MEET THE OWNER
I was born in Hanoi, Vietnam.
When I was 12 years old, I moved to Germany “for a better education,” as told by my father. At the time, it was very difficult for me to find friends in a new country with a totally different language and culture.
Most kids had already established great friendships at school. For me, integrating into the new culture was hard and it was even harder since I was moving from one school to another due to Germany’s system: elementary (Hauptschule ) - secondary ( Realschule ) – Highschool (Gymnasium ).
After trying all the sports (table tennis, basketball, football and volley ball), I finally found out about dancing when the school’s dance club was auditioning for new talents.
Before joining the club, I didn’t know ballroom dancing even existed. For my parents, dancing was considered to be a "luxury thing" for people who have money. I grew up in a very poor family; everyone would depend on the small amount of money that came from my parents selling food on the street.
My siblings and I had to wake up at 5AM everyday to help set the place where my mother sold soup for the whole day. So it was almost impossible for me to convince them that dancing was a sport and that's what I like to do. It was a tough fight between my parents and me. After all, my advise to anyone who chases their dreams is to fight harder for it.
It’s understandable for parents to want their kids to have a better life than they did. Because of this idea, it's often time parents don’t realize their kids’ special talents and accept them to build a career out of these talents . I’m not saying anything bad about my parents, they are great… I love them… without them I wouldn’t have many opportunities in my whole life.
I moved to Germany, learned German as a second language, and took European culture and lifestyle mixed with Asian/Vietnamese culture as a new inspiration to my life. I received so many opportunities to travel around the world through my dancing. It showed me how much you could learn from other people with different cultures and mentality. It also gave me the courage to begin a new life in America as an artist with new hope and new achievements.
Before I learned how to dance I was very shy. I was not able to participate in a crowd because I was very scared of people judging me for being different. However, dancing doesn’t judge who and how old you are. Dancing made me more confident as well as gave me a strong will and a discipline to conquer all problems in my life. Dancing encourages me to dream and pushes me work harder for what I believe in. Every day is a new challenge to make the right choice for your life. I can only say it for myself that DANCING has always been my best mentor. We all have problems in life… many people look to escape from it all, but I learned how to deal with it and to discover myself every day. We can only be happy and survive if we accept who we are and deal adversity. I believe in changing for the better and making other people around us more comfortable and happier with us.
I can't tell how far I can go with my dreams in the future, but one thing I can confirm now is: as long as you believe in yourself and in what you do, you will make it!!!
There are shorter and longer ways to achieve your dreams. Only if you are ready to go for your dreams, your dreams will be there to welcome you.
Every dream can come true!
DANCE EDUCATION AND RESULTS
1994 - Dance education in Standard and Latin in Dance education center Stuttgart, Germany
1998 - Start to compete international competition representing for Germany
1999 - South German Champion in International Latin ( Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive) and Ballroom ( Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep )
2000 - Change the dance education to London.
Coaching teachers: Tone Nyhagen, Espen Salberg, Olga Müller Omeltchenko, Hans Reinhardt Galke, Ralf Lepehne and Donnie Burns
2001 - Member of the German National Team under 11 best dance couples of Germany. Dance Workshop in Jazz , Ballet and Hip Hop from specialist
2002 - Started teaching and coaching lessons for competitive couples in Germany. Teaching license from International Dance Sport Federation IDSF
2004 - Go back to Vietnam in recommendation of Shawn Tay ( Presidium member of World Dance Sport Federation WDSF) to introduce Vietnam to join the WDSF. Teaching different dance sport lectures in Vietnam
2005- 2007 - Competition Tour through Europe and Asia. Finalist of: Belgium Championship, Holland Championship and Singapore Lion City Championship in International Latin.
2008 - Opening the first Believe & Dance Studio in Saigon ( Quan Phu Nhuan ) Vietnam,
Traveling between Vietnam and USA for keep up my own dancing in USA and teaching in Vietnam
2008 - 2009 – Decide to move to America , concentrating on my own competition dancing and teaching Ballroom, Jazz, Hip Hop and competing in professional Ballroom.
2010 - Participate in most US favorite reality dance TV Show ” So You Think Can Dance ” on FOX top 24
- Auditioning for LAS VEGAS SHOW Le RÊVE Cirque de Soleil
- 1st time appearing in vietnamese community Entertainment business in California ;
- Judging a vietnamese reality dance TV Show ” You Can Dance ” on SBTN ( ASIA Entertainment )
2011 - Judging a vietnamese reality dance TV Show ” A Dancing Dream ” on Vietface TV ( Thuy Nga Paris by Night Production and Dancesation Production)
- Ballroom and Hiphop Fusion choreography work
2012 – Grand Opening BeliEVE & Dance Studio in Garden Grove , CA USA
2013 - Beginning the cooperation between BeliEVE & Dance Studio with Lion Star ( Singing School ) Music Production
- Organizing 1st Talent Show ” Uoc Mo Va Toi ” = Dreams And Me. A Showcase with new talented singers and dancers in all ages
- Sept. 20th kids Dance Talent Show ” Vu dieu Ti Hon ” . A Showcase for kids from 4-15 years old
- Choreographing work for Vstar 2013 Top 12 ( Paris By Night Production ) Opening number : Ngoi sao den nay/ Fame
2014 - singing and dancing performance tour in Europe and Australia
- performing for World Beauty Contest " Mr. & Mrs. Vietnamese Continents in Las Vegas "
- Working for Vstar 2014 ( Vietface & Paris By Night Production ) Singing contest
2015 - performing for Paris By Night 115
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Anthony started dancing at the age of 5 when his god mother taught him the basics in popping and locking. Anthony has experience in ballet, Krump, breaking, housing, jazz, and hip-hop. Anthony helped choreograph for high school teams from 2007-2010 winning multiple group awards and winning three 1st place solo hip-hop division. From then on he founded Griminalz project with 6 other friends and became known as one of the first project teams. From 2010-2015 he was on Common Ground dance team located at UCI and became artistic director for 3 years. During this time he also auditioned and danced for Disneyland, and Maker Empire. Now a veteran in the hip-hop and urban choreography world Anthony has been the artistic director for Hall Of Fame Dance Team for the past 3 years. He continues to use dance as an outlet to save lives and make positive impacts for our students of BeliEVE & Dance Studio.
What Dancing means to you ?
Over the past couple of years dance has become more of my lifeline every single day. Dancing in general I fell in love with at a young age. Being able to express myself through movement was what I really valued about dancing. It also got me out of trouble and saved my life at a huge turning point in my adolescents. I have now realized that dancing and performing were what I fell in love with but now I a fallen in love with teaching dance and sharing what dance has done for me to better my life. Dance is love.
What BeliEVE & Dance Studio means to you, why you love to be here ?
The studio means so much to me! Ever since I stepped foot in the studio I wanted to be a part of the kids lives. The message of the studio is exactly how I live my life through dance. We teach more than dance, we teach life skills through dance and learning discipline, hard work, team work, and how to take critiques and apply affectively. Just being a part of the kids lives means a lot and seeing their growth is where the real prize is at. Through all of the crazy stuff in the world we know that we still have each other. The studio is my second home.
Austin has been teaching and dancing for over 14+ years in the SoCal dance community. Ranging in all forms of stage performance to professional media. Dance styles include performance style/movement, jazz funk, voguing, and currently produces LA’s premier dance/club event show called “Afterparty”.
What Dancing means to you?
- Dancing is a place where I can escape from my daily life. A place where no one can judge you but yourself and the music. You can catch me dancing anywhere, and I love that!!
What BeliEVE & Dance Studio means to you, why you love to be here?
- Out of the 14+ years of teaching, this studio has pushed me and my students to challenge each other every week. I have fallen in love with this space for the constant support and drive from the staff and teams. I strive for my students learn beyond the movement, and to have fun while doing it. BeliEVE & Dance continues to support all my endeavors and I am thankful for that.
Esteban Escamilla was born in Long Beach and raised in Stanton, California. His dancing career started his senior year of high school. In 2010 he then auditioned and joined one of OC’s competing dance crew Team Millennia for five years. Through TM, he had the honor to be part of many projects such as King’s & Queens, Anthony Martinez project, Eric Luciano, London Outlaw, and many others. He also joined a non profit organization called Happiness is Now. Aiming at many students of different ages to pursue their passion and find their happiness through dance. After five years of competing his journey began through Hall of Fame dance crew in which led him to be part of Believe & Dance Studio
What DANCING means to you ?
Dancing is everything I truly am. I’d be lost and have no identity if dance wasn’t in my life. I matured and grew up through my love and passion for dance. The life long lessons, opportunities, connections, experiences, good or bad. I wouldn’t be here and the person I am if I didn’t have dance.
What BeliEVE & Dance Studio means to you , why you love to be here ?
This studio means more than words could ever even try to convey. My love and respect for this studio goes deeper for me because this came at the time in my life when I didn’t know I needed it. With that being said coming here is more than just love. It’s an excitement, it’s an experience, a beautiful moment, and a thrill leading different generations and watching them blossom all through our love for dance. Being part of this amazing team making a difference and creating opportunities. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Born in Indio, California; Alfonso had a found interest for dance/performance at a young age. However it wasn't until he attended college at the University of California, Irvine that his dance journey took off. It was at UC Irvine where he took his first dance class and knew this was more than just a hobby.
Shortly after attending Alfonso became a campus member of the B-Boys Anonymous club where he gained a deep knowledge and appreciation for hip hop/funk/& street styles and the art of freestyle. This later on led him to discover Kaba Modern, a competitive urban-dance group founded by Arnel Calvario in 1992. In 2011 he became a member of Kaba modern; and 2016 was a co director, leading the team to perform in competitions such Body Rock, Hip Hop International, and Vibe dance competition.
Currently Alfonso is co-director for Kaba modern legacy and member of Hall of Fame dance company. He continues to pursue training in dance, taking classes in studios such Millennium LA, Moment Lifestyle and SnowGlobe. Also studying dance at Orange Coast College in technique based styles such contemporary, ballet, modern and jazz. As well as getting certified his +200 yoga teacher training certification.
Hi! My name is Maili. I've been at BeliEVE & Dance Studio for about two years now, and I've been dancing since I was a kid. I started dancing by watching and copying K-pop dances and performing on my cheerleading team, and now, through the studio, I've been able to explore and try different genres of dance. I was always a shy kid and never really enjoyed being social, but dancing and performing really opened me up as a person and gave me the confidence I needed to face the struggles in my life. At BeliEVE & Dance studio, I enjoy being able to challenge myself and express myself in different ways. I am, and always will. be, grateful for all of the experiences I've had here at the studio!
What does DANCING mean to you?
To me, dancing means self-expression, growth, and building a connection with the audience. Dancing has brought so much positive energy into my life, whether it be new relationships with other dancers or my own self-confidence. Dancing has built me up to the person I am today and I don't know what I'd be doing without it!
What does BeliEVE & Dance Studio mean to you and why do you love to be here?
Coming to BeliEVE & Dance Studio has changed my life in a lot of different ways. I love working here because I get to do what I love and I'm excited to come to work every day. The kids are extremely passionate, talented, hardworking, and inspire me to try my best on a daily basis. The kids make all of the hard work worthwhile!
Hello! My name is Alondra. I have been dancing at Believe and Dance Studio for close to 5 years! My interest in dance has been with me for as long as I can remember. Starting off at age three dancing Jazz, then going on to being in cheer at age 6, dancing has always had a place in my life even if it wasn’t as great as a passion as it is now. Upon becoming part of the studio, however, my love for dance sky-rocketed. With the new challenges given to me, I was able to explore and get out of my comfort zone. As I did this, I found myself becoming a confident, outgoing person. I also learned to apply concepts learned in dance to my regular life, which I’m really thankful for. Dance has been with me for a long time, and I can’t think of a greater passion to have and to teach to the generations to come! I’m excited to have this opportunity to be a part of the studio’s leadership program, helping and guiding children to find their confidence as they go through with their regular lives.
What does DANCING mean to you?
Dancing is my way to express myself. It allows me forget my worries and motivates me to strive to be a greater, better person. It gives me a chance to create bonds with others through the common interest of dance as well! Dancing has brought me family and has served as my form of therapy.
What does Believe and Dance Studio mean to you?
Believe and Dance Studio is my second home. It has been there when I most need it, and it has taught me far more than just dancing. It has improved who I am as a person, making me more confident along the way. The studio is a place I enjoy going to, for it gives me the chance to work with people I admire and love. Believe and Dance Studio always brings something new to the table, making it a fun experience every time I’m there.