Instructors


Jake “Bboy Boogie B” Riley
B-Boy Dance 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


 Jay “MalvinX” Vue
Adult Breakdancing Instructor

(Born Malvinx Jay Vue) Malvin-X a practitioner of Breakin’ (Breakdancing) is best known for his topstyles/toprock and musically inclined approach to dance. Believing that the basis of urban dance lies within one’s own community. Malvin-X has judged, participated, and supported the Minnesota dance community for over ten years. By taking his endeavors outside of Minnesota, it has given him opportunities to learn/meet mentors from different parts of the world. Starting his teaching career at House of Dance Twin Cities four years ago, he now strives to give his students a wealth of knowledge beyond the studio floor. Advocating events, workshops, and shows curated by others within the dance community.

 

 

 

 

 



Nancy Xiong

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.

 


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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 Panyathip
Breaking Instructor

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!

 

 

 


Mia Johnson
Hip Hop/Urban Dance Instructor
Mia Johnson began dancing as a youth dancer in “Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop” and later became a member of that professional company. She began formal dance training in Horton (modern technique), Ballet, West African, and Modern/Contemporary choreography at TU Dance Center. She also attended Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, studying Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Breaking and more. Mia’s other performance experience includes: being a member of all-female hip hop collective “S.H.E.- She Who Holds Everything”, SuperbowlLIVE 2018 dance performances, and performances with other local Hip Hop crews, artists and small collaborations. She trains as “Girl Kaution” in Krump under Herb Johnson III aka J Dot Eyez, and she has participated in various battles, workshops, sessions and performances around the country to deepen her training in Krump. Mia has also traveled to several workshops and intensives in Hip Hop/Urban Dance choreography and technique. Some of her teaching experience includes various local workshops, and teaching Hip Hop & creating Hip Hop choreography for the TU Dance Teen Summer Intensive. She also has experience working with children at Science Museum of Minnesota summer camps. She is currently receiving a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota, and hopes to use this degree to garner the same funding and respect for Urban and Street Dance forms in Minnesota as she has seen given to the concert dance community. She hopes to continue honing her passion for creating dance that makes a statement and continue teaching to empower others through dance.

Ashley YangTao
Hip Hop/Urban Dance Instructor
Ashley YangTao began her training at the age of four where she competitively competed in ballet, pointe, tap, hip hop, musical theater and many other styles. She continued her training at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a charter high school where she had the opportunity to dance with many local twin cities artists. Besides traveling, battling and being a part of productions; Ashley is involved with the Minnesota Timberwolves 612 Crew, Gentlebaes as well as an all female SAGE Award winning collective S.H.E. (She who Holds Everything). Ashley is also the founder and creator of Be Your Best Workshops where she brings new styles that aren’t often taught in MN. Outside of dance Ashley is an alumni of The University of Minnesota, enjoys traveling, baking and photography. She is also a Product and Special Project Manager at the Star Tribune.
12 Responses
    1. Hello Sarah,

      We were not present at the Little Mekong event. However, we do know some of the organizers and are affiliated with some of the groups or dancers who participated. It looked fun and hope to be at the next one!

      Sincerely,

      – Jake Riley

    1. houseofdancetc

      Hello Tony,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. We do not teach electronic dance styles, however we do teach elements of House dance. I do not know of another studio that does focus on a dance styles like tectonics.

      Thanks again and please let us know if you have any questions.

    1. houseofdancetc

      Thank you for your inquiry. 612 Crew is an adult Hip Hop group. We are not sure when the tryouts next year will be as of yet.

  1. Deandre Dwyer

    Hello my name is Deandre.
    I am 29 years old. I’m also inspired by the Jabbawockeez, also Tight eyez and Chris Brown.
    I’ve been dancing hip hop since the age of 8.
    I haven’t had much luck or the right opportunities to make dance a career choice.
    I would classify my style as a freestyler. I krump, pop, and wave.
    I need more choreography classes but I don’t have much money.
    I’m just wondering, what would be the best way to get my foot through the door on a fixed budget. My goal is to be recognized for my art.
    I’m also interested in teaching how does one become an instructor?

    1. houseofdancetc

      Thank you for reaching out to us Deandre. We would recommend our adult Hip Hop dance class that is set to start on Wednesday, September 5th. This is a 10 week course that meets each week from 7:10pm-8:40pm. The focus of this class is to both learn new movements, review movements you may already know and learn choreography.

      We can set up a payment plan for you to help you get started. What we can do is take care of the first 1/2 of the payment now and the other 1/2 in September when the class starts. I have included a link to our adult Hip Hop dance class below with more details:
      https://houseofdancetwincities.com/product/adult-hip-hop-fall18/

      To proceed, please email us at: houseofdancetc@gmail.com. Thank you for reaching out to us and we hope to hear from you soon!

      – House of Dance Twin Cities Online Support

  2. Sara M

    Hi,
    If I were just starting out to be a hip hop dancer as an 18 year old, which class would you recommend I take?
    Sara

    1. houseofdancetc

      Good afternoon Sara,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! I would recommend registering for one of our adult Hip Hop classes this summer! We offer one on Tuesday nights from 7:10pm-8:40pm and another on Wednesday nights from 7:10pm-8:40pm.

      I have included a link below to view both options for more information and to register to secure your spot:
      https://houseofdancetwincities.com/product-category/classes/adult-hip-hop-ages-13/

      Sincerely,

      – Jake Riley
      Studio Owner / Class Director
      House of Dance Twin Cities LLC

      http://www.houseofdancetwincities.com

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