Rami Shafi - Founder and Director

Originally from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Rami spent a majority of his childhood growing up in Orlando, Florida since the age of three. It was during this time that he developed a love for the performing arts of singing, acting, and especially dance. For as long as he can remember he has had a fascination with the human body and movement. He began break dancing and starring in musical theatre performances in middle school and continued until he went to Florida State University to receive his BFA in Dance. Past credits include: Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Munkustrap in CATS, Bickle in Footloose, Moose in Crazy for You, Harry in Chicago, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Charlie in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 
He moved to New York City in 2013 straight from college with just $50 in his pocket and no plan whatsoever other than to find a way to dance and perform. He spent his first two years in the city dancing for Christina Noel and the Creature and freelancing on the side. He has been seen in performances with Abraham in Motion as well as on screen in Final Destination 4, The Get Down, and various other short films and music videos.

Following a hamstring injury that forced him to take a break from dancing, Rami focused on his second love of documenting. Pedestrian Wanderlust began on March 8th, 2016 on an impulse to shoot a short dance video while walking through the West Village with his girlfriend Kristian and best friend Aaron. Rami was inspired by the charm of Gay Street and asked Aaron to dance from the end of the street towards him. The resulting 45 second video became the first Pedestrian Wanderlust film. Inspired by the footage for its representation of who Aaron was as a person and dancer, he had an immediate vision of creating a video portrait series of improvised dance in public spaces that showcased the “movement identity” of dancers in a context where they have complete freedom of expression. The series would also highlight the beautiful city of New York and the interesting interactions (or lack of interactions) between the dancers and other pedestrians on the street.

"It's the dance we do in our heads as we walk down the street listening to music brought to life." -Rami

Since then, the project has snowballed into the movement movement that it is today aimed at bringing communities together through dance. Rami has collaborated with over 250 dancers and has expanded his vision with plans to travel the world and celebrate a diversity of dancers across the globe. In his spare time, Rami does personal training and operates his balloon twisting company Twist Entertainers while freelancing performance opportunities for acting and dancing.