Q&A: Haseeb ‘Chilly’ Hearn, co-director of b-boy group Rain Crew

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 October 2017

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Haseeb is currently part of The Fi.ELD, East London Dance’s future innovators programme for 16 - 25 year olds.

What’s your connection with the borough?

Born at Newham General Hospital, I attended Southern Road Primary and Lister Community School, where I discovered my interest in performing arts and dance.

I have found employment via Newham Workplace and the borough has provided me with the skills, drive and heart to pursue my life and career, leading me to become a director of Rain Crew dance company.

What’s the best thing about living in the borough?

I love the people and diversity!

There are so many cultures and religions from all over the world, it has taught me that although people are born into different beliefs we are all similar. I feel the people in Newham understand my ups and downs. There is a mutual respect.

What one thing would you change?

The usage of empty buildings and houses. These buildings and houses which are not being utilized are costing the people and borough, especially taking into consideration the high levels of homelessness, unemployment and the restriction of opportunities for young people.

Use three words to describe the area?

Honest, alive, struggle.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Every person I have met and had relations with has had unique, uplifting and inspiring qualities which have had an impact on the person I am today. But I would love to give an especially huge and sincere thank you to all the members of Rain Crew LTD and Centre Stage.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

That young people under the age of 18 take up an extra curriculum activity outside of their school/college. This could be a sport, performing arts, pottery making or even a chess club. This would encourage understanding of self in a positive environment, giving social structure and helping mental wellbeing.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Mental Wellbeing.

London is a very fast paced city. It’s cold and raining most days. We put energy into so many different activities, relationships and everyday struggles that there is often no time to find peace of mind which is why it is important to be mentally nourished and know how to go about it in the correct way.


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