Jess began pursuing her passion for dance 31 years ago in Vancouver. She designed and implemented a dance program for secondary school students by age 17 and has been teaching in schools ever since. While living in Los Angeles, she trained extensively in two performing dance companies and completed her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a focus on secondary physical education. Some of her on-camera credits include music videos with Pink, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Pras from the Fugees. As a choreographer, she directed Blu3 in an MTV World top 10 video "Where You Are" which was shot in East Africa. More recently she choreographed "Burn Again" by Canadian Artist Tristan Thompson. She is the creative director of Jess Dance.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Lee is a talented stage and screen dancer, and an emerging teacher, choreographer, and actor. He started his training at Harbour Dance Centre and continued his training with many instructors there, eventually becoming a Harbour instructor himself. He also trained in a number of crews and companies, including 2 years with SOULdiers Dance Company, where he trained in Popping, Locking, Hip Hop, grooving and choreography under the direction of Kim Sato. Lee has had the opportunity to dance live for T-Pain, K-Os, Mazda, Coca-Cola, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies, and various other artists and companies. He has also worked on screen with Big Time Rush, K-Os, and Campbell’s Soup. Lee has been an instructor at Vibe Dance Studio in Nanaimo, as well as many Youth Studios, community centres, and schools around BC. Lee also spent 2 months in 2013 touring India teaching Hip Hop technique and choreography to emerging professional, as well as recreational, adults and children. Whether teaching or dancing, Lee’s focus is on connecting with the audience through stage presence, and connecting with the music through proper grooving technique.
Teresa Riley has been trained in ballet, jazz, and modern, and has found her passion in SWING DANCING, specifically the ‘Lindy Hop’. She has learned Swing from various teachers around the world and is very active in the local Vancouver and greater area swing dance scene, not only as a dancer but also as a singer/musician. Teresa sings old school jazz and has her own indie/rock/jazz project that goes by T Riley, and also has a background in musical theatre and acting...a true triple threat!
Kyle Vicente is a multifaceted performer, choreographer & Director. His humble beginnings started his dance career at the age of 13. Growing up in Vancouver, BC has exposed him to a lot of what the arts have to offer. He has trained in many forms of dance such as: Hip-Hop, Popping, Jazz, Locking, Contemporary, House & Dancehall to name a few. Work includes: Zapped, Rags, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Red Riding Hood, Kickin' It Old School, Center Stage 2, Fantastic Four 2, Another Cinderella Story 2, Spectacular, Psych (American Duos), Kyle XY, Eureka & more. He has performed at events such as: Body Rock, Canadian Hip-Hop Championships, Opening for "Fabolous", Jayme Armstrong, Brock Zanrosso & has also performed at the annual event "San francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival" alongside with the America's best dance crew "The Jabbawokeez". Kyle is a member of OTI (Over The Influence) Crew as well as 1st place winners in Artists Emerge 2011-2014 & World Of Dance 2011/2013 as well as 2nd and 3rd place winners at Body Rock, "The Faculty". He has also trained with "The SOULdiers Company", "The Source Dance Company" & has worked with Celebrity Cruise Lines. Kyle alongside with his partner Chris Wong, are the directors and founders of a hip-hop/dance training program based out of Vancouver called Culturally Defined. Kyle's desire is to motivate and inspire others to better themselves in their artistic fields & to see the passion that people put into their own creative interpretation.
Bhangra, Bollywood and Traditional Indian Dance
Dhivya was born to dance and is from Sri Lanka. She lives and thrives for dance and is versatile in her talents. Practicing Bollywood dance forms since her childhood and trained in classical dance, she has achieved the opportunity to complete her Arangethram in Bharatha Natyam. This is a performance-based graduation ceremony in which the dancer's guru presents his or her pupil to the public following many years of training.
At Eric Hamber, she was involved in the Pink project, taught fellow schoolmates and won the award for best dancer. Dhivya is also well known for her involvement in the community providing volunteer dance lessons and performances to engage the community. Dance is her passion and seeing others dance makes her extremely happy and proud.
Tyler Layton-Olson is from Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Has been dancing since the age of 6. He has been trained in Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Ukrainian Dance. Amongst dancing, Tyler is a rounded artist who expresses himself in arenas such as Rap, Movement, Painting, and Acting. He has 6 years of experience teaching people of all ages and backgrounds dance and loves sharing his energy and knowledge on this outlet. Tyler has taught and choreographed in the school system, anti-gang facilities, and multiple studios.
Dance was always a part of Crystel's life, but the fire of passion was not lit until she went to a Sizzla Kalonji concert at the age of 18. It was a magical evening where she had the privilege of hanging out with the DJ organizers as well as watch the energy of the dance floor rise and explode in the hearts and bodies of the people there. Crystel was entranced with the spontaneous synchronized dancing and the emotional connection the people had to the music, pounding on the floor with unbridled enthusiasm. After that, she became heavily involved in the dancehall scene, practicing and playing with her peers up to five times per week.
Eventually Crystel grew out of that scene and moved into the conscious festival dance community. She eventually became interested in other forms of dance and has since then performed and choreographed for multiple stages.
Crystel's dedication and devotion to dance has evolved to the extent that she played an integral part in building a dance hall in the massive garage of her community home in East Vancouver. She hosts dance classes there and started the dance crew and company called “Light Twerkerz.”
Her mission is to bring the inspired, liberated, fun and interactive parts of dancehall culture to the world.
Magnus eats, sleeps and lives Bboying/Breaking. Dance is his true passion, and is his life. Magnus has been doing street dance for about 5 years with the main focus being on Bboying. He has been trained by N.O.N (Now Or Never) Bboy crew, the #1 Bboy/Breakdance crew in Canada. He continues to work and perform along side N.O.N. He is also in a well known crew called Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz (D.R.S). Magnus has been flown to Whitehorse Yukon as a special guest. Magnus also competes and performs internationally.
DJ Dhillon was born in Campbell River, BC and was raised in Punjab, India where she was introduced to Bollywood dance at a very early age. The vibrant, energetic and colourful Bollywood dance sequences from Indian films inspired her to practice relentlessly after school. As a freshman in high school, she was involved in many events such as charity events, multicultural shows and wedding functions. Eventually she moved to Vancouver, BC where she trained with local artists. She also offers private sessions in choreographing shows and wedding functions for students of all levels. Her early training has given her a solid foundation from which to draw, enhancing her dance performance and choreographic skills. She still takes part in Annual charity events. Following her dreams she now has started her own company “Masala Moves” teaching Bollywood Dance, a combination of classical and modern movements, giving the opportunity to women to learn this style of dancing. This unique technique involves every part of the body using mostly the hips, arms and legs giving you an intense cardio workout but also giving you the option to work at your own pace.
"Feel great and get in shape while learning the high energy, graceful & sensual art form of Bollywood Dance."
Clarenz started his dance training in Penticton, BC, specializing in Hip-hop and Breaking with the Dream High Crew where learned to freestyle. A year later, he and his crew got offered a sponsorship at the Penticton School of Dance to branch out to other styles of like Popping, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Banghra, partnering and lifts. In 2013, deciding to focus more as an Individual Artist, he moved to Vancouver to further his skills and got and now has the opportunity to work successfully as an independent dancer. Some of his work Includes back up dancing for Tristan Thompson’s “Burn Again,” Herokah Song's “Falling,” Beatrice Sallis’ “Im the Man,” music videos. He also danced on the set of “Suckers,” a Nickelodeon TV Movie working with the talented choreographer Paul Becker. Clarenz has also been fortunate to be able to perform on stage in and around the lower mainland with The Lovers Cabaret: The Six Words Stories, St. Paul's Foundation Presents – Brilliant and Urban Alchemy. Clarenz is currently training with Kill The Lights Company (KTLco) under the direction of Shauna Smith & Ken Yung. Clarenz has also been a part of Kyle Vicente and Chris Wong's Culturally Defined Dance Company and Kim Sato and Christina Bucci's SOULdiers Dance Company where he has developed a sound understanding of the history behind street dance. Clarenz continues to take workshops and attend conventions to keep learning different instructor's point of view to widen his skill range.
Jhaymee “Eloquence” Hizon is known and respected throughout the Lower Mainland as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and as one of the members of the infamous Now or Never Crew. Jhaymee and his crew are one of the top bboy crews in Canada and becoming highly regarded worldwide. His style is a fusion of the traditional way of bboying and his own original movements. With the, “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it mentality”, he ads style into every movement. Jhaymee has been teaching dance for over fifteen years. His recent accomplishments include Massive Monkee Day (Champions) Battle of the year International (Germany), IBE (2011 Europe World Battle) Closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place. His goal is to promote the positive side of hip-hop, while preserving this powerful art form and its strong cultural presence.
Kyle 'TooTall' Strauts is a passionate, innovative adventurer. What he is most noted for is his ability to dance, and connect with music. He is proud of his ability to convey musical understanding through dance to people of all ages, as well as the ability to keep it fun and enticing. Kyle has a natural gift for teaching people through physical understanding, and breaking things down. This ability allows him to teach in a very adaptive format for all ages, sizes, and learning styles. He loves to teach because he feels that passing on knowledge is a prized possession he would like more people to engage in. Kyle's style of teaching focuses on engaging the kids in moving their body; technique is something that follows the understanding of movement. TooTall believes in giving kids the inspiration and happiness connected with dancing, and then showing them the ranges of movement, before continuing to stylized moves.
Ryan Williams’ most recent training has been with the Souldiers Dance Company directed by Kim Sato. This semi-professional company focuses on training and performances in foundational Hip Hop, Breaking, House, Locking, Popping, and social dances. He has previously trained in intensive commercial Hip Hop with Harbour Dance Centre’s Kill The Lights, as well as Make Your Mark. Ryan hopes to create an environment for students where they will explore their creativity all while being physically active.