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 B-Boy Dance 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.
Hip Hop Class Director / Instructor
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.
Hip Hop Choreography Instructor
Zack Nguyen is a critique seeking artist who seeks information from everywhere. He travels to take classes, battles and learn from everyone who have knowledge about the dance art form. Through choreography and freestyle he strives to further his skills to shape his creativity on a whole new level. Zack has performed at multiple places like the Southern Theatre, Cowles Center, and World of Dance Chicago. He is currently dancing perfessionally with the 612 Crew at Target Center for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynxs. He is also a dancer with his crew KUDETA that have performed at multiple places and produced their own cultural show. Zack looks forward to see his students strive to better themselves through dance and teach them to elevate their style through foundation, freestyle, and choreography.
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!
Frankie Hebres is a dancer and choreographer, working as a professional dancer for the Minnesota Timberwolves, an adult hip hop squad called “612 Crew” and an assistant coach of the youth hip hop squad called the “PUPS”. His love for dance began with the shows like America’s Best Dance Crew and America’s Got Talent, and was inspired by dance crews like the Jabbawockeez. He is currently in a competitive dance crew called KUDETA, who has performed and represented at World of Dance Live at the Mall of America and Choreographers’ Evening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His main inspirations are the Jabbawockeez, Keone Madrid, Lyle Beniga, Ray Basa, Joëlle Fernandez, and Herbert Johnson. Frankie’s goals as a dancer is to be knowledgeable of hip hop fundamentals and all styles of dance and incorporate it to his choreography. He plans on continuing to produce/choreograph for dance productions. As well as auditioning for dance opportunities and dance gigs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, whether it be for music artists, dance shows, and choreography opportunities. He plans to give back to the dance community by supporting local artists, inspiring youth, and contributing to the overall growth of the community. Sometime in the far future he hopes to build a dance/theatre performance venue with Joëlle Fernandez that can serve performance artists of all shapes and sizes with a strong emphasis on growth, self-empowerment, and equality.
Rachel Christine Harris
Hip Hop Dance Instructor