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[ July 7, 2022 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Tyce Diorio

Tyce Diorio‘s credits include Taylor Swifts RED and 1989 World Tours (including her music video Shake It Off), working with The Weeknd on his Can’t Feel My Face music video, and winning an Emmy for his work on So You Think You Can Dance, where he’s appeared on 13 seasons. He has danced with Janet Jackson on her Velvet Rope World Tour as well as in her If, Together Again, and You videos. Also on the American Music Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live, and throughout Europe with her. He has danced extensively for Paula Abdul (Under My Spell World Tour), Jennifer Lopez (On the 6, Let’s Get Loud NBC special from Puerto Rico), Ricky Martin (Livin La Vida Loca Tour), Samantha Mumba (with *NYSNC Pop Odyssey Tour), as well as many others.

He was a featured lead in the broadway show Fosse dancing the Percussion 4 and Mr. Bojangles solos. He appeared in the workshop of All Shook Up in its pre-Broadway run. Also had the privilege of working one on one with Twyla Tharp.

He has been bi-coastal for many years and works in TV and film as well. He has appeared in such films as Showgirls, Starsky and Hutch, 13 going on 30, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. He was featured in the iPod commercial with U2 for their hit song Vertigo, and appeared in a layout for Instyle magazine alongside Jennifer Lopez for her film Shall We Dance.

Tyce is on faculty with the newest dance convention on the scene called RADIX with a stellar group of master teachers and choreographers. He has worked with celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Megan Mullally, Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, and Tom Cruise. His choreography can also be seen on Grey’s Anatomy on ABC Network.

[ April 13, 2022 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Sophia Lucia

Sophia Lucia, Dance Prodigy, Guinness World Record Holder, YouTube Sensation, Entrepreneur, and Educator, loves to dance and strives each day to be the best she can be by pushing her and her students abilities to the limit.

Sophia started dancing at the young age of two at San Diego Dance Centre in Poway, CA, and is now teaching dance all around the world and is one of the most exciting talents in the industry. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballroom, and Contemporary. Sophia moved to Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of twelve to train with Master Ballet Academy and later danced with the Phoenix Ballet and Ballet Arizona. A year later, Sophia and her dance partner, Jack Beckham, took home the Gold Medal at Varna IBC representing the USA. Being the youngest to compete at Varna IBC, she was awarded a Special Bounty Partnership Award. Sophia and her partner went on and received a Silver and Gold Medal at YAGP nationals in New York City. She then made her acting debut in Hallmark’s “A Nutcracker Christmas,” portraying a young ballerina with aspirations to become a prima ballerina. During her time filming, she continued to train and dance with the National Ballet of Canada. Since her young success in the Ballet industry, she’s had the honor to perform worldwide representing the USA as a Gold Medalist. 

Sophia’s focus and determination has lead her to excel in her career. She set the Official Guinness World Record of 55 Consecutive Pirouettes at just ten years old. She also had a clothing line with California Kisses Dance Wear and a partnership with Capezio. She has earned several National Champion Dance Titles, such as The Dance Awards’ Junior Best Dancer. From a young age, she has been featured in numerous television shows such as ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ Disney’s hit show ‘Shake it Up,’  ‘X-Factor,’ Nickelodeon’s ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’ and ‘America’s Got Talent,’ plus several talk shows like ‘The Ellen Show’ and ‘The Ricki Lake Show,’ to name a few. She made her film debut in 2010 as child star icon, Shirley Temple in the Fox Legacy Movie “The Shirley Temple Story”.

Sophia’s ability to not only captivate an audience with her artistry but inspire others with her teaching style is truly profound. She has formed a passion for teaching over the last few years and has been all over the country teaching her technique method called RAFT. Sophia strives to be the best role model and teacher she can be for her students and is a fantastic mentor. Her performances have catapulted her to internet stardom and taken her across the world to do what she loves most, dance.

[ June 22, 2021 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Eswinn Diaz

Eswinn Diaz is a Los Angeles Born and raised individual that had a passion for the arts at a very young age. He started taking dance classes in middle and High school where he realized he wanted to pursue dance professionally. Right after high school, he landed his first big job as a dancer working for Entertainment at the Walt Disney Company in Parades. The company led him to many opportunities from parades; “Mickey’s soundsational parade” “A Christmas Fantasy” and “Mickey’s Halloween parade” and shows like “Fantasmic” and “Mickey and the Magical Map”.  He also worked at Knott’s Berry Farm in Multiple Halloween Events, and shows like; “Party in the Park” “Hang Time Beach blanket Beagle” “Home for the Holidays” just to name a few. Eswinn has also been a Dance coach at his former high school and recently started teaching at Downey Dance Center. He worked for “SHARP International Cheer and Dance company.” He was also a backup dancer for “David Bedingfield” and was also cast in a Halloween show as a backup dancer for “Elvira Mistress of the Dark.” Currently Eswinn is an NFL Pro Dancer LA Rams Cheerleader. His passion for the arts, experiences, hard work, drive, and dedication has pushed Eswinn to be successful and reach his goals. Showcasing his talent and love for dance, Eswinn continues to lift and inspire people around the world. 

[ June 22, 2021 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Eric Ray Ortega

Eric Ray Ortega is an LA-born and raised performer. His love for dance and the arts started at the age of 8 performing in school musicals and shows throughout his schooling. What fueled his passion for dance and performing was his high school show called “Rock Challenge” which was a dance competition showcase with schools throughout Southern California which was performed in LA’s Wadsworth theater at UCLA. This was a huge turning point in his life which showed him a glimpse of what the performing world was like.  He’s also choreographed for schools in Southern California from elementary through college. He also takes pride in choreographing for quinceañeras and sweet 16th birthdays. His passion for performing took his career to the Walt Disney Company where he’s been for the past 20 plus years. He’s auditioned for cruise lines and world tours. His career has led to dancer roles, character roles, and puppeteer roles at the resort. He has also choreographed for a charity show called “Flashback” and won an award for best choreography. This company has opened many doors as a performer from parades that include Eureka! The classic Electrical Parade, Block Party Bash! Pixar play, A Christmas Fantasy, and Mickey’s soundsational parade to name a few. He has also performed in two highly successful shows including Fantasmic and Mickey and the Magical Map. Eric had the unique opportunity to perform in special events for the 50th anniversary, including a fun event with the Governor at the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He still continues to make magic at the happiest place on earth and loves to delight, uplift, and inspire people of all ages. 

[ May 28, 2021 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Annie Libera

Originally from Michigan, Annie Libera has been dancing since the age of five.  She attended Columbia College Chicago where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance and minor in Arts Management.  She had her first professional job at 19, where she danced as a Ballerina for Hannibal Buress during his Comedy Camisado tour stops in Chicago.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 2017, she has performed in multiple shows, danced in Todrick Hall’s “Dripeesha” music video featuring Tiffany Haddish, as well as teaching at a local competitive dance studio.  In 2020 she launched her dance podcast, Movement Guidance, where she interviews a guest on every episode where she and her guest talk about all things in the dance industry and community.  Annie has also made acting appearances on Empire, Chicago Justice, Chicago Fire, Easy, Best Cover Ever, Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and a Hefty Cups commercial.  

[ April 25, 2021 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Kristin Farina

I’ve always believed that if you want something in life, YOU have to be the one to make it happen. And that mindset is the reason that I am who I am today. Here’s a story of self-made success. I’m Kristin Farina. I am a professional dancer, choreographer, actress, model, and social media personality – just to name a few. I never was one to put myself in a box, so I do “everything”. I grew up in a very small town in Wisconsin… so small it was actually considered a village. Everything you could need was on the same block, except for the thing most important to me – my dance studio. I learned dedication very early because I had to drive over an hour each way to get the dance training I needed. I missed out on a lot of things growing up including school dances (never went to prom), football games, parties, after-school sports, friends…. but it was worth it to me because I loved to dance. I had the perfect plan to attend college where I would double major in dance and business. As most of us know, sometimes life takes a turn and you’re unable to follow the path you were intending on taking.

[ December 4, 2019 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Malia Baker

Malia Baker has always known her life would be full of dance. At age four she started taking classes and her dream to be a professional dancer began from there. Well versed in all styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theater, and Jazz, Malia feels most at home in the studio. After graduating high school, Malia moved from Colorado to Los Angeles, and began her professional dance career with the Edge Performing Arts Scholarship program training over 30 hours a week. Most recently, Malia appeared in the upcoming remake of Valley Girl choreographed by La La Land’s Mandy Moore. She has also been a featured dancer for Disney, FX Networks, and NBC, and is on faculty at the Edge Performing Arts Center.

 

While dancing professionally, Malia has also found a true love for dance education. Malia hopes that her students can feel even for one moment the love and joy dance has given her. In an ever expanding dance world Malia believes wholeheartedly that a dance career based on solid technique is the only way to dance! While in LA she continues rigorously training herself and has also assisted many of the industry’s best, Jackie Sleight, Adam Parson, Denise Leitner, Ambrose Respicio, and Helene Phillips. Even though Malia has danced her entire life, her passion for dance and the industry only keeps growing and hopes to share that passion with dancers of all ages.

[ December 4, 2019 by Adrian 0 Comments ]

Ivan “Flipz” Velez

Ivan “FLIPZ” Velez is considered an iconic creator, choreographer, and artist in BREAKING, FLIPS & TRICKS — the dance trio which has helped turn dance into one of the most lucrative, limitless forms of entertainment.

MICHAEL JACKSON, USHER, MADONNA, JANET JACKSON, PINK, WILL SMITH, JAMIE KING, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, THE SUPER BOWL, NIKE, RED BULL, TOYOTA and ADIDAS all turn to FLIPZ when they need elite breaking, acrobatic stunting, + tricking.

At 13 FLIPZ left the safety of Puerto Rico to brave epic Dance Battles (KING OF THE RING, UK Championships), winning his big break at age 19 co-starring in the dance classic HONEY, alongside Jessica Alba and Missy Elliot. Within a few years, his unique passion, inventiveness, and out-of-the-box style as an artist led to him being asked to move behind the camera. Soon FLIPZ was Choreographing + Creative Directing NIKE Superbowl campaigns, REEBOK International campaigns, COCA-COLA National campaigns. He has also consulted on and starred in National Campaigns for ADIDAS, RED BULL, TOYOTA & PEPSI.

Other major choreography and consultant gigs have followed: DANCING WITH THE STARS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and THE OSCARS. Creator/Choreographer for Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE in Las Vegas, key collaborator on the International Tour ILLUMINATE, Producer for Jon M. Chu’s groundbreaking series THE ARENA. He is currently supervising choreographer for TRU TV’s hit series FAKEOFF, and in development with YOUTUBE and RED BULL, creating innovative new formats for dance.

Never losing sight of his roots and passion for martial arts, FLIPZ stunt doubled in A-list feature films including SPIDERMAN 3, 300, and MEET THE SPARTANS. Having run one of the most successful dance crews for 24 years (Founder of world-famous Skill Methodz) Ivan / “FLIPZ” took things one step further and recently created FLIPZ ENTERTAINMENT, a production company specializing in unique talent and developing projects that push the limit of dance.

With his infectious positive energy, endless creativity, and a commitment to excellence in all he does, FLIPZ is spearheading the phenomenon of dance entertainment, pushing the boundaries of how extreme Breaking, Tricks, + Flips can be.