The Shift Dance Crew

Photo shoot for our spread in Medley Magazine.
Photos by Elizabeth Reyes. Check out more of her work here.

Unfortunately not everyone from the crew could make it out so only a few of us got to be photographed.
Thank you Shift for making college so rewarding and unforgettable. I had the time of my life laughing, EATING, dancing and messing around with you guys. All those cupcakes we baked for each other, the parties we hosted, the late night Tully's feasts, long hours of exhausting practices, shaking our booties in our hammer pants, messing up on stage, and all those hours we sacrificed just to spend time with a family that shares the love for dance. 

But of course, I couldn't feature Shift and not include everyone...
These photos below are from my amazing friend Jon Shih.

 We've been through so much to get to where we are today.
 Losing our most sassy and bad-ass member of The Shift - Marinna Khon (1988 - 2010). 
We miss you so much and will always remember the way you WORKED on stage.
 Experimenting with LCD lights and making costumes for hours.
 Teaching dance at Relay For Life and walking out of the dome at 6am like zombies.
 Getting ready for Elements of Hip-Hop.
 Opening for Tim Be Told.
Of course our favorite thing to do - eat cupcakes and celebrate birthdays!
Sharing the stage with the b-boys.
 Hosting workshops for Cuse dancers.
I love you guys and will always hold our memories close to my heart! :)

inspiring people // the sneaky ninja

I have always been empowered by this young man I met my second year of college. 
He isn't a man of words, but a man of artistic movement and hidden talents that would reveal themselves the more we spent time together.

Until you get the chance to enter his secret chambers (apt), where his electric piano comes to life, and the breath-taking paintings of dj sets, flowers, dragons and pandas neatly hang on the walls, you realize that he is not just a dancer and a martial artist. He is a ninja of the arts.

After being able to work and dance with him for 2 years, he is one of the most warm-hearted and thoughtful individuals you could meet. A few days before he left Syracuse for LA, he made every single member of our dance crew a little panda painting (his trademark) in the colors that reflected each member's personality. In addition, he included a personalized letter on the back that brought us all to tears. 

He recently posted about going to World of Dance and accidentally becoming a backstage photographer. He had the opportunity to meet some amazing people that could possibly change his life decisions.

Inspired by his motivation and experiences, I am excited to hear about his next endeavor. I'll be going to LA with his girlfriend(sorry ladies, he's taken) soon... Maybe I'll be apart of his next adventure!

I am so glad I have a friend like Ninjon.

photos taken from ninjon's tumblr.
Check out more of his artworks, photography, and stories here.

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 Guest choreographer Phi Tran's hip hop workshop!

The Shift Dance Crew is having their 2nd hip-hop workshop this Saturday, and will also be hosting auditions the following Saturday. 

I love performing, there is no doubt about it, but there's something about hosting workshops that really make me excited about dance. Seeing new faces join the dance community, scouting new talent on campus, and even the joy of teaching a group of students. I'm glad that there are still students out there who are willing to come out to learn dance on a Friday night.