AMP'd UP Teachers
AMP’d UP Master Teachers
Jazz | Lyrical | Contemporary
Krista has been dancing since the age of 4. Her performances have taken her all over the United States, Canada, and Japan. She has had the opportunity to showcase her passion for dance through television, videos, concert tours, and live stage performances. In addition to Krista’s own talents as a performer, her award winning choreography has been featured on SYTYCD, America’s Best Dance Crew, Hip Hop International, live stage performances, and at schools, night clubs, and national competitions. She specializes in stylized jazz, technique, lyrical, contemporary, fitness and competitive choreography. Krista is an original member and Director of Automatic Response, and has been a proud member since 2005. They have been featured on season 1‘s America’s Best Dance Crew, Apollo presents American Icons and numerous stage production shows. “To inspire, and be inspired” is what Krista lives by, and she is a proud new mentor, teacher and choreographer for Kim Mcswain’s “Changing Lives” program. Just recently Krista launched AMP Dance Competition, to inspire kids to use their love for dance to make change in the community. Credits Include: Aaron Carter Jukebox Tour, Aaron Carter Japan Tour, Britney Spears Onyx Tour, Star Search, FAMEUS, West Coast Dance Explosion, Conversations of Lust, American Icons Live as Janet Jackson, America’s Best Dance Crew, The Goddess Concept, AMP Dance Competition, Purple, C(her)ish, British Invasion, Changing Lives, Top Jazz Choreographer for Break the Floor 2017.
Tap | Hip Hop
Jazz | Lyrical | Musical Theatre
Originally from Quebec, Canada, Annie was raised in Phoenix, AZ and grew up training competitively in all styles of dance. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Annie spent a year on the Arizona State University Dance Team performing at sporting events and competing at the National level. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Annie has worked for Tyce Diorio dancing in “The Gyspy Awads” and as an assistant on “So You Think You Can Dance” . Performed on the Latin Grammy Awards with “Calle 13” for Spencer Liff, “Pearl the Show” at the Lincoln Center in NYC for Daniel Ezralow , “Premios de la Radio Awards”, the feature film “TED 2” for Rob Ashford, and The “2017 Grammys” for Katy Perry. One of her most recent credits include dancing in NBC’s “Hairspray Live”, and dancing in the Lythgoe Family Panto “Beauty & the Beast, A Christmas Rose” choreographed by Many Moore! She is also on Faculty at “Hollywood Dance Jamz” dance convention, and a jazz director at Revolution Dance Center in Montrose, CA ! She LOVES being able to relate to all of the young dancers at the studio and across the country and showing them that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE with passion and hard work!
Combining her unique flavor, dynamic performance, and distinguished resume, Bonita Saldaña’s influence is recognized from the streets to the stage. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, her professional career originated as a member of the Phoenix Mercury Hip- Hop Squad and the Phoenix Suns Dance Team. Also known as, “Bgirl Bonita”, she has performed with artists such as: Jason Derulo, P. Diddy, Black Eyed Peas, Sean Kingston, Fergie, Jamiroquai and is a member of three of the most legendary, world- famous and credible names in Hip-Hop dance: The Rock Steady Crew, The Groovaloos and The Beat Freaks. She has also been featured on Disney’s Shake It Up, Nickolodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and MTV’s Made. Bonita has been teaching, performing, and judging nationally and internationally for 16 years. She is grateful for the launch of her dance school, StudanceLAB.com, in Phoenix, Arizona a studio with strong roots, passionate students, and expert educators.
Jayar (J.R.) Fernandez, born in New York, Raised in Chicago, and now living in Phoenix, is a dancer/actor with credits including Adidas “All In” campaign, principle dancer for Mary Kay Cosmetic line, and Fort McDowell Casino to name a few, He has become a recognized dancer also performing countless shows, including Miss Teen World 2008, Celebration of Dance, World Of Dance SD 2010 (3rd Place winners), and BoogieDaBeat 2012 Champion as well as competing on NBC’s World Of Dance Season 2 . He is currently performing with 6 Feet Deep and Automatic Response Dance Crew, featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew season 1. Along with dance, he also works media and hosts for Pacific Rim Video in Los Angeles, CA , and Hip Hop International in Las Vegas, NV. He currently teaches around the valley at various studios.
Sarah began dancing at the age of 13. She first began training within Arizona before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue various scholarship programs at world-renowned studios such Edge Performing Arts, Millennium, and Movement Lifestyle. Additionally, she has assisted on dance convention tours such as Hype, Co. Dance, and One Rhythm. After returning to Arizona, Sarah has taught and choreographed for multiple studios in the valley which has allowed her to share her love and passion for the art. Her choreography has been recognized at both the regional and national level. She has been a member of the professional performance company Automatic Response since 2009 and currently works for AMP Dance Competition.
Past credits include: World of Dance SD 2010, Hip Hop International, Conversations of Lust, Goddess Concept, Danc’Inspriations, backup dancer for national recording artist Jasmine Hormez.