MEET OUR ARTISTS
SALSA & BACHATA
Crystal Duran was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is an Instructor, Choreographer, and Dancer from diverse dance styles such as Salsa, Bachata, Hip-hop, Ballroom and many more. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Dance at California State University of Northridge. She has had the opportunity to work on various shows such as Telemundo, Funny or Die, The Revolution Evolution Show, Kinesis, J.U.I.C.E., Los Angeles Bachata Festival, Albuquerque and Seattle's Salsa Congress. She recently choreographed for Shemar Moore on the Bounce Back. Crystal is owner of CrystalArts Dance Academy where she aspires everyone to not only master creative movement, but to dance for a purpose and with each person's highest level of excellence!
Lorenzo “Zagga Zo” Hanna is now internationally known, but was first introduced to dance at a young age at social gatherings with his family. While growing up in South Florida, Lorenzo embraced his Caribbean roots while performing and competing inside of dancehall clubs and parties for many years.
After winning several dancehall competitions and dancing next to some of the best dancehall dancers from Jamaica and South Florida, Lorenzo decided to take his love for dance to the next level by moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue his dreams. Lorenzo is currently part-owner of an internationally known Afro-Caribbean company and dance style calledDancehall Funk.
Credits: American Airlines, America’s Got Talent, Reebok, Redbull, Shaggy, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kevin Lyttle, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Bruno Mars, and many more.
lily j. Molina was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in south Florida where she discovered her passion as a dancer, performer, and choreographer. she moved to los Angeles, California to pursue her career as an artist. she had the privilege to dance for variety of artists such as Enrique Iglesias & pit bull, JAson Derulo, Justin Timberlake, logic, Jordan sparks, lil mama, lmfao and many more. She has also been featured as a dancer in Apple, target, Samsung and boss audio commercials. Lily j was alos the creative director for Telemundo network. This has allowed her to work with many Latin artist. Being versatile she's been able to hit the urban genre choreographing for el debarge's summer tour, and a contemporary feel with such artist as Dan + Shay. She's had the privilege of choreographing a commercial for PlayStation, The walking dead. Lily J is currently represented by mta dance agency in los Angeles, ca. she is a versatile freestyle dancer performer & choreographer/creative director that aims to inspire other through her passion for creative movement.
Originally from Germany, Mr. Tibor Fober began his dance training in a youth center in his hometown where his sister was teaching. He continued his studies in different dance studios in Germany and at international dance camps. After several achievements in national and international competitions his unique desire and passion for dance and art led him to the decision to continue pursuing his dance career in Los Angeles. He received his Dance-teaching and Choreographic-studies certificate from Glendale College in 2014 and absolved 2015 his Ballroom Teaching Certification. He’s been seen in several music videos for Stars like Enrique Iglesias, Pharrell Williams, Meghan Trainor and Foxes, just to name a few. He has also been successfully taking part in Latin-Dance Competitions and different Street- Dance Battles all around the globe. Always looking for new challenges Mr. Fober enjoys expressing and sharing his passion with others through the art of movement.
Darius Frye, aka Dario B Freeze, has been dancing since the age of 8 and has been apart of the competition community for 13 years. His first style was popping. Since then he has become proficient in locking, Krump and hip-hop choreography. He began choreographing and teaching at age 14 for his family’s dance company “Small Frye Dance academy”. Once he moved to Los Angeles in 2008, he trained under B-Boy Machine on his company “Westbound”, a freestyle based company for hire. He competed with USA Champions, “Academy of Swag” and well as “Theorist” before beginning his own crew, “The Origin”. The Origin has grown into a larger company with 5 award winning competition teams called “OrigiNation”. This includes the current title of USA Bronze Medalist of 2018.
3rd Place Winner 2017 Argentine Tango Championship USA "Milonga Category"
Jose Espinoza has been extensively trained in the traditional school of Argentine Tango. He carries with him the strong philosophy to make the dance about your dance partner and making the lady shine on the dance floor. As such, his teaching focuses heavily on the basics of connection and is one of the most well structured curriculums for tango. His teaching gives you a very strong fundamental skill set that allows you to build up with any master teacher. He is also known to be one of the fastest teachers to get a novice dancer to start learning in the dance class and getting them to comfortably dance at the milonga dance parties. If you want to learn about the classic tango culture, dance it in the traditional style, obtain the most solid fundamental techniques to dance, and hit that dance floor as soon as you can, look no further!
AUTHENTIC PERSIAN DANCE
Nazanin Badiei was born and raised in Iran, started learning Classical Persian dance at the tender age of seven. She continued learning various Persian and Folklore dances, such as the Azari, Bojnordi, Kordi and Ghasem Abadi. Later on fascinated by Western Classical music, she began learning original Classical Ballet at her thirteen. She gradually grew in popularity after becoming a member of a renowned group of Persian dancers. During the 1990's, she had over 20 performances in the most famous hall in Iran. In her mid twenties, she came up with the idea of fusing classical ballet with Persian dance. As a result, she started choreographing her own pieces and performing them in many occasions. After she moved to Los Angeles, she decided to further her formal education of Dance Choreography; therefore she began studying at Santa Monica College. She has been a professional Persian dance teacher for over ten years. She has been teaching both traditional and social Persian dancing to all age groups. Being a professional dancer as well as a teacher has been an incredibly rewarding experience for her. "I share my passion with every one of my dancers; I show them not only how to move, but how to connect with the music and the culture. I am able to have fun with all of my students and teach them accordingly to how they learn best. I teach to not only share my passion of dance and culture with others, but to motivate and inspire them in and out of the dance studio.", she says. Along the way, she’s gathered some of the most talented and passionate people with strong backgrounds in dance to form the Baran, an exclusive, professional dance group. This group mainly performs with well-known Persian musicians in their concerts.