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Meet The Team

Dance Academy Staff

Dorothy Ho
Founder & Dance Instructor


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Dorothy Ho, a graduate of Orange County School of the Arts, started her performance career as a Classical Voice major then participated in Commercial Dance her senior year. She has over 15 years of training in Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Jazz and has taught for over 6 years. Her passion and drive for dance earned her a full scholarship at University of California Irvine’s Summer Academies in the Arts in 2014. She has choreographed extensively for television, music videos, festivals, fundraisers, schools, and competitions. Her choreography has been featured on Little Saigon Television Network from 2016-2019 and Asian World Media Network from 2017-2019. Her awards include 1st place, Best Theme, and Best Costume at World of Dance Las Vegas in 2014, 1st place at Nor-Cal Collaboration 2015, 2nd place Urban Street Jam Trio division 2016, 2nd place Maxt-Out 2014, 2nd place San Diego Best Dance Crew 2015, and more. She is currently attending Chapman University earning her BA in Philosophy, and leading Charade Dance Academy’s dance faculty.

A native to Southern California, Adam began his passion for teaching and leading young dancers as a young adult when he founded and directed the Takeover Dance Team in 2013. His talents as a coach was recognized as he soon thereafter was scouted to coach dance for the Capistrano Unified School District and ABC Unified School District where he was tasked with acting as the sole educational leader for 45 high school dancers over the span of 5 years. As a coach, Adam is an advocate for positive reinforcement when training his students and believes that any student can become a winner if they are willing to put in the work. Adam is committed to the safety and health of his students as he is First Aid/AED/CPR certified. Currently, Adam has his bachelor of Arts in English from California State University Long Beach where he serves as a professor of English at CSULB; he has just recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from CSULB in May of 2021. 


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Hip-Hop Competition Coach

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Shayna Vu 
Hip-Hop Instructor 

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Shayna Vu is a Hmong-American female artist with roots from Fresno, California. She began her dance training in the Central Valley mentored by Serena Yang, and eventually made her way to Cal State Long Beach, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. She has performed with several groups including Immaculate Trait, Common Ground, Sodium Dance Company and eventually became Artistic Coordinator of PAC Modern. She currently dances with Culture Shock LA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Hip Hop dance organization dedicated to Dance Education, Community Empowerment, Professional Entertainment, and the preservation of Hip Hop culture. Shayna is an artist and creative who’s mission is to educate the next generation of dancers, inspire others toward holistic transformation through creating innovative art, and facilitating safe spaces for deeper movement exploration."

Sophia grew up in Southern California and has been dancing since the age of three. In high school Sophia was a member of the Mater Dei Varsity song leading team. After high school, Sophia worked for US Spiritleaders as a member of their dance staff. Sophia received a BA in Dance and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Cal State University Long Beach. At CSULB Sophia was a member of the Dance Team for two years. Sophia has assisted choreographers such as Andy Vaca and Mina Ortega. Sophia has danced professionally for Vans and most recently for Mario Aguilar. Sophia was a member of the Vixens, under the direction of David Slaney. Sophia has been teaching dance, choreographing, and coaching in the OC and Long Beach for the last five years. Sophia has a strong passion for teaching and choreographing.

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Sophia Gallardo 
Jazz and Lyrical Instructor

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J.R. Yonocruz​
K - Pop Instructor

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A Bay Area native, J.R. has choreographed, performed, competed, and extensively taught dance for over 15 years. His training includes foundational styles such as freestyle popping, locking, b-boying, house dance, femme, hip-hop grooves, and martial arts tricking. His main forte is in teaching K-POP cover choreography, popping fundamentals, and Hip-Hop. One of J.R.’s passions lie within mentoring and advising collegiate dance teams and dancers alike to grow both on a professional and personal level; he is satisfied when he can help his students reach their goals. At the UVSA Tet festival in 2020, he served as a judge for one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the festival, the Talent Show. His credits include Academy of Villains, Kaba Modern, Urban Motus, KKAP, and Koreos UCLA and more. Outside of dance, he’s also an avid reader, foodie, and comedic writer/performer.

Blessie is a seasoned dance instructor who has been teaching professionally for 3 years now. She grew up in the Philippines, and moved to the states when she was 12. Her passion for dance has pushed her into becoming a self-taught dancer with training and performance experience in hip-hop, K-Pop, Polynesian, and Filipino folk dances. She has also been making dance covers on her YouTube channel and Instagram throughout her high school and college years, and is always looking for ways to improve her style and technique. Above all, as a dance instructor, Blessie aims to provide her students a positive and fun environment while propelling her students’ development in their dance journey. Aside from dance, Blessie enjoys singing, video editing, and lettering in her free time.


Blessie Panopio​

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Alex Tran​

Alex has been dancing since the age of 8, and has a passion for Hip-Hop, modern choreography, and K-Pop choreography. She had formal training in ballet and Hip-Hop with studios throughout Orange County, and found her interest to be heavily Hip-Hop based. Alex has been a member of her Varsity Dance Competition team at Fountain Valley High School for two years. She is also a member of Ascella, a 5 member dance group, focused around K-Pop dance and original choreography. Alex is an administrator at Charade, and is training to become a dance instructor. Alex describes her passion for dance as an outlet to express herself, and wishes to create the same experience for her dancers!