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      Ladies of Hip Hop Faculty

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    Selena Watkins

    Bio

    Selena is a professional dancer, personal trainer & fitness instructor and pageant coach. After graduating from Rutgers University, Selena became a radio producer on 98.7 Kiss FM for several years before finding her way back into the commercial dance world. Her credits include Janelle Monae, Pharell, Alison Hinds, Konshens, Busta Rhymes, Saturday Night Live, BET Black Girls Rock and she is currently one of the Brooklynettes, a team of diverse, cutting-edge, technically-trained dancers for the NBA Brooklyn Nets. In 2012, she won Miss Black USA and became the first Antiguan-American to capture the national title. She also founded Socanomics in 2012, which is a company focused on bringing pan-Caribbean culture to the mainstream through dance workshops, fitness classes, performances, events and more.

    Class Description

    Everyone wants to know what they’ll experience in a Socanomics dance class! They are high-energy and high-powered rhythmic experiences, accompanied by Soca music, the sweet sounds of the Caribbean. This class is rooted in the spirit of carnival and it fuses many Afro styles, including soca dance, dancehall, west African and house. Socanomics classes start with a warm-up that consists of isolations and follow-along movement to prepare you for the final choreographed routine. Socanomics choreography dynamically bridges a gap between afro-movement and commercial hip-hop styles, allowing you as a performer and mover to focus on musicality and articulation of the body. Socanomics truly provides students with a new and exciting way to move! Come & Dance! Sweat! Jump! Wing your waist! Learn great choreography! & Have an amazing Experience!


    Tweetboogie

    Bio

    Always representing The South Bronx, Tweetie is devoted to the street styles of hip-hop. She enjoys traveling all over the world teaching in different countries such as Japan, Poland, Chine, The Philippines, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Australia and South Africa to name a few. Assisting choreography on shows like “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” with Luther Brown, her passion has lead her to work with top artists like Jay-Z, Fergie, Mya, Shareefa, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Ryan Leslie, Shakira and recently Wynter Gordon. She has done NIKE commercials in Europe and for iPod as well. Tweetie has choreographed for Jazmine Sullivan’s latest videos “Holding You Down” and “10 Seconds” as well as Jazmine’s stage show for the Mary J Blige Tour. As a representative/instructor of www.Ladiesof hiphopfestival.com which celebrates and dedicates preserving and redefining women’s roles in the hip-hop culture, TweetBoogie has also had the opportunity to host an instructional hip-hop dance show called MTV’s “Dances From The Hood” On Demand. As a highlight to her career, 2 of her biggest clients were teaching Gail and Oprah some of the latest hip-hop moves as a guest choreographer on the OPRAH Show. Tweetie currently teaches at Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center.

    Class Description

    Tweetboogie teaches a mixture of different hip-hop street style dances including how to use the correct feeling and expression behind every move.


    Shanika Boston

    Bio

    Shanika, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a huge passion for performing and a love for the stage that began at a very young age. After teaching herself how to dance for a number of years, she then received foundational hip-hop dance training from the Chosen Dance Company, under the direction of Clyde Evans Jr. Her professional accolades stretch far and wide. Shanika’s sense of humility, dedication and hard work ethic has landed her several jobs, including NFL Superbowl commercial spots, a principal dancer in “the Life Story of Marvin Gaye” stage play, and the leading role in the hip-hop stage play “From Tha Hip” She has traveled the country sharing her love for the stage and now shares her passion with other dancers at her own school I Am Phresh Dance Academy in Philadelphia. There she nurtures and mentors future performers to become the best they can be. Dance doesn’t stop there, Shanika will continue to expand her dance training and performing capabilities while constantly spilling her heart on the dance floor.


    Tatiana Desardouin

    Bio

    From a very young age Tatiana has been interested in Hip-hop dance and culture. In her teenage years she began her dance journey with a dance group, South Angels, with which she was able to have her first stage experiences in Geneva. In order to further develop her dance, she decided to travel more, to New York in particular, and take part in several given by dancers such as Brian Green, Ejoe Wilson & Link of Elite Force and the Electric Boogaloo’s. She has had the opportunity to participate in and win several competitions in Switzerland and abroad. She has been sough out to give workshops and judge competitions in Switzerland and overseas. Having taught since 2005, she has had the opportunity to work as a hip- hop dance teacher in two Swiss contemporary dance companies “L’Estuaire” and “Alias”. Tatiana has been very involved in the growth and development of the Swiss hip-hop scene. With Loic Dinga, she opened her own dance school “Le Centre Hip-Hop” where she also teaches. She is a member of the JAIA association with which she organizes dance camps, the JAIA Battle and House dance sessions. Tatiana continues to develop and grow in her dance. Amongst others, she specializes in Hip-Hop and House Dance.


    Black Kat

    Bio

    Born and raised in Montreal, Black Kat has been dancing since her tender years. Known in the Montreal dance community for her influence in the underground scene, it’s in 2005 that she starts waacking. In 2003, she is introduced to waacking in New York, which sparked an interest, but when Shock-A-Lock, renown dancer, introduces her to Tyrone Proctor, it became a lover affair between her and the dance. She became one of his first avid students and after studying under him for an intensive year, she becomes, in 2006, the first waacking teacher in Montral. Blak Kat will be the sole creator of the Montreal waacking community and in 2008 she will help produce the first waacking competition of its kind at ‘Festival Bust A Move’, judged by Tyrone “The Bone” Proctor. In 2009 when IHOW (Imperial House of Waacking) was created, Blak Kat becomes the Mother of the Canadian Chapter and adds her most rigorous students, that are now known internationally in the waacking scene. In 2007, she travels to Barcelona to teach at the “LA JAM B Festival”. She is asked to judge New York’s popular competition, ‘Step Ya Game Up’ (waacking) in 2010 and in 2012, she judges the waacking category at the ‘Festival Bust A Move’. Many have traveled to Montreal to study under her, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to teach and judge at “WAACKING AINT WAACK”. Recently Blak Kat was asked for a second year in a row to be a part of the “HOT MESS WAACKING BOOT CAMP”. She is a driving force in the waacking scene and she owes it to her teacher and mentor Tyrone Procto. Blak Kat is very passionate about waacking, she loves everything from the era it was born in, to the music it was developed on, to the movements of the dance. But most importantly, she is a dancer, a mover and remarkable teacher.

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