Faculty

Romilynne Apruebo

Romilynne Apruebo

Seductive Styles | Adult

Romilynne Apruebo is a San Jose native who started dancing at the age of 10 with a group called, “Hungry Fam.” Currently, Romilynne trains and competes with local Hip Hop group, Syndicate and teaches at Purdance. She aspires to create a safe learning environment for her students to feel comfortable within her classes. She believes in providing a healthy challenge in her class to encourage her students to reach new limits. Romilynne teaches seductive styles at Purdance.

angel barrientos

angel barrientos

Classical & Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Angel Barrientos began dancing in high school at the age of 15. After high school, Angel was accepted as a dance major at San Jose State University where he was able to train in styles such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. He is currently working on getting his Associates degree at San Jose City College and has had the opportunity to perform a solo at the American College Dance Association Western Conference. Currently, he loves teaching Sassy Jazz and Commercial Choreography at Purdance.

Rubi Calderon

Rubi Calderon

Classical & Hip Hop | Children & Teens

Rubi Calderon began her training with ballroom before making the big switch over to Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Later on she expanded her dance education into various Modern techniques, Musical Theater and Pom. Rubi began teaching at 15 years old and quickly realized that is was something she wants to do for the rest of her life. She has gone on to manage competition teams, performance teams, and high school vocational education classes in both Gilroy and Hollister. Now Rubi has found a home for her love of teaching at Purdance, where she teaches Tap,Ballet,Tumbling, Jazz, and Hip Hop!

Kyleigh Carlson

Kyleigh Carlson

Classical | Children & Teens and Adult

Kyleigh Carlson is a California native who has trained extensively in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she completed her BFA in Dance and received awards and scholarships to further her training in San Francisco and New York. After her time at the University Kyleigh obtained work as a Professor of Dance at Humboldt State University where her work was adjudicated by the American College Dance Association. Kyleigh has had the opportunity to work as a professional dancer with comedian Hannibal Burress as well as with companies CORE contemporary dance, Trillium Dance, Printz Dance Project (SF), and sjDANCEco. Currently at Purdance, she enjoys teaching Ballet and Contemporary.
Anthony daste

Anthony daste

Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Anthony Daste is a Northern California native who currently attends San Jose State University as a Public Health major and a Dance minor. He started off as a street/freestyle dancer and has since trained in multiple styles. In 2016, he joined an urban choreography team called VIP San Jose where he started to compete at different competitions. He is currently on the Academy of Villains, the choreographer and co-founder of Commonality San Jose, and is the president of SJSU’s hip hop club. He has showcased and competed at various dance shows such as World of Dance Finals, Vibe dance competition, Evolution Urban Dance Competition, and had the opportunity to be cast in a dance movie called “No Dance, no life” with the Academy of Villains. He currently teaches street styles, intermediate breakdance, and intermediate Hip Hop at Prudence.

alex "prince ali" flores

alex "prince ali" flores

Popping | Children & Teens and Adult

Alex Flores aka “Prince Ali” is a trained street style performer, specializing in Popping. He trained under Spacewalker and Money B in the bay area prior to training in Southern California with Midnight, an original Los Angeles Popper. Prince Ali was inducted to Playboyz Inc, a dance group established in 1981 that preserved the South Bay Style of Dance known as “San Jose Strutting.” Prince Ali’s mission is to preserve the dance and its roots, but to also implement that into my character. Without foundation, there is no platform for us to become ourselves. Prince Ali teaches and specializes in original popping style, techniques, flavor, mentality, and attitude. Prince Ali currently teaches Popping I and II at Purdance.

dennis infante

dennis infante

Locking | Adult

Dennis Infante is a Dancer/DJ from the Bay Area, CA where he performs with groups such as GroovMekanex, and also The MuthaFunkers. He remains active in the dance community whether it’s performing on stage, participating in cyphers, judging/DJing battles, or supporting various events as a spectator. Dennis is also the co-founder of onecypher.com, a Bay Area based dance website. One of his biggest achievements in dance was winning the title as the 2011 R16 USA Locking Champion, where he went on to represent the USA in Korea at the R16 2011 World Finals. Dennis currently teaches Locking I (Beginners/Intro) at 7:30pm and Locking II (Freestyle Concepts) at 8:30pm on Monday evenings.

Diane lee

Diane lee

Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Diane Lee is a hip hop dancer with experience in Jazz, Modern, and Ballet. She has taken classes and received training from many different highly qualified and experienced instructors in the Bay Area as well as Southern California. She has taught K-pop choreography for the Korean American Student Association for two years at at Cupertino High School. She has been cast in Dance Academy USA’s Production Hip Hop Team, Commonality Team, and has been training with the Academy of Villains for two years and counting. She is currently a dance minor at San Jose State University. Diane enjoys teaching Hip Hop to both children and adults at Purdance!

kristian llanes

kristian llanes

Hip Hop | Children & Teens and Adult

Kristian Llanes was born and raised in San Jose, California. He has been dancing for almost 5 years since 2015. During that time, around June of 2015, Kristian joined the urban youth team Syndikidz. In 2016, was promoted to the adult team, Syndicate, and has been training and competing with them ever since! Currently Kristian teaches Hip Hop to children and adults at Purdance.

dillon nguyen

dillon nguyen

Hip Hop | Adult

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jason nguyen

jason nguyen

K-Pop | Children & Teens and Adult

Jason Nguyen is a California Native and has been training in dance for almost a decade. Jason is the director of the award-winning KPOP cover group, Seoullect, and placed 2nd at the Changwon K-POP World Competition. He directed performances for Koncept., Seoullect, and Deanza’s KDC (KPOP Dance Club). He has had the opportunity to make an appearance in a music video by ATEEZ, his favourite K-pop group. Jason is a balanced dancer who always seek to learn and to improve himself as well as his students. He is attending San Jose State University as a Digital Media Art major. Jason currently teaches Intermediate K-pop at Purdance.

meela nunez

meela nunez

Hip Hop | Elite and Adult

Meela Nunez is that assistant manager at Purdance. She is originally from San Diego, CA and just recently moved to the bay area. Meela started training professionally with companies, Kruciaal Element and <ThaMost. Currently, Meela is studying at San Jose State University to obtain a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Her mission as a Dance Educator is to help promote knowledge and basic fundamentals of hip hop dance. She hops to promote self-confidence and acceptance, prosperity, positivity, unity, and most of all fun in her Hip Hop Classes at Purdance!

jaylen pea

jaylen pea

Sassy Hip Hop | Adult

Jaylen Pea’s love of dance began in High School. He has trained with competitive Hip Hop dance companies such as Hungry Fam and Syndicate. He has been able to develop his own artistic voice and deep his passion for dance as he teaches classes and workshops in the bay area. When Jaylen is not dancing you can find him spending time with his family and friends, riding his bike and sleeping. Jaylen currently teaches Sassy Hip Hop at Purdance.

jessica reis

jessica reis

Classical | Children & Teen, Elite and Adult

Jessica Reis is a dancer, instructor and choreographer based here in the South Bay. Originally from the east coast, Jessica received her BFA in dance along with a teaching licensure at George Mason University where she had the pleasure of performing works by David Parsons, Doug Varone, Mark Morris and Ohad Naharin. After performing professionally in New York City for 2 years, she made the move out to California along with her husband and cat. Over the past 4 years, Jessica has had the pleasure of performing with numerous Bay Area dance companies including Kaneisee Collective, ArcTangent and Perspectives Dance Company. In addition to dance, Jessica is also a Pilates instructor which has greatly influenced not only her own dancing but how she teaches movement to others. You can find her at Purdance on Mondays and Wednesdays teaching everything from contemporary and ballet to technique and jazz.

Ledacia renfro-jones

Ledacia renfro-jones

K-Pop | Children & Teens and Adult

LeDacia Renfro-Jones is a self-taught dancer and a long-time Kpop fan. She is a soon-to-be graduate of Cogswell College where she currently majors in Digital Arts and Animation. With a deep love for drawing, writing, singing, and dancing, she hopes to pursue the performing arts even more in depth the future. LeDacia is excited to be teaching KPOP at Purdance!

audrey richter

audrey richter

Classical | Children & Teens and Elite

Audrey Richter is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer based in the Bay Area. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where she graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Department. Audrey holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Her performance credits include Collective Soles Dance Company, Onelight Dance Company, as well as several commercial and freelance works. She has held many teaching positions including adjunct faculty at Southeastern University and Florida Southern College. Audrey is thrilled to join the Purdance family for the 2019-2020 Season teaching Ballet and Leaps and Turns!

jeff simsiman

jeff simsiman

K-Pop | Children & Teen, Elite and Adult

Jeff Simsiman started his dancing career through a multicultural organization during his undergraduate years in New Jersey to supplement his passion for music and dancing urban hip-hop. Once he graduated, he joined I LOVE DANCE in New York (2011), became involved with  K-pop dance while also training in urban hip-hop and jazz funk. During this time, he took workshops from choreographers and trainers from Korea to study different styles such as waacking and house, as well as participate in recording K-pop dance videos with Harmonyc Movement. After moving to California in 2018, he has since explored the K-pop community here by taking classes and participating in multiple performance workshops. He currently teaches K-pop along with directing the K-pop Performance Team at Purdance.

BEN URQUIDEZ

BEN URQUIDEZ

Hip Hop | Adult

Benjamin Madeo Urquidez began dancing at the age of 8 years old in San Mateo and has found a passion for dance ever since he started doing musical theater. Being raised in Santa Clara, CA, he graduated from Wilcox High School in 2018 and is currently studying Communications at De Anza College. Ben embraces all students of all levels within his classes and highlights unity in diversity! He currently teaches urban-hip hop at multiple studios around the Bay Area and has performed on Syndicate dance team since 2016. Ben currently teaches Sassy Hip Hop at Purdance.

SHEILA USUI

SHEILA USUI

Classical | Children & Teen and Adult

Sheila is a multidisciplinary artist who began her dance career at nineteen with the Fercos Manimal Magic Las Vegas review. She was also a circus performer in the Amazing Ricardos’ “Motorcycle Death Globe” act. Later she signed with LVSB productions where she toured Japan as a dancer/singer in “Legends” and “Festival of the World”.Sheila settled in Japan in 1996 where she worked in Japanese commercials,Television shows,and Music Viideos. She received accolades for her work in Kyoe entertainment’s “Karen.” While continuing her work as a choreographer and dance educator, Sheila also made the transition to stunt performer where she trained and worked alongside some of Japan’s finest in the industry. Her favorite stunt being the high fall. Sheila is happy to be back in the studio passing on her knowledge to future generations while teaching Tap, Ballet, Tumbling and Jazz.