Internationally known for his remarkable work on and off camera, Nick Gonzalez is a talented choreographer and artistic director. Nick has enjoyed working with celebrities like Derek Hough, Usher, Pitbull, Fat Joe, Jessica Sutta, Joey McIntyre, Jackson Guthy, BOA, Benny Marchant, Justin Stein and many more. Nick was featured on season 1 and season 2 of SYTYCD as “Top 25 Male Dancers”. You may have seen his recent project, “Make Your Move 3D”, bringing the two worlds of tap dancing and hiphop together for an action packed movie starring Derek Hough and BOA.
Nick has been sharing his passion for teaching and creating new opportunities for dancers around the world. Teaching in Australia, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Virgin Islands, Germany, and 47 of the 50 states of the United States, Nick stays busy perfecting his craft and artistry.
In 2017, Nick co-founded Movement Dance Project, a competition company based in Los Angeles. His goal for the future is to create, not only the best dance program for dancers in LA, but to create an inspiring and supportive work space for the youth of Los Angeles.
Growing up in an underpriveldged environment, Nick has always aspired to be a light in the lives of young dancers to help encourage their dreams to be bigger. In Nick’s class, you will learn more than just dance. You will learn how it feels to push yourself past your comfort zone. You will learn how it feels to believe in yourself, but more importantly, you will learn how it feels when someone else believes in you, too.
Angel Tyson is originally from Biloxi, MS. At a young age, she began training at her mother’s studio in ballet, jazz, and contemporary. In 2010, Angel moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a dancer and choreographer. She has been a member of Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) for the past nine years.
Some of Angel’s credits include Smokey Robinson, Colbie Caillat, Mirello, Vivica A. Fox on “The Eric Andrew Show” (Adult Swim), “The Kroll Show” (Comedy Central), DECKER (Adult Swim), Just Dance 4, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” with Pentatonix, and the SuperBowl XLIX with Earth Harp Collective. Angel’s acting and choreography debut was on the hit TV show, “The Office”, episode “Customer Loyalty”. She is also on faculty with Dance Troupe, Inc., as an adjudicator, choreographer, and instructor.
In 2017, Angel co-founded Movement Dance Project, a competitive dance company in Los Angeles. MDP offers a space for young dancers to gain the knowledge they need to become brilliant artists and authentic people. It's a unique program that focuses on developing the true individuality of each dancer, while forming a tight-knit, supportive community at the same time. Angel believes that each dancer should have the skills to feel confident and strong on their own, but also experience the power of unity. Angel's class focuses on exploring movement while expressing genuine emotion.
Evan DeBenedetto is most known for his extraordinary tap style, as well as his versatility in all genres of dance. Evan is a native of Connecticut where he trained in various styles of dance in both CT and NYC. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 and quickly began making a name for himself. With his deep love for the art of tap, Evan has had the opportunity to train with prominent tap teachers such as Jason Samuels Smith, Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Jason Janas, Anthony Morigerato and Mike Minery. Evan has also had the opportunity to work closely and assist many top choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Kyle Hanagami and Tessandra Chavez.
While engaging in the commercial dance industry as a performer, Evan’s industry credits include Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, MTV TRL, Disney’s Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Light Show, Lucille Lortel Awards, Every Single Step Season 2, Google and VidCon. He has toured with the artist Poppy as a featured dancer and has also danced for Sofia Carson, Luis Fonsi, Natti Natasha and The Band Perry.
Evan also spends his time in the theatre and has been singing and acting since the age of 7. Past theatrical regional credits include Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. (Jimmy Smith), Peter Pan (Michael Darling) and Seussical The Musical (JoJo). Evan is honored to be a YoungArts Alumni as a 2016 Finalist in Dance/Tap and is currently represented by Clear Talent Group.
Samantha Long, currently 21 years old, has been dancing for 15 years. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she now lives in Los Angeles and is signed with BLOC Talent Agency. Samantha is a professional dancer/choreographer who strives to reach her dreams. Living in Los Angeles for a year, she has been constantly working professionally. She is an Elite Protege Alumni at The Pulse On Tour, Assistant Director / Master class guest teacher at Hollywood Dance Jamz, and has done much more with many other convention tours. She is a featured dancer on multiple A list artists' music videos, danced in national commercials, danced on tour, and much more. She is on the IMMABeast dance company, and has made special guest performances with others as well. Samantha has danced in projects for artists/brands such as Janet Jackson, Paul McCartney, Jason Derulo, Doritos, Samsung, MTV, Lunchmoney Lewis, D. Woods, and the Queen of the Universe pageant to name a few. Samantha loves performing and choreographing for artists across the world. Check Samantha out on all her social media to keep up with her exciting journey!
Originally from Australia, Alvin is a dancer and choreographer now residing in Los Angeles. Alvin is the founding director of two-time Australian National Hip Hop Champions, Beatphonik (Battlegrounds 2007 & AHC 2008). His background in both the dance crew scene and industry make him a favorable adjudicator in dance competitions around the world. With over 16 years teaching experience, Alvin is a highly sought after instructor at dance studios & conventions.
Alvin has choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance Australia seasons 3 & 4, becoming the first “Top 100” contestant on the show to be offered the role of choreographer whilst on the same season. He has also choreographed for Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Disney, Justice Crew, the winners of Australia’s Got Talent, winner of Dancing with the Stars, and Stan Walker winner of Australian Idol. Alvin also choreographed for Hong Kong's biggest artist, G.E.M. and her X.X.X Live World Tour. He was also the resident hip-hop choreographer on Dance Boss Reality.
Additionally, Alvin has danced for renowned artists such as Miguel, Dua Lipa, G-Eazy, Dillon Francis, Deorro, and Johnny Ruffo. He was also a featured dancer on X-Factor Australia, and coached the dancer/actors on Logie Award winning, ABC’s Dance Academy.
He has taught at many performing arts colleges, such as Village on Broadway, Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Urban Dance Centre, and Wesley Institute Bachelor of Dance. He has also taught at Australia's most influential dance institutes, such as Sydney Dance Company and Brent Street Studios. Alvin currently teaches at IDA Hollywood and Movement Lifestyle, and is a guest faculty member at Movement Dance Project.
Alvin's movement is a myriad of different styles from jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance as a product of his professional training.
Balta Monkiki was born in Inglewood, CA and raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa in Mexico. She started creating and began teaching at the age 16, where she was able to find her own voice through freestyle. She was a self-trained dancer and choreographer, which allowed her to naturally create her own movement and vision with a small, yet impactful, background in martial arts.
Balta is currently residing in Los Angeles, where she is able to purse her career as a dancer and choreographer. Balta is a member of the Black Light Society, and the last generation of the legendary Waackers of LA. She has choreographed for pop artist, Che'Nelle, Hakkasan night club in Las Vegas, Sketchers industry commercial , WNBA LA Sparks Crew, and ImmaBeast Dance Company. She is also on faculty with Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds, Movement Lifestyle, and IDA in Los Angeles, as well as a guest faculty member at Movement Dance Project. She has collaborated with industry heavy hitters such as Beau "Casper" Smart, Tricia Miranda, Matt Steffanina, and Nika Kljun. Balta has been fortunate enough to travel the world sharing her gifts in Russia, Taiwan, Canada, Turkey, Mexico, and the United States.
Balta teaches house, street jazz, freestyle/improvisation, and whacking/punking. In all of her classes, she stresses the importance of history, technique, music and culture. As she expands her career internationally and grows within the industry, she will continue to remember her center of art, authenticity, and kindness. Balta Monkiki is represented by MSA agency.
Theresa Stone has been working in the industry for close to 10 years. She has trained and assisted under some of the biggest names in dance including Brian Friedman, Laurieann Gibson, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Cris Judd, Tricia Miranda and more! She has been teaching all styles and levels of dance for almost 12 years, and her passion for the craft continues to grow everyday.
Vikas is a dancer and choreographer from Seattle where he was a founding member of the Alchemy Tap Project under Josh Scribner. His performance credits include TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, movies such as Breaking Brooklyn, musicals such as 42nd Street, sold out crowds at Lincoln Center, and private performances for esteemed guests such as John Legend. He currently dances for Chloe Arnold’s Apartment 33, Cat Cogliandro’s CATastrophe!, Amit Shah’s Mystic India: The World Tour, and is proud to be the first South Asian ambassador for Capezio. You can catch him teaching this season at Broadway Dance Center, Tap Dance Festival UK, Portland Tap Festival, Motor City Tap Festival, Desi Dance Convention, and many more. For more info visit: www.vikasarun.com.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Bec Morris is a professional dancer who now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Bec has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, such as Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Jessie J, Redfoo, LunchMoney Lewis, Aston Merrygold, Charli XCX, Cody Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and Flo Rida. She has also performed on Saturday Night Live, B.E.T Awards, X-Factor and many Australian TV & award shows.
Bec Morris has been teaching for over a decade, sharing her knowledge of dance with beginner students as well as professional dancers. She has made an incredible impression on the Australian dance community with her flair for choreography and unique teaching skills. Bec is very excited to pursue her career as a dancer and choreographer even further in Los Angeles,
Josh Killacky moved to North Hollywood at the age of 15 from Chicago with his Mom. His 12 years of training in martial arts set an incredible foundation for his love in music and dance. Besides Hip Hop competition dancing that started at age 12, Josh also attended the Chicago Academy of the Performing Arts High School to further develop his dance art in the world of ballet, jazz and modern dance.
He is currently the lead Dancer/Asst. Choreographer with David Moore for the BotBroz and helped make dance history as the first non-vocal artists to be asked to perform on Good Morning America in Times Square. Josh has choreographed and danced on several television shows including, Nickelodean Kids Sports, Nickelodean Kids Choice and Halo Awards, X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Dance Moms, MTV – Todrick Hall Documentary, Telemundo “Que Noche”, BET Awards.
Josh has been in several articles and showcased on “Billboard” for his performance in dance videos; “WTF” choreo by Tricia Miranda, “Numb” choreo by Alexander Chung, Viral Video “What Do you Mean”, and for Josh’s choreography work in the fashion world. He had the opportunity to work with Designer, Nicola Formichetti to create choreography for the Nicopanda SS16 Campaign film that would show creative movement for this clothing line.
As an Actor/Dancer, Josh can be found in Topher Grace’s new movie just recently released called “One Shot” working playing the role of “Chip” alongside actor, Taye Diggs.
As an actor and director, Josh released his first short film on the internet in 2016; “When is too Late” an Anti-bullying film in hopes that people would think twice about bullying others. Josh also choreographed for a movie not yet released called “Howard High” with Director, Chris Stolkes. Josh has choreographed several pieces for upcoming solo artists and groups such as “New District” and Nia Sioux.
Josh traveled on tour as a dancer with Mindless Behavior and most recently on stage in France with Jordan Fisher. In the video gaming world, you will find Josh in many of the Just Dance Video Games, as well as Disney’s 2015 Dance Party. Josh has also appeared in several Commercials including “Shoe Carnival – back to school”, 2015 Ellen Degeneres “Oscars Promo”, Mercury Insurance, MTV Todrick Hall promo, Fiat, Paddington Bear, and G by Guess Clothing.
During Josh’s earlier years, he was a nominated for “WOD 2014 for “Next Generation” Choreographer, and his youtube video “Let me Love You’ was featured at the Dance Camera West Film Festival in 2014. Josh has had the opportunity to train and work with choreographers such as Aakomon Jones, Twitch, Wildabeast, David Moore, Tyce Diorio, Mikey Minden, Jamal Sims, Rosero McCoy, NappyTabs, Tricia Miranda, Janelle Ginestra, and Chuck Maldonado.
Erica Klein grew up in Monterey, California and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is known for her feature role in Elliot Moss’ music video “Without the Lights” directed/choreographed by Phillip Chbeeb which went viral on Facebook receiving over 48 million views. Her choreography has been seen on prestigious platforms including Redbull TV and Jennifer Lopez’s World of Dance TV show in collaboration with Jojo Gomez. Erica plays a lead roll in the upcoming movie “All Styles” and was featured in Charlie Puth’s official dance video “Attention” directed by Tim Milgram. You can find her dancing on many other prominent media outlets including Disney and DanceOn, as well as in various music videos including Trevor Wesley’s “Chivalry is Dead,” choreographed by Ian Eastwood. She has worked for artists such as Alyson Stoner, Every Time I Die and Camila Capello as a choreographer’s assistant. She has also worked with choreographers such as Travis Wall and Christopher Scott. She is in multiple dance videos including her collaboration with Emilio Dosal titled “Down” which received millions of views and recently directed, choreographed and starred the Exes’ new music video “Cain”. Erica loves teaching and has guest taught at multiple colleges and studios around the world with upcoming workshops in India, Mexico and Canada. Erica hopes to continue developing her unique style and inspire others to push the boundaries of the contemporary dance genre.
Gabe De Guzman, originally from Los Angeles, has been taking the dance industry by storm. He is a 4th generation Disney Mouseketter and a member of the reimaginging of The Mickey Mouse Club. Some of Gabe’s credits include Bruno Mars, Will Smith, Kids Choice Awards, X-Factor, Carly Rose Senenclair, Microsoft Surface Commercial, Shake it Up on Disney, America’s Got Talent Season 9, 49th Super Bowl with Katy Perry and Missy Elliot, School of Rock, and The Ellen Show to name a few.
Gabe’s choreography has been featured on Go90 BoySquad series, The Mickey Mouse Club, SAG Looking Ahead Awards, and UNICEF Gala.
Gabe believes in versatilty as a dancer, and is extremely thankful for all of his mentors that have helped mold him along the way. The best way to stay up to date with Gabe’s latest endeavors is by following his instagram and youtube page.