Jake “Bboy Boogie B” Riley
Breaking Instructor / Studio Owner / Class Director
Jake “Bboy Boogie B” Riley has been a devoted practitioner of the original style of Hip Hop Dance, “Breaking” for 15 years. During this time, Jake has traveled from coast to coast, learning from and has competing against some of the most influential Bboys and Bgirls from all around the world. Jake has won over 45 competitions and has traveled to cities that include: Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, San Diego, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Austin, Seattle, Sacramento, Boston, Atlanta and more.
In August of 2014, he along with a few partners opened the doors to Minnesota’s first and only studio dedicated to Hip Hop/Urban dance called, “House of Dance Twin Cities”.
In May of 2016, Jake also graduated from North Hennepin Community College with an Associates Degree in Business Administration, along with a certificate in Entrepreneurship to further his management skills at the studio.
House of Dance Twin Cities today is among the top 10 dance studios (based on recent ratings) in Minnesota with over 275 currently registered students. House of Dance Twin Cities is also the official dance studio partner of the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx and has a partnership with Red Bull Energy Drink.
Jake performance experiences include dancing alongside platinum selling recording artists such as: Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, Quad City DJs, Bell Biv Devoe and most recently had the incredible opportunity to perform alongside Justin Timberlake for the SuperBowl LII Pepsi halftime performance at the US Bank Stadium in February of 2018.
In June of 2018, Jake and his wife, Bao Lee founded there 501c3 non-profit called, “House of Dance Foundation” to further provide classes and programming to a greater outreach of people in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Bao Lee (Riley)
Studio Manager / Co-Owner
Kevin “Bboy Keej” Vang
Kevin “Bboy Keej” Vang is an artist athlete/performer with 10 years of practice as a professional Bboy/Breaker and 7 years of teaching dance.
As a teacher Kevin has taught a wide range of ages from 5 to 21+. Teaching from the age of 15 has assisted Kevin in proper lesson planning and with an ambiguous approach to cater to all levels. Kevin uses a physical strength building and foundational approach in his classes. He has taught in many programs and buildings such as; churches, Hmong Cultural Language Program at Concordia University, Center for Hmong Arts and Talents Non-Profit, Springboard for the Arts, private lessons, overseas with Street Stops and Mountain Tops, Washington Technology Magnet School, House of Dance Twin Cities and many more.
As a professional Bboy/Breaker he has competed and performed all over the country. Kevin has performed for local Hmong Hip Hop artists, the Cowles Center and many concerts. He is currently a performer for A-list Entertainment, the Minnesota Timberwolves and is a member in the Icy Styles Crew from Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Kevin believes all those who seek breaking have a right to learn and go at their own pace. Breaking to him is a form of communication, therapy, non-threatening form of fitness and an uplifting subculture within Hip Hop. He hopes to spread the culture of breaking to those who wish to learn through event coordinating, dialogue, teaching and community work.
Hip Hop/Urban Dance Instructor
Nancy Xiong is a Hmong American woman who was born and raised on the Northside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started dancing with her cousins, covering various K-pop covers for Hmong New Years. It wasn’t until her Freshman year in college when she started training heavily into Urban Choreography, Hip Hop and other various styles. From there she performed and choreographed for various student organizations and started competing with Minnesota Motion at World of Dance Chicago from 2012-2014. As of today, she is one of the Co-Founder and Co-Director for Elite Family. She has lead them to compete at the World of Dance Chicago, Masterpiece, Prelude Midwest and various competitions in the Twin Cities! Elite Family has won Best Theme at World of Dance Chicago 2018. Third place at Masterpiece 2019 and First, Third, Fourth and Crowd Favorite for Hot Indian Dance Off 2019. She is one of the co-captain for GentleBaes which was founded in 2018 and a member of an all women’s collective group called S.H.E [She who Holds Everything]. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new food places and spending quality time with her husband and baby girl Alicestasia.
David “Bboy Abide” Pellinen
Breaking Class Co-Director / Instructor
David “Abide” Pellinen, started dancing in 1998 after seeing Hip Hop dance crew, Battle Cats performed at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis. He has shared his unique expression of dance in urban communities worldwide, including locations Kampala, Tokyo, Nairobi, Amsterdam, Montego Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa, Orlando, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and throughout his homeland of Minnesota, especially the Twin Cities metro. Stage performances alongside KRS One, Naughty By Nature, Vanilla Ice, DJ Premier, Agape, Ryan Daniel, Xross, Tru Serva, Mello-D, Maria Isa, Guante, Big Cats!, Diamond D., DJ Los Boogie, Curio Dance, regularly at NBA and WNBA games in Minnesota 2009-2014, and Superbowl LII Halftime show with Justin Timberlake. Co-founded Dance Orchestra, New Heist Dance Crew, The Pack, and 612 Crew. Teaching artist, has directed Hip Hop youth programs and summer camps for youth enrichment in Minneapolis. Mentor with Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project. Married 10+ years, with two children, and continues to perform, judge, compete, teach, and build appreciation for Hip Hop culture and dance with a youth focus throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitan area in Minnesota.
Joseph “Godsent” James
Popping & Locking (Funkstyles) Instructor
Started dancing in 2003 doing Musical Theatre, Tap, and Jazz. Joseph later started doing Ballroom and Latin style dances before finding Hip Hop, where he started with Breakdancing and New Jack Swing, before moving into the Funkstyles scene around 2008. Today he dances all styles, with an emphasis on Locking.
Leroy has been a practitioner of Breaking ever since he was the age of twelve. In his beginning years, Leroy taught himself how to dance through studying and imitating YouTube videos. As he progressed, he eventually transitioned from YouTube to learning from some of the finest Breakers in the world. Today Leroy found his place in a crew called Optimistic Crew. Leroy continues to build upon his knowledge through constant training, traveling, and battling with his crew. He has battled in cities all over the U.S. such as San Diego, Orlando, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle, Nashville, and of course Minneapolis. Leroy also enjoys teaching and strongly believes in the power of the youth. Although still very young himself, Leroy has many years of experience and looks forward to sharing with the students at House of Dance Twin Cities!