Marie “Marie Poppins”
Bonnevay first discovered Hip-Hop at the age of 18, in her hometown of
Montpellier, France. She learned about the different elements of the culture
and started training in Locking, Breaking, House and Choreography, but found
her natural strength to have always been in Popping.
She made it her goal to
move to the United States to learn more about the roots of Hip-Hop and
finally got the chance to in college, when she was accepted as an exchange
student in Chicago. There, she joined up with the Stick and Move Dance Crew
and further honed her dancing skills.
Soon after her graduation,
she moved to Los Angeles where she fell in love with the dance scene and
started training more than ever. Marie started entering competitions and
taking them left and right. She won Hip Hop International Las Vegas in 2009,
Bboy Summit 2011, Step Ya Game Up New York 2012, Soul Session Norway 2013,
and was a finalist at Freestyle Session 2010. She became part of Culture
Shock LA and Warriors Crew, further expanding her horizons as a dancer.
By then, her intention was
to start a professional dance career and take her talents to the next level.
However, she wanted to first finish school and decided to move to
Guadalajara, Mexico, where she got her Master’s in International Business,
and also taught and shared with the Mexican culture.
In the commercial world,
Marie has worked with artists such as Justin Bieber, Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo,
Celine Dion, Dj Tiesto, Rita Ora, KRS One, Snoop Dogg, Common, Ludacris, Ray
J and Cascada. She was also casted in the British dance movie STREETDANCE 3D
2, has starred in many commercials (Microsoft, Budweiser superbowl, I
Robot), and worked with the leading choreographers and directors in the
Despite living in the US,
Marie has also always made it a point to stay connected with the French
Hip-Hop scene, where she travels to often to battle and teach workshops. She
won Just4Ladies in Paris, the main Hip Hop competition in Europe dedicated
to women, Hipopsession Nantes 2011 and was a finalist at SDK UK 2011. One of
her main goals for the future is to create more exchange between LA and
France, both strong Hip Hop capitals with a different history.
Marie also teaches
workshops in other parts of the world and has judged competitions in
countries such as Mexico, Brazil, UK, Ireland, Spain, Colombia, Thailand and
Russia. Her goal is to spread her knowledge of Popping, Tutting and
Animation that she learned and developed in Los Angeles. She wants to
continue her work in the dance industry but also give back consistently to
In addition, Marie wants
to stay active battling in international competitions and remain a strong
force representing women in Hip Hop. She also wants to expand the art form
to the theater and would love to go on tour. She worked with the
choreographer Steen Koerner in Denmark on the adaptation of Carmen. She was
casted for a seven months production in Sweden for the car company VOLVO
with Twisted Feet Company. In January of 2013, Marie became the newest
member of Style Elements Crew (www.secrew.com).