Joel De Andrade & Karen Galsgaard

Joel De Andrade & Karen Galsgaard have roots and are pioneers in the Danish Hip Hop scene. Joel has been dancing since 1989 and Karen since 1998. They won the first Scandinavian Battle Of The Year – the biggest breaking title in Scandinavia at the time.

Their experience ranges from battles, shows and theatre to international judging and workshops as well as organising events, community outreach and charity projects.

They have mentored countless students at Hotstepper and overseas, many of whom have become world-class dancers including solo breaking world champion and dancing for some of the most famous international artists.
Joel and Karen have both been nominated for awards for their contribution to the Danish dance scene.

We are proud to have some of the freshest new talent as well as established world-class dancers

Adam Yaqoubi

Adam is the first male dancer from Denmark to study dancehall in-depth. He was introduced to Dancehall in DK, has previously been in the Jamaican Rifical Team and has trained intensively in both DK and Jamaica. He has travelled several times to Jamaica to learn and experience the authentic and rich dancehall culture. Adam founded Diversity Skankaz, a dancehall crew working for dancehall in Denmark. He has taught workshops and classes internationally and in DK. In class he aims to spread good energy and that students get the right knowledge. Adam has danced/warmed up for artists like IceKiid, Izzy, Okay Funky, Felicia Baby, Mr. Eazi, BRO and Madam Akothe from Kenya. He has performed in TV and events including ZULU AWARDS, Distortion, AfroBeat Madness and Dancehall Madness.

Anastasija Olescuka

One of DK’s leading female hip hop and urban dancers and a graduate from one of the first years of the Hotstepper Dance Education. She has credits like CLASH CPH artistic director, The Nutcracker, judge at World Of Dance (WOD) DK, danced for hip hop legend Big Daddy Kane, performed at Ladies of Hip Hop (USA) and her choreography piece ANTS was selected for the SubUrban Dance Festival. She has won several battles including SDK Baltic, Urban Dance Meeting and Prop Challenge for Hip Hop Games DK 2 years in a row.

Artit Chatthai

Artit has been dancing for 10 years and has completed the Hotstepper Dance Education. He has competed at several events and has won UDO, Kaufmann Cup, Hip Hop Unite, and 2nd place at Hip Hop international DK. Artit has also been dancing for Fazli, Top Gunn, OMEE and been assistant choreographer for We Loves The 90’s Tour. He has several years teaching experience and has taught in Denmark, Thailand, Belgium, Sweden and Germany. Artit also runs his own dance video project focusing on the dance environment – AC PROJECT.

Ayub Abdulkadir

is an experienced and respected dancer from Concrete Soul Crew and part of the CLASHcph team. He is known for his freestyle and battle skills and his unique style. He has been active in the hip hop scene for 10+ years and won several battles in Northern Europe including BFC kulturhavn, Soul Session Oslo, Battle For Hip Hop Göteborg, 2 time winner of Hip Hop Games CPH, Playground Street Dance Jam Malmö and more. Ayub has industry experience with shows and theatre including Nøddeknækkeren and Gadens Hårdeste Hævn by the world famous Steen Koerner. Ayub has also been teaching and choreographing previous years at Hotstepper and Hotstepper Dance Education.


Dancing since 1996. Co-founder of the world famous Tsunami All Stars Crew. Winner of Battle Of The Year Brazil and 3rd place at International R16 – one of the worlds biggest breaking battles. Experience ranges from TV and film to theatre and battles.

Ciara Blankenship

Ciara is a strong is a strong, versatile dancer with star-quality. She has been dancing since a young age and has always had dance dreams. Ciara has learned from many leading dancers in and outside of Denmark, she has 2 dance educations including Hotstepper Dance Education and she has also trained in France and USA. She can freestyle and choreograph getting the essence and feeling of the styles and can deliver high-level performance on stage. Ciara has danced in music videos, TV, concerts, festivals, battles and is becoming a popular dancer in industry. She has credits like Christopher, Karen Mukupa, Boye & Sigvardt X MAGNÜS, Frederik Leopold, Grace Carter, J Wild, Amro, Yakuza, Nick Jones, Jimilian, Gio, Navid, Micheal Williams and Baby Bino as well as TV credits like Guldtuben and TV2 De Største Øjeblikke.


Rash also known as Colosal Titan, grew up in Congo where dance was part of his culture. He is specialised in breaking and afro and with his dance company, La Folie Crew, he has toured with dance theatre. Colosal has organised competitions and battles in his home country and also entered battles with top results in Congo and Denmark. He has created a name for himself in the Afro scene with his teaching, projects and battles – for example he won the “Afia Presents” battle with afro dance in Sweden. Colosal has performed with artists from all over the world such as Singuila from France, Yemi Alade from Nigeria and Mims Beyana from USA. He has taught workshops in Denmark and Sweden and toured in Spain and Italy.

Hector Frisken

Is one of the top hip hop “young guns” in Scandinavia with experience ranging from teaching and underground battles to TV and theater. He has been part of Toniah Pedersen’s dance ensemble and performed several years in a row in theater choreographed by Steen Koerner.

He has proven himself in battles and competitions where he has won one of the most prestigious battles, Juste Debout Nordic, and is the youngest Dane ever to qualify for the world finals in Dubai later this year. In more traditional dance competitions he has been 3 time Danish champion and got top ranking several years in a row at the IDO World Championships.

Hector has TV credits such as X-Factor and Danmark Har Talent as well as several artist credits including Gilli, Per Vers, Kesi, Bennyjamz, Branko, Stepzoriginale, Joseph & Elias, Atypisk, RH&ZK, Larry44, Fouli, Node and Aras.

Isabel Lippert

Has been active and successful in the dance industry since a young age with experience ranging from fashion shows to music videos. She has artist credits such as Outlandish, Topgunn, Mund de Carlo, David Jay, Papito, Medina Flashmob, danced in the DR Concert Hall, Bakken, Tivoli, Legoland, for the Zulu Awards, P3 Gold, X-Factor DK, TV2, DR, Universal Music and more. Isabel has also competed in the Danish, European & World Championships, Hip Hop International, Hip Hop Unite and UDO.

Joel De Andrade

Joel has been dancing since 1989 and is the co-founder of Hotstepper. He is one of DK’s hip hop pioneers and has always been working for the hip hop and urban dance scene both local and overseas. Since the 90’s he has helped organize local events and in the late 90’s started DK’s first school with break, locking and popping. He has competed at some of the world’s major battles winning the first Scandinavian Battle of The Year, crew finalist at UK B-boying Championships, semifinalist solo bboy at UK B-boy Championships and participated several times at International Battle Of The Year. He has also judged for Asian regional qualifiers of major battles including Battle of the Year, UK B-boy Champs, R16, Hip Hop International and Bboy World Asia. Joel has other credits like the hip hop legends Sugarhill Gang, Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Fugees and De La Soul – artists like Justin Timberlake, Punjabi MC and the Prodigy. Joel has danced in over 20 countries with a whole range of experiences from street corner sessions with local crews to commercial shows in state theater.

Julie Marie Nissen

Julie Marie belongs to the best of a new generation of Danish urban dancers and choreographers. She choreographed the winning show at The Choreography Competition in DK, choreographed and danced for Djämes Braun, was co-choreographer of STOR – finalists at DK Got Talent. She toured with Infernal and danced for other top Danish artists like Medina, Nabiha, Mø, KNA Connected, Blak and Jimilian. She has also danced at The Voice ‘ 16 and X-Factor. Julie Marie has completed the Hotstepper Dance Education, attended other intensive courses, workshops and travelled to London and L.A. in connection with dance training.

Karen Galsgaard

Karen has been dancing since 1998, and is one of the owners of Hotstepper. She works a lot for the hip hop and urban dance scene in Denmark and overseas organizing events, workshops, judging, choreographing shows in DK, Norway and Brazil, as well as volunteering for Instituto Du Gueto in Brazil. Today she has danced in over 20 countries with a whole range of experiences from street cyphers in ghettos to shows in honour of the Danish crown prince.

Karen has danced for hip hop legends like Sugarhill Gang, Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow and artists like Punjabi MC and Kato. She has worked for global brands like Red Bull, Everlast, Bianco Footwear, Amnesty International, Schwartzkopf, FHM and Kia Motors as well as events like DeeJay Awards and Ladyfest. Karen has been active in competitions including winning the first Scandinavian Battle Of The Year, being finalist of Nike Woman Europe and participating in the other major battles like International UK Bboying Championships, Floorwars and Streetstar. She helped start the female Danish hip hop crew – Top Notch, and in 2017 the Brazilian crew Hotstepper B-girls. Karen is also former teacher and on-going mentor for b-boy Zoopreme (Rico Coker) from The Ruggeds – one of the world’s top b-boys.

Keiran Araza

Is a strong, versatile dancer who is active in both the underground and the dance industry and is in Diversity Skankaz Crew. He is in the music video for Mund De Carlo, RH, Christopher, The Joker and Szhirley – danced for the afrobeat artists Tekno and Felicia Baby and performed at events such as Copenhagen Pride, Nordic Break League and Dancehall Madness. With Christopher, he has also, among other things. danced to Guldtuben, TV2 and The Biggest Moments, TV2 Zulu. During his time at the Hotstepper training, Keiran began to be active in battles and is i.a. winner of RUST Battle, semifinalist for Xmas Jam 2017 and 2019 as well as top 8 for CPH CLASH Battle for Culture vol 1.

Malthe Ørsted

Malthe is “one of DK’s finest” with experience ranging from battles to cultural performances in Beijing. He has been mentored by one of DK’s hip hop pioneers – Steen Koerner, danced with the world-famous Robot Boys and practiced with leading poppers from USA, Japan and France. He has won and been finalist at Danish battles and top 8 for the prestigious Scandinavian Juste Debout. He has danced for the Danish queen and other royal family on several occasions including state visits abroad. Malthe has danced in many theater shows including the Nutcracker and H.C. Andersen by Steen Koerner and The Last Show by the Robot Boys. He has danced for Per Vers, Outlandish, Mund De Carlo and Eloq. Other credits include commercials for Lego and DSB as well as DR Ramasjang, P3 Gold, Zulu Comedy Galla and others.

Natasha Sherpa

Natasha is a versatile dancer with teaching experience in several styles. She has completed 2 dance educations including the Hotstepper Dance Education where she also choreographed the hip hop foundations piece for the graduation show. Natasha has dance experience in DK, France, India and Kenya. She has danced at Danish Music Awards for Aura, NYX Cosmetics, The Royal Ballet, Coca Cola & Sprite commercial and has participated and choreographed for various competitions in Denmark.

Rai Del Valle

Rai is a popular dancer that started his career at Hotstepper. Since finishing his dance education at Hotstepper he has become a leading industry dancer with international experience ranging from working with top artists and touring to performing in theatre and TV. Rai has a long list of credits including Mohombi, Medina, Xander, Christopher, Skinz, Ciscilia, West Side Story, Eurovision and Swan Lake Reloaded Europe Tour.

Rebecca Kjerstad

Rebecca is a skilled, passionate and charismatic dancer who has learned from leading Danish and international dancers and graduated the Hotstepper Dance Education. She has a background in gymnastics where she was teaching since 2012, but pursued her love for dance where she started performing since 2013, and later from 2016 teaching commercial and urban styles at several dance studios. Rebecca and has worked with artists and performed at several shows, concerts and charity events. Credits range from Kræftens Bekæmpelse (Fight Against Cancer) to AnneLise concert, Hotskull concerts and various shows with Hotstepper and other studios she previously worked with. She has also been active in the underground scene entering different types of battles such as Clash CPH Cypher, Hotstepper Xmas Jam and That’s Hot Vogue Ball.

Ryan Jacolbe

Ryan is a versatile dancer that has taught at Hotstepper since 2015. He belongs to the best of a new generation of Danish urban dancers. He has danced in music videos, TV shows, award shows, festivals and has danced for top Danish artists like Medina, Nabiha, Yepha and Anella. In addition to Hotstepper Dance Education, he has attended many workshops by world-famous dancers.

Sebina Mahmutcehajic Evans

Sebina is an experienced dancer who has worked and trained with dance in the USA and DK. She is the founder of DOPE Crew and has choreographer credits for commercials for Lego, MGP tour for Oskar, music video for Shoko and danced in music video for other artists such as Kevin AK and Bjørn Vidø. She has danced at festivals such as Pride and also has experience in dance theater, concerts and competitions including being semi-finalist and finalist at HipHop Unite and Danmarks Danser.

Sitthichai Phuanphimai

Sitthichai has been a teacher at Hotstepper since 2015. His credits include Cicilia, Toy Box, Electrick Village, Club Awards, TV2 Live – Smid Tøjet Gala in Tivoli, JD Sports Grand Opening in Fields, WAUW Models Final Awards, cultural events for Rødovre and Nørrebro Municipality. Sitthichai has completed the Hotstepper Dance Education and subsequently other courses and workshops. He is part of the TREE’O group with 2 other dancers from Hotstepper. Together they perform, choreograph, give workshops and participate at competitions.

Sofie Frølich

Sofie has been dancing for more than 15 years and is a strong versatile dancer with several years of teaching experience. She has completed the Hotstepper Dance Education and has also taken part in masterclasses, workshops and camps. She has danced in several countries including DK, Belgium and USA. Sofie has danced in music videos, in the TV series Isas Stepz and she has won many competitions such as Hip Hop International DK, Hip Hop Unite DK and the world championships for dance schools.

Thea Wenzel

Is a strong, versatile dancer with a strong connection to Hotstepper where she has danced since 2012, previously been a substitute teacher, graduated the Hotstepper education and choreographed for the Hotstepper dance performance The Movement. She has been the choreographer and also danced for the artist Annella, choreographed and danced in music video for Eebz, performed for other artists such as Sandra Hussein and Justin Swayzy as well as for events such as KBH Volume and Journey Fest.

Thomas Miller

Thomas is part of DK’s elite industry dancers. He has done work for several artists but is best known for choreographing the shows and tours of the Danish superstar Medina. Thomas has  danced world-wide and his experience ranges from music videos and concerts to TV shows and theater. He has danced for many top Danish artists including Medina, Mohombi, Infernal, Trentemøller, Nabiha, Ida Corr, Christina Milton, Shaka Loveless, Burhan G, Xander and Christopher.

Thomas K. Rasmussen

Is a strong and versatile professional dancer who has completed Hotstepper Dance Education and DA REBELS International Dance Program in Slovenia. He has teaching experience since 2012 at several schools including Hotstepper. Thomas has choreographed for Albina S and in the Faroe Islands for the artist Marius Ziska and the acclaimed event Dansieksperimentið. He has other credits such as music video for TopGunn & City Bois, Vocalicious, X-Factor, TV2’s “Grandmaster” program, Denmark’s Got Talent, IBM, hip hop dance theater with Freestyle Phanatix, events such as Pride and Faceoff as well as fashion shows in DK and abroad for Kansas including brand collabs with BASE, Craftsman and Samsøe Samsøe. Thomas has also participated in battles including at Juste Debout Nordic, ClashCPH and Detours as well as competitions within DDD (4x DK champion) and IDO – top 20 Europe and top 40 World.