Angel in the Bahamas

Influence Photos Team Update

Everybody Loves Raymond

Performing with Kamikazi, continuing to study martial arts, and working on his bboying skills, this kid evokes talent and doesn’t shy away from performing. Driven to improve and always willing to help others learn, Raymond Ching lends us his skills and talents as he joins The Official Fresh From Birth Street Team.

// All photos provided by Aaron Chen of 101 Production

What makes you FRESH?
I’m FRESH because I was born that way.

Why did you want to join Fresh From Birth?
I wanted to join because I love the idea behind FFB. I also try to wear clothing that has meaning to it, not just a brand name. Being a part of FFB allows me to do that and help support what I rep.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Bruce Lee, because he inspires me to achieve more in every aspect of life.


What is an interesting, random, or unique fact about you?
A random fact about me is that I enjoy martial arts tricking. If you do too hit me up and we’ll session!

What is your sign?

What are you listening to now?
Oh My Love – Chris Brown

What are your favorite top 3 music artists?
I hate picking favorites so I’ll go with a top 3 of who I’m actually listening to right now. Chris Brown, Miguel, and Michael Jackson. Yes, I listen to MJ on the regular.


What are the last 3 movies that you’ve seen (in or out of theaters)?
Kick-Ass, Jackie Chan’s Supercop, and Ip Man 2. It was a Netflix spree.

What activities would a “Perfect Date” consist of (kids read this blog too, LOL)?
I’d say the only requirement for the “Perfect Date” is the “Perfect Girl.” If that requirement is met, then by default any activity we choose to do will be “Perfect.”

Favorite Disney movie?
Beauty and the Beast. I’m glad there isn’t a “why” to this question.

Pick one and why, Power Rangers or Ninja Turtles?
I put a lot of time and effort into this question…Ninja Turtles. Their martial arts is more legitimate, Master Splinter wins over Gordon, and Power Rangers really did fall off after Mighty Morphin.


Which do you prefer, cats or dogs? Sunshine or overcast/rain? Math or English?
Dogs, overcast/rain, and math.

Do you currently play an instrument (or did in the past)?
Piano for a few years. Acoustic guitar for a few months. Drums for a few days. Guitar Hero expert?

If you were casted for a movie and could choose any actor to act alongside, who would it be and why?
Mila Kunis. That should fully answer the question.