Tara Wilson

AKA Tearem'Up & TLish

Dance and Hip Hop have been the most positive influence in my life and I feel blessed that my life’s work revolves around sharing it! 

why do you love teaching dance?

I love sharing the knowledge I have been accumulating for the past almost 20 years with others and opening the door to the possibilities that dance may have in their lives.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

Not only do I love to dance but I also love to play tennis and snowboard!

Why do you dance?

I dance because when I hear music I can’t help but move. I dance because it gives me great joy and connects me with the deepest parts of my soul!

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

I have so many amazing memories it is hard to pick one. One of my favorites has to be doing the first photo shoot in my basement with Vince, Gill, Pete, Glen, Krista and her daughter Grace, and the twins! It was amazing to be creating with great people and I realized that Pulse would always have a family vibe and it made me so happy to be building something based on that.

Tara's accomplishments:

· Owner, Pulse Studios
· Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary
· Artistic Director, Beast Machine
· Dance Degree, University of Calgary
· Director and Creator of Get Down Camp with Pioneers of Hip Hop and Streetdance

Ajay Musodi

Ajay Musodi is a Calgary based choreographer who began his journey training with UniverseSoul Dance and IllFX Company recent credits include receiving 1st Place AE Calgary 2016, 2nd Place All Star AE Edmonton 2017 and 1st Place AE Vancouver 2017. He also dedicates his time teaching in-school Hip Hop residency programs to schools all across the city from grades K-12. All with the sole purpose of spreading the groove of Hip Hop  which is what connects a dancer to the music and people sharing positive energy.

why do you love teaching dance?

The exchange, no words needed. Just the energy shared in the room back and forth. I find teaching has been another source for me to grow as an artist as well as understanding my craft.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I’m lactose intolerant but chocolate and pizza have no negative effect on me :)

Why do you dance?

Expression. It's how I communicate, how I scream; regardless of if it's with joy, anger or sadness. Also, have you seen dance nowadays?? It is SOOOOO COOL!

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Sneaking into the staff room to get water.. it was REAL out here.

Ajay's accomplishments

· Artist Emerge Edmonton 2017 - 2nd Place (Icon Award + Choreography award)
· Artist Emerge Vancouver 2017 - 1st Place
· Choreographer for Enrique Gils (International Recording Artist)

Amanda Okafor

 
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Amanda is a born and bred Nigerian Calgarian; a youth coordinator by day, dancer by evening and a spoken word artist by night. Amanda finds inspiration in her culture, love for art and experiences in life. When life isn't in the way, Amanda grasps the opportunity to get out and explore the world a couple of times a year. She believes exploring is the best way to keep up as a creative; steady living and steady learning.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching because it gives me an opportunity to connect with different types of people through more than conversation.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I like to eat... A LOT!

Why do you dance?

Dancing is natural for me. It just feels right and genuinely brings me joy.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

The very first time I walked into Pulse Stuios. It had a different vibe from other studios.

Oh, and the studio speakers, they are out of this world!

Amanda's accomplishments:

· Teaching at Pulse Studios
· Trained in Afrobeats by the CEO deancers (look them up, they're dope)
· Nominated dancer of the year for the Obsidian Awards

 
 

Amy Badry

AKA Millie Rock

Amy has been teaching at Pulse Studios since 2014. She trained under the direction of Tara Wilson, and the many guest teachers who have come to Pulse. She has a Minor of Dance from the University of Calgary. The summer of 2016, she traveled to New York City and attended the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival and Street Style Lab. Seeing the birthplace of Hip Hop has inspired Amy to continue learning the foundations of the culture. Amy is part of the Fresh Face Crew. Be on the lookout for new projects in 2017.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love seeing kids grow in confidence both in and out of the studio. I love sharing the knowledge I have gained and teaching pushes me to continue my learning.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I have a daily dance freestyle practice. Follow me on Instagram! @self_study

Why do you dance?

To vibe, to socialize, to express, to create.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Our five year anniversary party!

Amy's accomplishments

· Choreographer for Pulse Show (2016)
· Created and development mixed ability dance and movement program for clients at Calgary Alpha House (2016)
· Out of the Closet Vogue Ball Old Way Category Winner (2016)
· Out of the Closet Vogue Ball Bizarre Category Winner (2015)

Ashely Brodeur

Originally from St.Catharines, Ontario, Ashley has been back and forth between Toronto and Calgary for quite some time. Although she grew up training in technical styles, Ashley LOVES Hip Hop and Streetdance. Ashely loves to dance, practice yoga and spend as much time in the mountains as possible.

why do you love teaching dance?

Aside from having the chance to be creative every day, dance is therapy. I really love to connect and give people positive experiences. It means the world to me to have students tell me how their day has changed upon coming to class.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

By my parents house where I grew up, there was a bowling alley two houses down. I spent quite a few saturday afternoons as a child in a bowling league.

Why do you dance?

Because of my mom. Good thing I loved it! She was my teacher from when I began at two, until I was a teen and began my post secondary training. Dancing is my favourite thing on the planet. It’s quite inexplicable and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

When it opened!

Ashley's accomplishments:

· York University BFA Dance
· George Brown College - Commercial Dance Program
· iLLFX Entertainment (SAM Awards, Groove Academy etc.,)
· Choreographer’s Ball (Toronto)
· Culture Shock (Washington, DC)
· Dubai Shopping Festival 2013 - Creativia
· Much Music Video Awards 2013 with PSY
· 200HR RYS Yoga Teacher Training
· Memories, Punta Cana, DR- Yoga Teacher
· Sound Kreations Instructor
· Army of Sass City Leader
· THE SHOW

Camille Shields

AKA C-Child

Predominantly a hiphop dancer, Camille is also a Funk styles dancer. Camille has been teaching for eight years  and has been with Pulse since the first day it opened. A true believer that Pulse is about a bigger picture then just the dance element, that it is about the entire culture of hiphop is why Camille is - and always will be - part of the Pulse Family.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching because I love people. I feel privileged that through teaching I have the chance to spread positive energy and hopefully make a difference in people’s days. I’m extremely passionate about hip hop and street culture and feel that it’s my responsibility to share all that I’ve learnt and experienced from my own teachers and mentors over the years.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I was the youngest Master Scuba Diver in Canada.

Why do you dance?

I dance because I love music and because I have to do it daily to be happy.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Watching Y-Not create his James Brown piece on the studio wall!

Camille's accomplishments:

· 7 To Smoke All Styles Battle : Winner (2016)
· 2 on 2 TKO All Styles Battle : Winner (2016)
· Danced for the following people: K-OS, Method Man & Redman

Caleigh Seitz

 
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Marketing manager & website designer

I am a marketing communications strategist with a complimentary background in project management. Specializing in building impactful relationships, developing creative content, and sharing brand vision and story to attract and retain customers.

I followed my passion and built Making Waves MKTG, a full service marketing communications agency with a boutique feel. Making Waves MKTG works with you and adjusts to your needs through each project, turning your concept and vision into reality.

For any marketing or website building needs, contact Caleigh today. 

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

This is not the first time I worked for Pulse Studios. I used to run events and work the reception desk while I was working on my BBA in Marketing.

Why do you dance?

I dance because it makes me feel happy and feel liek I belong to something bigger - a family, a community!

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

My favourite memory at Pulse Studios has to be my second time around as a team member. When I walked back through the door after 5 years I was still surrounded by familiar faces everywhere I turned. It amazing to learn that when people come to Pulse aren't just a number, they are family.

Caleigh's accomplishments:

· BBA in Marketing
· Project Management Certified
· Making Waves MKTG, Owner
· Absolutely Proposals & Romantic Events, Owner

Dawn Tello

AKA Mama Thug

 
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office manager & Beast machine parent coordinator

I have been with Pulse since the beginning as all of my four children and myself have danced at Pulse throughout the years! I also run my own esthetics business, which I have been doing for 21 years. 

why do you love teaching dance?

Do you mean being a mom?? Lol! I love my job at Pulse because of all the great people here , the music and I love numbers!

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I competed in Little Miss Sunridge back in the day. I was 10 years old.

Why do you dance?

Tara makes me dance in the parent piece every year – and its great exercise!

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Watching my kids dance, perform and compete together. I love that they have a dance family from all their time at Pulse and they can share it with each other.

Dawn's accomplishments:

· Mom of four and still have all my hair…
· 20 years small business management
· Numerous esthetic awards

Edward Campbell

AKA Bboy Funk-E

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Reliable and Effective. Edward has desire to evoke and engage feelings through art. Dance, Design, illustration, concepts, and videos are the communication mediums he likes to play with for creative delivery.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching because it makes me feel helpful to other human beings sharing through a common fun activity we love that also can be used as a medium to canalize.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I had the wildest braces in my childhood that I have no pictures of.

Why do you dance?

I dance because it reminds me of the moments I shared with the people I love and it makes me happy to help people through something that I love. In the world we live in, dance is the key to letting go of the way the world is changing. Dance helps me challenge myself and is a gift.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Driving the buses for the Change the Game Event and Breaking in my first days of my Calgarian life with Gomo and Vince.

Eddie's accomplishments:

· Ecau/First centroamerican Hip Hop JAM, Salvador 2005 - 1st place showcase
· Battle of the year Centroamerica 2010, Panama All Star Crew Lil Nation - Semi Finals Battles
· Breakin the Law 2011, Madisson Wisconsin
· Breakin the Law 2012, Madisson Wisconsin
· Battle Born Anniversary 2012, Las Vegas - Top 32 Prelims
· Stakes is high, Calgary, Canada 2015 - Top 8
· The Flyest, Calgary, Canada 2015 - Top 16
· Change the Game, Calgary, Canada 2015 - Top 8
· Battle Royale MRU, Calgary, Canada 2016 - 2nd place
· The Flyest, Sponsored by Ontologic, Calgary, Canada - Top 16
· Auditions I CAN DANCE 2017
· Silverback Open, Philadelphia 2017 - Prelims 1v1
· Youth Olympic Couch for Bgirl Jaybird, Pound it Hip Hop Studio at Silverback Open, Philadelphia - 2017

Elina Viola

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Elina Viola brings a varied background of disciplines to her teaching. This includes Figure Skating (competed and performed internationally), Dance training (Ballet & Jazz), natural Body Building, Self-defense and Yoga.

why do you love teaching?

My passion is to share my knowledge through teaching others and seeing them benefit the joy of a strong, flexible, balanced, graceful, healthy body.

Eric Cheung

AKA Squidjit

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Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Eric Cheung has been specializing in the style of popping for six years. Has learned from the Electric Boogaloos and many of the current innovators of the dance.  Eric has also travelled and competed all over Canada and overseas to countries like Japan for Old School Night Vol.19 and Amsterdam for Summer Dance Forever 2016. Recently, won at Vancouver Street Dance Festival 2017 in the popping category. In 2015, he co-founded Unknown Elements the only popping crew in Calgary, with the mission to promote individuality and to grow the local popping scene.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching because it gives me another avenue to share my understanding of this dance in a more intimate way. Rather than just showcasing through battles, and performances, I can teach the movement so they can learn for themselves. Watching others grow and find enjoyment in the process of learning is why I love teaching.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

Besides dancing, I played badminton for 14 years and competed at the national level for a majority of my life. Now I am currently coaching badminton part-time as well.

Why do you dance?

I dance because it gives me a sense of self and purpose. The purpose that also helps me connect with others and more importantly connect with myself.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

My favorite memory of Pulse was four years ago when I was just getting introduced to the street dance scene in Calgary. I used to go every Wednesday to the open popping session. That is where I first witnessed community and this culture in the truest form. A major catalyst that put me on the path to being a dancer.

Eric's accomplishments:

· Co-founded Unknown Elements in 2015
· Co-founded The Cypher YYC in 2015
· Performed and Organized Crux by Dance in Vancouver
· Winner of the popping category for Vancouver Street Dance Festival 2017
· Face to Face popping category / 2v2 all style winner
· Line of Champions 2017 Popping category winner

Erick Gutierrez

AKA Eazy G

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Originally from Central America, Belize Erick moved to Canada when he was very young. In addition to music, Erick also has a passion for drawing. My name is Erick Gutierrez I am 26 years old. I love music and there are all kinds of genres that I enjoy listening to. I am from

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching because I have learned an art form that has limitless possibilities. Being able to share my craft with anyone especially the youth is a blessing for me and should be for any artist when teaching.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I have an African Pigmy hedgehog named Hector I have had him since he was about 4 months old.

Why do you dance?

There are many reasons I dance and practice my artform. It gives me freedom when I feel I'm a bird caged up from life stresses. The non judgemental acceptance I receive from being in the moment and even living it. To create because there is alot of negative influences in this world and I'm lucky enough to have this type of liberation and positive outlook at my finger tips.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

My favorite memory is hanging out with my crew, the Juice Box Crew, having a dance session and just jamming out and vibing with my friends and brothers of hip hop.

Erick's accomplishments:

· Semi-finalist in the Calgary Youth Talent Search 2009-2010
· Instructor for after school Globalfest youth program workshops
· Performer for Globalfest, the biggest firework show in Calgary
· 2012 Western Canadian Beatbox Champion
· 2014 top 16 beatboxers across Canada for Beatbox Canada
· Battled a number of times for King of the Dot Beatbox Battle, one of the biggest rap battle leagues in the world
· Opened for "Rahzel The Godfather of Noise" member of the Roots Crew and a large pioneer in the Beatbox community
· Opened for Swollen Members, Madchild
· Performed at Calgary's biggest hip hop festival, One Love where I was able to share the stage with many artits such as Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson, Logic and many more.

Jackson Tamashiro

AKA Shiro

Reception

Jackson started breaking around the age of 10. He began his journey with Pulse Studios around the age of 12 taking breaking classes which eventually led him to join the Beast Machine. That same year, Jackson took the celebrity summer camp where he became inspired by Bboy Orko. It was then that he realized he couldn't stop dancing! Jackson has been with Pulse ever since!

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

Not only am I a dancer but I am also an emcee and I make beats as well as enjoy snowboarding, skateboarding and I absolutely love traveling!

Why do you dance?

I dance because it's something that has always been apart of me as well as it matches my style and character. I feel like dancing is what I was born to do! I can't be in a room with music playing and not be doing something to express myself in some form of dancing, when there's no music playing there is always a beat going on in my head that I can't get out until I move!

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

So many great memories to choose from! I would have to say just vibing out with my crew during breaking practice. Dancing, joking and laughing, having a good time doing what we love TOGETHER, it's just like having a family!

Jackson's accomplishments

· Having the chance to fit in and really feel like I'm apart of something!
· Having the opportunity to travel around through dance with my Pulse fam from places as close as Medicine Hat and Edmonton to as far as Los Angeles to compete in the Freestyle Session World Final!

Jane Pierce

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Siah's journey dancing began in 2008 with breaking. As time went by, Siah dipped his toes in others styles of street dance, including: Locking, House and Hip Hop. A member of the Juicebox Crew, Wizards Crew and of course, the Pulse Studios Wrecking Crew, Siah enjoys spending his free time doing what he loves - dancing! Siah has travelled throughout North America, battling in various competitions with his crews. He brings vast experience to the Pulse Studios Team.

why do you love teaching dance?

I feel deep gratitude to have found Kundalini yoga, not only for the practice itself but for guiding me to a truer understanding of myself and a new way of being in the world. I want to share this opportunity with anyone and everyone who is interested in further exploring their body, mind and spirit connection. Kundalini is called the “Yoga of Awareness” I love seeing others experiencing the amazing effects of deepening their own awareness and finding their individual journey within themselves.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I am a beekeeper and absolutely love bees! I have an apiary of over 25 honey bee colonies on my land and produce honey in the local community.

Why do you do yoga?

Kundalini yoga has opened my life to infinite possibilities. Through the breath work, postures, meditation and mantra involved in Kundalini Yoga I have discovered incredible expansion of myself and a deeper connection with my authentic being. By being better in touch with my true self I feel in harmony with the magic and collective vibration of the universe around us. Kundalini Yoga is incredible for physical strength and stamina as well as balancing one’s emotional and mental well being.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

My favourite memory at Pulse Studios was teaching my first Kundalini Yoga class and connecting with the beautiful Tara Wilson as she discovered Kundalini Yoga for herself. I love seeing the light and energy of Kundalini ignite with the already vivacious, inviting energy of the Pulse Studio community.

Jane's accomplishments:

· Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher
· Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
· Master Herbalist
· Level Two Reiki Therapist

Josh McKinnon

AKA McK Dance

At the age of 11, Josh fell in love with Hip Hop. From music to dance to the culture itself, Hip Hop is where he finds himself most at home. Born in Calgary, Josh found his place when he took his first class. From there Josh has developed his original Hip Hop style by studying and combining foundations from all different styles such as Popping, Lite Feet, Breaking, House and Freestyle. Josh has trained under some of Hip Hop’s pioneers over the years including members of the Electric Boogaloos, Sho Tyme, Ken Swift and many more. A Streetstyle foundation mixed with Funkstyle concepts, his style is groovy and precise. His passion is to pass down his knowledge of the culture to future generations and express the positive affects it can have on a dancer’s life. Josh strives to expand his artistry and achieve his goals in the near future by combining his love for teaching with his hunger to perform and reach out to larger audiences.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love to teach because I had the opportunity to learn when I was young. Seeing students fall in love with the culture the same way as I did, and watching it change their lives. It is the greatest feeling in the world.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I used to teach amateur boxing to the High School students of Oilfields High in Black Diamond AB.

Why do you dance?

When I dance, I feel that I am truly who I am supposed to be. Nothing makes me feel more at home than when I am dancing.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Auditioning for Tony’s Vogue piece a few years back and receiving a call back.

Josh's accomplishments:

· Choreography Awards 2 years in a row with Dance Tech Inc at Showtime Dance Promotions and Class Act Dance festival
· Opened for Joe Tulio and Illustrative Society during their "Mantra" Tour in 2017 in Edmonton along side fellow dancers from Calgary
· Headlined my first show at the Foothills Composite High School in Okotoks, along side Wakefield Brewster and "B-Ren" from Natural Ensemble. Featured in Okotoks Western Wheel in 2013
· Has released 2 Music Videos under the name of "McK Music" titled "I Won't Be" & "Suite Sixteen" alongside fellow MC "Lumber Jack Joe" (Calgary Alberta)
· Co Host of a Fort Mac fundraiser in 2015. We raised just under $1000 dollars from my small town of Turner Valley
· Worked for Showtime Dance Promotions as part of their backstage team, as well as their MC
· Received Hip Hop programs at Dance Tech Inc in High River AB, Elements Dance Co in Airdrie AB, and an Instructor Position with Sound Kreations in Calgary AB. Along with taking over as an Instructor at Pulse Studios in Calgary AB teaching Hip Hop, and Popping
· Taught workshops for various Calgary studios such as, Premier Dance Acadamy, Diversity Dance & Performing Arts, & Elements Dance Co
· Performed with Army of Sass year of 2014 in ‘Gatsby'
· Has had the privilege to work along side Paul Otterbein for 2 years at Dance Tech Inc as he Choreographed routines for our competitive team

Justin Cancio

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Justin Cancio is a dancer and educator. Having completed a BSc in Biological Science at the University of Calgary and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban in London, UK, Justin’s primary interest with dance is its use as an educational and community building tool. He has a broad range of dance skill and knowledge, primarily in Breaking, Krump, New Style Hustle and Salsa. Justin is a member of Empirical Freedom, a Calgary based multidisciplinary collective specializing in Krump and Street Dance Culture.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching because I love to learn. Teaching is the best way for me to connect with other people, and I love sharing what I know to help other people grow!

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

Do a google image search of me... There’ll be THE most curious photo (you’ll know it when you see it)… Go ahead and ask me about the story behind said photo… and no, that wasn’t the last time I rocked that spandex morph suit.

Why do you dance?

Dance is fun, and it’s one of my biggest passions in life! It’s something that I’ve actively pursued and taken consistent interest in from an early age. I dance to connect with people and to understand the world. I’m definitely going to be a viral internet sensation when I’m 80 years old and still killin’ it on the dance floor.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Meeting famous street dancers and pioneers of hip-hop culture. Pulse created opportunities to learn from living legends and meet people from all over the hip-hop world.

Justin's accomplishments:

· Dance Montage 2012 at the University of Calgary
· Mainstage Dance 2012 – 2013 at the University of Calgary
· Battle City YYC 2014: Member of Northwest crew
· The Realm Krump Tournament in LA, California, 2014
· Battle Royal 4 in Bristol, UK: Top 8 in Krump
· Ultimate Krump Battle 2015 in London, UK: Top 16 in solo battles
· International Illest Krump Battle 2015 in Paris, France
· Breakin’ Convention 2015 in London, UK
· World Krump Championship 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany
· Presented Master’s thesis “The Effects of Verbal Encouragement on Muscular Activation in Krump Dancers” at TaMed Dance medicine and science conference in Dresden, Germany, 2015
· Presented Master’s thesis at Healthy Dancer Canada Conference in Calgary, 2017

Michael Wu

AKA Mikey

Michael has been dancing for a bit over four years. He loves dogs and is currently an undergrad student at the University of Calgary. Dance has been a big part of Michael's life since high school, and is credited for getting him through some rough times. Through the learning process, dance has taught him more than just the physical skills and techniques of dance, it also taught him valuable life lessons, increased his mental strength, and given him more responsibility.

why do you love teaching dance?

The reason why I love teaching is because I love to share my joy with others and hope others can feel the same way I feel.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I really don’t like Dr. Pepper.

Why do you dance?

For me personally, the reason why I dance is because dance is not just an art form or a type of physical activity. It’s a form of communication, every movement carries a message. Expressing yourself through movements.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

My favorite memory at Pulse is definitely the Beast Machine field trip to Bust a Move in Montréal.

Michael's accomplishments:

· Bust a Move (Montréal)
· Joining the Pulse Studios family

Rebecca Williams

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Rebecca is one of the friendly faces of the Pulse Studios reception team. She has been with Pulse Studios for two years and is loving growing as a dancer at Pulse Studios. Her favourite styles are Hip Hop, House and Voguing.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I LOVE Spicy food!!

Why do you dance?

I love dance because I love the feeling of being free in my body

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

My first Pulse Christmas party, I was a brand new dancer and performed in a bunch of pieces and messed up on each one. But my Pulse family supported me and cheered me on.

Sabrina Naz

Sabrina “Naz” Comanescu is a dynamic emerging talent and an energetic supporter of the Calgary dance and Caribbean Community through her work as a dance instructor, performer and choreographer.  Sabrina is also the current major force behind The Diversity Performing Arts Club of Calgary and created Casa De Naz in 2012. Sabrina has performed in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Trinidad and Tobago, Finland and New York City with such companies as House of Dangerkat, The Bad Girls Club YYC and ILLFX Entertainment.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching dancehall because it helps me discover and share what I love about Caribbean culture and art.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

My day profession is a jazz dancer with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

Why do you dance?

I dance because it is the clearest and most genuine way of expressing myself.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Having PACKED dancehall dance class parties with a live a DJ! And the day I found milo tea in the staff cupboard!

Sabrina's accomplishments:

· Performed in Helsinki, Finland for Juste bout with house of Dangerkat
· Trains in New York City every summer
· Debuted House of Dangerkat's "Addicted" show in tribeca New York City
· Volunteered in Todos Santos, Mexico at the Palapa Society teaching dance in their after school programs
· Directs an art collective that promotes Caribbean culture and art through film and fashion called Casa De Naz

Sebastien Patterson

AKA Kid Nasty

Sebastien is the youngest teacher of the Pulse family, yet the biggest in spirit. He is also currently learning the element of DJing and musicality. Sebastien's dance career has taken him throughout North America and he is currently trying to learn all aspects of Hip Hop culture, including art, music and movement. Sebastien shares all his knowledge and skills with his students

why do you love teaching dance?

I love teaching is because love sharing my knowledge on what I'm passionate about.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I am one of the few people in the world without collarbones, it's an interesting thing to see!

Why do you dance?

Let's be honest - it's because girls love a guy who can dance!

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

My favourite memory at Pulse was getting my breaking name from acclaimed Bboy, Kid David. During one of the youth celebrity summer camps, while I was learning and performing with my dance inspirations for a week, Kid David dubbed me: Kid Nasty.

Sebastien's accomplishments:

· Winner of the Youth All Styles Battle in Montreal (with my crew)
· Competed in Freestyle sessions in Los Angeles
· Won multiple events and competitions around Calgary
· Created pieces in Beast Machine

Shaleen Ladha

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Reception

Shaleen is a graduate from the University of Calgary and SAIT and loves hip hop. She is a full time photographer and travels frequently for work. Her travels have taken her to East Africa, Japan, Azerbaijan, the Caribbean, the UK and all over the states. She’s also lived in the Bay Area and Toronto. 

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I figure skated for 10 years and retired after winning gold in nationals!

Siah Go

AKA Siahnara

Siah's journey dancing began in 2008 with breaking. As time went by, Siah dipped his toes in others styles of street dance, including: Locking, House and Hip Hop. A member of the Juicebox Crew, Wizards Crew and of course, the Pulse Studios Wrecking Crew, Siah enjoys spending his free time doing what he loves - dancing! Siah has travelled throughout North America, battling in various competitions with his crews. He brings vast experience to the Pulse Studios Team.

why do you love teaching dance?

Because dance is my passion and I want to share my passion with others. Dancing brings more purpose to my life, watching people experience the joy dancing brings to me. I enjoy watching the growth of my students and feel humbled knowing I was a part of that.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I learned how to windmill when I was 9 years old!

Why do you dance?

I dance because dance makes my life worth living.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Dressing up with all the kids during Halloween week.

Siah's accomplishments:

· Freestyle Session Canada (Toronto): Won with the Wizards
· Freestyle Session World Final (Los Angeles) : Made Top 32 in the 3v3
· SkillzOmeter (Montreal) : Top 16
· One Round Killer (St.Louis): Finalist
· Stampede Ghost Riders (2013-2014)
· Now Or Never 13th Anniversary (Vancouver): Win with Wizards/Hoodz
· 2nd Place in rankings for the UBL (Universal Breaking League)

Travis Nguyen

Native to Calgary, Travis Nguyen has devoted the last ten years to training, performing, and building his craft in various genres of urban dance including: House, Locking, Hip Hop, and choreography, to name a few. His hunger to try new experiences continues to push him to step outside of his comfort zone. 

Throughout his dance journey, Travis has travelled to Montreal, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Japan, and for the past three years has trained in numerous cities in South Korea, hoping to broaden his knowledge of the urban arts and further challenge his craft. Over the years, he has performed in festivals, parades and productions in and around Calgary, as well as in South Korea as part of Daegu City Lockers and the Step Dance Academy family. 

Travis’ eagerness to further his career in dance and continue as an active member of the community has driven him set new challenges for himself and Travis is ready to give back to his community in hopes of inspiring others who are passionate in dance and sharing his experiences and skills obtained throughout his journey.

why do you love teaching dance?

I love seeing an individual’s growth and development and to be a part of that journey is something that motivates me to continue growing myself. I’m always aiming to remain a student of dance and am very passionate in what I do. To have an opportunity to share the valuable lessons I have learned throughout my journey with dance and my travels around the world is truly a blessing I remain grateful for.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I enjoy regularly changing my surroundings and the environment that I’m in whether it be through travelling, taking new routes, or simply re-arranging furniture.

Why do you dance?

Dance has become a very important part of who I am today and the impact it has had on my life. My growth has resulted in my consistent desire to share that passion. Dance has become my voice and my form of expression, it continues to push me to further challenge my artistic creativity while travelling the world and connecting with other dancers that share the same passion. I also enjoy eating way too much and so dance is my way of staying healthy, fit and ready to eat more.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

Getting the opportunity to take a House workshop with Marjorie Smarth - one of the OGs of House dance - and afterwards heading out to Sunday Skool and sharing the floor with her! Unforgettable energy and inspiration!

Travis' accomplishments:

· Las Vegas Locking Camp 2016 Participant (Las Vegas, Nevada)
· Lockcity Seoul and Daegu 2014-2015 (South Korea)
· Daegu City Lockers 2013 – 2016 (Daegu, South Korea)
· Juste Debout South Korea 2012 (Seoul, South Korea)
· Bust a Move Festival Pre-selection 2012 (Montreal, Quebec)
· U of C Hip Hop and Funk Styles Executive Member 2010 – 2012 (Calgary, Alberta)
· Dance Montage 2007 – 2009, 2012 (Calgary, Alberta)

Zak Buenaventura

Reception

Zak is a member of the North East and JuiceBox Crew. A proud Canadian Filipino, Zak loves to break.

What is your favourite memory at pulse studios?

When Pulse first opened and Tara welcomed my crew and I with open arms.

Zak's accomplishments:

· The Royal Class 2016 (Mount Royal University)
· Floorwookies 10 Year Anniversary Jam