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.
Brenna Brocket was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. She started dancing when she was three years old and has been hooked ever since. She grew up training and competing in all styles such as Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, etc. This later led her to The University of Arizona where she received a BFA degree in Dance.
While in Tucson she had the opportunity to train and perform several different styles on stage. During her sophomore year of college she experienced a spinal fracture during a show. Although fracturing her spine wasn’t a fun experience, it was because of this that she discovered a new found passion for Pilates . Through the UA Dance program she was able to receive Fletcher Pilates training to help rehab her spine and get her back on stage quicker. During her senior year of college she was given the opportunity to go through the Foundational Training program to become a Fletcher Pilates Teacher. By the end of 2021 Brenna will have finished the Fletcher Professional Training Program, helping her to better understand the body and be the best teacher she can be.
Since 2016, she has been dancing with the LA dance company MusEffect, which has allowed her to live and work in both LA and AZ. Through MusEffect Brenna is able to use her artform of dance to help give back to the community.
In 2018 she was apart of the NBA Phoenix Suns Dancers for the 2018-2019 NBA season. With the Suns she was given the opportunity to dance and work with several choreographers including Tyce Diorio, Lacey Schwimmer, Matt Stephanina, Anthony Garza, Tribe 99, Ade Obayomi, Heather Morris and many more. With the Suns she performed with artists Coolio and Lumidee.
While she loves performing, teaching is such a big passion of Brenna’s! Since she was 16 years old she has had a love of working with younger dancers and helping train the future generation of movers. Merging dance and pilates is a new passion of hers, which allows her to help kids better understand their muscles and help avoid injuries in the future. She is looking forward to opening up her own pilates space in October 2021. She hopes to make everyone feel their best so that they can dance their best.
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.
Monica Ramirez is a Los Angeles based, professional dancer from Yuma, Arizona who her began her dance training at the age of 7. After first being introduced to ballet, Monica trained daily in jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop. By the time she was 16, Monica began her teaching career as a part time dance instructor at various studios within her community and has been an instructor ever since.
In 2007, Monica moved to Los Angeles to a part time job waiting for her at The Disneyland Resort where she performed four to five times a week down the famous Main Street USA as a parade dancer. During this time, Monica trained at Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood in preparation for an agency audition. In 2009, within the week of singing to Clear Talent Group, Monica attended and booked her first professional dance audition for Ester Dean and Chris Brown’s music video – “Drop It Low”.
Since then, Monica has worked with some of the worlds most renowned choreographers (Fatima Robinson. Laurianne Gibson. Tina Landon. Tanisha Scott. Brian Freidman….) and artist (Pitbull. Ke$ha. Rihanna. Drake. Flo Rida. Nicki Minaj. NeYo. and more). Though she’s been featured as a dancer in countless television shows such as American Idol, Americas Got Talent, The XFactor, So You Think You Can Dance, The Late Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The American Music Awards and The Grammys, Monica took to acting and landed her first lead role on the Hulu Original Series “East Los High” as “Yvonne” in 2014.
After switching agency representation to Bloc LA, Monica toured the world from 2015-2017 with pop sensation Jason Derulo. During this time, she used her earnings to invest in vocal lessons with celebrity vocal coach Nick Cooper and officially took her dancing and acting career into the realm of “triple threat” when she booked the “NOW” world tour with the legendary Shania Twain as a backup vocalist in 2018.
During her extensive career, Monica has been an educator to young dancers for over 15 years.
Most recently, Monica shot her first movie with the hilarious duo, Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. This film is set to be released this holiday season.
Today, Monica continues to act, teach master classes and is a professional artist when she’s not working in the industry.
Jaimie Foxx. Keri Hilson. Jennifer Hudson. David Guetta. Wiz Kid. Lil Wayne. Bebe Rexha. Pia Mia. Death Cab For Cutie. Andy Grammer. Sevyn Streeter. Jordin Sparks. T.I.. Iggy. Drake. John Legend. DJ Khaled. Meek Mill.
The Voice. 106&Park. Soul Train Awards. The Late late show. Jimmy Kimmel Live. Disney’s Shake It Up. Two And A Half Men. My Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Target. General Hospital. Discount Dance Magazine.
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.