With oversight by World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department Chairperson, Angelia Leung, this program is designed and directed by adjunct faculty member, Jackelyn Lopez, and assisted by Leanne Iacovetta and Harry Weston.
Jackie Lopez - is a Los Angeles native. She graduated in June of 2004 from the Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA with a dance emphasis (Summa Cum Laude). Lopez is a professional dancer, choreographer, and cultural educator who has worked with students and artists of all ages in various parts of the world ranging from Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Canada, India and Israel. She is currently the Program Director for The Flourish Foundation and Lecturer at the UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department teaching Intermediate Hip-hop, as well as at Santa Monica College and Los Angeles Valley College. Lopez has gained acknowledgement in the field by entering prestigious USA events and Hip-hop competitions. Lastly, she is the Co- Artistic Director of Versa-Style Dance Company. In February, the company traveled to Chennai, India to teach and perform as part of the first ever "Chennai Hip Hop Fest." Versa-Style also premiered their documentary, "Furious Beauty" at the LA Film Festival in July where it garnered glowing reviews. In that same month, the company served as Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. through the Arts Envoy Cultural Exchange Program in Tel Aviv, Israel. Finally, Lopez has been working with Kevin Kane (who serves as this program's advisor) for 17 years, since she was a high school student and owes much of her good fortune to their partnership.
Leanne Iacovetta - Leanne Iacovetta moved from Columbus, Ohio to Los Angeles nearly six years ago to attend UCLA where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.A. degrees in World Arts and Cultures/Dance and Communications. At UCLA, she co-produced the annual undergraduate showcase, WACsmash, and was president of the WAC Undergraduate Society. Leanne has had the honor of working with faculty members Lionel Popkin, Vic Marks, Michel Kouakou, and David Rousseve. Leanne is currently a member of David Rousseve's contemporary dance company, REALITY and a cast member in his latest work Stardust. As part of the cast of Stardust, she will be touring the country throughout 2014-2015. Leanne also works as an administrative assistant to various artists around Los Angeles, and enjoys teaching jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop in her spare time.
Harry Weston - Harry Weston graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a B.A. Degree in World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in Dance as well as a Minor in Civic Engagement. He has since traveled world-wide teaching and performing Hip Hop dance in places such as India, Israel, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco. He is currently a member of the Hip Hop dance theater company, Versa-Style, and manages the company as well. He also teaches Hip Hop in Echo Park at Gabriella Charter School, as well holds a position as guest choreographer at 5th Row Dance Studio in Manhattan Beach. In his spare time, he works with various non-profit organizations as an event producer, and continues to share his passion of teaching Hip Hop dance with those who need it mostly through workshops, lecture demonstrations, and retreats.