On Christmas Day, Miami dancer Johnny Erasme had an unusual present for his family: He took 30 members of his clan to the movies.
There was a good reason for that: Erasme, aka JBlaze, is prominently featured in Justin Bieber’s Believe, the new documentary about the Canadian pop star that opened Dec. 25.
Erasme, 24, the son of Haitian immigrants, is one of 12 dancers who shared the singer's life on the road for almost two years. Together, they performed in 156 concerts throughout the world.
The film, says Erasme, was mostly shot during Bieber’s two shows at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena in January.
“They even gave me a speaking part,” said the dancer, who graduated from Lauderhill's Parkway Middle School of The Arts before landing professional gigs at age 14. “I talked about seeing my family in the audience during the Miami shows.”
Erasme auditioned for the Bieber job in 2011, fresh from stints dancing for Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks and Usher.
“Growing up in South Florida gave me an edge,” he said. “I took in several styles of dancing, and the Caribbean environment in Miami helped. Learning Latin moves with my neighbor was huge for me.”
When asked about the circus that Bieber's life has become, however, Erasme clamped down: There's no talking about Bieber peeing in a restaurant mop bucket or posing nude with a guitar or having South American hookers in his hotel room.
“Biebs' a great kid, and that's all I have to say about that.”
Miami Heat shooter Shane Battier got a nice little Christmas present.
Battier just sold the first home he bought when he first arrived from Memphis in late 2011 with a tidy $100,000-profit.
His 4,300-square-foot house in the Bonita Park section of Coconut Grove just sold for $1.7 million, according to property records.
Battier had bought it two years ago for about $1.6 million.
In the summer, Battier plunked down $3.2 million for a larger place by the 15th hole of the Rivera Country Club in fancier Coral Gables.
By the way, the buyer of Battier’s smaller place is Credit Suisse big Tiani Hausen.
Ex-Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga, 75, is continuing his efforts to unload his real estate holdings.
Just weeks after the billionaire sold his old compound on a Fort Lauderdale canal, his North Carolina mountain house went on the market.
Huizenga’s 5-bedroom chalet in Linville, N.C., is listed for sale for $4.2 million furnished, a steal if you believe local realtors.
The house features a fireplace that’s three stories high and a party patio for 200. The property, on a gated mountain-top, includes 10 acres of pristine woods. Of course, there’s an helipad nearby.
Listing agent Barbara Baker declined comment, but a resident said the Huizengas do use the 7,000-square-foot chalet mostly in the summer.