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Kim Sato

Founder

Kim founded the SOULdiers Company in 2006 and is proud to see that it has grown into an established reputable street dance company in Vancouver’s dance community. She feels so lucky that she gets to share her love and passion for the hip hop and funk-styles culture with this audition-based, semi-professional dance company. The dream is to one day make it the official “school of hip hop”.


Jesse Kim

Popping Instructor

Jesse Kim has been dancing since 2005. Although Popping is his main style of dance, he has studied many other styles, such as break dancing, ballet, salsa, house, hip hop, locking etc. He has gone on to win the World of Dance Vancouver All-Style Category in 2011, and 2012. Traveling to different places around the world, he tries to stay a humble student and learn as much as he can from others who are brining both new and old things to the table.

Koffi

Hip Hop Instructor

Koffi “Le Kraken” is a dancer specialised in Hip hop, House and Dance Hall

Koffi has always lived in an environment where music and dance have played an integral part. He started with Togolese folk dance (African dancing) aged 4, later performing in many stage presentations in France and Europe until the age of 15.
His youth was immersed in African dancing which led to him becoming influenced in many ways, sculpting his passion for rhythm and feeling in dance. 10 years ago, he decided to go to New York to perfect his technique and knowledge of hip hop and house. From that point on, he practiced hip hop for a period of 5 years before starting House.

He trained and practiced in France and Europe before making the move to Vancouver 2 years ago. Ever since his arrival in Vancouver, he has taken an active role in the hip hop dance scene, by teaching at various renowned locations, involved both as a judge during dance battles and taking part himself.
His dance style is a mixture of all his experiences where rhythm, music, feeling and groove are ever present.”


Jeri Chien

Hip Hop Instructor

Jeri Chien, aka Hao2 from the Now Or Never Crew. Started spreading his love of street dance as a bboy in 2002. He then got hooked into the culture and rhythm of hip hop in 2008 and has taken home the title of champion 9 times in hip hop dance competitions for the past 5 years including 1st place in the hip hop division of “The Last One Stands 2011″as It is one of the biggest dance battles in Canada also the Vancouver Street Dance Fest 2013,With been the judge of many competition and several music video and TV appearances, Jeri was the choreographer for NON crew at “Battle Of The Year 2008″ in Germany, also part of the “2010 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony” as a main stage dancer. With the attitude of always being a student and the hunger of knowledge in life through hip hop, Jeri is always ready to share and inspire the youth of tomorrow with the real 4 elements of hip hop: Peace, Love, Unity and having Fun.

Yoshi

Yoshi Hisanaga

Hip Hop Instructor

Yoshi is a versatile and innovative Hiphop dancer/ bboy who values the integrity of Hip Hop culture and Hip Hop dance. Yoshi is a passionate teacher who believes in sharing his knowledge to whomever interested in the art form.
He focuses on hip-hop basics and fundamentals, the important hiphop steps, grooves and rhythm. His passion and dedication to the art can be seen performing or battling with his crews Over the Influence and Rhythm Recall. He is an award winning choreographer who specializes in a unique and abstract blend of hip-hop and break dancing. He also embraces the competitive element of hiphop. He represented Canada at the Hiphop International Championships in the summer of 2007 in L.A and 2008 in Vegas. He is also the recent winner of the World of Dance Vancouver Hiphop battle.

 

 

Victor Tran

Bboying Instructor

Victor Tran a.k.a. Savage Rock was born in Surrey, B.C. Canada in 1988. Savage grew up and still currently resides in his hometown.
Breathing dance, Victor is a teacher, performer and choreographer. His main style of dance is b-boying (break-dance) but loves and respects all aspects of dance and art culture.

Savage-Rock started breaking with a few close friends in high school including Bee Minus whom joined him in his goals with Now or Never.

Victor loves to perform- whether it’s an audience of one to 10, 000 to 3 billion. Performing anywhere from the streets to the GM Place or from wedding receptions to ski festivals; Victor does it all and always brings the freshest moves along with his team: N.O.N. Some of his credits include performing for the Governor General of Canada, Whister World Ski Festivals, the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala, and So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Making some national television attention and into the top 60 for SYTYCD Canada, Savage takes pride in his students. Following the traditions of ‘each one, teach one’, Victor loves to teach the art of B-Boying and free-styling. He currently teaches at Fresh Groove, A-Star and many community centres. Some of his workshop credits include Harbour Dance, M.A.W.O. Hip-Hop Festivals, Canada Dance: Hip Hop 360, local high schools and many more. While training and traveling to improve his skills and gain knowledge; he will always be a student and is expanding in all aspects of dance.