RIZE, HMA’s regionally-renowned Hip-Hop dance team, is committed to performing excellence, and in exposing young dancers to the importance of teamwork, camaraderie, and personal growth. In partnership with international music and entertainment company, HoriPro Entertainment Group, RIZE rehearsals focus both on vital technique and dance/audition etiquette. Team members will not only train to move, but will be trained to succeed in the demanding world of professional dance.
RIZE members (Lisa, Kana, Karen, Misa & Rai) enjoy many public performances, competitions, and appearances at other HMA events! Awarded 4 awards “Best Junior Hip Hop Dance Division” “Judges Award” “Overall Top Score” “1st place Overal Hip Hop Junior”, they have become the Champions of the Pomona Thunderstruck Production Regional Competition 2012. On June 3rd 2012, RIZE were named Champions of Thunderstruck Dance Productions International Finals held at Green Valley Resort Las Vegas.
Darrell “Rhythm” Whitaker, a Los Angeles born choreographer/dancer, has played and integral role in the entertainment industry and community since the tender age of 11. Rhythm’s focus is to share his experience of dance and movement with new and established music artist and productions. Rhythm has shared the stage with the likes of Will Smith, Jessica Simpson, Backstreet Boys, and many more. Rhythm’s ambitions are to raise disciplined dancers and the respect of Hip Hop in dance.
Maya’s love of hip hop dance and choreography has enabled her to reach the esteemed position as one of the famed “Harajuku Girls” and toured extensively with musical artist Gwen Stefani and others. She has trained under such noteworthy choreographers as Wade Robson and Fatima, and trained at Debbie Allen studios, and Broadway Dance Center in New York among others. Maya has also worked as a choreographer for popular artist BOA, and also toured with Japan’s biggest rock band B’z as a dancer.
Dance Team Rize is always open for booking shows,events,festival, & competition opportunities.
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