Meet The Instructors
Fatena "Fae" Salfiti
Artistic Director of BDC
Founder, Owner and Artistic Director Of Bliss Dance Company, Bliss urban Arts Center & Bliss Rec Program. Owner of Hip Hop Hippie Boutique. Certified Massage Therapist. Poetry. Acting. Comedy. Creator.
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Hoang Huynh (Com3dy) is a dancer/spoken word artist. Started exploring his artistry at age 12. He started training in Krump in 2006 and has travelled and won many events/battles while training with some of the best Krumpers in the world. Hoang has been a member of Bliss Dance Company since 2008. Starting off as a dancer and working his way into BDC staff as a choreographer in 2010. His aim isn't for self recognition but to inspire people to try something new. "You never know what you can excel in if you never give it a shot. Do your part and be true to your art"
Sarah Galloway started in Fae's Rec class back in 2005 and joined BDC in 2006. She worked her way up to a class assistant at age 11 until age 16. Sarah then moved up to becoming a Director at age 16 and took over her own Rec Classes. She has choreographed for local music artists Priscilla G, Patience, Bossilera & Ice Meez as well as has been a background dancer and in music videos.
Herman Billingsley Jr, started dancing in 2003. He began training in choreography & theatre with Bliss in 2009, then trained with 1 Up crew in Oakland from 2015 to present where he had the opportunity to perform at B2K the Millennium Tour. Herman is also a recipient of multiple scholarships from Monsters of hip hop dance convention.
Nic Watson is the director and founder of Intrikit and a former BDC member for 10 plus years. Nic started dancing at the age of 6, took a rec class in 2005 with Fae & has been dancing ever since. Trained in many styles of hip hop dance. Nic also creates all of Bliss dance company's logos, designs & music production. Nic is also a musical artist and Poet.
Director of Soul Vitality & Jr. Soul Vitality
Jamie Roman began her training as a part of the Winterguard International Competitive circuit in 1998. Jamie performed with Fairfield High School, In Motion Winterguard, San Jose Raiders, Seattle Cascades, and Sacramento Mandarins. She won several awards such as most outstanding performer, rookie of the year, most inspirational, and won the silver medal two years in a row at WGI World Championships as both a performer and choreographer. Jamie is trained in many styles & studied dance and musical theatre at Solano Community College. She began teaching contemporary at Bliss in 2010 where she founded Soul Vitality.
Tylah Moi started her training at Bliss when she was 14. Tylah has taught Rec classes, directed, and choreographed for Bliss teams over the last few years. Tylah also teaches at Farnsworth Dance Academy and works promotions for 1Up dance crew. Tylah has also trained in ballroom, hula and contemporary along with doing musical theater for 5 years before deciding to fully focus on dance.
Ariel has been dancing for 10+ years, getting her start in a local Sacramento crew she now directs, GROOVEology. She currently dances for the Sacramento King's new hip hop team, 916 Crew, and has danced for artists like Wale and Eric Bellinger. While she loves dancing and choreographing a lot, her biggest passion is teaching and she absolutely loves being able to teach weekly to students of all ages.
Co-Director of Beat Wreckers
Asia started dancing with bliss in 2010, she became a Rec Assistant by 2014 and quickly moved up to instructing and directing by age 16. Asia is now Director of two teams and 2 rec classes at BUAC. She has also done work with choreographing music videos, styling for photo shoots, makeup, performed background for artists, and more. Asia is now in school to become an Esthetician while teaching at BUAC as well as teaching in Davis at Mirror Image Dance Studios.
Co-Director of Bassline & Rhythm Wreckers
Josh has been in Bliss since he was 8 years old, starting as a student then working his way up to a class assistant, instructor and now company Director. Over the years he has accomplished many achievements in dance such as performing in an h&m commercial, performing at 49ers and Raiders half time shows with artists such as Sean Kingston, Snoop Dogg, E40, Beyonce, Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Josh also has the opportunity to do a Peanuts Movie Premiere. Josh has won several awards for his choreography and is well rounded in many styles of dance and more such as popping, locking, house, tap, lyrical, contemporary, theatre, tumbling. Josh choreographs for several quince's, weddings and birthday parties as well and is a 3x scholarship recipient from Monsters of Hip Hop. Josh had also previously had a contract with Movement Talent Agency.
Director of Intrikit
Rec Class Assistant
Salim started dancing at age 6 in our Rec Program before joining BDC. Salim is now a Rec Class Assistant and Assistant Choreographer for Intrikit. Salim has also choreographed and assisted for Musical Theatre productions with Starbound Theatre as well as heads the Bliss dance team that performs at Will C. Wood High School. Salim is also an actor and has been in multiple productions Such as Hip Hop Christmas, Wizard of Oz, I Never Saw Another Butterfly and The Bully Collection. Salim aspires to major in Dance and pursue a career in it.
Rec Class Assistant
Alexis started dancing in our Rec Program in 2013 then shortly after that joined BDC. She started choreographing for the company this past year for competitions and events. Alexis is a 3x Scholarship Recipient from Monsters of Hip Hop where she even had the opportunity to travel to NYC to dance on a scholarship. Alexis is also a Rec Class Assistant where she has worked with dancers of all ages. Alexis currently attends Sac State where she is double majoring in Business and Dance. She also has a very special talent in art and drawing, and has done many art commissions for people in the community.
Cloud 9 Class Assistant
Bri has been dancing with bliss since 2013. With her several years of experience in Cheer, Bri was able to quickly adapt to the discipline taught in dance at Bliss and was a very hard worker and extremely motivated. Bri has been promoted to class assistant in 2019 and now resident choreographer in 2020. She is also a memnber of Bassline, a full time student focussing on business, and works in data entry.
Co-Director of Beat Rascals
Reese started dancing in Hula & Tahitian at age 3 then started dancing at Bliss at age 11. Reese has also done contemporary dance for 3 years. Reese is a member of Bassline, has been a Rec class assistant and is now Co-Director of Beat Rascals.
Rec Class Assistant
Basic Hip Hop Instructor
Cheyenne started Rec classes with Fae when she was 8 years old. Shortly after, she joined Bliss where she worked her way up through the company. At 13 she began assisting the Fairfield Rec Program where she still continues and is now teaching the Basic Rec Class.
Since opening our doors in 2003, Starbound Theatre has successfully produced over sixteen seasons of productions providing live theatre to student audiences and families in the Solano and Napa county communities. Hundreds of students have benefited from our comprehensive training and thousands in the community have enjoyed our performances.
Our focus is on the entire rehearsal process and development of a production. We value teaching our students the importance of collaboration and team work. Starbound Theatre is inclusive of all levels and abilities. We offer monthly classes in acting, music, dance and more for students who are interested in advancing their skills.
Starbound Theatre also offers opportunities for students to attend and perform at various events. Starbound Theatre students attend the Junior Theatre Festival every year held in Sacramento. We also perform and participate in workshops every other year through Disney Performing Arts at Disneyland. In 2020, Starbound Theatre embarks on our first group trip to the Big Apple. Students and families will tour Manhattan, see Broadway shows and participate in workshops facilitated by working professionals tied to Broadway.
Ballet Folklorico t
Netza Vidal founded Ballet Folklorico Netzahuacoyotl in 1996. Born in Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico, he studied Mexican Folkloric dance at the Escuela de la Danza Mexicana with Jaime Buentello Bazan. “Maestro Netza” trained as a professional dancer all his life, dancing in some of the most prestigious folklorico groups in Mexico. For twenty years, he has been an instructor and director of Mexican folkloric dance, beginning his career as dance director at San Rafael High School in Marin County. Maestro Netza is the general and artistic director, leading his company with it’s own unique style, costume designs, music and choreography. His dance groups have had the honor of performing for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Golden State Warriors Latinx pre-game and half time show, A’s Hispanic Day, Giants Fiesta Gigante, California’s Great America, Six Flags and a host of local and county fairs and many private events.
Candice grew up around the Irish Dance Community and began formally taking classes when she was 14. Outside of the studio she is a mother to my 2 daughters, and a Para-educator.
She now loves teaching the art and the culture of Irish Dance to the next generation. For Candice, Irish dancing is more than a sport, it is a tradition that connects us today to our roots back in Ireland.
Kathleen Stroup grew up in Dublin, Ca. where she started lessons at age 6 with the McGrath Irish Dancers. Through the years she has traveled domestically and internationally to perform and compete. She started teaching at the age of 18 and the class has grown to what it is today with a great co-teacher, supportive parents and talented students that perform throughout the year in the Vacaville area.
Miranda has been teaching Zumba in Solano County for 10 years. Miranda is also certifies in Aqua Classes and she also teaches Ab classes. Miranda also loves acting and has been in several local plays.