We take pride in our teachers and staff, because at The Studance Lab we place a high value on who we allow to impact our dancers. Each of our instructors must be a skilled dancer. They are a dancer that has devoted countless hours and years to their craft. They know the ins and outs of what they do. Secondly, they must know how to teach. There are many fantastic dancers that, unfortunately, cannot relay their expertise in a manner that allows students to learn from. We expect to see growth in our dancers, and therefore choose teachers that can work and cultivate our dancers. Lastly, and most importantly to us, each of our staff and teachers must be people of character and integrity. How someone carries themselves shows a lot about who they are. We expect nothing less from our allstar faculty!
The Studance LAB is owned and directed by Bonita Saldaña a.k.a Bgirl Bonita. Bonita has studied extensively in all styles of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary for more than 16 years. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, her professional career originated as a member of the Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop Squad and the Phoenix Suns Dance Team. After moving to LA to pursue to her dance career professionally, she quickly grabbed onto Hip-Hop and more specifically Breaking to set herself a part from the masses.
She has performed with artists such as: Jason Derulo, P. Diddy, Black Eyed Peas, Sean Kingston, Fergie, Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean, Midnight Red, Stooshe, Bon Qui Qui, Redman, Q-Tip, Eric Sermon, Biz Markie, KRS-ONE and Doug E. Fresh. She has also been featured on Disney’s Shake It Up, Nickolodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, MTV’s Made, and the movie, RIO. Additionally, she has performed in corporate events for NIKE, ADIDAS, Sketchers, Dillard’s, Toshiba, Red Bull, AT&T and many more.
In 2005, Bonita co-founded and directed Automatic Response, a non-profit dance company, who was featured on the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew. Her involvement with Automatic Response lead her to write, direct, produce and perform in a number of theater productions featuring AR as well as other top names in dance. Through her creativity, constant drive and positive influence, she helped establish a united dance scene in Phoenix, AZ. Bonita was highly instrumental in forming Phoenix’s first Hip-Hop after school program, All the Right Moves, which designed a curriculum to teach students the four elements of Hip-Hop
Bonita is a member of three of the most legendary, world-famous and credible names in Hip-Hop dance: The Rock Steady Crew, The Groovaloos and The Beat Freaks. She has set herself a part with her sharp, explosive yet funky and fun style when she hits the dance floor. She has won a number of national battles, both individually and with her crew, RSC. She has been seen battling all over the world amongst the top B-boys and B-girls of this generation.
Bonita has been teaching professionally for 20 years nationally and internationally. She has traveled to spread her knowledge of dance to countries such as Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, France, London, Reunion Island, Japan, Switzerland, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico. Bonita teaches, choreographs and judges for UDA, NDA, and USASF, three major organizations within the Dance Team world. Bonita has been teaching for Universal Dance Association for 15 years, helping establish their summer hip-hop choreography, and adjudicating their national events. In addition she adjudicates for Worlds, NDA National Events, Amp Dance Competition, Spotlight Dance Cup, and Hip-Hop International. Her choreography can be seen on collegiate and high school teams across the USA. She is a faculty member for The Groove Expo, Word In Motion, Unleashed, One Rhythm and West Coast Elite, all well-known national dance conventions. She has had her own class at the college level, teaching at SCC, PVCC, and GCC for a combined 8 years. Additionally, she travels to colleges, universities, community centers, schools, performing arts centers, and studios all over the world to share her love, experience, and knowledge in Hip-Hop and dance.
Bonita is grateful for the launch of her dance school, The Studance Lab, in Avondale, Arizona a studio with strong roots, passionate students, and expert educators.
RanDee Powell is a dancer, self-taught painter, and content creator working and residing in Phoenix, Arizona. She interweaves her creativity with technical understanding, spirituality, and positivity. In 2016 she shifted her focus solely to developing and refining her artistic voice by redirecting her collegiate studies from psychology to art. She studied dance at Scottsdale Community College (2016-2017) then furthered her education at the BFA program at Sam Houston State University (2017-2019).
RanDee has a passion for designing and creating movement rooted in worship. Combining kinesiology, sound movement, classical modern and ballet techniques, and urban music, RanDee launches performance art onto a more spiritually immersive platform, both online and in person. As a teacher, she places emphasis on overcoming performance anxieties and subconscious limitations. By creating a space free from creative and physical judgement, and enlightening creatives spiritually and emotionally, she feels movers can impact the culture of dance, as well as the overall well-being of performers and consumers.
As a canvas artist- Randee began painting as a hobby. The intention was to indulge in the therapeutic nature of a secondary art form, to breed community, and emotional/artistic outlets outside of movement. She worked primarily with watercolor, but more recently has transitioned into work with acrylics. In 2018 RanDee sold her first commissioned piece, sparking her dream of a career in art and movement. RanDee is inspired to create a community of far reaching impact. Not only does she want to live a life full of vibrant
colors and creative and spiritual freedom- but she wants to inspire other people that they can do the same for their dreams.
Zaryn Manier is a California native where she was formally trained with Kane Dance Academy of Riverside, CA for 11 years in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. Zaryn is graduate of Grand Canyon University, as well as an alumni of the GCU Dance Team. She competed nationally with the GCU Dance Team for 3 years at the Universal Dance Association National Competition in both Jazz and Hip Hop categories along with representing Team USA in the 2017 China (Nanjing) Cheerleading Open Doubles Competition in Hip Hop and Pom. Zaryn continues her passion for dance through choreographing and teaching for the Studance Lab and Universal Dance Association, allowing her to teach around the US and Japan.
Mrs. Whiting trained at Southeastern School of Ballet in Columbia, South Carolina under the instruction of Hillary and Gabor Toth. She landed her first professional contract at Nevada Ballet Theatre with director James Canfield. During her four seasons at NBT she danced several featured roles in Canfield’s Cyclical Night, Degas, 4 Songs, Trios Gnossiennes, and performed the role of Clara in his new original production of “The Nutcracker”. With the Nevada Ballet Theater she was able to collaborate with Cirque du Soleil as both a dancer and choreographer. After her time there she danced with Menlowe Ballet under the direction of Michael Lowe. With Menlowe Ballet she danced several roles in their original production of “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” including Sugar Plum Fairy and Angel as well as being featured in an original Val Caniparoli work entitled “Repeat After Me” for their spring production in 2016. Currently, Mrs. Whiting is a freelance artist and just graduated with her BA degree through the LEAP program at St. Mary’s College of California.
Ayanna Conway grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, graduated from Arizona School for the Arts, and currently attends Grand Canyon University majoring in a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. She teaches Hip Hop at dance studio’s and high school’s across the valley in addition to choreographing award winning competitive routines. Ayanna has had performance appearances on ESPN, 3TV, and FOX10 and danced professionally with the NBA Phoenix Suns Solar Squad, WNBA Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad, and the Be Kind Crew. One thing she would like achieve with dance is to inspire the younger generation to honor God with their talent(s), by leading by example.
Chris “IKA” Sagayo is a dancer/choreographer who specializes in hip hop/ breaking movements. He has been all over the world teaching unique breaking/dynamic movement techniques. His choreography is versed with hard hitting movements as well as unique foundational techniques.
He has industry experience dancing in Vegas as part of the Steve Wyrick show, SYTYCD, performing with ABDC’s Elektrolytes, and touring around the world with the Global Block hip hop diplomacy program.
As an instructor, IKA has taught all around the world as well as the Valley of Phoenix. He is very passionate about mentoring as well as empowering students to create, inspire, and follow their own goals and dreams, through his teaching methods and motivation.
Helena Parks is a 27 year old professional Hip Hop dance instructor that was born in Armenia & raised in Russia. She began teaching 10 years ago at the “Ener Dance Studio” of Moscow. Since then, she has traveled the world sharing her love for dance with many cultures to both children and adults. She is now engaged to be married making Arizona her home! She looks forward to growing as a teacher with The Studance Lab!
Debra Nanni studied all styles of dance growing up in Buffalo NY. In 1983, Gus Giordano gave her a scholarship to study at his school in Chicago which started her professional career. She then became a soloist with The Chicago Dance Medium, a contemporary modern ballet company and performed independently with many affluent dance companies until 2004. In 1998 she started to develop her love for teaching and has been mastering it since. Debra was the Studio owner of Progressive Movement Academy and taught in private studios throughout Chicago through 2019. Many of her students received college scholarships, dance with professional companies and perform with recording artists around the world. Nationally, Debra is known for her creative teaching of diverse styles in workshops and master classes. On the convention circuit, she passionately inspires dancers to love ballet and modern. She’s honored to be in her 12th year teaching in Austria and surrounding countries. Debra’s choreography has been given top awards and accolades on the recreational, competitive and professional stages. She created two international works on professional Vaganova ballet company, F.V.G Neu Space in Udine, Italy. Debra is in her 25th year adjudicating for various national dance and talent competitions and recently for the new Dance Moms season. Debra was honored to be the only American Judge to participate in A.S.D.U European National 2018 Dance Championships in Spittal Austria to sit alongside judges from Austria, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. She now is a new resident in the Phoenix area, relocating in April of 2019 to be closer to her amazing 93-year-old Mom.
Monica De La Rosa is the newest member to our Studance Lab staff, but not new to the dance community. After taking a break of 5 years running her own studio, she is back to fulfill her passion of seeing the youth grow and flourish in dance and in life. She keeps herself busy as a wife to popping instructor, Tony De La Rosa, and as a mom of 3 under 3. As a family, they believe that God has called them to minister to the youth through dance but also as Student Coaches for their church, Catalyst Church. When not changing diapers or making bottles, you can most likely find Monica at Starbucks-Hot White Mocha, in case you were wondering. Before returning to the Lab, Monica was the Volunteer Coordinator and Life Enrichment Specialist for Beatitudes Campus, a life plan community in central Phoenix. Monica is excited to be a part of the Studance Lab family (literally and figuratively- as the sister of Gabriel Saldana), to see the students grow, and to build lasting friendships!
Claudia Martinez our front desk assistant enjoys spending her evenings after her full time job at a K-8 charter school with us at the studio assisting parents and students with their needs. She is a wife and mother of four. She has dedicated her life to being a team mom in all her children’s activities for over 23 years now. She says being a dance mom has been the most rewarding by far and she definitely has acquired a passion for the arts as she sees all the students grow & shine in their God given talents!
My origins in dance began in 1997. Since then my journey has allowed me to share different styles of bboying in communities. I am passionate about helping people in fundamentals and creativity to fit for every unique human being according to his or her personality.
Gabriel Saldaña began bboying in 2008 and is a member of Arizona’s very own, For the Love Krew. As a top contender in Arizona, he has inspired the dance community with his dynamic air moves and unique transitions, bringing the dance to a whole new level! Off the dance floor, he is completing his degree in Christian and Biblical studies at Grand Canyon State University. He is the “behind the scenes man” at The Studance LAB.
Tony De La Rosa, better known D.O.C , has been popping for 10 years. Popping was introduced to D.O.C when he was 5 years old and he continued to find inspiration by watching other legendary dancers such as Bionic Man (MGF) and Mr. Wiggles (RSC). He was self taught for a long period of time but gives credit to Popping John & Random for their knowledge and tips on this particular style of dance. After winning many national battles and judging consistently in variety of Arizona Hip-Hop events, D.O.C decided to take his passion and share it with children in his community. Teaching at The studance Lab he remains selfless with his knowledge in popping; training our students to reach their potential.