Rico Martinez

Studio Director

Rico is originally from Mexico City and he began dancing at the age of 5, learning first by breaking in the streets on sheets of cardboard. He began performing in local television programs and street dance shows. At the age of 15 he formed a group called Black Tendency with 4 other dancers and they won a televised talent contest called El Club. He was then hired to dance in commercials for Disney and did a Super Bowl Commercial for the Patriots in 2003. Rico then took his formal training to the next level and began riding the subway for 2 hours everyday to dance at Danza Tres studio on the south side of Mexico City. He did this for 6 months before he was scouted out by the Latin Pop Star Belinda. Rico then spent the next 3 years traveling internationally all over the world performing as a dancer for Belinda's world tours. He has performed in USA, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama and all over Mexico. He danced in televised performances such as Nickelodeon Argentina, Fox Sports Miami and The MTV Latin Music Awards. He is forever a student and continues his training at every opportunity- including annual trips to New York City. Now as the owner of Pound It Hip Hop Studio in Red Deer Alberta, Rico prides himself by bringing the pioneers of street dance styles to his studio to give the best opportunities for his students-to not only learn about the dance but also the Hip Hop culture. Rico's newest venture is a partnership with Street Style Lab based out of Switzerland to continue to create authentic Hip Hop training opportunities, battles and events for todays dancers.

Funk E

Ed Campbell  YYC

Breaking and Hip Hop

Funk E was  born and raised in Panama. He has a soul, disco, latino and reggae musical background. Funk E has been a breaking student from the 2000 to present and currently owns his own graphic designing company based out of Calgary - Edward Campbell Studio.

 

Funk E was a member of the crew "One Of Them" in the early 2000s and in  2003 he became the founding member of the crew "Fullstyle Crew" which is currently one of the oldsest breaking crews still active and representing Hip Hop culture in Panama.  Fullstyle crew started with 7 members - all bboys and throughout the years they have been blessed to have new members that are MCs, Graffiti writers and a DJ. All of whick have brought more Hip Hop knowledge to the group which is now known ans "Fullstyle Family". 

As a group they use Hip Hop as a positive tool to share knowledge, awareness and self-confidence to the youth. 

As a dancer Funk E makes a point of sharing all the values that go along with breaking and hip hop. A dance that can connect people of all ages, religions and ethnicities. These styles when taught with positive values have the power to develop a healthy and balanced physical/mental state all through a fun activity. 

 

"Through my teaching I have reached both high risk and non- risk youth. Teaching respect, how to share, teamwork and to push themselves out of their comfort zone. All of these values and discipline are very helpful when buliding common life skills."

Full Bio HERE

Hannah Joelle

Hip Hop

Choreography

Hannah Joelle, originally from Calgary, Canada, has been dancing for 20 years. Her diversified training and skills include ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, house, popping, locking, lifts, harness, tap, and acro. She has trained in Vancouver, New York, L.A., Barcelona, and Paris. Hannah graduated from the Edge School for Athletes where she trained in their dance program under Sarah Dolan, Sheri Kanten and Cyndi Scott. She has performed with the Anchorage Ballet as part of their production of the Nutcracker, and at the Jimmy Slide Institute in Barcelona. Upon graduation Hannah spent 2 years living in New York City, training and working with the most respected professionals in the industry. 

Hannah has worked with choreographers Sean Cheesman, Menina Fortunato, Kelly Peters, JonRua, Ephrat Asherie, Ant Boogie, Sheila Barker, Carlos Neto, Joanna Numata, Shaun Evaristo, Nijawwon Mathews, Ed Moore, Chris Scott, and Sho Tyme, to name  a few.

Hannah choreographed along side Edgar-Gilbert Reyes for WE Day Alberta 2016, under the mentorship of Paula Abdul. She was selected for the 2017 Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC, where she presented her work at Symphony Space.  

Hannah is committed to continue growing as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She is excited to seewhere her hard work will take her in the future, and how it will allow her to help others achieve their goals.

Since joining Pound It Hannah has worked with our competitive crews building dope choreography for competitions and community performances. She is extremely dedicated and she makes sure her work is CLEAN. Her vast experience in all disciplines is a great attribute to our studio.

Liberty Schultz

Technical Program Director

Liberty Schultz returned from 2 years of dance at New York City's American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). She is a performer, choreographer and educator. She has performed in numerous shows such as Sweet Charity, She Loves Me, and the Nutcracker Ballet. She has choreographed for American Music Dramatic Academy, Pink and White Creative and Brown Cow Collective. 

 

Liberty will be our technical program director and we will be releasing our fall schedule of classes in Ballet/Point, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical, and Jazz 

 

Sabatoge

Sebastian Reinhart

DJ and Dancer

Hip Hop, House, Litefeet and Breaking

Sebastian Reinhart AKA Sabatoge has been grooving to the beats since he was small. Creating his own moves in his room, he entered his first talent show at his school in grade 1 and then again performed in grade 2. In grade 2, he saw an advertisement for Pound It Hip Hop studio. He entered into a summer camp and was hooked.

 

In the summer of 2015, Sebastian performed weekly at the Sylvan Lake farmers market to earn enough money to pay his way to a street dance camp. He raised over $1000 to participate in a week long street dance camp in Calgary where he trained with the original hip hop instructors from all over the world.
Instructors included Poppin Pete, Loose Joint, Lilou, Ken Swift, Marquest, Brooklyn Terry and Mikey Disco. This was Sebastian’s first experience battling. He battled in Popping, Hip Hop and Breaking against mostly adults. The battling changed him as a dancer and his new passion was to battle. In the summer of 2016 ,2018, and 2019 he travelled to New York to participate in Street Style Lab with
instructors, David Collas, Buddha Stretch, Link and Yoshi. While in New York, he entered into the Step Ya Game up battle where he was the only Canadian to make it to the Semi Finals in the kids battle.

 

 In the summer of 2017, he participated in Street Style Lab Red Deer. He was trained once again with Popin' Pete and Buddha Stretch, along with Caleaf and Storm.Here he competed in Face2Face in Popping, Breaking and House.  

 

At the 2017 Pound It Christmas Battle he won first in both the 1vs1 Hip Hop and 2vs2 All Styles Category judged by Chry Baby Cozie.

Sebastian embraces all dance forms of the hip hop culture, battling in all categories he can, but his true passion is for Breaking. Other instructors that have travelled to the Pound It Studio to train him include: Cebo, Chrybaby, Megaman, Shotyme, Ynot, Suga Pop, Link and Mr. Wiggles. Just recently Storm, from Germany travelled back to Red Deer a second time and Sebastian was able to take private lessons with the legend.

 

With some coaching from Rico at Pound It studio Sebastian started his first business as a DJ at 9 years old. His entrepreneurial drive has given him opportunities to dj with Rappers Madd Child and Merkules. In the spring of 2018 he had the opportunity to DJ at an event with the Oola Guys. He also plays several school dances throughout central Alberta, charity events, and local events such as Jazz at the Lake and the Battle at the Beach Hockey tournament. Again this year the young business man has earned enough cash with his DJ business to pay for his second trip to New York City this upcoming July to train and dance with the biggest names in Hip Hop.

 

He is young, he is fresh, he is ready. Sabatoge is a true testament that hard work does pay off. Along with teaching Sabatoge will also be available to DJ Birthday Parties hosted in our studio. 

Ajay Musodi

Hip Hop, Choreography and Afro-Fusion

Ajay Musodi is a Calgary based choreographer who began his journey training with UniverseSoul Dance and IllFX Company recent credits include receiving 1st Place AE Calgary 2016, 2nd Place All Star AE Edmonton 2017 and 1st Place AE Vancouver 2017. He also dedicates his time teaching in-school Hip Hop residency programs to schools all across the City from grades K-12! All with the sole purpose of spreading the groove of Hip Hop which is what connects a dancer to the music and people.. sharing positive energy with each other.

Like all of our instructors,  Ajay has also travelled to New York City where he trained in 36 Chambas of Stylz adding to his wealth of knowledge. He is always pushing, always learning and sharing. Watch for his Afro Fusion classes! They are FIRE!

Smallz

Stryder Hamilton

Hip Hop and Breaking

Smallz attended a summer camp with us in 2016 and that fall he enrolled in a rec breaking, rec hip hop and a competitve crew. From there his dedication and passion grew. In year 2 he tried out and made it to La Familia, from there he has taken every workshop and camp he could- including Street Style Lab in New York. Smallz is in Batteram this year where he is the senior dancer and a great leader to his crew mates. In Stryder's first year of teaching he has our 4 year old Funk class and our Candela Adult crew. Stryder is skilled in many styles ,from hip hop to breaking, popping, waacking, house, locking and litefeet. He along with Sabatoge recently won our $1000 Christamas All Stylse Battle here in Red Deer.

Sryder has also taken up graffiti art and has opened his business Smallz Graffiti were he is designing signature hats and artwork. 

Hannah Isbister

Technical Instructor

Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Hannah is a Calgary based dancer that has recently obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with distinction from the University of Calgary. During her degree, Hannah has had the privilege of working with Melissa Monteros and Wojciech Mochniej (W&M Physical Theatre), Melanie Kloetzel (Kloetzel & Co.) and Marie France Forcier (Forcier Stage Works), as well as being featured in interdisciplinary shows Rhinoceros and The Fairy Queen within the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Outside of the University, she has worked closely with Maddox Dance Company performing and choreographing for the last 3 years, along with teaching private lessons and workshops throughout Central Alberta. As a teacher, Hannah is passionate about discovering individual artistic expression within her students and experimenting with the relationship between dance and music. 

Kimberley Reinhart

Fitness and Admistration

Kim is our front office life saver! She is the friendly face that will great you before class and answer any questions you may have. She owns and runs Optimal Fitness based out of Sylvan Lake and we are so lucky to have her run our fitness classes for our accelerated crews! She doesn't stop there, she also dances in AK42's and never backs down when called out to battle! 

 

 

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