Artist Biographies

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Tatiana Desardouin

Tatiana Desardouin is Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer and Organizer. She won several competitions in Switzerland and abroad (Italy, Denmark, Canada, France) Had the opportunity to be in the Juste Debout finals in House in 2010 in Bercy and got selected in Paris in House and Hip-Hop in 2016. She has also been sought out to give workshops and judge competitions in Switzerland, USA, Canada, Italy, France, Austria, Peru, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia and Germany). She had the chance to perform at the Madison Square Garden in New York and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as a dancer for the known rock band "Arcade Fire".


Tatiana has been very involved in the growth and development of the Swiss hip-hop scene. Dance instructor since 2005, she has been a hip-hop & Housedance dance teacher in two Swiss contemporary dance companies,”L’Estuaire” and “Alias,” and teached in Hip-Hop dance in schools: Studio des Bains, and Centre de Formation Professionnelle des Arts Appliquées (CFPAA) for the contemporary dance branch in Geneva. With Loïc Dinga, she opened her own dance school in Geneva, Le Centre Hip-Hop. She is a member of the JAIA association with which she organizes dance camps, the JAIA Battle, House, Hip-Hop and Dancehall dance sessions “sweat your house” and “LES 5 SENS” (a party which combines different art forms that appeal the five senses and connect different artistic worlds through the clubbing culture). In 2012, she was one of the four dancers and founder and choreographer of the “Continuum” hip-hop dance company, the first hip-hop dance company in Geneva.


Tatiana moved to New York in 2016, and teaches Hip-Hop and House at “EXPG New York.” She is also now part of Rennie Harris Puremovement Dance Company in Philadelphia. She has now her dance company called “Passion Fruit” . They performed at Lehigh Valley dance festival, Summerstage / ladies of hip-hop festival 2017, Jacob's Pillow for the Inside/Out festival and the legendary Apollo Theater for the "Breakin' Convention" event.


Using her first influences: Afro-Haïtian dance, and dancehall, Tatiana continues to develop and grow in her dance. Amongst others, she specializes in Hip-hop and House Dance.


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Randi ‘Rascal’ Freitas

Randi "Rascal" Freitas started her dance journey as a bgirl over 10 years ago in a Rec Center with her first crew, Street Stylez. Originally from the Bay Area, she made her way to Denver, Colorado and is now living in Los Angeles, working as a professional freestyle dancer, and battling both locally and outside LA. She is the newest member of The Beat Freaks as well as Substance Over Hype.

Randi has toured Japan performing in a theatre show called “The Battle". She is currently the Associate Choreographer of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, which tours the United States and Canada, while also performing in the role of the Mouse Queen. Randi performs with an outreach program called Universoul Hip Hop, bringing hip hop into schools for assemblies and after school curriculum. Some of her other credits to date include Jimmy Kimmel, The Ellen Show, The AMA’s, Nike, Anthropologie, Toyota, AT&T, The Emmy's, and Kaytranada.

In addition to performing, she is the co-founder of a battle called The Dance Fight and is active in the underground battle world. Randi currently teaches her signature floorwork style at Movement Lifestyle and Debbie Reynolds, two professional dance studios in LA.


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Lily Frias

Lily Frias is a movement artist born and raised in Mexico, currently working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, CA. Representing Mexico and the crew Femme Fatale her journey started as a technical dancer, later on immersing herself into the HipHop culture and the art of freestyle. Focusing mainly on the styles of Popping and Whacking. Performing on So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 top 20, Red Bull BC One World Finals 2018 Zurich, Americas Best Dance Crew season 7, Cirque Du Soleil, Breakin’ Convention, AMA’s and various artists.

Lily is known as well for battling, teaching and performing in renown dance events in the US, Europe, Mexico, Japan, and Latin America.


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Angela ‘Lunacee’ Gladue

Angela ‘Lunacee’ Gladue is a Nehiyaw (Cree)/Greek - mother, dancer, designer and performer from Frog Lake First Nation, who started Powwow dancing at age 6 and was inspired by the Indigenous Hip-Hop community in Edmonton to pursue breakin’ in 2003. In 2006 she was selected as 1 of 30 dancers in the world for the Red Bull Beat Riders camp where she trained in New York with some of the pioneers of Hip-Hop culture. Her crews include the 2010 Canadian Hip-Hop Champ’s and three time Artists Emerge winners, ‘The Fly Girlz’ and is a member of The Bronx Girls Rocking Crew.

A few of Lunacee’s major accomplishments include: choreographing and performing at the 2017 Juno Awards for A Tribe Called Red, Bronze medalist at the World Hip-Hop Championships with her crew the FlyGirlz, winner of the 2015 Chief David Crowchild Memorial Youth Award for demonstrating outstanding community leadership through dance in Alberta, and has been touring the world for the past three years as one of the lead dancers for A Tribe Called Red. She has also opened for major recording artists such as TLC, Sean Paul, Lil'Kim, Maestro, Grand Master Flash, Bustah Rhymes, and Afrikka Baambatta to name a few.

LINKS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhhZxcDKV-s

House of Strombo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdsM1hxnXXc

Juno Awards performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S4tCA_12Io

Queen of the Hill Battle: https://youtu.be/L8anHRA1fOQ

Class at Pulse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwU8RIBsBeQ

Dance vid with powwow & Toprock styles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svBzTI-TeNc


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Higher Ground

Higher Ground Dance Company is founded by Natasha Gorrie and Bryce Koebel in September of 2018. The company specializes on training, freestyle and performance.

Natasha and Bryce created the company to bridge the gap between the Choreography world and the freestyle world.

Higher Ground is focused on leveling up in their freestyle of Hip Hop and popping.  As well as other street dances. Be an individual, be vulnerable, find your voice.

In May, the company will travel to LA together to battle at Versa Style Hip Hop Festival. 


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Jackie ‘JK-47’ Agudo

Jackie Agudo aka Bgirl JK-47 of Diamonds In The Rough Crew, can serve as a role model for multi-talented, hard- working artists everywhere. A recognized international competitor, she recently took top prize at Red Bull’s 2018 “BC One Camp USA B-Girl Cypher” in Houston.

In addition to performing on a plethora of stages with Project Soul and now with the Hip Hop Nut Cracker, she tours throughout the U.S. and the world as a workshop facilitator teaching, encouraging and inspiring people of all ages with her love and passion for the culture and art of street dance.

Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona, she hails from Vancouver, Canada, and she continues to be a leader and a representative of the Canadian bgirl scene.


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Angela ‘Angyil’ McNeal

Angela McNeal aka Angyil was born and raised in Kansas city Missouri. she attended Paseo Academy Fine and Performing Arts school in kansas missouri. Angela graduated a year early to pursue her professional dance career, and made the big move to NEW YORK. Months later Angyil got signed to bloc nyc talent agency she then started her professional dance career. Angyil booked her first job dancing in a lookbook for the designer Rachel Roy which was displayed in NYC taxis. Weeks after her move to NYC Angyil began to be featured in adidas commercials, music videos for Naughty by Nature, Kris kaliko strange music.

Angyil has won many prestigious battle such as Juste debout nyc experimental category later being the only one left to represent USA in Paris. Angyil has performed at the kennedy center "outside the bachx" a ballet piece directed by kwick and Rokafella two pioneers of breaking. Angyil also made top 35 on the show " so you think you can dance" alongside performing on BET 106 park ,The new victory theatre, BAM, Ladies of hip hop. And being nominated as the only hip hop contender in 2014 for a Bessie Award. Angyil won hip and popping category for ladies of hip hop 2014. The 2015 World Of Dance Chicago freestyle winner, as well as freestyler of the year 2017 from world of dance.

Angyil has traveled all over world advancing her training and learning about different cultures of dance including belly Dance, Salsa, Bollywood.

LINKS:

https://youtu.be/K73NCrv4H_I 

https://youtu.be/icad8uvZeAU


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Rina Pellerin

Rina Pellerin’s versatility and artistry has allowed her to learn, perform, and compete across North America and Asia. She began classical ballet at the age of 7, and immersed herself in street dance culture during her teen years. She has received several scholarships and awards throughout her training, granting her the opportunity to travel and study under pioneers of street dance and itsfounders.

Given her choreographic and freestyle background, she has performed with various groups of different genres, and has worked on commercial projects with companies such as Lululemon, Telus, Goldwell, Vancouver Art Gallery, Fader Magazine, Disney, and Samsung. Highlighted choreography credits include Dance Allsorts, New Works Season Launch, Dancing on the Edge, Cypher Fest, Bumbershoot, and Block Party. On top of corporate and commercial work, Rina has been an active member of the Vancouver street dance scene, and has made it her priority to grow the waacking and hustle community. She is the director of eccentric Waacking crew, Konichiwaack, and an original member of multi-style dance collective, OURO Collective.

LINKS:

https://youtu.be/7K0KSBmm8bE?t=318

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjwRdWVIFq4


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Diamonds in the Rough

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH are based out of Vancouver, Canada and founded in 2009.

The Diamond ladies have a strong presence in the choreography industry and freestyle community.

This sisterhood of powerful women represent more than a dance crew, their chemistry and lifestyle allows them to support each other, express, create and motivate.