MELISSA ALI-SANTOSA

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BIOGRAPHY

I first started dancing in high school by copying people on YouTube in my room. I attended UC Irvine, where I joined a few teams, including Konnect K-Pop Aspiring Performers, and accomplished my goal of auditioning for an urban dance team before graduating. When I moved back home, I took a variety of dance classes from contemporary to sassy hip-hop and eventually became a K-Pop instructor. I also spent a year training/competing as part of Chocolate Factory to become a better dancer.  

I became a K-Pop instructor because I love the community and culture so much. As an instructor, I aim to foster a setting where K-Pop fans who are new to dance can gain confidence expressing themselves. I want my students to have the same positive experiences I’ve had from being part of a team or class and, ultimately, just have fun dancing! I’m hopeful that with the growing popularity of K-Pop, the gap between beginner fans and urban dance closes, creating an even bigger and thriving community. I also aspire to grow myself as a dancer, taking concepts from the urban dance community and applying them to K-Pop dances, to improve the quality of my performances and cover dances.  


CLASS SCHEDULE

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP: K-POP
Sundays 1:00-3:00pm

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