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RECAP | Performance Workshop Spring Showcase | 6/4/2022

Updated: Jun 14, 2022


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On behalf of Rae Studios, we want to thank all who came out to support our Second Performance Workshop Showcase. Let’s throw up some 👏👏👏 for our 40 performers who dedicated time and energy over the previous few weeks to prepare for this show. Everyone's energy and support echoed in the club and we are so blessed to have a wonderful community like ours.


We had 6 instructors lead a workshop series with a batch of eager students that culminated in this show. The night was full of surprises as we got to share the stage with veteran and first-time performers. We also had some guest artists join our community to share in the evening of giving and art. Huge shout out to the team at Origin Nightclub for opening up their doors for our event. Thank you again to the amazing cast and crew.


Be the first to learn about our next Performance Workshop by signing up on our Mindbody page here. Rehearsals are tentatively starting in October and will continue up to the show. The show is tentatively early December.


Check out some of these photos from the event taken by photographer Andy Blake IG: @andyblakephoto

Special Credits:


Event Staff: Andy Blake (Operations Manager), Kevin Wong (Studio Manager), Jessica Rae (Owner / CEO), Diamond Jarrell (Studio Host), Hannah Brattain (Studio Host), Ybarbo Cabrera (Studio Host), Alexis Green (Studio Host), Annie Sears (Studio Host)


Instructors and Guest Artists: Andrea Sendek, Kevin Saicheur, Natalie Sklovskaya, Grace Dong, Jessica Rae, Kevin Wong, Lydia Chon, Leo Guida (with Brazilian Hits Dance), and Danaite Gebremeskel (with Dynasty Dance Crew).


Host: Jeremy Jones


Thank you to the amazing performers who joined us during this workshop series.


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Spring Showcase Photos and Videos found here! Tag: @raestudiossf

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-PAST EVENT-



Rae Studios is ending this spring season with a showcase and we're inviting you to the show. See live works from our performance workshop series students and choreographers as well as special guest performances. This event is hosted by MC Jeremy Jones.


DATE: Saturday, June 4th, 2022 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm PT | Tickets starting at $25

Location: Origin Boutique Nightclub, 1538 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115


Click here to see our Spring Showcase Program 2022

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Tickets: Reserve on Eventbrite or on your Mindbody App.

 


About the event:


Spring Showcase featuring performances by our community. This season we held 4 different performance workshop series focusing on developing a piece to showcase the journey of their students. See the culminating works by Andrea Sendek, Grace Dong, Jessica Rae, Kevin Saicheur, and others. We've also invited some special guests of the community to perform in this showcase. This event will be hosted by a guest MC. Come dressed in cocktail attire and enjoy an evening dedicated to our community.


Tickets: Reserve on Eventbrite or on your Mindbody App.
 

Event Details:


Date / Time: Saturday, June 4th, 2022 | Doors open at 6:00 pm with reception; Show starts at 7:00pm (Estimated length of show 1.5 hours)

Location: Origin Boutique Nightclub, 1538 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Dresscode: Cocktail Attire


Ticket Options:

  • $25 Early Bird (available through May 4th)

  • $30 Prepay General Admission

  • $35 At the door Admission

  • For anyone struggling financially but still want to attend the event, please email us for Work-Exchange opportunities kevin@raeagency.com.

Registration is required for this event. Proof of vaccination is required.






 

Meet your host: Jeremy Jones



Jeremy Jones Lawson began his career as a dancer in Spring 2008 at the University of Memphis. Since then he has trained in different studios throughout the Memphis community.


He joined Bridging Souls Production Dance Company (BSP) fall of 2010 under the direction of Tamara Parish and quickly became the Rehearsal Director.


With a musical theatre background, Jeremy has performed in several productions ie: Regional Premier of “The Color Purple” By Alice Walker.


With the combination of dance, Jeremy has found time to also work with different community leaders and national non-profit organizations. Such as The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, as the Performing Arts Coordinator.


Jeremy moved to San Francisco in 2014 to pursue his career in dance and fitness. Since his move he has worked with several dance companies; including RAE Studios, Danse Lumiere Contemporary Ballet Co, Performing Arts Academy of Marin, and working as one of the Cardio Hip Hop instructors & Assistant Director of the Youth Dance Program at New Style MotherLode International Dance Co.


Lastly one of Lawson’s most proud accomplishments is being a dad to his two little girls Janie & Jordyn Lawson.

 

Learn more about the choreographers and their work:






Grace Dong


I Found

This workshop piece highlights strong, grounded movements and dynamic musicality. The dancers are focused on moving together as one team.


Choreography: Grace Dong in collaboration with the dancers.

Performers: Isabel Alves de Lima, Cera Arthur, Amanda Au-Yeung, Suzanne Earle, Emily Gallagher, Sandy Jiang, Julia Luo

Music: Amber Run


Born and raised in the Bay Area and now based in San Francisco, Grace has been training in ballet, contemporary, and jazz since childhood. She has worked with choreographers like Sonya Tayeh, Keri LaGrand, Jon Bond, and Brooke Pierotti. Grace went on to attend Stanford University, where she was the Director of Innovative Styles, Stanford's student-run contemporary company, and one of five Stanford Dollies in the 2017-2018 season. 
She currently teaches Beginner and Intermediate Contemporary at Rae Studios.



Kevin Wong


About Damn Time


Choreography: Kevin Wong

Performers: Kaushal Magodia, Ian McD, Sanchita Vijayvargiya, Milena Kondakova, Elaine Tran

Music: Lizzo


Kevin Wong, from San Francisco, California, is a Dance Major and Education minor graduate from the University of California, Riverside. He has been dancing for eighteen-years in Chinese Folk with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company. In high school, he was introduced to modern, ballet, jazz, and hip hop by Wendy Jones, founder of the Lowell Dance Company. During his college years, he directed Collective Faction Hip Hop Dance Team, performed in the Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble, and supported many of the UCR Dance productions. In addition to his performing body, Kevin has trained his dancing body in modern, ballet, hip hop, West African, Capoeira Angola, improvisation, and breaking. After graduating college, Kevin participated in SAFEhouse Winter 2019 RAW and year-long AIRSPACE residency programs, revitalized the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Teen Hip Hop classes, and performed with Project M, an all male hip hop dance team, STEAMROLLER, a contemporary dance group, and with his collaborating partner Mathew Wong. Currently, he is the Artistic Director of Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company, teaches with the HeART with LINES program, and leads weekly adult Choreography and Zumba classes.



Andrea Sendek


El Ghazala Ray2a

We’re doing a cute pop choreography to the 2022 Egyptian hit El Ghazala Ray2a. It’s the promotional song for the Egyptian movie “For Ziko” by Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and featuring child sensation Mohamed Osama. Everyones doing it and so are we!


Choreography: Andrea Sendek

Performers: Tré Henderson, Michele Flores, Jill Flores

Music: Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz


Andrea Sendek has been Belly Dancing since 1994 and made her debut as a choreographer in 2016. Andrea presents works that honor, and reinvigorate traditional belly dance. She has collaborated with noted musicians and artists throughout the Bay Area. Some of her highlights include The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Yerba Buena Nights, Cirque Arabesque, and numerous private events throughout the Bay Area.



Jessica Rae


Exceptional #popjamcrew

This piece is a combination of Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker", Chloe's "Treat Me" and BIA BIA "Can't Touch This. Feel free to sing, dance and most importantly, live your best life!


Choreography: Jessica Rae

Performers: Tegan Barry, William Chiu, Suzanne Earle, Jean-Philippe Gorrut, Lilliana Lin, Helen Wilson, Thara Zhuleta

Music: "Treat Me" by Chloe Bailey, "Can't Touch This by BIA BIA, "Heartbreaker (Remix)" by Mariah Carey



Jessica Rae is a Filipino business owner and educator around dance, fitness and entrepreneurship. She is the founder and CEO of Rae Model & Talent Agency LLC and Rae Studios, a brick and mortar dance studio and talent agency in downtown San Francisco, California. Jessica is a graduate from San Francisco State University with a BA in Speech and Communications.


Her career as a fitness and dance teacher started at an early age with Crunch gym and later furthered her education as a group fitness teacher with her AFAA, First Aid and CPR certification. Her emphasis includes cardio dance, CIZE Live, pound pro, barre, kickboxing and dance choreography. Her preferred dance styles are commercial work inspired by jazz funk, latin dance and hip hop culture. Jessica has been seen teaching weekly and popup classes for companies/brands like Gap/Athleta HQ, Bay Club, Studiomix, Crunch Gym, PAAM Arts Academy, Francisco Middle School, DaretoBare, William Sonoma, Airbnb, Facebook, Lorna Jane, Lucy, Marriott. In addition to her teaching background, Jessica has also been seen dancing for celebrity artists like Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Kid Rock, E-40 and Too Short.


Currently Jessica teaches weekly at Rae Studios and Equinox. Check out her weekly classes in: Barre, Cardio Dance, Kickboxing and Commercial Dance Styles.




Kevin Saicheur


That Good Love

This piece is to the side of Locking that many often overlook: The experimental Side, the social side, one that is relative to our time and not always stuck in the 70s & 80s. As Told by the Creator himself, “take my dance, and do what you will.”


Choreography: Kevin Saicheur in collaboration with the dancers.

Performers: Kevin Saicheur, Amanda Wang, Angel Sun, Jonathan Hsun, Kaushal Magodia, Nathaniel M. Abrea.


Kevin Saicheur started dancing back in 2007, with breakdancing in high school with friends and learning from YouTube. However, he decided to take dance more seriously after sneaking into sessions with the UC Davis Breakdance and Popping club in 2008. Since then he has learned various styles from popping, hip hop, locking, and house.. He has had many opportunities to train and dance alongside many amazing companies and individuals such as The PROJECT, Brandon “Knowbody” Greathouse, and Francis Tyrell. He truly values freestyle, it’s foundations, the culture and history behind them; and believes that everyone should learn from it.






Natalie Sklovskaya


Boy Bye

This heels piece is about not waiting around for those who do not value your time and energy.


Choreography: Natalie Sklovskaya in collaboration with the dancers

Performers: Allie Constance, Kaila O'Neill, Abigal Fortier

Music: "Mad Bitch" by Noah Davis


Natalie was born and raised in the Bay Area and started her dance journey at 4 years old at Genesis Ballroom Dance Studio. Since then she has trained in jazz and hip hop dance styles. She loves the community she has found here at Rae and looks forward to continue to help her students gain confidence (and better posture!) in and outside of the studio.




Lydia Chon


Red Light

This is a number about breaking through other people’s expectations and one’s journey on self-love and self-discovery.


Choreography: Lydia Chon

Music: Deborah’s Child


Lydia is a 26 year old New Orleans native who has lived in the Bay Area for over two years. She has danced for over 11 years and is trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop where she danced competitively on a dance team. She was also part of the All-Star Dance Team where she performed in international countries. With her love for K-Pop, she currently teaches Beginner/Intermediate K-Pop classes where she can teach you your favorite K-Pop choreo. Currently, she is represented by Rae Dance Agency.






Danaite Gebremeskel


Danaite Solo

An Afro dance presentation.


Choreograhy: Danaite Gebremeskel

Music: Omo Rapala by Niniola and Genging by Banku Music, Guilty Beats, Mr Eazi & Joey B


Danaite is a 25 years old dancer based off of the Bay Area. She moved from Ethiopia at the age of 15 and started pursuing dance right away. After gaining some basic leadership experiences, choreographing for many shows and performing across the globe she now resides in the Bay where she shares her knowledge of Afro Dance. After dealing with many struggles in life, Danaite still continues to push and reach for the stars.





Leo Guida


Party Everyday

This fun and chill pieces brings another side from Brazilian beats, without loosing the Brazilian original vibe. Sexy, unexpected and joyful. Say hi to Brazil!


Choreography: Leo Fonseca, Esteban DeLeon & Melanie Sparks

Performers: Leo Fonseca, Esteban DeLeon & Melanie Sparks

Music: Greg Queen


Brazil Hits Dance Class is a project started in 2019 focused on the Brazilian community at Bay Area, bringing the swag and the spicy from Brazil’s beats and moves.





Tickets: Reserve on Eventbrite or on your Mindbody App.
 

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