About Us

What is Hype?

PennHype is a SAC-sponsored, co-ed, hip hop fusion dance group that creatively and uniquely explores various styles of traditional and modern dance. Comprised of members from different nationalities, Hype was formed to bridge cultural divides through the fusion of diverse dance styles. Our members cultivate an innovative approach to dance by breaking the boundaries of traditional hip hop and blending it with elements of different dance styles, such as b-boying, bhangra, Bollywood, dancehall, and even salsa. Our incorporation of both trained and untrained dancers allows our movement to embody an organic interpretation of music and emotions. During the academic year, Hype participates in various types of performances including competitions, collaborative events with other organizations, and instructional workshops both on campus and in the community. Additionally, PennHype puts on its annual showcase in the spring, encouraging Penn and its surrounding community to celebrate diversity through creative dance fusion.

Creating the Hype:

Hype was started in the later months of the 2004-2005 school year by then Myra Deshmukh ('08) and AkashTrivedi ('07). Since then, Hype has evolved from a tight knit circle of friends who shared a passion for dancing to an unconventional, multicultural, and high energy group that has taken UPenn and the surrounding Philadelphia area by storm.

Spring Auditions

Monday, January 19th, 2pm-5pm
Annenberg Dance Studio

Upcoming Events

Wanna be a part of Hype?
Come to our Spring auditons!
No experience Necessary!
See above for details



Check back later to see what our
10th anniversary show theme is!



Past Productions

Current Members

Alumni

Jannel Alston
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 2 years

Jeffrey Cho
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 2 years

Jason Chong
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 2 years

Divij Damodhar
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 3.5 years

Kiara Davis
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 4 years

Brian Hsia
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 4 years

Amanda Langhorne
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 3 years

Nanette Nunu
Grad year: 2014
In Hype for 4 years

James Lee
Grad year: 2013
In Hype for 3 years

Tracy Lee
Grad year: 2013
In Hype for 3 years

Nenna Akpaete
Grad year: 2012
In Hype for 3.5 years

Misha Chakrabarti
Grad Year: 2012
In Hype for 4 years

Kara Crutcher
Grad Year 2012
In Hype for 3.5 years

Cassandra Garraud
Grad year: 2012
In Hype for 4 years

Samantha Osborne
Grad year: 2012
In Hype for 2 years

Christina Torres
Grad year: 2012
In Hype for 3.5 years

Dillon Forrest
Graduation: 2011
In Hype for 1 year

Sieraaj Francis
Graduation: 2011
In Hype for 2.5 year

Robert Kuan
Graduation: 2011
In Hype for 1 year

Reuben Latigo
Graduation: 2011
In Hype for 1 year

Miten Mistry
Graduation: 2011
In Hype for 4 years

Niketa Patel
Graduation: 2011
In Hype for 4 years

Fadeke Agboke
Graduation: 2010
In Hype for 3.5 years

Julia Enyart
Graduation: 2010
In Hype for 3.5 years

Wildersee Harris
Graduation: 2010
In Hype for 2.5 years

Lamont Johnson
Graduation: 2010
In Hype for 4 years

Shriya Raghunathan
Graduation: 2010
In Hype for 3 years

Devika Ray
Graduation: 2010
In Hype for 4 years

Gabrielle Ritaccio
Graduation: 2010
In Hype for 3 years

Sandy Pillalamarri
Graduation: 2009
In Hype for 4 years

Raman Gupta
Graduation: 2009
In Hype for 4 years

Rahul Natesh
Graduation: 2009
In Hype for 4 years

Raj Parikh
Graduation: 2009
In Hype for 4 Years

Myra Deshmukh
Graduation: 2008
In Hype for 3 years

Leslie Mah
Graduation: 2008
In Hype for 3 years

Neil Mulchandani
Graduation: 2008
In Hype for 3 years

Shweta Singh
Graduation: 2008
In Hype for 3 years

Akash Trivedi
Gradation: 2007
In Hype for 2 years


Videos




"Haters" by Ace Hood and 2 Chainz
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VIDEO/PRODUCTION:
Scarlett Luis
Scarlett Luis, Nanette Nunu, Adisa Williams
Jannel Alston, Sarah Appeadu, Kiara Davis, Brian Hsia, Franklin Jeng,
Amanda Langhorne, Nanette Nunu,
Martha Ofuani, Kevin Park, Stephen Siu,
Gina Tang, Stephanie Tjiong,
Cassandra Vickers, Adisa Williams,
Carina Zhang
Jason Chong, Stephanie Tjiong,
Adisa Williams
"Stay" by Rhianna feat. Mikky Ekko
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VIDEO/PRODUCTION:
Carina Zhang
Jason Chong
Brian Hsia, Carina Zhang
Jason Chong, Stephanie Tjiong
"Dope" by Tyga
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VIDEO/PRODUCTION:
Jesse Ellingworth
Jesse Ellingworth, Adisa Williams
Jannel Alston, Divij Damodhar,
Jesse Ellingworth, Brian Hsia, Franklin Jeng, Kahaari Kenyatta, Scarlett Luis,
Martha Ofuani, Joshulyne Park, Kevin Park, Nanette Nunu, Gina Tang, Teddy Xiong, Carina Zhang
Adisa Williams, Miles Sheft,
Guyrandy Jean-Giles


Hype Board & Chair Members










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Upcoming Events


Spring Auditions

Wanna be a part of Hype?
Come to our Spring auditons!
No experience Necessary!
Monday, January 19th, 2pm-5pm
Annenberg Dance Studio




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Scarlett Luis (President)
Scarlett Luis, AKA Red, is Nicaraguan-Chinese but was born and raised in Miami, FL. She brings that Hispanic swag to Hype (Dale~ Ya tu sabes). Although she does not have any professional dance experience, Scarlett improves her dance skills by watching choreos on Youtube or freestyling in the comfort of her room. Coming from a community rich with Latin culture, she hopes to incorporate what she knows about salsa, merengue, and bachata to the repertoire of dance styles that already exist on Hype. Aside from Latin dance styles, Scarlett is very interested in dancehall, soca, and breakdancing. She hopes to, one day, six-step into a dutty wine. ;D Joining a dance crew has always been one of Scarlett’s dream but she realizes that Hype is not just a dance crew-- Hype is a family and she is beyond happy to be a part of it.


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Jabril Muhammad (Vice President)
“In West Philadelphia born and raised” is what he wishes he could say. Nonetheless, Jabril Muhammad, a “Fresh Prince” fanatic, is from the West Oak Lane area of Philadelphia. Growing up, Jabril always had a propensity for motion. Whether it was playing sports or wrestling with his dad, he was always up and about. It was not until his 7th birthday, that this motion turned to dance. In his first battle, he broke out into a “wiggly” yet dynamic freestyle. As a result, he won, and his life was never the same. From then on, he became infatuated with dance and artists such as Michael Jackson, Usher, and Chris Brown (later). In 7th grade, his dancing career truly took off! After joining Philly Movements Dance Company, he became proficient in various dance styles including popping, waving, locking, breakdancing, krumping, ballroom, and reggae (dancehall). It was there that Jabril earned the name “Snakepitt” due to his snake-like movements when popping and waving. While with Philly Movements, Jabril had the honor of dancing at the Fourth of July Parade, stop the violence initiatives, “Dance Arts” (now called “That’s Entertainment”), Disney World, etc. With this background, Jabril simply wants to continue getting better. Having been on PennHype for three years, he has brought great energy, swag, and a love of competition to the group. As he continues to grow, he only hopes that he can continue to help his teammates and electrify audiences!


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Adisa Williams (Secretary)
Adisa "Didas" Williams first knew she wanted to dance at age 10.She found herself dancing in the living room to (then) Lil Bow Wow's "Take Ya Home" and 'movin' so fast across the floor' that she was convinced she wanted to grow up and be in a dance film.(Back then it was Jessica Alba in 'Honey').After being forgotten for a while and replaced with other performing arts (drama, speech, voice), her love for dance was rekindled in her Jamaican high school being surrounded by lots of modern and Dancehall.She would then go on to take classes at the Edna Manley School of Performing Arts, Harvard Ballroom, with Doug Varone & Dancers and at Broadway Dance Center. Having been exposed to everything from African to Ballet, 'Didas' began to merge her love for dance with her love for performing last year in Brown University's Latin Dance Troupe 'Mezcla's annual show.Now, she's inspired to learn all she can, get more technical training and get out into the dance world after graduation as a choreographer.


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Teddy Xiong (Dance Coordinator)
Growing up in the Dallas area, Teddy was brought up on a healthy dosage of hip-hop. Looking for an outlet to express his love of the music, he fortuitously discovered breakdancing in middle school and spent countless hours watching Born, KYS, and Hong 10 wreck many a bboy and developing his own style. In high school, he began learning the multiple dance styles that came out during that time, including Soulja Boy, Jerking, Dougie, Cat Daddy, Shuffling, and the lesser known but equally impressive Shopping Cart. Combining his breaking with these waves of hiphop dances, he practiced his freestyling at various dance parties and banquets. In his junior and senior years of high school, Teddy joined a kpop dance group and had his first exposure to choreography. Despite his lack of formal training, Teddy will always love dance and uses it as an escape from his Wharton classes.


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Alex Yoo (Show Chair)
Alex Yoo never expected to become a dancer growing up. Maybe a marine biologist or a voice actor but definitely not a dancer. However, he joined his school's bboy team called Enthalpy in his junior year in high school. Before he knew it, he started experimenting with other dance styles such as broadway, contemporary, and hip-hop. During his senior year of high school, he became one of the captains of Enthalpy and choreographed a six minute act to perform at his school's Asian Culture Festival. He also created a spin-off group called Entropy and performed at his school's end-of-the-year talent show. Now as a senior on Hype, Alex is happy to have kept dancing as an integral part of his life.


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Hope MacKenzie (Public Relations Chair)
Hope MacKenzie is a sophomore from Ewing, New Jersey studying Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been trained for 12 years in tap, jazz, musical theater, ballet, and modern dance, but entered the hip hop genre in her freshman year of high school. She fell in love with the musicality and emotion found in hip hop and created choreography of her own in this genre. Her senior year, Hope rose to be the President of the crew that became her family and solstice from the challenges of life. Dance is what keeps Hope grounded and centered. Hope is incredibly excited to be accepted into Hype, and she hopes to bring some of her own style to the crew in the years to come.


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Martha Ofuani (Public Relations Chair)
Martha Ofuani is currently a junior in the college. Throughout her life, she was always musically involved. She was in choir in elementary school, played the violin up until 8th grade, and sang in her school's choir again in high school. Her interest in dancing started in 8th grade when a lot of her guy friends got into breaking and popping. Her interest for dancing grew exponentially as she discovered shows like America's Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance, and dancers like Ellen Kim and Kyle Hanagami. Although Martha never took formal dance classes, she danced in her high school's musicals throughout her entire high school career. She's wanted to be in a hip-hop dance crew for so long and she's really excited to be a part of the Hype fam.


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Kevin Park (Financial Chair)
Notorious as "Kevin Accident-Prone Park," this New York City nomad struggles to sport on his new contacts every morning and wears pants too tight for his own good. He can be commonly found on Franklin Jeng's bed, drugged out on NyQuil during the middle of the day. His favorite animal used to be the dolphin, until he found out that these creatures encourage prostitution within their pods. Friends have criticized him on his lack of leg hair, but haters do not faze him, a well-versed motif from philosopher Nicki Minaj. Kevin's proudest accomplishment is being able to run from the train station to his house in seven seconds. He aspires to purge all denim-on-denim outfits, to clog all of Brian Hsia's sweat glands, and to one day "run the trap." But as of now, he continues to diligently practice his rap songs at home for karaoke, or NRB as they call it back in his hometown. It should be noted that Kevin thinks he can dance but that is highly, highly debateable. One thing is for certain though. He loves his HYPE fam and is excited to meet the new generations to come!


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Bonnie Mai (Internal/External Relations Chair)
Bonnie Mai is a current Wharton student who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In the past she has been able to engage in myriad hobbies ranging from drawing to basketball, and from playing the violin to cooking. However, the one interest that Bonnie never had a real opportunity to pursue is dance because she comes from a traditional family in which academics is stressed, and also attended a high school in which athletics took precedence over performing arts. Introductory dance classes in 9th grade are the extent of her dance experience. For this, Bonnie is grateful that she can finally participate in this exciting form of creative expression alongside the Hype family.


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Gina Tang (Internal/External Relations Chair)
Gina Tang is a Wharton freshman from Seattle, Washington. She started dancing in a tiny studio in Chinatown, learning ballet and traditional Chinese dance. While also training in jazz and hip hop when she was younger, she ultimately fell in love with her high school's drill team. The bulk of her high school dance experience was with her military drill team, and spent her senior year as co-captain, helping choreograph and lead the team. Gina adores the hip hop genre and cannot wait to dance and grow with the rest of her new Hype family.


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Jesse Ellingworth
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, dance reminds Jesse of his family. Jesse’s passion for hip-hop originated from seeing his older sister dance and perform to hip-hop music. Honing his skills within the confines of his room and Youtube, Jesse has grown to love different styles of hip-hop and is excited to explore them with Hype.


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Phil Ezeala
I am a MAN with many backgrounds. I was born in San Francisco, moved to Nigeria a few months later and lived there for 6 years. After the 6 years, I moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia where I lived for 8 years. Following my freshman year of high school, I moved to Glendale, Arizona. I have always liked to dance but have never been apart of an organized dance company. The closest I have ever come to organized dance is using a choreographed dance as my talent during my school's senior guys talent show. Overall, my experiences with hype have been great. I am looking forward to making new friends, learning new dances, and just becoming a more complete and better dancer. I can't wait to spend my years with Hype.


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Otito Greg-Obi
Otito hails from the DMV area where she used to take studio classes in hip hop ballet tap and jazz. She took a break from dance halfway through high school and now she can't wait to get back into the art form by learning and performing different styles of hip-hop. Otito is so excited to learn new choreo and make new friends ! It's definitely going to be a great year, so Get Hype!


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Brittany Hartmire
Brittany is studying Urban Studies and Nutrition at Penn, but she still carries California in her heart. She used to live in a cabin at a YMCA camp year-round in the Redwoods where she was born, which is probably where she gets her love of the outdoors! But let’s be honest—she’s an Angeleno. Rumor has it 3 year-old Brittany used to run up to street performers playing Latin music at City Walk and start dancing with them. Although she doesn’t have much technical experience, she has always loved to move and tried to learn and choreograph what ever type of dance genre she had access to in high school.


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Drisana Hughes
Drisana Hughes is a Junior majoring in Political Science. She has been dancing as long as she can remember. Her formal training is ballet and modern, but she grew to love hip hop at a very young age. In addition to dancing, she is also a black belt in Tae Known Do and practiced gymnastics competitively for many years. She is a huge music video fan and enjoys learning every Beyonce routine she possibly can. She is very excited to be a part of Penn Hype and looks forward to furthering her hip hop with the dance crew.


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Franklin Jeng
Growing up in New York City, Franklin was surrounded by dance. His daily trips to and from school on the subway were frequently accompanied by street artists dancing in the stations and in the trains. These dancers were who first inspired Franklin to commit himself to the art of b-boying. He began his quest in the 8th grade where he took his first baby steps learning how to six-step and awkwardly top rock. Eventually, through the influence of youtube, Franklin found himself branching out and falling in love with hip hop. He spent his high school years learning choreography and participating in school dance showcases, loving the thrill of performing for a crowd. However, it wasn't until Franklin joined Hype that he really considered himself a dancer. By being around such amazing dancers, Hype showed Franklin what it means to love dancing and pushed him improve himself as both a dancer and an artist. As a senior entering his last year on the crew, Franklin can only expect amazing things from Hype.


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Sarah Jeng
"Dance to express, not to impress."
Sarah Jeng, a junior in Wharton, from northern New Jersey, doesn't know when she discovered her love for dancing;she only recalls her frequent one person dance parties in her room and basement, dating as far back as she can remember. She hasn't practiced or perfected any styles of dance but loves experimenting with her freestyle. Sarah participated in traditional Asian dance for years and recently gained experience in hip-hop dance from Defined Movement, the junior team of the Bergenfield-based Project D. Her season with them solidified her enthusiasm for dance and she can't wait to start dancing with Hype this year!


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Kahaari Kenyatta
Kahaari is a College sophomore, born in Los Angeles, raised in NorthJersey. His true introduction to the dance world came with the rise ofthe West Coast-born dance movement, 'Jerkin.' Often called KBlack, herecruited an 8-man crew, The Sidewalk Troops, that performed at localevents, garnered some Youtube notoriety and was regarded the best inNorth Jersey. He explored hiphop dance styles but never performed withan established dance group and stopped dancing as his crew went theirseparate ways. Now, Kahaari looks forward to dancing and growing withHype.


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Elena Kvak
"No experience is necessary" I like that statement. Hype truly is the first and legit dance team that I joined. I have never danced before but my hips don't lie when Good hip hop song is playing. Always open to try new forms of dancing. Can't wait for two more years with ma HYPE fam


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Kevin Lu
Born in California but raised in Illinois, Kevin had a wide range of interests growing up. Dancing came to the forefront of those interests late in high school when he discovered Brian Puspos and Kyle Hanagami. At the time he was complacent with just watching but the more he watched, the more he wanted to try it. After watching countless hours of choreography from Keone Madrid, Quick Crew, and S**t Kings, his love for choreography turned into a love for dance. Hype is Kevin's first true dance experience and he cannot wait to get started.


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Mikael Mantis
Mikael Mantis is Greek-Panamanian, born in Washington D.C., raised in Centreville, VA. He came to Penn thinking he was just going to study and continue tricking (a blend of martial arts and gymnastics) on the side like he had been for the past 6 years of his life. Coming from 13 years of taekwondo Mikael even considered joining Penn’s taekwondo club. Though after speaking with a member of the club, he learned about Hype and thought it would be fun to try something new. Having pretty much no dance experience at all, Mikael was a little uncomfortable and even doubtful at first. However that quickly changed and he now considers auditioning for Hype the best decision he’s made since coming to Penn.


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Andy Miao
Andy Miao is a Chinese – Canadian raised in Vancouver. He joined a school dance class because of his passion for Dance Dance Revolution, and eventually became part of a competitive hip hop dance crew until senior year of high school. While his main dance style is hip hop, Andy has also done a bit of Bollywood, popping, and k-pop. Being part of Hype is a dream come true for Andy, and he hopes to discover his own style, learn new ones, and eventually choreograph like many of Hype’s members.


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Seika Nagao
Seika Nagao has been dancing from when she was three, but she didn't enjoy the elephant costume too much and left the ballet scene after awhile. However, in middle school she discovered her love for fun, sassy jazz moves, and has been dancing since then. Later, she became an active member of her high school's modern dance group. Recently, Seika has been captivated by Kpop( especially Big Bang) and even choreographed a Kpop mashup her senior spring with friends for fun. She can't wait to continue dancing at Penn and hopes she can sprinkle in some of her own style in Hype.


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Shelley Pu
Shelley is from Seattle, Washington (don’t worry, even though she is from the Rainy City, she has a sunny personality :D). Before Penn, she never really danced (instead, she spent her time doing important things like eating Korean barbecue, watching The Office, and going to Alki Beach). However, ever since she was younger, she loved learning routines—from taekwondo forms in middle school to cheerleading dances in high school. She was also always so impressed when watching her older brother dance, and so she was determined to start dancing in college. Even though her only hip-hop experience is from Hype auditions, Shelley is already in love with this team and hopes to one day be as inspiring of a dancer as the other members are to her.


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Micah Rainey
Micah Rainey is a junior in Wharton who is planning to concentrate in OPIM. She started dancing at the age of 8 in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, and hasn’t stopped since then. In her middle and high school years, her main focus was performing with her schools’ show choirs, which she likes to claim counts as a sport, but she has also been trained in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. When growing up, she frequently heard from her instructors that she needed to calm down and keep her tongue in her mouth, so she is happy to have found a new dance family where ratchet is a word that people get excited about.


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Steve Siu
Steve Siu has been dancing pretty much his whole life, but he never took it seriously until his sophomore year of high school. He started out learning tutting and has since turned it into a specialty of his. When college began, he took breaking more seriously and also got into writing choreography. He goes to as many dance events as he can (bboy jams, and the like) in order to fine-tune his skills and draw inspiration from other dancers so that he can push his dance abilities to their utmost limits.


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Stephanie Tjiong
Born and raised on Long Island, Steph has been dancing since she was tiny but for the most part, it was only traditional Chinese dance. Then came Step Up movies and K-pop freshman year of high school and let's just say from then on nights were spent on YouTube, attempting not to injure herself in her bedroom. Soon enough, dance became the medium where Steph could let loose and express herself. She never had a chance to seriously dance or choreograph until coming to college and is excited to continue to grow as a dancer with her new Hype fam


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April Wu
April is a senior studying in the School of Nursing and she hails from a suburb in Los Angeles called Northridge. Her real interest in dance probably began in middle school, when she realized how enthralling it was to do the Cha Cha Slide at her best friend’s bat mitzvah. Since then, her love for dancing to upbeat music with people she loves has only grown. Although she did not have any official experience with dance before coming to Penn, April has found that dancing with Hype has become an irreplaceable piece of her undergraduate career. H er exposure to unfamiliar styles of dance through working with this crew has given her the amazing opportunity to fall in love with new forms of expression, as well as work on her strengths and weaknesses. April loves her teammates and remains forever proud of her crew. She knows that Hype Love is eternal and looks forward to the days when Hypies will initiate twerkfests at each other's weddings...because she knows some things won't ever change. :)


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Derek Yang
Derek Yang is Taiwanese, but was raised in the heart of the 626 area of San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. Coming from a community filled with famous dancers, dance competitions, kendamas, and drop crotch pants, he started with bboying but eventually joined and became captain of his high school’s All Male Dance Team, training under coaches from companies like GRV and Team Millenium. His main styles include hip-hop choreography, bboying, and popping; however, he is also trying to learn contemporary and lyrical styles which he will continue to improve on when his groin becomes more flexible. Finding Hype has been a true blessing for him as it is the dance family he has always sought and loved.


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Carina Zhang
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Carina has always been involved in competitive swimming since elementary school as well as the typical Asian musical endeavors, but she loved watching great dancers on shows like So You Think You Can Dance. She never imagined she would actually become a dancer (or be able to embody anything related to swag), but after being introduced to dance junior year of high school, she attempted to self-teach choreography via Youtube, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a few K-Pop dances. Finally, in college, she was honored to have the opportunity to pursue her love for dance with her Hype family. She believes it is a privilege to express herself in reaching for visual words that don’t exist in the music and physically manifesting meaning in moments of time—the extension of words, sound, and space. Experimenting with various styles like tutting, lyrical hip hop, and contemporary and learning from the talented dancers in Hype, she is more than excited to see where her time on Hype leads her.


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Hype Presents: Phobia




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Phobia - The Photoshoot




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Hype: The Lineage




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Newbies - '13




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PBDC - The Photoshoot




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Fall Photoshoot - 2012




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Hype - Poreotics




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Hype Presents: Good vs Evil




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Good vs Evil - The Photoshoot




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Good vs Evil - Behind The Scenes




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Fall Photoshoot - 2011




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Hype Presents: iHYPE




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iHYPE - The Photoshoot




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Hype - 2010




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Hype 2010 - The Photoshoot




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Spring Fling - '09




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Hype Show '09 - Behind The Scenes




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