Members

 

Chelsea Connell

Chelsea is a goal driven, fierce individual from North Western, Alberta. Her passion for dance grew and she is now dancing in Vancouver,

British Columbia striving alongside the elite. She trained with The Dance Initiative, Army of Sass & Culturally Defined. Some of Chelsea’s dancing highlights are performing in the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, performing in “Lovers of Queen” presented by The Lovers Cabaret, and dancing in The Spirit of Edmonton Breakfast during the CFL 2014 festivities. She has also spent the passed three summers training in Toronto, Ontario. She works with renowned dancers and choreographers, directors and has now added salsa, burlesque, multiple urban styles and also circus to her set of technical dance abilities. Chelsea believes that with hard work, dedication, persistence and commitment amazing things can be achieved. Chelsea finds dance fulfilling and rewarding. This small town girl is ready to take on the world of dance!

“Dance is a way to find yourself and lose yourself all at the same time.”

Caroline Arco

Brittany Tucker

Brittany has been dancing since the age of 5. She has studied all styles of dance and completed her R.A.D. Ballet Intermediate examination, all R.A.D. graded levels, as well as her A.I.D.T. Gold Higher level Tap with “Honours with Distinction” while attending Tri-City Dance Centre. Although trained in all genres, Brittany’s love for hip hop has grown over the last several years, and she has developed a strong base in the fundamentals through mentors Darylle Johnson and Paul Otterbein. Brittany has also trained at Broadway Dance Centre (NYC), Harbour Dance Centre, Street Kings Academy and Culturally Defined Company. Brittany has also taken a love for learning street styles, learning battle techniques from some of the most notable freestylers in the world. In addition to competing at many local and Provincial competitions, in 2015 Brittany lead as team captain, the all girls group “Dominuss” (Street Kings Academy) at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships in Montreal. She also had the opportunity to represent Canada for two years (2014-2015) at the IDO World Hip Hop Championships in Germany and Italy, placing fourth in the world. 

Over the last several years, Brittany has gained a love for teaching and sharing her knowledge with students of all ages. From foundational and technique classes along with creating competition level choreography, she aspires to create memorable pieces. Brittany is always striving to create a fun, encouraging and safe learning environment for her students.

Blossom Koh

Blossom is an interdisciplinary artist who has a passion in performance arts. Through Culturally Defined, she has re-found her interest in dance, and has reconnected herself into the dance world. Culturally Defined has opened up her views in Hip-hop and has given her more confidence, not just in dance, but in everyday lifestyles. CD has also given Blossom chances to showcase her style of dance, and to express her creativity through dance. Blossom hopes to stay connected in dance and add on to the creative knowledge in her performances.

 

Martin Tran

Rupali Mann

Tarah Kalman

Tarah Kalman began dancing at age four taking Ballet classes at The Coast Academy of Dance. Her training soon expanded to Modern, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Contemporary and Hip Hop. In 2007 Tarah attended The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Summer Intensive to further her Ballet training. After two years in The Coast Academy's Pre-Professional Program she graduated as a fully Certified ISTD Modern Theatre Dance Teacher. Tarah joined UP Productions Culturally Defined program during their first season, in 2014/15 she taught Modern Theatre and Ballet classes on the Sunshine Coast. The third season coming back to Culturally Defined has been a joy for Tarah, dancing alongside friends from the first season and becoming part a whole new dance family!

Johnny Wu

Johnny is a Taiwanese-born Canadian raised performer, collaborator, and multidisciplinary artist. He is currently studying Contemporary Theatre and Criminology at Simon Fraser University.  Culturally Defined provided Johnny with the skills and encouragement he needs to perform as a professional dancer. Johnny can be seen on stage performing with international Asian artists such as Christine Fan and Nancy Sit. Beyond his professional success, Culturally Defined also helped Johnny discover who he is as a person and as an artist. The company space was a playground where dancers had an opportunity to experiment, to take risks and to shape themselves into the type of dancer they want to be. This empowering environment encouraged Johnny to become the performer he is today.

Manisha Virk

Born and raised in Surrey, BC, Manisha started dancing at the age of 14 at her high school in grade 9. She has danced all through secondary school since then and has trained in hip hop at Panorama School of Dance, Douglas College Hip Hop Club, and Studio 604. In 2012 Manisha performed at the BC Summer Games Opening Ceremony’s and led in 360 athletes. She has competed in many local competitons in Surrey, BC and is currently working as a kindergarden hip hop instructor. Manisha will continue dancing and training as it is her passion.

Krystal Kersch

Krystal’s love for dance started at an early age, but it wasn’t until she attended H.B. Beal Secondary School in her hometown London, Ontario that she began training in various styles, such as ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop through the Beal Performing Arts program. It was there that she found a love for the stage and choreography, participating in various performances and choreography showcases. After taking a 9 year break, she returned to the studio to continue her training in contemporary, ballet, jazz and hip-hop. The limited access to classes and adult programs lead her to move across the country to Vancouver where she continued training at Harbour Dance Centre, under the direction of teachers such as Christina Bucci, Belinda Sobie, Nicola Earl, Danielle Clifford, and Eric Malapad, among others. Over the last 2 years Krystal has also branched out and has focused her training in various street styles, including popping, locking, breaking, waacking and house. Krystal has since performed with a number of dance studios and companies, most notably under Kim Sato’s training company Souldiers, and Culturally Defined, directed by Kyle Vicente and Chris Wong. 

Betty Mang

Betty has been training with Culturally Defined since its first season. Her love for hip hop dance started in high school with the John Oliver Dance Squad. Since then, she has coached dance teams, taught children at local schools and community centres, been a part of the UBC Dance Horizons and trained with the Full Force Dance Company. Her various performances include Vancity Project, Lamondance Dance Gala, and different Year End Shows. Betty's favourite dance styles are waacking, hip hop and popping. 

Chelsea Betker

Chelsea was born and raised in Burnaby, BC and is currently attending Langara College. Chelsea found her love of dance at a young age and has been trained in several styles over the years including Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical and basic Ballet. She can't remember a time where she wasn't dancing because dance is her away to escape from reality and forget about the world. Chelsea has been training with Kyle and Chris for three years and can't wait to see where Culturally Defined will take her. Besides being a dancer, Chelsea is a photographer who loves to take photographs of people and anything that catchers her eye. In the future, Chelsea wants to open her own studio and run her own business. Over the last year, she has been working hard to get her name out there and start her dreams of having a successful business. Chelsea feels that she has the best of both worlds because she has dance to help her escape and photography to keep her grounded. 

Anesu Mutangadura

Anesu is a 3rd season member of Culturally Defined who has a passion in both dance and people. He started taking dance classes in the summer of 2010 at Harbor Dance Center, before deciding to pursue it more at the beginning of 2011 at UBC's dance club, Dance Horizons. Anesu had trained under Richard O'Sullivan & Ken Yung at UBC, and Eric Malapad at Harbor. In 2013 he joined up with Culturally Defined for their first season and continues to train and perform with them. His training includes: Waacking, Locking, Popping, Hip Hop, and House as well as Dancehall and Afro Dance. Anesu has performed at "The Main Event 7/11", VCP 10, 13, & 16, "Intensity 2016", High School High 2015 with Culturally Defined.

Jordan Fassina

Shannon McKague