Eugenia Rodriguez is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She graduated in 2018 from Chapman University with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Entrepreneurship and Anthropology Minors. After school, Eugenia joined the LA based dance company Entity Contemporary Dance, directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato. Other credits include Kids Choice Awards Mexico, Cirque Du Soleil, Becky G, Sofia Reyes, Paloma Mami, Ricky Martin, Michael Buble, BANKS, Anitta, Ylona Garcia, Nicole Ziniago, Julia Stone, Migrant Motel, Anna La Serie TV show and “Así Se Baila” produced by Telemundo. Currently, Eugenia directs and teaches at REVOLT dance convention in México and tours with the dance convention Hollywood Vibe. Throughout the years, she is very grateful to have presented original work, performed, and taught internationally in places like Cuba, India, Mexico, Singapore, and Hong Kong, as well as across the United States. Eugenia is passionate about cultivating a sense of curiosity and exploration both in her teaching and work.
faculty & co-FOUNDER
Lucy Vallely is a dancer and choreographer, born and raised in Long Beach, CA. From age two, Lucy began her training and has studied different forms from ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. Starting professional work at age eleven, she has danced for Dancing With The Stars, The Ellen Show, Mattel, ACM Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and pop artist music videos such as Tate Mcrae, HAAi, and Julia Stone. Lucy also grew up in the convention/competition circuit, winning the title of Teen & Senior Female Best Dancer at The Dance Awards in 2015 and 2018. While training at her studio, Westside Dance Project, Lucy started to share her voice as a creator through choreographing and teaching at studios all over North America. At age seventeen, she was featured on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine, highlighting her pursuit and success of freelance choreographing. Lucy continues to travel the world sharing her love for movement and creation at various studios and workshops.
Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, Will Johnston received the majority of his training at A.K.A Dance Company under the direction of Kelly and Alex Velasquez. Will holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California: Irvine as well as a B.F.A in Dance Performance, a B.F.A in Dance Choreography, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Credits include Clear Talent Group, Tayeh Dance, Still Motion, Soul Escape, Wade Robson Creations, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Dance Camera West, Glee, The Late Show with James Corden Show, Son Lux, Sigur Ros, FARR, Deborah Cox, Jordin Sparks, X Ambassadors, Sofia Reyes, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Khalid, Ben Platt, and Kelly Clarkson. In addition, Will is the co-director of Entity Contemporary Dance and a faculty member at West Coast Dance Explosion and Chapman University. He has taught and choreographed across the United States, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and South Korea.
Holden Maples is a professional dancer based out of Los Angeles California. He has danced on jobs such as: American Music Awards with Bebe Rexha, Macklemore concert, ACRAZE Music video, The Ellen Show and more. He has also loved traveling, teaching and choreography all over the world in many different states and countries.
Lauren Slack was born and raised in Orange County, California. She grew up training under Elevations Dance Studios and then furthered her career by training in a professional contemporary company based in Los Angeles, "MashUp", directed by Victoria Brown.
There she worked with professional choreographers and traveled the country performing for 4 years. Lauren has also opened with her choreography for artists like Usher, Chris Brown, Kim Petras, and Charli XCX, etc.
At the age18 she start teaching and choreographing for local studios. Her choreography since then has won numerous best choreography awards, and multiple national titles. She currently is traveling and choreographing at studio across the States and continues to share her love and passion for dance.
Nikolas (Niko) Bermea is a hip-hop and contemporary fusion dancer/choreographer from Austin, TX. In July of 2015, after relocating from Texarkana to Austin, Niko began his training initially in Hip Hop and later branching out into more classical styles such as jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Due to his love for the dance industry, Niko quickly mastered the art and decided to pursue it professionally. In 2019, after merely a year and a half at TWU-Denton School of Dance, he made the move to Los Angeles in search of a professional career. Since then, Niko has had the opportunity to teach at several conventions such as Intrigue Dance Intensive, The Lab Dance Convention, Carolina Dance Masters, and Revolt Dance Intensive, and has performed in several large venues in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He is currently a faculty member of LA-based MusEffect, under the direction of Jessica Starr and was a company member on world-renowned hip hop company, V Mo, under the direction of Danyel Moulton. In the summer of 2021, Niko was signed by Clear Talent Group (CTG) and was selected as a back-up dancer for Colombian Pop Star, Sebastian Yatra. After completion of Yatra's US Tour with Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias in November, Niko was selected to perform internationally with Yatra's DHARMA Tour throughout Mexico, Central & South America, Europe, and the US.
Camryn Eakes is a Los Angeles-based professional dancer, choreographer and director represented by Bloc Talent Agency LA.
In 2018, Camryn graduated with honors from Chapman University with a BA in Dance and a self-designed minor in media studies. Prior to attending Chapman, she worked closely with choreographer and director Justin Giles as a SoulEscape company apprentice. At Chapman she had the privilege of working closely with renowned teachers and choreographers such as Brian Nicholson (Ariana Grande), Sarah Davidson and Ido Tadmor. Post-graduation, in Los Angeles, Camryn has worked with choreographers Andrew Winghart, Dominique Kelley, Matt Cady, Nina McNeely, Chloe Arnold, Will Johnston and J. R. Taylor, and has performed in numerous shows including the Latin American Music Awards 2019, Coca Cola Music Experience in Madrid and the Balon de Oro 2022. She's worked for many artists such as Sofia Reyes, Rozzi, Fitz and The Tantrums, HARLOE, St. Panther, The Plot In You, Gingerroot and more.
Behind the camera, she's directed music videos for artists Kareen Lomax, Beauty Queen and Nakaya.
EvanMatthew Stewart, originally from Buffalo, NY, began his dance training at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance and at the age of ten continued to advance his training at David deMarie Dance Studio in styles varying from contemporary to tap and ballet to jazz. Evan also attended the Royal Academy of
Ballet (Buffalo, NY) under the direction of Beth Waddell and while in college, attended the Joffrey School of Ballet New York City summer intensive to further his skills in ballet.
In 2016, Evan graduated from the University of Buffalo with his BFA in dance and minor in counseling. During his time at the University at Buffalo, Evan was a member of the dance program’s pre-professional company, Zodiaque, under the direction of Thomas Ralabate and Tressa Gorman-Crehan.
Evan is currently living in New York City and is a senior member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, an Asian American modern dance company. He was an adjunct dance teacher at New Jersey City University for non-majors along with being a guest teacher and choreographer at various studios within the Tri-state area. He has also had the opportunity to work with Ebony Williams and perform for her at Jacob’s Pillow. Evan was also a dancer in the film “In the Heights” directed by Jon Chu and choreographed by Chris Scott.
Azuki Umeda is a Chapman University graduate, receiving her BFA in Dance Performance and BA in Integrated Educational Studies. She is currently attending CSU Long Beach to receive her MFA in dance in 2023. She has worked closely with choreographers, such as Will Johnston, Paul Kirkland, Jason Young, and Tawnya Kuzia, as well as assisting different projects and classes with Jojo Gomez, Tessandra Chavez, and Brian Friedman. Recently, she presented work at World of Dance as a headliner for their Championship event. She was also a dancer for Twenty-One Pilots’ virtual concert, and for FINNEAS’s music video, “Shelter.” She has showcased her work at prestigious choreography festivals, such as the IAF Creative Exhibit, The Palm Desert Choreographic Festival, American College Dance Association, as well as the Capezio ACE Awards. She was also named "Outstanding Choreographer for 4 years" at Chapman University's dance program. She has assisted various dance conventions, such as NUVO, Hollywood Connection, and West Coast Dance Explosion.
Nicole Perez was born and raised in Miami Florida where she trained in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop and ballroom. She has worked with many choreographers such as, Mia Michaels, Jamar Roberts, Teddy Forance, and John Crutchman. Nicole has been seen on America’s got talent, Youtube series One Shot, and has also danced on The X-Factor. More recently, She was the assistant for West Coast Dance Explosion, has danced for Affinty Dance Company, and is a teacher on Ascend Dance Convention.
Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, Nick Lanzisera moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance. With a strong background in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary, Nick quickly found himself a niche within the competitive industry. He has appeared in a number of films including High School Musical 2 & 3, Fame, Footloose, and No Strings Attached. He has also worked on numerous music videos, national commercials, television series, and awards shows including the Oscars, VH1's Divas Live, The Grammys, and the MTV Video Music Awards. Some of Nick's favorite credits include dancing for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale Promo Tour, Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards, and HBO's television series True Blood. Most recently Nick has been dancing along side one of his favorite artists Sia for her world tour.
In addition to being a working dancer, Nick enjoys teaching his unique approach to movement. He has been on staff for 8 years as a resident instructor at two of the most prominent dance studios in Los Angeles: Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex. He has also had the opportunity to travel around the globe, teaching at conventions and studios across the U.S. and internationally. As a choreographer, Nick has been exploring his creative voice on projects including the ABC Family series Baby Daddy, Guys With Kids on CBS, and feature films Love True and The Light Beneath Their Feet.
Vickie Roan is a professional dancer signed with Bloc Talent Agency based in Los Angeles, CA. She is an Orange County native that studied at the Orange County School of the Arts and went on to graduate from Chapman University (‘19) with her BFA in Dance Performance. Her professional credits include Oculus x Billie Eilish, Ben Platt, Ashe, Amber Liu, Mexican Institute of Sound, VMO, and Justin Giles’ SoulEscape. She is proud to be the newest company member of Entity Contemporary Dance, directed by Marissa Osato-Moreno & Will Johnston. She strives to use dance as a vehicle to contribute to the world around her and ultimately, encourage others to do the same. She is eager to continue exploring her voice as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer while remaining a forever student along the way!
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Diana Schoenfield is a movement artist currently based in Los Angeles. Graduating from University of California, Irvine, she received her B.F.A. in Dance Choreography and her B.F.A. in Dance Performance. She is currently a member of Entity Contemporary Dance, directed by Marissa Osato and Will Johnston, and she is an alumna of Culture Shock Los Angeles. She has performed with Latin pop artist Sofía Reyes, German artist Helene Fischer, and Cirque du Soleil. Diana has presented original works in the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, TEDxOrange Coast, TEDxUCSD, the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York, and the McCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA. She has taught movement-based workshops internationally, in locations including Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and México, as well as in Los Angeles at Edge Performing Arts Center and Movement Lifestyle. Diana is dedicated to spreading positivity and empowerment through her work.
Memo Martinez is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer with over 10 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry. Starting his career in Monterrey, México, he then moved to Los Angeles with the dream of becoming a professional artist and working in the big leagues, and he did. After a lot of dedication and hard work, he became one of the most well known and respected Mexican dancers and choreographers in the industry. Always being proud of who he was and never forgetting where he came from.
Memo has had the opportunity to work with artists like Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Becky G, Luis Fonsi, and more. Has collaborated in TV shows like American Idol, Latin Billboards, America’s Got Talent, MTV Movie Awards, VMAs, and with companies and commercials like Disney, Apple, Nike, American Horror Story, and many more.
His perseverance and passion have allowed him to travel throughout the whole world sharing his knowledge as a teacher and inspiring on stage as a dancer/choreographer. Now, he is based in Mexico City and his purpose has transformed into conquering the Mexican Entertainment Industry. He wants to give opportunities to his people, become a mentor and guide for new aspiring Mexican artists to do the things he was able to do and way more. He believes in hard work with integrity and passion with no limits.
At age 16, Molly started her journey as a dance teacher, working with the minis at her studio. She quickly found success as a choreographer in the competitive dance world, most notably “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “Single Ladies” which garnered her worldwide recognition.
Her work has been showcased on television shows including America’s Got Talent, Raising Asia, and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. She has won numerous choreography awards, an Industry Dance Award for her jazz piece “Fever” and Best Jazz piece at The Dance Awards.
In 2015, Molly started Project 21 to provide a more intense and focused training program. Project 21 has become a world-wide success since Project 21 has been featured on World of Dance and on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine.
Since starting Project 21, Molly continues to freelance her choreography at studios across the country. Most recently, Molly taught for Teddy Forance’s CLI Studios virtual platform. While traveling the world sharing her craft is a privilege and a job she is incredibly grateful for, Molly gets her fulfillment from working daily with her Project 21 dancers; building relationships with them & watching them blossom.
Jose “Boy Boi” Tena hails from the Bronx, NY. After graduating from The Fame School: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Boy Boi worked professionally with superstars such as Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion,Jennifer Lopez, Azealia Banks, Becky G, Trevor Jackson, BeBe Rexha, Ariana Grande, Panic! At the Disco, Dumblonde and the film Step Up 3D. He has contributed choreography for performances including the Latin Grammy Awards, TV & video appearances for Ariana Grande and worked as an assistant creative director on Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour.
Boy Boi is a proud company member of Dana Foglia Dance, based in Los Angeles, with whom he trains, travels and performs. He is a skilled teacher with his own class slot at some of the most respected studios in LA. He is a YoungArts 2012 recipient in World Dance, a PULSE Elite Protegé Alumni and a Monsters of Hip-Hop Show Cast. His joy and passion for learning and sharing is contagious.
Not only does his passion come with a great deal of humility, staying humble and grounded are traits that he finds very important. He has many loves that include the teaching and sharing of movement as well as entertaining and performing, helping others around him and striving to push the art of dance forward.