MEET THE TEAM
Alyssa Root was raised in the SF-Bay Area and moved to San Diego in 2006 to attend SDSU. Alyssa started as a gymnast and competed in acro gymnastics throughout California. Her training for gymnastics would eventually lead her into the dance world, training in jazz, Irish step dancing, tap, and hip hop. In 2014, Alyssa rejoined the dance scene and has since danced with Afta Shock Dance Troupe, The DREAMers Project, and Alpha Bots. She spent time on multiple side projects, and spent two years as staff for Body Rock Dance Competition. Her passion in working with youth lead her to be the Director of the Tot Bots Dance Crew for two years and co-own the Robotix Dance Family until Spring 2018.
In addition to dance, Alyssa focuses her energy on wellness and empowering women through her personal brand, The Rooted Warrior.
Andres Ley Fuentes is the Co-founder and Director of 664 In The Groove, based in Tijuana, Mexico and is the Co-Director of Future Shock San Diego.
He currently dances with Super Galactic Beat Manipulators. He has worked with companies and artists such as, Warner Bros Music Company Latino America, Badabun, Coca-Cola, Nortec Collective, Javier Batiz, Somos Uno Crew, Medio dia, Xolos de Tijuana, Toros de Tijuana, Zonkeys de Tijuana, among others.
Byran "BJ" Roberson is a San Diego native. He's had a love for country music since he was a kid, but didn't get into country line dancing until 2015. After one year won the InCahoots annual dance competition. Since then, he has taught various classes from private, corporate, group, and various bars. He brings a unique and energetic style to country line dancing that people gravitate toward. This style and passion earned him an invitation to be a member of the Stagecoach Dance Team 2 years in a row. In addition, he taught and judged at Country Thunder, a 4 day country festival in Arizona. His goal is to help people build the confidence to get on the floor and develop their personal style to turn heads at any dance hall.
Chad starting dancing in high school, and his passion for dance is still alive today. Originally from Temecula, Chad trained at the Temecula Dance Company. He has trained under Erik Saradpon and is trained in all styles of dance. Chad has competed nationally and directs his own dance team, Audacity. He was a Hip-Hop Director for Just Bling Performing Arts and has hosted multiple shows through Just Bling.
Chad loves sharing his knowledge of dance with dancers both new and experienced. With over 10 years dance experience and 4 years teaching experience, Chad is thrilled to be dancing and teaching at The Facility. He currently is Director of The Facility's adult team, District 2 and youth team Audacity.
CHRISTIAN DE PAUL
Coming from a musical family, Christian has had a love of the arts for as long as he can remember. The majority of his life was spent on stage behind a microphone until he discovered his true passion for dance and choreography. He’s had the priviledge of training at several dance intensives and scholarship programs including Culture Shock SD and the Academy of Performing Art. Christian has also had the pleasure of dancing and/or choreographing for several dance teams, show choirs, companies, corporations, productions and recording artist including 3M Global, San Diego Symphony, D.A.R.E. America, San Diego County Fair’s “Michael Jackson Tribute”.
Dyno (@Cypherst8) is a Teaching Artist based in San Diego, CA with over 18 years as a student of Hip Hop Culture and over 12 years teaching Breakin' & Art in schools, cultural centers, and studios across California. His crew, Cypherst8, work collectively to organize events in the community, collaborate with several youth organizations as well as travel to represent in the cyphers, competitions and support Hip Hop events & jams worldwide.
Dyno offers a range of experiences in studio & classroom settings - from proper warm ups & foundation to creative exercises. His goals for every class is to have every student build a strong foundation, to spark lightbulbs in their learning process, to build strong individual & community values and to progress in their own creative purpose of the art form.
Ethan Nguyen loves to teach true hip-hop foundation. Ethan has trained in a variety of styles. He seeks to elevate the genuine and raw hip-hop street style while remaining true to street culture. Party dancing and having fun are always at the core of his classes!
He is the newest member of the WildNation dance family (Wild7s & WildByNature), where he grows alongside some of San Diego’s best street dance educators. Ethan is part of The Anvil, a dance community to cultivate the hip-hop street dance culture in San Diego. Ethan hopes to help you grow in your dance while keeping it fun and raw!”
Fernando Ruiz, 22, started dancing at the age of 13 at West Coast school of the arts in costa Mesa California, his training consisted in jazz, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and acrobatics. After moving to San Diego and starting his higher education in San Diego City and Mesa college he was introduced to his first professional job at San Diego Safari Park and Seaworld where he worked for 4 years and found various choreographically and performing opportunities throughout San Diego , thanks to these opportunities he is now Cofounder on Elysium Dance Collective what he considers one of best accomplishments in his life.
FURYAKI has dancing all his life - it's in his blood! Family to legendary KURIAKI of RSC(ROCK STEADY CREW), he started his professional dance career with the Culture Shock organization at the age of 10 yrs old. He started on Future Shock and advanced to Culture Shock San Diego at the age of 14, the youngest at that time . He currently dances for his Breakin crew Latin Soul, which puts on Hip Hop events to give back to the community.
Furyaki has trained with the Jabbawockeez, and other big name BBoyz such as members of ROCK SO FRESH, Poe One, Dyno and Cypher State, Flo Master, Roxrite, Iorn Monkey and etc. He is a BBoy at heart but has training in freestyle, popping, locking, hip hop, ballroom, international Latin styles, and salsa.
Furyaki started directing at the age of 16, Mighty Shock San Diego. He now directs for HHFC (HIP HOP'S FINEST CITY). He has done Industry work and danced in the underground Hip Hop world been on tour with the legendary KRS-ONE. Furyaki trys to keep to the tradition of the art forms and pass on what he has learned from the OG's. While incorporating his philosophy and instilling creativity, self-discipline, integrity, leadership skills and many life values to empower ones self! He teaches more then just dance, he teaches the culture! Come take his classes to vibe out and grow together! @furyaki_787
"Dance is something you do, Hip Hop is something you LIVE"
Meet Jerome! Jerome loves to not just dance but move. He also love to help others and have fun while doing it. Jerome started dancing when he was a child. He has been a member of Future Shock San Diego and Culture Shock San Diego. He has also danced with Urban FX, Framework and other dance projects. Currently he is working to become a become a personal trainer, in addition to his dance passion. Join Jerome Friday's for Cardio Hip Hop.
Jessica Davidson is from Granada Hills, California where she started dancing at the age of 5. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop and contemporary. She began competing at the age of 9 and continued to do so throughout high school and college. Jessica was a 5 year member and 2 year captain of the nationally ranked San Diego State Dance Team. She has been teaching for numerous years and has experience teaching all ages including special needs kids and adults. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance which she received from San Diego State University. She is a member of BrickHouse Dance Productions and continues to perform around the country for numerous events. Jessica is the current Advanced Heels instructor at The Facility and takes pride in emphasizing the importance of technique and training in her classes.
Jessica Nguyen is a San Diego native, a dancer, an educator and mentor with over 15 years of dance experience. The love for music and dance started at the age of 9. Jessica is trained in ballet, jazz, latin dance and hip hop. She has local dance companies as a performer, artistic director and was also a Professional Dancer as a San Diego Siren for The San Diego Seals. She currently is the owner and founder of The Bluprint Agency, a dance entertainment company based in San Diego, providing clients with unforgettable dance performance experiences and also assists dancers seeking professional opportunities in the entertainment industry. Jessica believes dance is an expression and that there is always room for everyone on the dance floor! “When people mention my name I want people to remember me as someone who inspired them. Who made them feel like there were no limits to learning or dreaming. We all are different and that's what makes us so special.”
Kaylar Preite has been dancing for over 16 years and has trained in various styles including jazz, tap, ballet, and modern. However, her passion for hip-hop has taken over her dance career. She was a member of Future Shock San Diego for 6 years and is now one of their directors for the spring 2018 season. She is also currently on a dance team in San Diego called 220 and has been teaching at various studios and schools throughout the county. While continuing to train and learn as a dancer, Kaylar has been working on her path as a choreographer as well. But, in her heart she will always be a performer.
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Kristie Capozzoli Hailing from Middletown, NJ Kristie trained in New York and booked her first professional dance job at Radio City Music Hall at the age of 13. She has over 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer working in film, tv, and live stage productions worldwide. Under the direction of Quincy Jones she was the featured dancer with Bryan Adams on the 67th Academy Awards. Kristie has choreographed and performed with artists including Cher, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Shaquille O'neal, Tom Hanks, Paula Abdul, and Jennifer Lopez.
Latte grew up training in classical cecchetti and Russian style ballet. She received her Associate’s degree in Dance from San Joaquin Delta College, where she studied modern technique, choreography, and jazz. She performed in several major college productions and had the opportunity to dance with the R&B artist Lady-T on a multi state tour. Continuously learning and evolving, Latte enjoys fusing her ballet and modern technique with an urban dance style. When she’s not dancing she teaches barre conditioning classes.
LEWIS LEGACY TORRES
Lewis Legacy Torres was born in San Diego ,CA the middle child of 6. Raised all over San Diego from Chula Vista to Lakeside and everywhere in between. He started dancing when I was "5". Lewis joined Fuego Dance Crew early 2017 and began placing in Competitions such as World Of Dance, HipHiop International and Collaboration. Which led to an opportunity to compete on NBC World Of Dance Season 3. His main styles are Hip Hop and Animation.
Lovelyn Redfearn was born in the Philippines, but she considers herself a San Diego native and has lived here since 1995. She has been honored to train with and perform on Culture Shock San Diego from 2003-2014 (off from 2010-2012). Lovelyn was also the co-Artistic Director for one year in 2013. From 2010-2012 Lovelyn spent time living in Wenzhou, China as a professional dancer. Her resume also includes back-up dancing for a handful of San Diego artists at various concert venues. She has starred in music sensation Flo-Rida’s YouTube music video remix to his hit “Wild Ones”. Lovelyn also danced for Sea World San Diego from 2005-2008 in their Summer sensation, a production called “Rip Tide” that garnered audiences in the hundreds night after night. From 2013-2015, Lovelyn was a part of Coca-Cola’s Club Atlantis, a family friendly dance club in the heart of Sea World park.
Lovelyn enjoys teaching and sharing her craft with people of all walks! Her mission is to create an environment where her students can feel empowered and build confidence all while burning serious calories! Lovelyn truly believes dance is fun and should be enjoyed not feared!
Macy Hernandez is a Professional Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, and Voice Over Artist from San Diego, California. Falling in love with dance very early, Macy started teaching at age 9, and quickly became a strong leader with in her community as Assistant Dance Director of Joan MacQueen Middle School and Shadow Hills Elementary School by age 14. She is a proud Almuni of the world renowned AMDA College of the Performing Arts studying in Hollywood, California and Manhattan, New York. Training with industry professionals such as Donyelle Jones from So You Think You Can Dance: Season 2 and Chrissy Whitehead from the Radio City Rockettes, Macy has attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. She has performed workshops with Disney, University of Hawaii, worked with networks such as NBC and CBS, and performed internationally on tour in Asia.
Moving back home to San Diego, California, Macy has been a contracted dancer for the San Diego Kings Professional Dance Team of the American Basketball Association, has performed Downtown in the GasLamp as a Gogo Dancer for AfterGlow Entertainment, and has taught alongside Lesa M. Green at Culture Shock Dance Center. Currently represented by San Diego's Premier Modeling and Dance Agency, Macy now continues her performance career and brings her knowledge of the dance and entertainment industry to The Facility to share what she loves most about dance!
Marla was born and raised in São Paulo - Brazil. She started to take ballet and jazz classes when she was 10 years old and by the age of 11 she had already become part of the studio’s dance team where she danced/performed for almost 10 years.
Marla moved to San Diego in 2007 and decided to re-start dancing and follow her dream of becoming a dance instructor and share her passion with others. Marla loves to teach and see the smile on people’s face when they are taking her classes. Come try one of her Zumba classes offered each week!
Matt “Bebop” Phelps has been an active member in the hip hop community as of 2013. In June of 2014, Matt officially became a member of Wild7s, a freestyle dance crew based in Oceanside California, who he battles and teaches with internationally. In 2016, Matt joined Culture Shock San Diego and trained under Sean Memije and Anna Sarao. In 2019, with crew member Ethan Nguyen, founded and currently directs Koalition an exhibition dance team in SD. Matt continues his infinite education in hip hop culture by taking various workshops and learning from his mentors and pioneers of the culture.
Learning his sense of rhythm and freesyle from the streets of Chicago, Michael has been performing since the age of 7. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in History. While attending the university, Michael studied & trained in a variety dance styles including: Ballet, Ballroom, and traditional African dances. Michael also traveled and performed with the Wisconsin Singers, a musical variety show based in Madison. Moving to San Diego in 2014, Michael joined Culture Shock San Diego. Additionally, Michael continues to perform with such groups as the DREAMers Project, ThaMost Dance Crew, and NuEra Dance Crew. Michael is excited for this next venture at The Facility and can’t wait to share his talents with every person who walks through those doors.
Mikeal Villela is a San Diego native who began training and competing in dance late in his teens. He studied Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. After graduation he became a member of Unity Dance Ensemble under the direction of Emmy Award winning Tessandra Chavez and Theo Ivey, there he further developed his craft, growing from ensemble to featured dancer and eventually contributing choreographer. He went on to dance with many other companies throughout Southern California, including D'Shire Dance Collective (Devin Brawley), Entity Contemporary Dance Company (Marissa Osato & Will Johnston), and GetDown/PickUp (Emily Miller). He has years of experience dancing, teaching, and choreographing both locally and internationally. He is thrilled to continue to learn and grow as an artist and to share his expression through movement.
Paul has been dancing for over 20 years as a hip-hop dancer, instructor, and choreographer. Paul began his journey into dance with musical theater but, in 1998, after taking a hip-hop class at Mesa College under the instruction of Angie Bunch, he was immediately hooked. Paul eventually became Angie’s teaching assistant at both Mesa and Grossmont College for a short time. In the summer of 2000, Paul was a finalist on MTV’s Sisqo Shakedown. He later became a member of the Culture Shock San Diego dance troupe in 2001. Since then he has gone on to teach, choreograph, and perform all over San Diego. Including choreographing and performing for local Gospel/Hip-Hop artist Tonex for his Out The Box concert and live DVD at the San Diego Civic Theater in 2003.
Paul has taught many classes and workshops spanning every age and level of dance. Paul has also worked with multiple youth and after school programs with various organizations around San Diego including The Old Globe. After a long hiatus Paul made his return to dance. Now as a father, he is passionate about working with young dancers and parents with the goal of awakening a love for dance that they can connect with and share. Paul is currently a director and dancer for the Robotix Dance Family, directing the Baby Bots (ages 3-5) and dancing as a member of the Alpha Bots adult team.
Shawn Jones-Nguyen is a San Diego native, born and raised in Southeast San Diego. He was a dance major highschool and middle school where he studied modern dance and ballet . Shawn fell in love with Hip Hop and eventually joined many different Hip Hop teams such as Mighty Shock SD , Future Shock SD , Syde FX SD.
Currently Shawn dances and competes with Fuego Dance Crew . He recently competed with Fuego on NBC World Of Dance Season 3 . His current dance styles are urban hip hop , animation and Popping. Join Shawn every Saturday for his Hip Hop and Popping classes.
Sydney Suter is a teacher, director and choreographer in San Diego. Most recently being the Artistic Director for GCDC's production of Beauty and the Beast, Sydney loves to guide her students on their own creative, independent journey through dance. Past productions that Sydney has a part of, as a creative team member includes, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Alice In Wonderland, and many Nutcrackers. Growing up with a passion for dance, Sydney has been trained in Ballet, Modern, lyrical, Circus Arts, Jazz, Improv and Musical Theatre. Sydney has been in numerous productions such as Disneyland's Fantasmic, Chicago's Death and the Kings Horseman, and Perry Mansfield's world premier Failure a Love Story and many more. Growing up as the daughter of a dance studio owner, Sydney has watched and been around many dancers and teachers and since has found a real love for teaching children and supporting their dance dreams. Whether that's training for Broadway one day or just landing that perfect double pirouette, Sydney wants to create the safest and most joyous space for everyone to discover their love for dance.
Teri was introduced to hip hop and choreography in 2002 and entered the dance community in 2005. He has a background in hip hop and jazz funk dancing with companies such as Urban FX and ThaMost, and training at studios such as Focus Dance Center, Studio FX, and Culture Shock Dance Center. Over the years, he's strengthened his foundations in hip hop, urban choreography, and jazz funk, but has also added waacking, vogueing, and heels to his tool box. He's a versatile dancer/choreographer, an exceptional performer, and an even better, comprehensive instructor. Teri has an amazing work ethic and a personality as warm and as bright as the sun.