Kunle Oladehin has been a dancer his whole life but never acted on it until he was exposed to the hip hop scene in college. His journey since has been a balance of academics and art. He studied Biology at Harvard and Public Health at Columbia and worked in various areas of medical research. Concurrently he built his name in the street dance community through training, teaching and competing around the world. When the opportunity opened up to lead EDN, he saw an intersection of his passions and skills. He looks forward each day to building the impact of this organization.
Kelli Forman is a dance instructor, choreographer, Yoga instructor, CA Certified Massage Therapist, and the National Director for Everybody Dance Now!. Kelli began dancing at the age of four, attended the University of Kansas on a full dance scholarship, and later moved to New York City and Los Angeles, where she danced professionally on shows such as X-Factor, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent, and Glee. Kelli joined the EDN! team in 2013 and to further pursue her passion for teaching, choreography, community involvement and non-profit work. After directing the Santa Barbara chapter for five years, growing programming in the county while also growing the national team, she has now transitioned to a full time national position to facilitate growth in EDN!'s newest chapters. Kelli is an advocate for equity and access in quality arts education for all K-12 students, as well as diversity in dance programs at higher education institutions. Kelli enjoys conducting research about street dance history/heritage, and is member of Creation Global, an international Chicago Footwork crew.
Cebo has been dancing since before he could speak. Winning his first dance competition at 5 years old. He has since gone on to win some of the world’s largest dance battles such as Juste Debout, and House Dance International. He has also choreographed for King Street Records recording artist Kimara Lovelace. He has shared collaborated with all of the top street dancers in the world today. In 2003 he set out to open a studio in Japan based on teaching the fundamentals of street. Next Generation New York Studios. It is now in it‘s eighth year of operation with well over one thousand students making it one of the largest street dance schools in the Chugoku region of Japan. In 2013 he started his own dance company GenX The Company based in Okayama, Japan. Cebo is the Everybody Dance Now! National Program Director.
Jared Fischer is an expert, experienced arts and cultural grant writer and development professional; his track record includes teaching grant writing (Center for Nonprofit Success), getting hundreds of foundation, corporate and government grants funded and awards earned, quality communications, storytelling, and stewardship of donations, campaigns, and grant funding. He has worked extensively with dance organizations as well as theater companies and visual artists. He is also a creative writer with published work at various online magazines and blogs.
Michele is the New York City Chapter Director and a leader in the NYC dance community. Michele has danced in music videos, battled in the club scene and traveled along as the Hip-Hop dance culture exploded onto stages, in studios, and in theaters.
Michele earned her BS at Temple University and a MS in Nonprofit Arts Management from Drexel University. ow living in the NYC area, Michele recently celebrated 13-years of presenting Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival. Michele provides organization and artist consulting services; production management services and continues to be an advocate for the Hip-Hop dance community, especially for women.
Bethany Sutherland is a multi-creative artist, engineer, and designer who currently resides in sunny Santa Barbara, California. She is a classic middle child - a people pleaser and integrator with a fundamental desire to bring people and concepts together in a unified way. In 2012, she graduated with a BS in Engineering Physics and a minor in Art from Westmont College. Since graduating, she has dabbled in many entrepreneurial and creative areas out of a passion to integrate form and function in different facets of her life. Beyond her engineering and design endeavors, Bethany enjoys performing and teaching dance in the community. Dance has been a driving force in Bethany’s life since a young age.
Jordan is an Optimist, Young Leader, and Entrepreneur, and Filipino-American with a disciplined ambition, a productive curiosity, and a genuine passion to learn. His "goal verbs" include dancing, leading, impacting his community, and dancing. He values understanding, happiness, authenticity, and gratitude
Christine was a little late in discovering her passion for dance. Growing up in a small family where unfortunately nobody danced, she spent her formative years in gymnastics before excelling and finding her niche in the world of competitive debate. It wasn’t until she was in undergrad at UT Austin that she discovered the club/street dance scene and fell completely in love with it. What started out as a hobby became SO much more than that, and she is determined to help bring the powerful life improving qualities of dance to as many people as possible. She is now a recent law school graduate and soon to be attorney who makes sure to dance every second she can.
Siya Brown is the York, PA Chapter Director and an emerging leader in her Community. In high school she studied jazz, ballet, and hip-hop dance but went on to pursue a degree in Communications and PR at Temple University. That experience, combined with her passion for building community and inspiring youth, landed her a small roll at Positive Energy Arts in 2016, which is a nonprofit dedicated to providing arts programming to underserved youth. Siya now serves as the Program Director and she plans to use her platform to creating space for communities and artists to engage, enrich, and inspire others!
Chris Bishop is a Dancer, Graphic Designer, DJ and owner of his personal brand 3ish. He was raised in the Coachella Valley and began Popping during his senior year at Cathedral City High School in 2008. Since then, Chris moved from the Coachella Valley to attend Riverside City College and transferred to University of California, Riverside where he received his B.A. in Sociology with administrative studies emphasizing in marketing and advertising. Upon graduation in 2015, Chris joined a collective called the 1212 Sessions which hosts biweekly dance sessions and events for his community. Chris has been fortunate to learn Popping, Animation and Boogaloo from many influential Poppers in the LA/Bay Area dance scenes, and continues to spread the knowledge to the next generation.
Nathieli is a Dancer, Community Organizer and Arts Advocate. Born in Acapulco, Mexico and raised in Santa Ana, California, the rich Hispanic cultural traditions of music, dance and family fiestas inspired a natural dancer in her at a very young age. Her formal dance training began at the age of 9, while attending a summer outreach program hosted at a local performing arts academy. She danced and performed in various genres from modern, ballet and hip-hop, to world dances such as, Haitian, West African, Bollywood, Bharatanatyam and Shishi-mai. Nathieli graduated from RCC in 2012 and transferred to UC Riverside, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Arts Management and a minor in Dance in 2015. Nathieli is on a journey to utilize her professional skills in administration and outreach to give back to the youth in the community through the arts.
Alex Almaraz aka Swift began training in Hip-Hop dance at the age of 13. His dance training consists of Hip-Hop, House, Locking, Salsa, Chicago Footwork, Modern and other various dance forms. He is also an educator and teaches people Hip-Hop as an action to create social change within their community. Alex since 2011 was apart of Versa-Style Dance Company, a Hip-Hop theatre company and Non-profit organization that served the lower income and underserved communities of Los Angeles. Their mentorship has helped him use his dance to steer away from his harsh community which led him to pursue his education. Alex now graduated from UCLA obtained his degree in Dance and is now pursuing his love for Arts in correctional facilities, After school programs, and battles. He wishes to give back to his immediate community while training, battling, and performing. Also a solo artist Alex has been featured at Highways performance space, Redcat, Electric Lodge and various prison and juveniles halls to present his piece A Tattooed Man and Street Feet. He continues to be apart of his community where he regularly attends Hip-Hop battles, events, and practices where Alex trains and works on his craft. While he's not teaching, Alex is usually training and looking to educate himself more on various dance cultures and dance forms.
Jesus Rodales is the director of the currently forming EDN! Portland chapter, and is a Hillsboro native. He started his dance career as a freestyler, specializing in Tutting and Popping. He later joined Element Dance Studio's Competition Company at age 17 expanding his knowledge to other styles of styles such as Hiphop and House. Mr.Rodales has a thirst for knowledge and relaying what he has learned to his students and he is constantly training to better himself as a dancer and instructor, studying alongside his families NW Reign, Soultrigger and Strange Nation. Having an Entrepreneurial Mindset, He is Co-founder of “Find A Way Threads" a lifestyle brand dedicated to helping others achieving their goals. Through “Find A Way” They hope to help create opportunities for their community! Jesus is a visionary with who wants the best for the community.
Sean Bjerke, a dance teacher and martial artist based in Boston, MA is co-director of the award winning dance team, CONcept ARTists, and a 4th Dan Black Belt in TaeKwon Do. Possessing foundational training in many urban dance forms including locking, popping and hip hop, Sean has focused primarily on studying house over the past decade under mentors as Jardy Santiago, Edson Gonzaga and Sekou Heru. As a teacher, choreographer, trainer and performer, Sean’s mission is to spread awareness of house culture through dance education, performance and support of local DJs and house club