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.
We are proud to have some of the freshest new talent as well as established world-class dancers
Is a versatile dancer with forté in hip hop and choreo. Alongside her studies in Dramatic Arts in Spain, she has trained dance at a high level. In Spain and in DK during her time at Hotstepper Dance Education, she has trained many styles and learned from several dance legends. Her experience in Spain ranges from teaching to shows, TV performances and flash mobs. Celia has won and received top positions at several dance competitions. She has battle and dance competition experience in DK and Spain including at Hip Hop International Spain, Rock Da House, Vic Dance Contest, Urban Display, Culture Clash and more.
Daniel Rojas a.k.a Danielito
Has been breaking since childhood with his crew, Familia Loca, and has completed Hotstepper Dance Education. He is a technically strong, dynamic and versatile bboy who has participated in battles in Europe, South America and Asia. He is former Danish champion in breaking, and has traveled world-wide to participate in the European & World Championships and several Olympic qualifiers. In 2023 he made top 8 at the international Goiania world finals in Brazil, and got 2nd place for SB Qualifier Scandinavia. Danielito has trained with some of Japan’s best, and made the top 16 for one of Tokyo’s biggest battles – Urban Jungle. His experience ranges from teaching all ages to music videos and dance theatre. Danielito has credits like the artist Sean Kingston, release shows for the world premiere of the Magic Mike movie as well as brands like Nike, Pelle Pelle and New Balance.
Is a strong versatile dancer and choreographer with full power. She has received training at Hotstepper both at the evening school, several workshops and the Hotstepper Dance Education. Dennisha has been one-to-watch and received an award for her skills and development at the Hotstepper Dance Education – finally she will be teaching permanently at the evening school. Her experience ranges from music videos, concerts, teaching at several schools, dance theatre and she is active in the underground battle scene.
Dennisha has credits such as Distortion ALORS on Danse, Trinity Cph, Karen Mukupa music video, Diamond Platnumz concert, Ailin – Araba 3.0 music video, Brian Timothy music video and has choreographed for Hotstepper Dance Education graduation show.
Emma is an experienced and highly trained dancer that has completed the Hotstepper Dance Education, Galen Hooks artist development, BASE VTP program and more. She has a huge passion for teaching and has been giving classes and workshops in Thailand, Austria, The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.
Her credits include IKEA, Porsche, Mr. Vegas, Patoranking, being handpicked by Anthony Lee (US) to perform his piece together with him in MATRIX the show, La Pulpa (COL) Yotetoho tour in Beijing, Lil Gemi, RnB out loud summer tour, choreographer and backup dancer for Angelica Mava.
Gavin has been dancing since a young age starting with styles such as breaking and hip hop. He has completed Hotstepper Dance Education, participated in several workshops and is now also active in the Danish dance battle scene.
Gavin is a member of the dance group BEYOND BORDERS which is found in both Sweden and Denmark. He is the director of the Danish team, but also goes to Sweden to teach and share his experience. The group focuses on the Korean pop culture and the genres K-Pop, K-hip hop and K-RnB, with which they perform and compete in Sweden. At Hotstepper Dance Education, he has been a co-choreographer for a piece.
Julie Marie Nissen
Has been an active dancer since 2000. She has completed both a dance education and several dance-traing trips including to L.A., London, Paris and Senegal. Mariama has been teaching since 2003 including at Hotstepper, Pineapple Studio in London and Circle Studio in Norway. She has a great passion for teaching with experience ranging from beginners to professionals, kids, teens, adults, Christmas events, team building, refugees and social outreach projects.
Credits include Trentemøller, Lucy Love, Dr. Alban, Ace Of Base, Kato, MC Clemens, Alex Ambrose, Johnson, IdaAida, The Benefits, Siemens, IC Companys, Hewlett-Packard and PFA.
Has been dancing since a young age and has been teaching for the last 8 years at both evening schools and dance educations as well as at the R2D Homegrown Experience in Canada. She has training from DK and USA, including completing The Galen Hooks Method Classic in L.A. Marie is the leader and choreographer of the dance group Vocazion and is a former member of the dance group Da Freakaliz, which became 3x Danish champions and took part at the World Championships in Las Vegas.
Her original style and passion is waacking but she is a versatile dancer and choreographer who has attended several workshops with high-level international dancers and is a Hotstepper Dance Education graduate. She has been teaching in Denmark at Hotstepper and in the Faroe Islands. Her experience ranges from choreographing for artists, teaching, dance theatre, shows, flash mobs, festivals, concerts, commercials, organizing dance competitions and is also active in the underground battle scene.
Rannvás credits include Alors on Danse at Distortion, RSP, BYRTA, Jillionaire, Gurðið Hansdóttir at Voxbotn Festival, Jórunn Gudmundsen, G Festival, Pride festival, Summarfestivalurin, Besti Dansibólkurin, Faroe Islands Games, Dansieksperimentið Festival in the Faroe Islands, Demmus, Performance for Royal Inncoiffure and Burn Showdown.
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 been teaching since 2016 in 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 Jimilian, AnneLise, GIO & KDZ, Bogino Clothing, Panorama Festival, Kræftens Bekæmpelse (Fight Against Cancer), Hotskull concerts. 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.
Samuel has been dancing since a young age and has completed the Hotstepper Dance Education. He is a versatile dancer trained in many styles, but Hip Hop and Afro are his passion. He started teaching in 2015, and has since taught several styles at various dance schools. Samuel has experience ranging from teaching, choreographing and performing to fashion shows and live TV. He has credits such as dancing for the Danish top artists Christopher and Branco, as well as for brands like Redbull and Soundbox.
Sandra is a versatile dancer with many years of experience – previously with latin dance on a high level and later hip hop and commercial styles and recently she completed the Hotstepper Dance Education. At the graduation show she also co-choreographed a dance piece. Sandra has participated in dance battles and competitions such as Skvulp Festival Battle, Clash Women’s Battle and European Championships Hip Hop Formation IDO in Holland.
Is a world-renowned Danish hip hop legend who has been active since 1982. He is a autodidact dancer, choreographer and stage director. In 1987 he co-founded the famous street dance group Out of Control. He has danced world-wide in theatre & commercial productions, has won countless battles and is still active in the battle & underground scene as well as a mentor for some of the world’s leading dancers.
Steen has paved the way for hip hop theatre. He has directed more than 15 theatre performances, including The Sylph, Human Robot, several performances for the Queen of Denmark and has created choreography for several theatre productions including The Nutcracker. He was also co-creator of the theatre performance The Island in the East at Koma Theatre in Tokyo, Japan. Steen also publishes books, works with TV productions and has an ongoing collaboration with the Danish/Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.