|The Emperor||Tyrone Isaac-Stuart|
|Wang Tang||Tommy Franzen or Jeffrey Felicisimo|
|Choo Fang||Frank Wilson|
|Soo Lin||Michèle ‘Paleta’ Rhyner|
|Lao Chen||Jumar ‘Jumanji’ Aben|
|Ying Pi||Kayla Lomas-Kirton|
|Tuggy||Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade|
|Flinch||Kofi ‘Klik’ Mingo|
|Michelle||Vicky ‘Skytilz’ Mantey|
|The Raj||Tyrone Isaac-Stuart|
|The Ajarye||Kayla Lomas-Kirton|
|The Osei Brothers||Lindon Barr & Hakim Saber|
|The Ghost||Tommy Franzen or Jeffrey Felicisimo, Jumar ‘Jumanji’ Aben & Hakim Saber|
|Master Chue||Tyrone Isaac-Stuart|
|Soo Lin’s Minions||Members of the company|
|Swings||Minica Beason & Tobias Jackman|
Tommy Franzen performs Wang Tang until 29th October
Jeffrey Felicisimo performs Wang Tang from 1st November
Voice performers Kurtis Agyekum, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, Amy Butterworth, Genesco Dela Cruz, Russell Evans, Brendon Isaac, Theo Oloyade, Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, Andrea Sasu, Stefan Sinclair
Tyrone Isaac-Stuart – The Emperor / The Raj / Master Chue
Tyrone dances for Boy Blue Entertainment and plays Alto Saxophone for Parshmaune. A Student of life, Ty hopes to explore the intersections of music, dance & culture. Tyrone started dancing for Goldrush while at Norlington School For Boys, under the instruction of Brendan ‘Syxx’ Isaac. In early 2011, while enjoying a meal with long term friends Brendan Isaac & Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade, Tyrone was persuaded to audition for the Boy Blue Entertainment adult company. He was again successful and it resulted in Tyrone performing nationally and internationally at numerous venues and festivals, featuring in music videos, theatres and on national television and teaching dance to young people all over the world. This is Tyrone’s 5th theatrical piece.
Tommy Franzen – Wang Tang / The Ghost
Tommy started his dance training in Sweden, where he is originally from. Tommy began working professionally at the age of 14 in the musical Joseph. He stayed in Sweden until the age of 19 going from musical to musical before winning a scholarship for a 3-year performing arts diploma course at the Urdang Academy in London. He is probably mostly recognised as the runner-up of BBC 1’s So You Think You Can Dance 2010. Since then Tommy has also moved into choreography. Some of his choreography credits are Some Like It Hip Hop (ZooNation), Blaze and Cher Lloyd’s music video and the live performances of her UK charts number 1 hit single Swagger Jagger. This year Tommy won an award for Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance (male) by the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for his efforts in ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop and The Rodin Project with Russell Maliphant Company. He was nominated for the same award in 2010 for Goldberg with Tamara Rojo at the Royal Opera House and Blaze at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre. Other nominations include the Laurence Olivier Award 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2013 for The Times Breakthrough Award. Tommy was last seen Flash Mob at Peacock Theatre. Follow him on Twitter @tommyfranzen www.tommyfranzen.com
Jeffrey Felicisimo – Wang Tang / The Ghost
Jeffrey has been performing professionally for over 14 years. He is co-founder of Animaineax Crew (A-Team). He has performed onstage at the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells and appeared in productions including Pied Piper (Boy Blue Entertainment) and Into the Hoods (ZooNation) and worked with various music artists including Little Mix, Rita Ora,N Dubz and Cheryl Cole. Commercial credits include the MOBO Awards, MTV Awards and Britain’s Got Talent. Follow him on Twitter @jeppreyofficial
Frank Wilson – Choo Fang
An amateur boxer in his teens to mid-20s, Frank swapped his gloves for ballet shoes and trained as a dancer at Lewisham College. He has worked in commercial dance for over 18 years with artists including Wyclef Jean and Madonna. He has worked with hip-hop dance pioneers including Mark Walsh aka Mo-ideas, C-more-moves and Justin (RIP), and in hip-hop theatre with Jonzi D. In 2001 Frank joined Robert Hylton’s Company, performing in Urban Classicism. He is a sought-after workshop leader and choreographer, with credits including Too Hard to Breathe and Clown-a-dread. He has also appeared in Into the Hoods (ZooNation), Pied Piper (Boy Blue Entertainment) and Mischief (Theatre Rites).
Michèle ‘Paleta’ Rhyner – Soo Lin
Paleta is part of the urban contemporary dance company TeKi TeKua, based in Switzerland. She has performed alongside artists including Afrika Bambaataa, Digital Underground, Coolio and Naughty by Nature. Her interest in different dance styles has made her a multifaceted dancer, and her own fusion of movement and unique style has been recognised with an invitation to the Juste Debout Worldwide Street Dance Festival in 2013 and 2014, winning the Experimental UK round in 2014 and competing for the Worldwide prize in Paris. www.paletacalmquality.com
Jumar ‘Jumanji’ Aben – Lao Chen / The Ghost
Born in Spain, raised in the Philippines, and now based in London, Jumar started dancing at the age of 17. He trained through the Laban CAT scheme for three years, studying contemporary dance and ballet under Lee Smikle, who invited him to perform with Shoreditch Youth Dance. There he collaborated with choreographers including James Wilton, John Ross and Khamalane Halsackda, performing in Live Vibe, at Richmix and the Malmo Festival. Jumar has performed with companies including A-team Juniors, Collective Ent, B-hybrid Dance and D-youngaz at Live Vibe, Blueprint, World of Dance London and Serious about Streetdance. Follow him on Twitter @jumarjumanji
Kayla Lomas-Kirton – Ying Pi / The Ajarye
A Californian native turned Londoner, Kayla trained at Bodyworks in Cambridge and then at London Studio Centre graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Theatre Dance including a range of styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, singing and drama. Kayla’s credits include Dance Captain for Some Like It Hip-Hop, Into the Hoods [ZooNation], Thriller Live, Blaze, Got to Dance (Boadicea), Diversity’s UK tour, T4 On the Beach, Rita Ora, Mohombi World Tour, the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and as a model/ dancer for Mini/BMW. Not only a dancer, Kayla has also worked as assistant choreographer on BBC One’s So You Think You Can Dance. Follow her on Twitter @Kayla_Lioness
Lindon Barr – The Osei Brothers / Hisashi
Lindon Barr trained at Cambridge Performing Arts, Bodywork Company on a full scholarship and also at many studios in Los Angeles, USA in a range of dance disciplines from ballet to hip-hop. Lindon is a member of the Olivier Award Winning Boy Blue Entertainment and is also the artistic director and main choreographer of his own company Elementz Entertainment. Lindon’s performance credits include London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Jesus Christ Superstar World Arena Tour, The Mobo Awards, BBE: Legacy, The X Factor, Breakin’ Convention, Russian Classical Ballet Theatre & EA Sports. He has also danced for artists such as Take That, Mariah Carey, Cher Lloyd, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Coldplay & Stooshe. His choreography credits include The Bay Music Awards, Hertz, Coca Cola, Vidal Sassoon & Love Box Music Festival. Other personal achievements include competing at the World hip-hop Championships in Las Vegas USA and becoming the National Adult Freestyle Champion
Frankie Johnson – Stylouse
Originally from Bristol, Frankie has been based in London since 2010. He started dancing at the age of 12, originally in contemporary dance with Swindon Youth Dance. By the age of 14, he was fully immersed in Hip Hop dance culture and was training in Popping, Locking, Hip Hop and House Dance from a number of renowned national and international dancers including The Serial Steppers, Dance Fusion NYC and The Electric Boogaloo’s. From the age of 17 he has represented the UK in international dance events including Just Debout (UK Finalist 2012 & 2014), Morroco’s Boot Dance Camp (House Finalist 2013), KOD Vol.9 (House Finalist 2013) in China, and Poland’s Can You Rock Me? (House Winner 2013/2014). Frankie utilises his dance knowledge in full effect to create a hybrid movement which reflects on his ability of Hip Hop and Contemporary dance. Frankie completed his BA Honours Degree at London Contemporary Dance School in 2013.
Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade – Tuggy
Godson was born in Leytonstone and started his dance journey while a student at Norlington School for Boys, where he formed a streetdance crew called Goldrush, under the instruction of Brendan ‘Syxx’ Isacc. He won an audition to work with Boy Blue Entertainment aged just 15 and has since appeared in shows including Over the Edge, Legacy and the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. He has appeared in music videos for Mz Bratt and Ms Dynamite and has been a backing dancer for Rita Ora and was a finalist in Sky’s Got To Dance.
Kofi ‘Klik’ Mingo – Flinch
Kofi started hip-hop dancing 12 years ago and has since expanded his styles to include b boying and is currently researching the history of hip- hop dance culture. He was a Dance Captain and dancer in the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and has appeared on stage at the Royal Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, Sadler’s Wells, the Hackney Empire, the Sydney Opera House as well at the Barbican, appearing in shows including Pied Piper, Tag and Blaze. Commercial credits include appearances with George Michael, Dizzee Rascal and Geri Halliwell, and on BBC One’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Xena Gusthart – Max
Scottish born, Xena trained at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and since graduating has travelled the world working all over the world including Los Angeles, New York, India, and Europe. Xena credits include Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, Rita Ora, Nick Helm and Alan Carr, Nike, Adidas, Samsung, JD Sports, Foot Locker, E4, Chime For Change, MOBO Awards. She began breaking in Liverpool in 2007 and since found Locking and has continued training with locking stars P-lock and Suga Pop. Since 2008, Xena has worked with Jonzi D and Breakn’ Convention on her artistic development and has set up her own hip hop theatre company, Xena Productions, premiering a double bill of her hip-hop theatre work 925 and HeartBeats touring the UK supported by Creative Scotland. Xena Productions has recently been awarded a Business Development Fund from Sir Paul McCartney to help grow her company. Follow her on Twitter @XenaGusthart
Vicky ‘Skytilz’ Mantey – Michelle
Skytilz has been dancing with Boy Blue Entertainment since 2001. As Creative Director, she also choreographs and teaches for the company. She is also a main choreographer for Da Bratz (one of Boy Blue Entertainment’s youth companies) who have appeared in their own shows A Nite With Da Bratz and Unleashed, as well as Breakin’ Convention and as a support act for Electric Boogaloos. Skytilz produced choreography for the films: Streetdance 3D and All Stars and was Dance Captain for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. She specialises in popping and has also trained with dance pioneer Popin’ Pete of Electric Boogaloos. Follow her on Twitter @Ms_Skytilz
Hakim Saber – The Osei Brothers / The Ghost
Born in London, Hakim was a late starter to dance, discovering it when he began college. Influenced by dancers from Boy Blue Entertainment, he began by learning breaking as an A-level student, as well as getting into hip-hop choreography. Hakim appears with the companies Rain Crew and BirdGang, as well as with Boy Blue Entertainment. His work with these groups has encouraged him to try other styles of dance, such as house and hip-hop. Hakim’s philosophy is to take in a broad range of influences and then to interpret music and communicate movement through his own, unique style.
Minica Beason – Swing
Minica has been a part of the Step Up Music Theatre School for 18 years, also teaching at the school for the last decade and choreographing the group Soul Mates who won the BBC’s Comic Relief does Glee Club in 2011. Minica has trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, commercial, hip-hop, waacking and house. As a performer credits include the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Some Like it Hip Hop (ZooNation), Pied Piper and Over the Edge (Boy Blue Entertainment), assistant choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance (BBC), she was a finalist on Got to Dance (Sky) and appeared on Diversity’s UK Tour as part of Boadicea, at Wireless, V Festival and T in the Park with Katy B. In 2013 Minica ventured away from dance to train as an Ashtanga yoga teacher in Goa, India and now continues to add the physical knowledge and philosophy from her yoga training into her dance career and everyday life.
Tobias Jackman – Swing
Born and raised in East London, Tobias began dancing at a young age, firstly in after-school clubs, before deciding to focus on dance as a profession at the age of 16. He started originally in choreographed dance, before focusing on Krump, and is now a member of the Wet Wipez Krump Crew touring both nationally and internationally representing the country at various competitions. His credits include music videos by Example, and commercials for Audi E-Ton.