Bernice took her first dance class at age 4. Her dance training included; Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Chinese Folk. In high school she was elected as the Dance Club President and her choreographies were showcased at annual dance recitals. She was also on the schools’ drill team. During her junior and senior years, the team placed 1st and 2nd at the State and National Competitions.
By day, Bernice works at a High Tech company as an international equity compensation specialist. In the evenings, you can find Bernice at a studio either teaching or taking a dance/yoga class.
Bernice is passionate about performing. She also enjoys teaching and sharing her dance knowledge with her students and continues to create fun and new choreographies. For Bernice loves to dance, and as a choreographer, she believes it is very important to take classes to continue to expand her dance vocabulary and to keep it fresh.×
Lauren has been teaching since the young age of 16! Once Lauren graduated high school she started picking up teaching gigs from many Bay Area studios which filled her full time schedule. She danced in her first music video for the popular Dominican Republic band "IDIC", and and eventually did another. On stage she was a lead in the musical, "A Woman, A Gift" as a Tap dancing gang member. The start of her dance company career was with an all girl group company, "Elemental Remix", then moved on to the renowned "Funkanometry SF." Before moving and during her two year stay in Los Angeles, Lauren has produced/directed a yearly dance showcase featuring companies like Booftroop, Funkanometry, Quest (winner's of ABDC season 2), as well as her students.
Once in Los Angeles in 2007 she started teaching movement and dance to disabled adults who you've seen on TV shows such as ER, Saving Grace and many more. Lauren also choreographed and danced with the award winning dance company "Disruption", and taught famous children including Kimora Lee's daughter, Aoki. During her quick stay in Seattle, WA Lauren picked up 25 classes a week and performed with contemporary dance company New Vision. She continues her love for teaching, as well as a new passion of photography. Check out her work at www.laurenhoskinsphotography.com. Lauren loves enriching lives through dance!×
Born in Manila, Philippines, Ana, always had an interest for dance. At the age of 4, she was enrolled in Russian ballet at the Royal Academy of Dancing in Quezon City, Manila, where she began the start of her extensive ballet training. She was training for two hours, five days a week under the direction of Prima Ballerina's Tita Radaic and Lisa Makuha.
At the age of 10, Ana moved to Santa Clara, California. There she continued to study Russian ballet at Santa Clara Ballet School under the direction of Josefa Villanueva and Benjamin Reyes. She became a company member almost instantly and performed in many ballets such as: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Peter and The Wolf, Les Sylphides, and many others. At the age of 15, Ana started taking Jazz at local dance studios. She found her passion and concentrated on Jazz for a bit. She was a member of Pioneer High School Dance team all four years and captain her senior year. They competed at many high school competitions all over the bay, down south, and Orlando, Florida. Her biggest accomplishment as captain was sweeping all of there categories at Nationals in Orlando, Florida in March of 2000.
At the age of 21, Ana auditioned for Dance Attack's Hip Hop Anonymous (AKA Anonymous Tip) under the direction of Felonious Keith Pinto and performed at many local shows. This was the first time she was introduced to Hip Hop and loved it. She then went on to audition for Funkanometry SF and was a company member for about a year before joining Phoenix Dance Company, where she assists Sean "Rictor" Smith as company Administrator.
Now a licensed zumba instructor, Ana incorporates her dance background with her Zumba routines making them more than just a workout!
"Zumba fitness changed my life. It truly works! I myself have lost a total of 15 pounds ever since I have been on the program. I am so happy to be a part of this amazing organization and be a part of changing people's lives."×
Bethany’s first dance lesson experience was at age 11. During her childhood, dance lessons weren’t something that her family could afford, but she managed to work around that by doing odd jobs for a music studio to pay for her first lessons.
Professional experience continued to be hit and miss until adulthood. Most of what she had learned had been sought vicariously through her best friend’s ballet experiences, books from the library and mimicking television.
As an adult, Bethany worked in the physical education and gymnastics field for many years. After watching children that she would coach come through her classes it was very evident when a child had dance training under their belt. She discovered that gymnasts without dance experience often lacked grace, finesses and flexibility, where as a dancer without some gymnastics exposure, can be limited as well in overall strength and bolder moves.
When Bethany jumped back into dance as an adult, the strength she had acquired from her gymnastics experience helped considerably. She spent most of her time in Jazz and contemporary classes that featured multiple lifts. She also dappled in ballroom and hip hop here and there.
Bethany is a new choreographer. She’s had several pieces “sitting on the shelf” for a few years now, and she’s relishing the opportunity to finally be bringing them to life!×
With over 15 years of dancing and teaching, Ceech Hsu's contribution to the Bay Area dance community has won his several awards including two Battlefest Hall of Fames. Ceech started out his dance career with the legendary dance group "Mindtricks", which is the predecessor to the world famous "Jabbawockeez". More importantly, many of Ceech's students are now current dance instructors. Come and share your dance passion with Ceech in one of our classes. No matter your current dance skills, it is guaranteed to improve in Ceech's classes.×
Though she was too young to remember, Crystal is told by family members that she used to mimic Solid Gold dancers as a little girl. There were many nights where you could find Crystal jumping, spinning, and body rolling in her living room to Whitney Houston's “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”. At age 4, she took her first dance class. Unfortunately, while she loved to dance in her living room, she had extreme stage fright in front of an audience!
Though Crystal shifted her focus towards academics and sports, she was determined to work through her stage fright. She experienced her first taste as a choreographer in fourth grade when she and a friend put together a piece to Gloria Estefan's “Conga” for a school talent show. For the next several summers, Crystal choreographed and performed hip hop routines with friends at community festivals. She was a member of her junior class's dance team, and spent several years in high school and college singing in choirs, and performing Filipino folk dance. For four years, she was also a member of and guest choreographer for Elemental Remix.
As an adult, she's become more serious about improving her dance technique and her skills as a choreographer. She also continues to focus on her passion for singing, dancing, cooking, outdoor adventuring and sustainable living.×
Born in San Diego, California but moved to the Bay Area at the age of 6, Brian started dancing in garages with the neighborhood kids since the early 1990’s. His first performance on stage was at a talent show in 1990 where he and his friends danced a Hip-Hop routine and from there he realized he had a strong passion for dance.
After graduating Milpitas High School in 2000, Brian moved to the east coast for the U.S Army. There, he was introduced to other dance styles such as “Stepping” and many latin dance styles. In 2006, Brian moved back to San Diego and started teaching for a studio directed by world renowned salsa dancers, Angel and Tulane Rivera. With their expertise in latin and afro-cuban movement, Brian saw the heavy influence from latin and afro-cuban movements in the more modern hip hop dances. He fell in love even more with dancing upon learning about the history and culture of certain dances, and began to travel. Brian and his dance partner Jeannette started their own studio in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where they taught hip-hop and latin dances. While in Mexico they had the opportunity to dance on stage with famous latin musicians and travel the Caribbean Islands dancing on cruise ships.
In 2009, Brian moved back to the Bay Area and joined the DS Players, directed by Hip-Hop Battlefest Hall of Famer, Ceech Hsu. The DS Players is a funk styles HipHop family that has placed first in Hip-Hop events such as Body Rock and All The Way Live. Brian has also been in music videos with the Limousines and has been in independent films as a salsa dancer. He loves to teach as well as take classes because he believes that even as a teacher, he also must always be a student. Brian loves to share his passion for dance and spread the knowledge that he has learned to his students.×