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RECAP | BOOMBOX SUNDAY @ Equinox Sports Club

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

We're happy to announce that the final edits are in and the Boombox recap is live! Thank you to our videographer Tessa for capturing the event and completing these edits. All edited videos can be found here. Please be sure to tag: @raestudiossf, @team_eqx and @thevision.ofher in any posts on Instagram.


What an amazing event! On behalf of Rae Studios we want to give a huge thank you to everyone who came out for our Boombox Sunday event at Equinox Sports Club. This month's event clocked in a total number of 120 students throughout the entire day! With this being our first Boombox event since 2021 and our first partnered event with Equinox, we are so grateful for such a fantastic turn out. Our students came with such great energy and each class was filled with some much joy and community. We are so grateful for your continuous support for our community, classes and instructors and look forward to bringing you many more events like this in the future.


We would also like to give huge shoutout and a special THANK YOU to our local partners for helping us make this event unbelievably amazing and for giving our dance community such a wonderful experience:


PARTNER CREDITS:

Check out some photos from Sunday's event below. More videos and content shot by Tessa (@thevision.ofher) to come. Keep checking here for updates.


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Ticket Reservations: Eventbrite or purchase on the Mindbody App 
 

Event Details:


Featured Instructors:


Date: Sunday, September 17th, 2023

Time: 12:30pm - 5:30pm Class Schedule:

  • DRENCHED [All Levels] with Jessica & Anna | 12:30pm - 1:25pm

  • BollyX [All Levels] with Shruthi | 1:30pm - 2:25pm

  • K-Pop [All Levels] with Phoebe | 2:30pm - 3:25pm

  • Hip Hop [Beginner] with Lexi | 3:30pm - 4:25pm

  • Hip Hop [Int/Adv] with JJ | 4:30pm - 5:25pm

Ticket Options:

  • $25 Single Class (Early Bird)

  • $70 Full Day Pass (Early Bird)

  • $30 Single Class (General Admission)

  • $60 Full Day Pass (General Admission)

Ticket Reservations: Eventbrite or purchase on the Mindbody App 


 
Featured Sponsors

On behalf of Rae Studios we want to give a huge thank you to our sponsors for Sunday's event! We appreciate your support to our community and students and look forward to having you a part of this weekend's event. Read more about our event sponsors below and check them out on Instagram and their respective websites.



Little Words Project | @littlewordsproject

After years of bullying, the founder and CEO, Adriana Carrig started making bracelets in college for herself and her sorority sisters. The wearable affirmations reminded them of their worth, and got them through the tough times together. Ten years and millions of bracelets later, the Little Words Project® community is living proof that kindness is a superpower.


Avid Sports Medicine | @avidsportsmedicine


Avid Sports Medicine is a multidisciplinary practice in the heart of the Bay Area that offers the latest in medical care to prevent, evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate injuries. In addition to injury treatment, we focus on preventative care and wellness to create a holistic approach to health. We offer both traditional and alternative medicine solutions, including sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy and lifestyle coaching, chiropractic, and massage. This network empowers patients to recover with customized treatment options, education and partnership.


Eclipse | @eclispefoods


Eclipse Foods, based in the East Bay, is churning plants into ridiculously creamy, non-dairy ice cream that scoops and tastes just like the real thing, using less water, less land, and emitting less greenhouse gas. Join us in our mission to create a more sustainable, healthy, and humane food system.



More Than Movement | @mtm_thepod

Rae Studios’ More Than Movement is a professional development program dedicated to helping instructors and staff grow as artists and individuals. Through curated resources, educational workshops, guest speakers, and special events, More Than Movement is committed to building an inclusive movement environment for the Rae Studios community. We focus on the following topics to achieve this goal: being responsible and respectful guests of Black dance forms (e.g., Hip-Hop, Jazz), educating our students on the history and culture of dance forms from around the world, addressing implicit and explicit biases (e.g., sizeism/fatphobia), and many more!

 

Previous Boombox Events
Boombox Weekend, Summer 2021. Held at Bay Club SF, See more on our youtube page here.
Boombox Sunday, Fall 2017. Held at the W Hotel SF, See more on our youtube page here.

 
Previous Event at Equinox | Spotlight with Brandi Chun
Spotlight: Hip Hop with Brandi Chun. View past event recap here.

 

Meet the Team of Amazing Instructors:



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Jessica Rae

DRENCHED! (All Levels)

12:30Pm-1:25pm


Jessica Rae is a Filipino business owner and educator around movement and entrepreneurship. She is the founder and CEO of Rae Model & Talent Agency LLC and Rae Studios, located in downtown San Francisco, California. Jessica graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Speech and Communications and a lifetime advocate of dance and the arts.

She is an energetic certified Group Fitness and Dance Instructor with a strong background in Cardio Dance, Kickboxing, MMA, and dance choreography. She promotes healthy minds and bodies through music and movement while building a strong community motivating people to move outside their comfort zone. Her certifications include: GF, AFAA, CPA and First Aid, Pound Pro, Cize Live, Barre Certified and has been seen coaching for Gap HQ, Athleta, Lorna Jane, Fitbit, William-Sonoma, Airbnb, Eventbrite, Salesforce, Facebook, Marriott, San Francisco Middle School, Dare to Bare amongst other established corporations.

Jessica currently teaches weekly classes at Equinox and Rae Studios.


Anna Bolender

DRENCHED! (All Levels)

12:30pm - 1:25pm


Anna (she/her) was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany and has lived in San Francisco since 2016. Dance and movement have always been an important part of Anna's life. She started training and competing in Rhythmic Gymnastics when she was seven years old and has won various competitions, including the German Championship, during her 13-year journey in this sport.


In 2012, Anna started training in other dance styles, including hip hop, pop, contemporary, ballet, and jazz. She was also part of the cheerleading team at her university in Germany and performed at different local events as well as the Euromasters, a European cheerleading competition.


After moving to San Francisco in 2016, Anna continued to train in different dance styles in San Francisco and LA and joined RAE Agency as a dancer and model. She was a backup dancer for Bebe Rexa as part of Salesforce in the San Francisco pride parade and performed at various corporate events and holiday parties for companies such as Google, Oracle, Samsung, Apple, and the Golden State Warriors. Given her Rhythmic Gymnastics background, Anna’s specialty as a talent continues to be ribbon dancing and dancing with other props, such as the ball, hoop, clubs, and rope.


Anna also joined RAE Studios as a student in 2016 where she discovered her passion for cardio dance — a class format that brings together both dance and fitness. She has been teaching DRENCHED, a fun and sweaty all-levels cardio dance class, at RAE Studios since 2020. Dance continues to be Anna’s biggest passion and she is excited to share that with others in her class and in classes she takes as a student.


You can follow Anna on Instagram @annaalexbee.


DRENCHED! (All Levels)

DRENCHED! is a signature Rae Studios cardio dance-based class created by Jessica Rae featuring pre-choreographed dance combos. Music genres include Hip Hop, Latin Dance, Dancehall, Afro Dance, Reggaeton, and Pop. In this class, prepare to bring a towel and bottled water. Class will continuously move with three levels of movement. Levels 1-2 are easy to follow with Level 3 designed to move vigorously while pushing choreography retention. We suggest taking this class for at least 3-5 weeks to get in the swing of learning combos. Class is great for all levels. Modified movements available and instructed by the teacher for every class.n


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Shruthi Reddy

BollyX (All Levels)

1:30pm - 2:25pm


Shruthi Reddy started dancing since the age of 3 and has been an athlete almost all her life. Dance workouts bring both her worlds of dance and fitness together. Shruthi is a Bollywood dancer, wedding choreographer, entertainer, and certified BollyX and cardio fitness instructor. She teaches at corporate facilities, Bayclubs, and hosts team building events. She teaches BollyX, a Bollywood inspired dance workout, at Rae Studios. Dance is a way she let’s her soul speak with the community around her.

“I am not sure if the happier I am, the more I dance, or the more I dance, the happier I am. Either way I will be dancing.”


BollyX (All Levels)

A Bollywood cardio dance fitness class inspired and driven by the heart-pumping, energetic rhythms of Bollywood. The class embodies dynamic choreography and easy-to-follow dance aerobics. Learn the origins and vocabulary of traditional Bollywood dance steps in this all-level class. Suggested footwear: Sneakers.


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Ki To

K-Pop (All Levels)

2:30pm - 3:25pm


“Come as you are.”

At the age of 18, Bay Area native Ki To (He/Him/They), moved to LA with only two suitcases and a dream. Ki To knew he wanted to be a part of the industry when Ki To was co-leader of the Jazz/Hip-hop dance program and joined clubs like Choreo and KPOP. In Los Angeles, he trained at studios such as Playground LA, EDGE, and was briefly a dance assistant/intern at Ruts Studios (Formerly known as Urban LA.) After building a portfolio in both dance and modeling, Ki To now works full-time as a dancer, dance instructor, and model with his main agency. (RAE) He currently teaches KPOP (Intermediate, both ORIGINALS and covers.) This class focuses on kpop dance and lip syncing/facials. He also teaches Jazz Funk (Int/Adv.) which focuses on movement quality, confidence, and power/stamina. Ki To's goal is to host a safe space to teach people how to crush the stage, and give them the tools to dance with an aura.

Ki To has danced for the “King of Viet-Pop” Aka Son Tung in a MV, Hilton, Genentech, WAYMO and modeled for brands such as BENEFIT Cosmetics, EM Cosmetics, Google etc.


Phoebe Wan

K-Pop (All Levels)

2:30pm - 3:25pm


Phoebe (she/her) is a San Francisco native that started her passion for dance when she first took ballet classes at the age of seven. Along with ballet, she continued her training with jazz and hip hop at various dance studios such as Geary Dance Center and Shan Yee Poon. While attending high school, she was a member of the GWHS Dance Company where she choreographed for their annual dance concert and helped lead practices. She also began listening to Kpop and found it as inspiration for her to learn the dances and make dance covers. In addition, she joined SF Funkanometry’s youth team Funksters and danced with the Strong Pulse Dance Crew at City College of San Francisco as well. In 2017, Phoebe began teaching at Studio 505 for three years and taught K-Pop choreography to all ages and even hip-hop to kids. She hopes to gain more skills and experiences and eventually open her own dance studio in the future. When Phoebe isn’t dancing, you can find her baking at home for her friends and family or at her full-time job as an Office and Experience Coordinator in downtown San Francisco. Along with Rae Studios, you can also find her teaching at VRV3 Studios. Check out @phoeebeez to see updates on what she’ll be teaching and @phoeebeezdance on Instagram for her K-Pop dance covers.


K-Pop (All Levels)

K-pop, short for Korean popular music, is a form of popular music originating in South Korea as part of South Korean culture. ​​It includes styles and genres from around the world, such as pop, hip hop, R&B, experimental, rock, jazz, gospel, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, disco, and classical on top of its traditional Korean music roots. Originally known as 'Gayo' in Korea, modern K-pop "idol" culture began in the 1990s. Our KPOP instructors will either highlight other KPOP choreographers reteaching combos from various music videos or create their own choreographed influences from various styles of dance. Students should expect to learn fun combos and increase their performance quality.


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Lexi Nutkiewicz

K-Pop (All Levels)

3:30pm - 4:25pm


Lexi (she/her) is a New Jersey-born, California-raised dancer and choreographer with over 10 years of teaching and professional dance experience. Lexi’s passion for Hip-Hop began when she took her first Popping class at 7 years old. While she was heavily involved in soccer throughout childhood, she stopped playing at age 15 to focus on dance, choreographing for her dance team, attending master workshops in Los Angeles (Movement Lifestyle and Millenium Dance Complex), and teaching part-time youth and adult classes. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied Psychology and Dance and became heavily involved with the university’s street dance crew, VeRVE Collisionz. As captain of VeRVE, she helped organize the largest street dance competition in Colorado, acted as the creative director and choreographer, and kept up the team morale. After graduating in 2018, she moved to the Bay Area and joined Str8jacket Dance Company and currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator. With Str8jacket, she’s performed at several community events (Seoul Train, UNNIE, Presidio Picnic, San Mateo County Fair, Concert for Change), dance competitions (World of Dance, Prelude, VeRVE Collisionz), and events (BET Experience, ASAP Natin ‘To Bay Area, Adobe for All Conference, SF International Hip-Hop Dance Fest). She currently trains in Hip-Hop, House, Whacking/Waacking, Locking, and Popping.


She began teaching virtual Hip-Hop classes at Rae Studios during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In 2021, she co-founded Rae Studios’ professional development program called More Than Movement, which that aims to provide opportunities for Rae Studios’ instructors and staff to grow their teaching skills, social advocacy, and knowledge of dance history and culture through community building, education, and anti-racism work. She is also represented by Rae Agency and is the co-instructor of Grokker’s Dance Jam program, the platform’s first dance program.


Lexi is grateful for all of the training and performance opportunities, and looks forward to continuing her professional career in dance. Her goal as a teacher is to educate her students about Hip-Hop history and culture and create an inclusive and positive environment for her students to grow as dancers.


You can check out Lexi’s work on her Instagram (@lexinut7) and on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@heyitslexxayy).

Hip Hop (Beginner)

In this class, you will learn the rhythms and movements of Hip-Hop, the five elements of Hip-Hop, grooves, fundamentals, history, musicality, and terminology in its relation to the Hip-Hop dance culture. A beginner-friendly Hip-Hop dance combo and education around Hip-Hop. This course is a prerequisite requirement for many of our intermediate/advanced classes. Prepare to take this class for at least 6-8 weeks before advancing to the next class.

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JJ Ghera

Hip Hop (Int/Adv)

4:30pm - 5:25pm


JJ Ghera is a non-binary native Bay Area dancer/performer and choreographer. They have trained all over the world from Los Angeles to New York to London, most notably at places such as Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Millennium Dance Complex, Studio 68, Pineapple Dance Studio, and most recently The Yanis Marshall Heels Intensive and Broadway Dance Center’s Training Program. Their training consists of various dance styles such as Hip-Hop, Jazz, Street Jazz, Contemporary, and Heels. JJ’s professional dance career has led him to work with Little Mix, Rebecca Ferguson, Aaron Carter, Xavier Toscano, Adobe, Google and many more. You can also find JJ performing in Drag at local venues in the Bay Area as Evvy Dense.

Hip Hop (Int)

This began forming as a culture and art movement in the Bronx of New York City in 1970. Hip hop dance is a range of street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or sub-generes of hip-hop music that has evolved as part of the hip hop culture with various elements of dance styles. In this class, you will dive more in-depth into fundamentals and improving you movement quality, followed by a longer choreographed combo centered around musicality and movement quality.


Ticket Reservations: Eventbrite or purchase on the Mindbody App 
 
Work Exchange /Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Work Exchange Details:

Available Positions: 2

Hours Needed: Sunday, September 17th | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Exchange Rate: Complimentary ticket for event and 3-Class Package


Interested in partnering or sponsorship for this event? For ways to get involved and support this event email diamond@raeagency.com for more information.


 

Event Details:

Spotlight Artists: Anna Bolender | Jessica Rae | JJ Ghera | Ki To | Lexi Nutkiewicz | Phoebe Wan | Shruthi Reddy


Location: Equinox on Market | 747 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Class Schedule:

  • DRENCHED [All Levels] with Jessica & Anna | 12:30pm - 1:25pm

  • BollyX [All Levels] with Shruthi | 1:30pm - 2:25pm

  • K-Pop [All Levels] with Phoebe | 2:30pm - 3:25pm

  • Hip Hop [Beginner] with Lexi | 3:30pm - 4:25pm

  • Hip Hop [Int/Adv] with JJ | 4:30pm - 5:25pm


Ticket Options:

  • $30 Single Class

  • $79 Full Day Pass

Registration is required for this event.




Ticket Reservations: Eventbrite or purchase on the Mindbody App 

Our mission is to merge the ideologies of popular dance culture by bridging fitness gym and traditional dance studio mentality into a place that welcome all levels of dance & fitness in a healthy progressive environment. Our goal is to provide San Francisco dance seekers with community, growth and participation through artistic outlets of music + movement. Our culture is simple; create a space for dance and community to thrive, water the roots of our passion, fuel our dreams by action, and inspire others to do the same.



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