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Founder/Artistic Director

Amy "Catfox" Campion 

Founder/Artistic Director
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Amy “Catfox” Campion is a dance artist and the founder and artistic director of Antics.
Her vision is to unify diverse audiences through the transformational experience of hip-hop dance theater performances. Campion’ s work crosses artistic and cultural boundaries: transplanting hip-hop dance from street to stage, mashing-up street dance vocabularies, and telling stories through a multimedia intersection of dance, theater, film, poetry, graffiti art, and music. Through a collaborative creative process, Campion crafts street dance movements into moving visual metaphors that showcase the virtuosity and expressive capacity of hip-hop art forms. 

Campion’ s dance experience encompasses many forms but her passion is for bgirling (breakdancing), hip-hop, and Capoeira, all of which she has practiced since 1999.  She first discovered choreography as an undergraduate at the University of Washington while studying ballet and modern dance. After graduating, she performed contemporary dance with La Nouvelle Dansa in Argentina while simultaneously learning tango and salsa. 

In 1999-2002, Campion was a founding member of Daniel Cruz’ s Cruz Control Dance Company in Seattle, WA. At the same time, she was learning Capoeira with Mestre Curisco in Capoeira Malês and training breaking with Barnyard Cannibals. 

In 2006, Campion received an MFA in Choreography from UCLA’ s Department of World Arts and Cultures where she focused on incorporating storytelling and refining her compositional approach to street dance choreography for the stage. 

From 2006-2009, Campion was a founding member of Jacob “Kujo” Lyon’ s Lux Aeterna Dance Company, winning the Horton Award for best performance by a company and traveling to India to shoot an underwater dance commercial.

In 2007, Campion produced, directed and co-choreographed Breaking the Cypher, the first hip-hop dance performance at the Ford Theaters in Hollywood. 

In 2008, she subsequently founded the J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival at the Ford Theatres

In 2009, Campion traveled to Cuba to guest perform with Contra-Tiempo

In 2011, Campion performed with Rennie Harris Puremovement in “Heaven”.  

In 2011, Campion directed and produced Pursuit, a short dance film created for Dances Made To Order that was featured at the Dance on Camera Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York and several other festivals.  

In 2012, Campion was awarded a fellowship at the Sacatar Institute in Bahia Brazil where she produced and directed a dance film called Street Dance Orixás that went on to screen at several festivals nationally and internationally. Campion’ s work extends into the commercial entertainment realm where she has choreographed for and appeared in music videos, films, corporate events, and television shows.  

In Los Angeles, Campion trains and performs with Capoeira Batuque under Mestre Amen Santo.  She studied locking with Thomas Guzman-Sanchez of Chain Reaction, house dance with Rennie Harris, and counts Jacob “Kujo” Lyons, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, and her crew, Barnyard Cannibals, as her Breaking mentors. 

Campion has received awards from LA County Arts Commission, Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission, American Dance Abroad, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation, the Hilton Foundation, and the Flourish Foundation, and participated in the Emerging Leaders Institute at APAP, in the LA Dance Advance initiative, and in Pentacle’ s Help Desk and the DRC’ s Back Office. She has taught dance and arts activism at Loyola Marymount University, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, El Camino College, Cerritos College, the Boys and Girls Club, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, and many others. Campion's work has been presented internationally in Brazil at VIVADANÇA in Salvador, Bahia and Encontro de Dança in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte and nationally at the Philadelphia International Festival of Arts, the San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest, the B-Girl Be Festival at Inner City Arts in Minneapolis, the Esalen International Arts Festival in Big Sur, CA, and many others.  Her work has been featured all over Los Angeles County at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood, Loyola Marymount University, REDCAT, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, the Skirball, the Madrid Theater, the Los Angeles Theater Center, El Camino College, Cerritos College, UCLA, USC, and the Bootleg Theater as well as on Ovation TV, Strife TV, BuzzFeed, PBS, KCET, and LA36.

Campion is an effective and thoughtful storyteller.”

-Steven Woodruff, Danceplug.com

Company

Bliss 

Rehearsal Director

Bliss is a self-trained hip-hop freestyler and choreographer. 
He's been rocking the hip-hop world for almost a decade; while he builds a path to creative director, playing an integral part at the world famous BLOC talent agency.He has worked nationally and internationally, and is best known for popping, breakdancing and the urban arts. 

Bliss has worked (on and off stage) with major artists such as Gloria Estefan, Flo-Rida, Sean Kingston, Wiz Khalifa, E-40 and Too Short, and Lil Wayne to name a few. He toured with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters as a choreographer/dancer as well as the mascot for the LA Sparks. 

Bliss' work has been seen in national campaigns for Pepsi, Toyota and Google. In film, he weaved complex dance sequences in the cult indie film "DYSFUNKTION" (produced by Emmy winning producers) releasing nationwide in summer 2016. Bliss is charismatic and commands the stage with his presence. Each experience is never taken for granted as he continues to embrace his gift and share it with others.

Emeroy Bernardo

Performer

Emeroy likes to entertain and connect with the crowd through various dance styles such as locking, breaking, or krump. He has been dancing since the age of 8 and teaching since 2004. He has danced with international organizations like Culture Shock and Hit The Floor Productions, performed for the Los Angeles Rose Parade and international artist Jonalyn Viray, competed internationally at Hip Hop International and is a two time City of Alhambra B-boy Champion.

He's the co-founder of Family Bizness, which has won several championships along the West Coast.  He's also had the honor of working with companies such as Culture Shock LA, Mix'd Elements, and Hit The Floor Productions. He is currently teaching at Boogiezone Utopia and teaches dance online to over 2000+ enrolled students.

His passion for teaching dance has also led him to create 2 online dance courses where he has about 4,000 enrolled students.

Donnie "BBoy Crumbs" Counts

Performer
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Crumbs was born in Las Vegas but lived in Panama until age ten. In 1989 Panama became a war zone so his mother relocated the family to Modesto, CA. In 1994, Crumbs was a founding member of Style Elements Crew. Crumbs has always had a complex approach to the art of Bboying. 

He’ s best known for his creative flow, intricate thread combinations and unique blow-ups. He also contributed to a now popular style called stacking. Crumbs has accumulated over 100 1st place titles in some of the biggest national and international competitions. Notable mentions include Freestyle Session 5 times, RadioTron 3 times, UK Championships 2 times, and Battle Of The Year with Crumbs also taking Best Dancer honors at that event. He is a recipient of the prestigious Spy Award and has been awarded Most Creative Bboy and Best Crew at The Hip Hop Dance Awards.

Liezel Marie De Guzman

Performer

Liezel Marie aka Laydee Liz, Los Angeles girl started dancing since she was three years old in the styles of ballet, tap, and jazz. 

She began to study Urban Street Dance in college. She co-founded and created a hip-hop dance crew COSMIC, burlesque femme crew Project La'Vaude & captain of the ZULU Maniacs. She choreographed for dance competitions and conventions such as World of Dance, Urban Street Jam, Hip Hop Internationals, and Maxt Out. 

She has a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology, teaches dance at Cal State Northridge, and was a Raw Artist Hollywood Of the Year nominee. She worked with artists such as Latin Grammy Award Winner Chocoquibtown, American Idol singer Chris GoLightly, performs hip-hop at Universal Studios Hollywood. Liz is sponsored by clothing line Hip Hop Mindset. 

Her goal is to teach and inspire dancers and artists all over the world to become professional dancers & artists by sharing her love of dance, choreography & artistry.

Ebonee Arielle Le’Triece

Performer

Ebonee Arielle Le'Triece ("Flip") is from Cleveland, Ohio and got her start as a competitive gymnast and figure skater.  She won numerous awards and scholarships for dance, choreography and coaching, including the American Dance Festival scholarship where she trained and performed at Duke University. Ebonee studied dance at Loyola Marymount University but put her studies on hold, as her dance career flourished and she went on tour with Nicki Minaj as a speciality / soloist.  Ebonee's professional credits include: Keke Palmer, Billboard Music Awards, Neyo, Britney Spears Femme Fatale Tour,  Disneyland, Las Vegas Contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Season 9, America's Got Talent Season 10, and America's Best Dance Crew Season 8.  In 2015, Ebonee's crew, the Show Off Dolls, was featured on America’s Got Talent.  Ebonee was also featured on the return of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew performing with the first and only all female crew to win the show, We Are Heroes.  Ebonee currently travels the world internationally performing with various companies and crews as a professional dancer and acrobat. In LA, she is busy directing / coaching her dance program and company of 5 crews and teams - SODC.

John “Magick” Liggins (Poet)

Performer

John Liggins, also known as "Magick," Is basically Mugen incarnate (Samurai Champloo). He has no technique, no training, no awards, nothing. Seriously. That said, he's good. Je ne sais quoi. He's proud, fearless, and recklessly vulnerable. His words, his movements, everything, is poetry. He does not perform steps (he doesn't know any) He does not act (what is that?) he doesn't really DO anything, but that said, if you, like him, live in a brutal world filled with pain and suffering and you're looking for something, anything, that means something, La Verdad; There is no one more honest, more willing to serve than Black Magick The Savage of The Shinsengumi Clan. He moves like a ninja, he dances, teaches yoga (RYT-200 certified), he yells, flirts, will tell you random but thoughtful trivia, he can eat an apple in one bite, cook a lovely mushroom carbonara. Oh, and he drops bars.  

Michael “Menace” Rebong

Performer

Michael “Menace” Rebong is a Los Angeles based art administrator and movement artist. Michael does development and marketing work for Culver City based, Invertigo Dance Theatre. He is very passionate about the arts and would love nothing more than to continue to work towards helping the arts thrive and flourish. He has practiced, competed, performed, and taught various types of movement including martial arts, yoga, multiple styles of dance, aerial arts, contortion, rock climbing, and skateboarding. Aside, from Antics, Michael is a proud member of the Shinsengumi Clan and Ruckus dance collectives.

Cyrian Reed

Performer

Cyrian is a graduate of California State University in Long Beach, California where she received her Bachelor- of-Arts Degree. She studied ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and tap for over twelve years. Cyrian has won numerous awards in her dance career. Cyrian has worked with artist such as Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley, Ceelo, Mitchel Musso, Cheryl Lynn, Lil Gavin, 3RDegree, Jaydagrace and Brutha. She was in Acura, Best Buy, and Hããgen Dazs and Nike commercials.

Stephen Velazquez

Performer

Originally from Central California, Stephen trained as a B-Boy in the crew Soul Control.  He performed WuTang, Immortal Technique, and Mers as well as at the Reggae on the River Festival in Humboldt. He appeared in a music video for People Under the Stairs’ “One Up ‘ Till Sun Up”. He has taught breaking classes in Humboldt, Fresno, LA, and Visalia. In addition to performing with Antics, Stephen also performs with the Cal State Long Beach Salsa Team.  Stephen is also a graffiti artist and a mural artist and has painted murals for local businesses, churches, and individuals.

Staff

Michael Rebong

Managing Director

Michael "Mennace" Rebong is a Los Angeles based dancer, movement artist, and up-and-coming arts administrator. For the past 11 years, Mike has practiced, competed, performed, and taught martial arts, yoga, bbboying, aerial arts, contortion, rock climbing, and skateboarding. Mike graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Psychology and studied account planning at Miami Ad School. Mike joined Antics in 2016.

Emeroy Bernardo

Social Media Director

Emeroy is the founder of the digital agency, Vision Paradox, a company dedicated to helping dancers and creatives build their online brand and presence.

He began his work in social media after leaving the animation industry in pursuit of being a health coach. He knew that in order to build a successful business he had to market himself. This began his extensive self-training in learning about marketing online. He took online courses such as School of Greatness Academy, VideoTrafficAcademy, FBInfluence, Instagram Domination, and much, much more. This led him to build a successful client base around Los Angeles.

Emeroy successfully helped Antics sell $1500 in ticket sales and a sold out show in Philadelphia. Within 2 months of becoming social media director, he grew Antic's Instagram following from 300 to 1200 followers. He continues to build Antics' online presence while helping a number of other clients in the creative space.

Board of Directors

Stephen Morris

CPA / CCIM / Antics Board President

Throughout his career, Mr. Morris has served in various accounting and finance roles in the real estate and technology sectors. He began his career at Ernst & Young, LLP in the real estate audit practice and later served with Watt Commercial Properties as a senior analyst, where he was responsible for the underwriting of new development opportunities including a Target anchored shopping center in Lathrop, CA as well as many condominium developments in Los Angeles and San Diego. Mr. Morris went on to serve as Director of Accounting for Evite.com and Gifts.com (both subsidiaries of IAC, a publicly traded technology company) and Chief Financial Officer of Brantrock Advisors, Inc., a Santa Monica, CA based private equity firm with significant real estate holdings in Las Vegas. In 2013, he founded Morris Financial Advisors, Inc. to serve a wide array of small to mid-size business as well as individuals in the Greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Morris is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and is a licensed real estate salesperson as well as a member of the CCIM Institute. He holds a Bachelor’ s degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University where he graduated with honors.  He is an active board member of many non-profit dance companies and advises several video game development studios. MorrisAdvisor.com

Paul Antico

Dance Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor

Paul Antico is a professional visual artist working with both Still & Moving Pictures.  One of his passions is all things dance.  He has created short dance themed films and has been active in the Los Angeles dance community since 1998, in addition to other arts and informational oriented commercial work.  See more at creativeantics.com and dancephotographer.com.

Valerie Hwang  

Cultural Exchange Specialist / Dancer / Arts Educator / Event Producer  

Valerie Hwang is a cultural exchange specialist, dancer, arts educator, and event producer. Her mission is to connect the world through dance and to foster bridges of mutual understanding between human beings from different cultures and societies. Valerie has connected with dancers in various communities all over the world. She is a New York native and holds a Master’ s degree in International Education from NYU.  In 2015 she built and conducted a three-way cultural exchange trip for dancers from China and the USA to train and experience dance culture in Tokyo, Japan and went on an arts envoy project to Guayaquil, Ecuador with her team One World Hip Hop (www.OneWorldHipHop.com) In Los Angeles, she is an active member of the underground and freestyle dance communities, and produced the Shuffle Dance Challenge Los Angeles (www.shufflechallenge.com), and taught for the organization UniverSOUL Hip Hop as an elementary arts educator.  

Katayoun Moini

PA Program Director at Charles R. Drew University

Professor Moini is the founding Program Director for the new Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University (CDU). She joined CDU in September 2014 and spearheaded bringing the new Physician Assistant Program to CDU. The program was successfully granted Accreditation Provisional status in April 2016. She is certified through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed as a Physician Assistant by the State of California. Her experience includes appointments as Educational Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University, as Assistant Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Medical Sciences, and has extensive service as a Physician Assistant in a number of clinical settings, with an area of specialty in blood and marrow transplantation. Prof. Moini holds a Master of Health Science Physician Assistant degree, Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). Prof. Moini was a member of the U.S. Inline Hockey Team and competed at several World Inline Hockey tournaments.  She also has a nationally registered therapy dog named Luci that is an ambassador for her breed.  Luci, an American Staffordshire terrier, specializes in working with children with learning disabilities and makes a fantastic skating companion along the boardwalk in Hermosa Beach!  

Marcela Olivar  

CEO Powerhouse Bombshells, Inc.

The CEO of Powerhouse Bombshells Inc. Marcela Barnica-Olivar has 25 years entertainment industry experience. Powerhouse Bombshells and new division, Powerhouse Music Records are focused on providing excellence in services including marketing, worldwide promotion on all social media, artist management, artist representation, choreography, artist consultations, bookings, and product development. Marcela sets herself apart through building loyalty and genuine relationships through work ethics. She is trusted and highly recommended by within the industry. Catch her on Legends of Freestyle, introducing the Powerhouse Bombshells radio show on www.LegendsOfFreestyle.com

Collaborators

Matt Sheridan

Visual Artist

Los Angeles-based Matt Sheridan combines the mediums of abstract painting and video with the aim of relocating, redefining and rematerializing spirituality in the age of the algorithm.  His abstract “painting-in-motion” animations and paintings address contemporary power relations between handmade physical reality and the digital click + drag mentality by creating worlds of constructivist expressionism where defined marks are orchestrated into optical, organic and mechanical movements. Sheridan earned his BFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  A recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, he exhibits globally across five continents. In 2016 Sheridan exhibited in solo shows in NYC and Brisbane Australia, and participated in group shows in Los Angeles and Miami, all cities in which his work is in private collections.  www.msheridanstudio.com

Mark Gonzales

Poet, Activist

Mark Gonzales is a professional creative & social problem solver who shapes language to remind us of what is most important in life.  Drawing from years of global research in human development & design thinking, his work sits as the forefront of story-based approaches to healing trauma.  His clientele spans fourteen countries & includes Stanford University, TED(x), the United Nations, the World Islamic Economic Forum, & the Qatar Foundation.  His formalized training consists of a Master’ s degree in Education with a focus on curriculum design, which he’ s used to train teachers across the globe in processes of inclusion, classroom engagement, & cultural humility.  Notable accomplishments as a creative include: one of the only living poets to trend worldwide on twitter, the first poet of the Hip Hop generation to perform in Syria, and an invited speaker at the first TED talks held in the Middle East.  He is currently preparing the online launch of the Institute for Narrative Growth, to ensure any human with access to the computer is able to heal, grow, & thrive.  Virtual introductions to his work are best found via twitter: @WageBeauty or www.WageBeauty.com

Gilyon Brace-Wessel   

BBoy, Graffiti Artist

Originally from Seattle Washington, Gil Brace has been Bboying and doing graffiti art since High School. He has had the honor of performing his craft as well as painting in Brazil, France, Japan, and many places across the US. Gil is part of Barnyard Cannibals crew and Red Eye Jedi Crew. He danced for the LA Clippers and toured and performed with the Marvel Comics live stage production.  Gil has won numerous battles and has been featured in Battle of the Year 3D. Gil designed and painted custom graffiti jean jackets, painted the graffiti mural “URok”, and did the tagging/handwriting for the ghostwriting videos that are a part of Antics’ Illuminated Manuscript.