Harry Styles’ “Treat People With Kindness” video was a bright spot in the early weeks of 2021. It was joyful and fun and brought Phoebe Waller-Bridge into his project as his near-double. The video featured a lot of dancing as well, which isn’t something Styles is particularly known for. But he kills it; does this mean he could have more dancing in his future?
Harry Styles wasn’t always the best dancer but his latest video showed everyone he can move
The choreographer for the “Treat People With Kindness” video, Paul Roberts, did an interview with Billboard on Jan. 12 to talk about the video process and Styles’ dancing. Roberts worked with Styles for about 10 years by that point and knew him when he was with One Direction. He said that the boys weren’t supposed to be dancers — it wasn’t a part of their “brand” — but he helped them figure out a “disheveled organization.”
But even with that, he said it was “evident” that they had “their own magic.”
“The only time I’ve experienced that was when I worked with the Spice Girls,” Roberts said. “So, getting together with Harry — he’s a bit of an alchemist, is Harry. Everything he turns his hand to turns to gold.”
Roberts said that the dance-heavy video for “Treat People With Kindness” came from Styles himself, who sent Roberts a video of the Nicholas Brothers’ scene from Stormy Weather. Roberts told Styles it was going to be hard work since that’s a tough dance to crack, but he put the effort in and the final product, of course, came out great.
Would Harry Styles do a Broadway show?
With Styles now working his way through some really serious acting roles, and this pretty dynamic dancing number under his belt, there was apparently talk on the internet about Broadway after this video dropped, according to Billboard. They asked Roberts what his thoughts were and whether Styles would do that in the future or might even consider it.
“I think with Harry Styles, anything is possible, is it not?” Roberts said. “I mean, I’m sure because he’s tasted the dance, he’ll inject that along the line in his career. It won’t necessarily be out-and-out dancing, but I guess it’s a bit like Bowie used to do, isn’t it? It’s the showmanship and presentation of the performance.”
Roberts said that Styles is just really “open-minded” and “open-hearted” which allows for a lot of things to come his way. So Broadway or other dance-related projects could be one of them.
“He’s so open it allows the universe to come back at him and he’s able to do anything he sets his mind to,” he said.
Styles’ choreographer said the singer enjoyed dancing and has an upcoming project where dancing is involved
In the immediate future, Roberts didn’t say what Styles had planned that might involve dancing. However, he did hint that there was actually something else planned with dance for Styles sooner rather than later.
“We had a conversation back at the end of the summer about how much we enjoyed the process, and I know he was doing another project where choreography was involved, so we were just talking about it and how he felt,” Roberts said. “Coming from where he came from to what he was about to do, he felt he could be pushed even further.”
Styles could have caught the dancing bug or he might just be an “inquisitive” person, as Roberts notes. Who knows. But if dancing and perfecting complex numbers are to Styles’ liking, and if acting is something that works out as well, then Broadway might not be too far off after all.