MEET THE FOUNDERS
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.
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.