Kelli is a dance instructor, professional choreographer, yoga instructor, CA certified massage therapist and the National Director for Everybody Dance Now!. Kelli began her professional work in New York City and Los Angeles where she worked with choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Hi Hat, Kenny Ortega, Fatima Robinson, and Travis Payne (Michael Jackson’s former choreographer). She danced on shows such as X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, and Glee and modeled for brands such as Coca-Cola and Reebok. Kelli continues her passions of teaching, choreographing for local companies, building the local street dance community, and advocating for equity in arts education.
Dance has been a lifelong passion for Evelyn, as she has been dancing since before she could even walk! Evelyn has been training in hip hop for 15 years now, dancing in studios and most recently with a hip hop crew at UCSB, Urban Dance Company. Evelyn continues to learn different styles and techniques. Outside of training, Evelyn enjoys being able to teach the next generation of dancers through EDN. She feels this work is extremely rewarding
Aaron's dance journey first began in high school on Pasadena High School’s dance team. There he trained in various styles such as hip hop and contemporary. He then decided to pursue only hip hop dance and joined a junior hip hop dance team called Theorem. Later Aaron began to train on his own, and eventually found himself teaching for Everybody Dance Now! and dancing on Urban Dance Company in 2017. .
Anthony is an undergraduate student at UCSB studying Philosophy and English. He enjoys dancing, playing video games, and listening to music. Originally from Orange County, Anthony decided to continue his adventure in dance and joined Everybody Dance Now as a college freshman in 2017. Anthony specializes in waves and popping, but isn’t afraid to add his own taste of humor and hype into his movements. Anthony teaches off the basis that dance is a language that he uses to communicate to his students, setting the groundwork for their own individual talent and happiness. He is more than happy to teach anyone and everyone with an open-mind, ready to begin their own adventure in dance.
Felicia "Kruella" Renee
Felicia Renee started dancing at the age of 4 at a local dance studio practicing Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. By the age of 8 she joined a Polynesian Dance Production, Tina’s Ports of Paradise where she began stage performance and competition. Hip-Hop competition started with Emanon Dance Crew at age 13, then graduated to join GRV, and now currently Soul Fresh Fam by Ricky Cole.
(Guest Bhangra and Bollywood Instructor)
Shivani started dancing when she was 6, and she was classically trained in Bharatnatyam for 11 years. After coming to college, Shivani joined and became captain of a competitive Bhangra team for 2 years where she traveled around the state to perform and compete. This year she will be starting her own Bollywood fusion team! Shivani hopes to continue to spread her passion for dancing and her culture with the community.
Nina Masjedi has been teaching dance classes for 9 years. She has a passion for working with children and watching them grow. Her favorite styles of dance include hip hop, bellydancing, and heels! She currently dances on UCSB’s Urban Dance Company.
Mai Ono is a student at UC Santa Barbara. She is currently ajoring in Biopsychology and hopign to have a career in the public health field. Mai started dancing in Elementary school and immediately fell in love with hip hop dance. She is proud to say that she is part of the hip hop dance team, Urban Dance Company, at UCSB. Mai is happy to be be a part of the EDN! Santa Barbara teaching team.
Ari graduated from UCSC with a major in Economics and Theater Arts. During her time at UCSC she was a part of Arts Bridge Program, which fueled her passion and understanding of the need for arts education to be accessible. As Ari's style is built from a tap background, her hip hop and jazz funk classes are high energy! Ari is excited to share her love of dance with EDN!
Vicky is an undergraduate student at UCSB studying Political Science. Vicky is originally from Ontario, Canada. In addition to working for Everybody Dance Now, she is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and dances on Urban Dance Company. Overall, Vicky enjoys dancing, traveling and giving back to her community. She has been dancing for over nine years and is very excited for this upcoming year of teaching and dance!
Tinelle began her professional dance career and training in New York City in 2005. She has worked and trained with prominent LA and NYC choreographers for today's leading music artists such as Luam, Rich and Tone, and Teresa Espinosa. Tinelle has taught dance at many well-known professional studios including IDA Hollywood and L.Y.T.E. Dance Studio. As Tinelle continues to grow by pushing herself to learn, grow and acquire new vocabulary, she is excited to share her passion through teaching EDN students in Santa Barbara.
Kevin 'Kai' Goh
Kai is a UCSB student that loves making movies, video games, and discovering music. He has been dancing and practicing martial arts for twelve years, involving himself in the performing arts for most of his life. Kai specializes in b-boying, practicing to improve every day that he can! He mentors local youth b-boys and b-girls through weekly youth sessions. Kai believes that dance offers countless invaluable qualities to everyday life and he is more that happy to teach anyone who is willing to try and learn!
Meredith Cabaniss is a multi-creative artist based out of southern California. She graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in Dance and Hollins University with her MFA in Dance. She also studied with Batsheva Dance Company and at the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92Y in New York City and Loyola Marymount University. She travels internationally and nationally with her company SELAH dance collective performing and teaching various styles such as ballet, contemporary, somatic practices, composition, and acrobatics.
Jeff's journey began in Santa Barbara, California. He was on the stage from a young age of 10 in a theatrical setting and working backstage. His training in Dance, Aerial (silks, lyra, hammock, trapeze, corde et lisse, and specialty apparatus), and Acrobatics (parkour, freerunning, tricking, gymnastics, hand balancing, and partner-acro) didn't start until the past four years of his life. He has worked and performed with Selah Dance Collective, Elevated dreams, The Dancing Fire, IMMABreathe and various other companies from LA to New York performing at venues like Granada, Center Stage, Trascallion , Lucidity, The Avalon private clubs and commercials. Jeff's uses his movement to try and inspire people to grow, connect, experience new ideas/thoughts/feelings, bringing relatable performance, a sense of culture, and affordable movement education to all people.
Rod is currently an undergraduate student at UCSB studying Political Science. He has loved dancing ever since he was young. Rod is originally from Antananarivo, Madagascar. He started dancing throughout middle and high school and dances on the hip hop crew, Urban Dance Company, at UCSB. He strives to always learn new things, and loves dancing, playing music, and especially teaching. Rod is so excited to share his love of dance and work with EDN!
Jonathan Yan (Gene) has been dancing since the Summer of 2011 and specializes in Breaking. He studies Economics and Dance at UCSB, where he is also a part of the Breaking Club, UCSBreakin' and the hip hop dance crew on campus, Urban Dance Company. Jonathan's goal for dance while in college is to further advance the Santa Barbara Dance Scene in any way that he can, and to overall become the best dancer he can be. This is his third year with EDN!SB and he is looking forward to another great year dancing with the EDN youth and teaching team.
Tian Boydston (Guest Polynesian Instructor)
Tian is a lover of all creative movement and began dancing at the early age of 3. Growing up on Kaua’i, she fell in love with Hula and Tahitian dance and has been training, performing and competing in both for the last 25 years. Tian got a BA in cultural anthropology from UCSB and danced with the on-campus Polynesian group during her time there, continuing on to train with local teachers in Santa Barbara. Her second favorite thing is working with today’s youth-she volunteered as a preteen mentor then continued on to study counseling for at risk teenagers. Merging these two passions is truly a dream for her and believes if you ENJOY dancing, everything else can be learned.
Stephanie grew up in Orange County where she studied dance at Huntington Academy of Dance for 12 years and at the Academy of Performing Arts for 4 years. She is currently finishing up her last year at the University of California Santa Barbara, pursuing a major in Chemistry and minor in LGBTQ studies. She has also been on the UCSB dance team for the past 4 years, serving as captain since her Junior year.