Alex Ebalo (they, them) is a Queer Filipinx artist with a diverse set of experiences in varying dance forms. They received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from University of California, San Diego. They have had opportunities to perform with organizations such as Culture Shock San Diego, SeaWorld San Diego, and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. They are committed to using community programs and politically informed art as a vehicle to advance the exploration and advocacy of movement history & culture.
Nicole Roerick is a Contemporary Dance Artist/Educator and a Yoga and Pilates teacher. Before moving to San Diego in 2018, she was living abroad in Cairo, Egypt for 4 years where she was teaching in International Schools and studios while also creating work and performing. She has her MFA and BFA in Dance and has over 400 hours of Yoga certification (including Teen Yoga) and completed her Stott Pilates Mat and Reformer certification courses. She lived, taught, and performed in various cities in the U.S. before moving abroad. She created a performance group, Nicole Roerick Collective, in the fall of 2011 and has shown her work in NYC, Chicago, Madison, Austin, Cairo, and Istanbul. She recently created her own Movement inspired brand, EvolveXNicole (Evolve By Nicole), and plans to reach more people through her body inclusive movement practices and creative work. Her work as a Dance Artist deals with social justice and researching societal/political experiences occurring here in the US and also based on her time living in Egypt.
Aloha! My name is Andres Lagang and I am a performing artist in Southern California. I made my debut as the male “dancer” in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly at South Coast Repertory. Some of my favorite roles include being Melchior’s “interpretive” dancer in Sheik and Sater’s musical, Spring Awakening, and rapping as Sonny in Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights.
I owe most of my performance experience to the wonderful world of color guard (the pageantry edition) where I was a member of 5x WGI World Champions, Fantasia Winter Guard. My door to theatre started at Grossmont Community College and that foundation led me towards a bachelor’s from the University of California, San Diego. On campus, I dedicated my time choreographing for student organizations (Muir Musical) while off campus I portrayed Asian American roles in original BIPOC stories with MaArte Theatre Collective and San Diego Fringe Festival.
My advocacy includes uplifting Asian American artists in all parts of the creative industry. I am continuously grateful for every opportunity that gives me that chance. Mahalo \w/
Jamelene Devera is currently a student at UC San Diego studying Cognitive Science. In her free time, she enjoys taking naps, singing karaoke, tending to her Spotify playlist for the week, and seeing new things! She is currently a troupe member of Culture Shock San Diego. In her childhood, she remembers attempting to mimic the choreography of popular music videos and, of course, entertaining relatives with her dancing at the request of her mother for family gatherings. Her first exposure to dance training was at the age of four through ballet classes at a small studio in El Cajon. Then, around the age of 10, she began practicing hula and Tahitian dance under Pride of Polynesia. By the time she was in middle school, her aunts (both former collegiate dancers on teams 909 and Kababayan) were eager to introduce her to the world of hip hop. Shortly after, Jamelene joined Future Shock San Diego from 2016 to 2018. During her junior year at Steele Canyon High School, she founded and led a hip hop club with Paulina and Fayline Separa called Club Groove with the goal of educating students about hip hop history, culture, and foundations. She also was on One Ten Dance Team from 2018 to 2020. Her love for dance has only grown over time as it serves as an outlet for self-expression - a form of therapy. Her current goals are to continue being a student of dance while sharing her passion for the art with others.
My name is Adanna Earl, I am the founder and choreographer for Queens in Training. I have been a dance instructor for 3 years in El Cajon at Legacy Creative Arts Studio and was recently hired to teach in Liberty Station by The Rosin Box Project. I teach various dance styles such as Heels, Hip Hop and Contemporary to all humans whose age ranges from 12-65. I am a certified Fitness Dance Instructor and I used to teach for 2 years to children ages 5-12 at various schools throughout Mira Mesa/Poway. I am currently in college getting my psychology degree with a minor in movement therapy, while obtaining my real estate license. My overall goal in life is help people become their best selves by providing proper education to do it. I believe everyone is amazing and can dance; however just like math or writing, you just have to learn how to do it. So, let’s learn, have fun and most importantly I’m so excited to meet and teach you all this Spring/Summer.
Learn a dance routine and have it professionally filmed!
Join instructors with The Rosin Box Project for a special 6-week program at YOUR SCHOOL! Learn hip hop or contemporary dance routines with your resident teaching artists, then have the routine filmed by our professional film crews. This is a FREE program for elementary and middle schools in Unified School District, and is presented in partnership with San Diego Unified's VAPA Department.
Each program is six weeks long with a twice-a-week commitment. Classes are 1 hour 30 minutes each after school. Please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to bring dance to your school.
Brandon Lazo is the owner of Kings and Priests Media in North County San Diego, and has produced most of the critically-acclaimed films premiered by The Rosin Box Project. Brandon and his film team will be working with our instructors to produce amazing "concept videos" of each dance work at each school site!
Brandon Lazo - Lead Filmmaker
Dance Out Loud! Is made possible by The San Diego Foundation through its Level Up Program and grants dedicated to advancing STEAM education in public schools.