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.
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!
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.
Michelle Hester goes to the University of California Santa Barbara, Majoring in Perfroming arts: theater an community and Minoring in English. She has been dancing since she was young in hip hop, and a little jazz. Over the years she has been researching and learning more about other forms of dance like Heels, Modern, and more. She is interested in making a career out of acting, dance, and music and has joined the team because she is always looking for ways to further her education and also teach and spread what she knows.
Shante is a third year Religious Studies and Communication double major at UCSB. She has been dancing since the age of 10 and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. She is a part of UCSB's Urban Dance Company and also works at a preschool near the UCSB campus. She is super excited to teach for EDN! and hopes to learn from this experience alongside her EDN! dancers!
Sylvester Reyes is 22yrs old and has been freestyle dancing his whole life but started learning and doing choreography in 2014. Sylvester has trained in choreography, freestyle, and Krump. He loves teaching kids and adults dance. He sees the growth of new dancers over time as one of the best rewards a coach/instructor can experience. He constantly trains so that he is able to continue to grow.
Kris has been dancing for 9 years. He started dancing in High School, he’s been working with kids all around Ventura County for 8 years and some schools in LA. He’s been part of competition dance teams for a couple of years. He now has his own personal dance business, going around teaching quinceañeras, sweet 16s, daughter and father/brother dances, at schools, private classes and anything related with dance. He is also now a dance instructor for his old high school he attended.
Chanielle Ku’uipo Jose
Chanielle Ku’uipo Jose is currently a hip hop instructor/crew director at Billy Clower Dance Studio in Ventura. She grew up dancing hula as a keiki. Her mom was a hula dancer in the halau & her dad was one of the musicians/singers. Growing up, Chanielle was very musically inclined. She got into hip hop dancing in highschool when she joined Channel Islands Dance Team & Channel Islands All Female. After graduating, she joined teams such as Common Ground, BYA!, Academy Of Villains, The Faction/Alias Dance Fam, & now is currently a co-founder & co-director of Heroes To Legendz (HTL Fam) which consists of the junior team HomeTown Heroes & the adult team LGNDz. Chanielle went back & helped out my roots. She still trains and always creates. Dancing is definitely one of her passions. Chanielle’s goal as a teacher is to help her students feel comfortable with their own movements as well as appreciating music.
Ashley is currently a second year studying computer science at UCSB. She has been dancing since she was 4 and started competing in styles such as jazz, lyrical and contemporary in middle school. Last year, she joined a hip hop choreography team based in Santa Barbara called Urban Dance Company and started teaching for EDN in summer of 2018. In her free time she loves to eat and watch Netflix!
Jasmine Lee, Teaching Assistant
Jasmine Lee loved watching dance videos on Youtube growing up and used her bathroom as her creative outlet to express herself. Although she had done sporadic dance pieces or projects throughout her life, she didn't have the opportunity to explore her untapped passion until recently in college. She began dancing consistently this year with Gaucho Street Dance and studios in LA and began teaching at Everybody Dance Now this Fall. She is excited to evolve as a dancer and build more friendships and connections within the dance community.