Galen Hooks is a VMA-nominated artist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with over 60 world-renowned artists, including Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Usher, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and John Legend. She was a key creative behind tributes for Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott and performed at MTV’s historic Michael Jackson Tribute at the VMA’s. For years, Galen has been heralded as an influential dancer, choreographer and actress, with key roles in THE LXD: Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, So You Think You Can Dance, TED Talks, the Oscars, and as the opening act for two Glee Tours, at the Guggenheim New York, Invisible Children’s Fourth Estate (with an original score by Hans Zimmer), and Google Zeitgeist in London. Hooks has also found a massive audience online, having garnered over 100 million views across social media. Around the world, dancers and non-dancers alike are inspired by Galen’s unique choreography, which embodies strength, power, sensuality, and class for women.
Kash Gaines is a dancer, an event host and filmmaker. While traveling over the last 10 years, Kash Gaines led the team that wrote, filmed, edited and hosted a dance show called YAK Like You Know, where every week, they highlighted international dancers and filmmakers on the YAK channel to a devoted over 900k subscribers. Kash has hosted screenings, and spoken at universities, including a TEDx talk about the importance of shooting dance outdoors. He and YAK Films have collaborated with Red Bull’s dance events since 2011, and have garnered hundreds of millions of views.
Valerie Ramirez has spent the last twenty years directing World Champion dancers as the Founder and Creative Director for The Lab. With Ramirez at the helm, The Lab has most recently become the home to the 2018 NBC World of Dance Winners and the 2017 Hip Hop International World Champions. As the Director for the West Covina High School Hip Hop Program, Ramirez trained an unranked group of dancers to become National Champions in just one year. She has launched careers for internet sensations like Sienna Lalau, who has caught the eye of mega artists like Ciara, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. Her passion for cultivating dancers’ unique style is what drives Ramirez and makes her an inspiration in the dance community.
Ronnie Albaldonado is a veteran breaker, member of Full Force Crew and SuperCr3w, and winner of America’s Best Dance Crew, Season Two. Ronnie is a cast member of Jabbawockeez ‘JREAMZ’ and runs District Arts, a Las Vegas-based dance studio. The 2007 Red Bull BC One World Champ and All Star is known for his variations on freezes, intricate footwork and power moves. In dance he values consistency, composure and determination.