Born in Miami, Florida, Brandon Bryant started his dance career at the age of seven. His youth was spent attending performing arts schools where his passion for dance began to develop. Brandon was also a dancer for the "The Hip Hop Kidz", a local hip hop dance group devoted to helping kids stay active and off of the streets. This group was fortunate enough to perform at the Macy's Day Parade. Later on, Brandon was a dancer/choreographer for his high school dance team, who took first place at nationals.
Kupono Aweau - Instructor
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Kupono has always walked to the beat of his own drum. His carefree attitude and effervescent personality are what caught the eye of Marcelo Pacleb, Artistic Director of 24-VII Danceforce Studio. After joining 24-VII at 16 years old, Kupono learned to modify his approach to dance and develop his own style. The level of commitment expected at 24-VII enabled Kupono to consider dance as more than a profession, and to establish himself as a motivated and passionate artist. An early highlight for Kupono was when he reached the Semi-Finals on the acclaimed TV Show, Star Search. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools, he became dance captain for NCL’s Pride of America Cruise Ship. This allowed him to do extensive traveling throughout Germany and Central America. In 2006, Kupono moved to Tokyo, Japan where he performed with a special events cast for Tokyo Disney Sea’s 5th Anniversary. He then continued his travels to parts of Europe and developed an appreciation for the inseparability of dance and life.
Ashley Galvan - Instructor
This 2008 Redwood High School graduate started dancing at 3 and quickly learned jazz, ballet and tap. Through a wide range of dance classes, she realized that lyrical and modern were her favorites. Among Galvan’s many awards, the one she cherishes most is the 2007 Cover Girl Award for Spotlight Dance Cup Comp.
Comfort Ogheneruro Fedoke was born in Fort Worth, Texas and was raised in Lagos, Nigeria until she returned to the United States at age 8. She lived in Plymouth, Minnesota for three years before settling in Carrollton, Texas.
Fedoke, a former track and field athlete, began dancing after an injury forced her out of the competitive sports scene. She learned hip hop dancing from watching videos and then began to session with her brothers to further hone her craft. Her father enrolled her in Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts midway into her sophomore year, where she received training in tap, ballet, and jazz. She only had two and a half years of training before making it on the show So You Think You Can Dance. She auditioned with two of her brothers and eventual winner Joshua Allen.
She was featured in Lee Jung Hyun's music video for "Crazy", which was released in Korea in May 2009 and was choreographed by Brian Friedman, and later seen in T-Pain's video "Freeze" and in Ludacris's "What Them Girls Like".
In 2009 she performed uncredited as a reform school girl in the "Bootylicious" number in the "Hairography" episode of the television show Glee. She was cast in Season 7 of SYTYCD as an All-Star. Comfort is set to appear in "Honey 2" and the remake of "Footloose," both of which are due to be released in 2011.
Katee Shean was voted America’s top female dancer on season four of Fox’s TV series “So You Think You Can Dance” and completed a nationwide tour with the show. She began her training at the age of four with Atlas School of Dance in San Jose and Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area. She has danced in various stage, television, and film projects such as Step Up 3D, Leading Ladies, Glee, 82nd Academy Awards, 61st Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Ellen, Jenifer Lopez stage performances, Bonnie Hunt Show, Disney’s Hannah Montana promo video and music video, Nikelodeon’s “Jump Around” series, and Paris by Night. She has also been the spokesmodel for Capezio and Discount Dance supply, and has just released her own line of make-up with Cliché Cosmetics.
Katee is dedicated to sharing not only the art of dance but the joy in performing and following yours dreams. She is pursuing a double major in child development and dance at Chapman University along with pursuing her own dance goals. She understands the meaning of hard work and dedication to a craft and enjoys teaching and performing. Katee takes pride in being able to relate to the students and paying attention to what each dancer needs individually in order to get the most out of every class. She has taught master classes throughout the U.S. and Canada and is enthusiastic about being able to help young dancers as a positive female role-model.
Melissa Sandvig was born and raised in Orange County California. She began her ballet training at Long Beach Ballet at the age of 5 and began dancing professionally at age 15. Melissa was also a young actress and starred in commercials and afterschool specials, but soon chose to put that on the backburner to fully commit to her future as a ballerina. While still in high school, she won 2nd place in the prestigious Music Center Spotlight Awards and toured internationally with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet to Taiwan and China. After graduating she was recruited to join The Milwaukee Ballet where she danced soloist roles with them for 6 seasons. Melisssa then returned home to Los Angeles to become a freelance artist and a certified Pilates instructor. Her interest in Pilates came after suffering a fracture in her lower back which caused her to retrain her body and posture to protect her back from future injuries. She enjoys teaching younger dancers how not only to be healthy but to work their bodies correctly to prevent injuries.
Melissa continues to perform with companies such as Helios Dance Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Los Angeles Contemporary Ballet, Luminario Ballet, Motion Tribe, Body Traffic, Strange and Elegant Dancers, String Theory, The Los Angeles Opera, and many more. She is most well know for her performance on Season 5 of "So You Think You Can Dance" as the "Naughty Ballerina". Melissa was the first classically trained ballerina and the oldest contestant at age 29. She broke stereotypes about age and ballet and made it all the way to the top 6. Now she continues to perform, teach master classes, and is pursuing a career in acting. She has already been a guest dancer on the hit show "Glee", and continues to perform her piece about breast cancer "This Woman's Work" for fundraisers and events everywhere. She has also performed in motion capture work for many of the Shrek movie dance scenes. Melissa married Erik Sandvig in '05, a childhood friend that she grew up with at her local church. Erik has been such a blessing and so supportive and is known by many as the "sign guy" in the audience of "So You Think You Can Dance".