Faculty

Karina Chumachenko

Studio Director
Hip Hop - Animation - Waacking

Dance experience - since 2006
Teaching experience - since 2009

Originally from Nursultan, Kazakhstan, Karina taught a lot of students who currently dance all over the world in Kazakhstan, Russia, Czech Republic, USA in varieties of styles such as waacking, hip hop, house. Travel a lot to US and European battles and workshops. Mostly focus on freestyle foundations and choreography. Latest achievement - UDO all style battle winner (Orlando), Double Trouble - waacking battle winner. Karina is a current member of R.U.R Alliance created by Jaja Vankova, finalist of “So You Can Dance?”. Karina really focused on opening each dancer's creative potential. She believes that dance training is not only physical exercise, but also mental work.

 

Thaiyo Seo

Instructor
Breaking - Locking

Dance experience - since 1997
Teaching experience - since 2010

B-boy Thaiyo is a world-famous b-boy hailing from South Korea. His crew, "Last For One", came from a small town outside of Seoul, and made a big splash in the mid 2000's. Most notably, winning the World Battle of the Year 2005 in Germany. Thaiyo's crew was highlighted in the feature film "Planet B-boy", that followed the story of each crew that went to Battle of the Year 2005. Thaiyo's style is based on his belief that a well-rounded b-boy is a good b-boy. He combines style, power, and foundation to create his dance, and passes it on to his students with great enthusiasm.

 

Oriana Rodriguez

Instructor
Hip Hop - Choreography

Dance experience - since 2005
Teaching experience - since 2013

Originally from Venezuela, Oriana made the move to Vancouver to pursue dance as a career. She was accepted into the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre where she expanded her knowledge in several dance genres like Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop. Following ITP, she decided to pursue Hip Hop as her main focus and started training with SOULdiers Dance Company under the direction of Kim Sato where she studied Hip Hop, Popping, Locking, House, Waacking and Breaking. Oriana joined renowned dance companies such as Praise TEAM’s Sr. Showcase and TwoFourSeven Company and has won numerous awards at prestigious national and world competitions like Artist Emerge, Hip Hop International, Bridge Dance Competition, BodyRock, VIBE, Dancer’s Paradise, and many more. Currently teaching in the lower mainland, she hopes to continue inspiring others around her to grow as dancers and performers and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her.