OUR TEAM

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"Culturally Defined" is a street dance company, based in Vancouver, Canada, that invites dancers from all walks of life to experience and strengthen our shared passion for dance. Our main goal is to create a strong understanding of the foundations of hip hop culture and street dance styles through educating our students in Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, House, BBoying, Waacking, and more. We aim to fully expose our dancers to many forms of movement by providing them with intensive training from our established directors, elite faculty, and international guest instructors. Throughout the program, our students learn to polish their technique, follow and create choreography, develop personal freestyles, improve personal health, and challenge themselves with becoming a versatile and creative individual. 


DIRECTORS

CHRIS & KYLE

Chris Wong and Kyle Vicente are the co-owners and directors of Culturally Defined. They are two friends who happen to have the same vision of an open space where all types of dancers can come together and share their passion for movement. Chris and Kyle have been professionally trained in all styles of street dance by many of the originators of hip hop. They came together with hopes of keeping original styles of hip hop alive by making reliable hip hop knowledge available in Vancouver. 

CHRIS WONG

His dance style blends together elements of hip hop, house, popping, locking, and new style hustle. He is professionally trained in all foundations of street dance and his training extends across the globe- LA, New York, Tokyo, and Vancouver. 

As a performer, he works with Da Costa Talent and his work has been featured in music videos, TV shows, movies, and concerts. This is his third year selected as one of Georgia Straight's Top 3 Dancers for his influence in the dance community.

KYLE VICENTE

Kyle Vicente started his dance career at the age of 13 and has trained in hip hop, popping, locking, house, dancehall, jazz, and more. His dance experience is made up of years training competitively in crews including OTI (Over The Influence) Crew and The Faculty, both of which have won globally recognized awards. Over the years, Kyle has worked in many films, TV shows, commercials, and live performances. 

He is a lively performer and a dedicated teacher; motivated by his desire to inspire others to explore their artistic fields & to encourage passions that share creative interpretation.

2017/18 CD MEMBERS

Amazyles Median
Betty Mang
Baylee Higgins
Blossom Koh
Cheri Hessami
Giannina Castelblanco
Hyman Shu
Jaymee Mak
Jessica Liu
Kris de la Cruz
Krystal Kersch

Justine Dimou
Leandro Sublay
Melanie Chevrier
Oat Wongsajjathiti
Rebecca Tow
Shannon Mckague
Steven Salinas
Tarah Kalman
Zamirah Al-wazzan
Yayuk J

FACULTY

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JOJO ZOLINA

HOUSE & WAACKING

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STewart IGUIDEZ

BBOY & HIP HOP

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JP TARLIT

URBAN & HIP HOP

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MIKE BROWNe

POPPING

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ERIC MALAPAD

HIP HOP

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NATASHA GORRIE

HIP HOP