Sami “Slynks” Elkout
Studio Owner & Administrator
Born and raised in Ottawa, Sami has been an active member of the street dance community since he started breaking in 2001. He began by teaching himself with the help of a website called “Breakdance.com” which provided written explanation of popular dance moves (during dial up internet times, when videos were not available!). Feeling hungry for knowledge he later joined The Studio School of Dance and took lessons from Ben Jammin, and Universal Will of The Canadian Floor Masters (Canada’s oldest Breaking Crew). He began teaching Breaking at a variety of dance studios, martial arts dojos, and community centers.
In 2007 while attending Algonquin College for Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, he became one of the founding members of a dance group, The Breadcrumbs Crew. Since then they have performed for a variety of events and groups including Bacardi, Target, Giant Tiger, The Museum of Nature, The Ottawa Senators, The NHL Fan Fair, The Senators Foundation, and Mountain Dew (to name a few!). He has also competed in a variety of Battles (Freestyle dance competitions), around Canada.
Sami took his business knowledge and love for dance to the next level in 2011 when he opened up Ottawa’s Only Street Dance Studio; The Flava Factory (Formerly The Flavor Factory Urban Dance School).
Since then he has been working hard to provide the best urban and street dance classes to the national capital region. He is also the Dance Director for a non-profit arts organization called; House of PainT Festival of Urban Arts and Culture. Through this role he is able to provide a variety of opportunities to established and emerging dance artists from around Ottawa and Canada. He continues to work hard to provide opportunities to his community of artists, while still working on his own professional artistic career.
Christian “Cee” Ancheta
Youth, Crew & Intro Breaking Instructor
Christian AKA Cee has been dancing since he was three, starting out in the Philippine Dance Troupe of Ottawa, learning and performing cultural dances from the Philippines. In 2001, he discovered his passion: bboying (breakdancing). Initially exposed to the dance in music videos, he drew inspiration from the dance styles and aspired to learn and perfect the different moves and make them his own, travelling and learning form all the teachers he could find. 14+ years of Bboying have taken Cee all across Canada the US and Asia, dancing for TV commercials and shows (So You Think You Can Dance Canada), modeling and being featured on product packages, and dancing onstage with artists such as Masia One, Talib Kweli and the Beastie Boys. He was invited for three consecutive years to the National Breakdance Forum in the Yukon, and being recruited to the Blueprint for Life organization (Social work though Hip Hop). In more recent accomplishments Cee has traveled to South East Asia to places like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam to dance, teach, work and see the world.
Cee is also gifted in the arts having a full artistic background many different mediums such as paint, pencil, clay and anything in between. In 2012 Cee completed the Interactive Multimedia Developer course at Algonquin College. He has geared his talent into his work becoming a Designer and a Videographer. He has created most of the designs, videos and images around the studio. Watch out for Ceeboy Productions.
Cees main point of focus in his dance is to always be a student and keep learning from many different teachers/mentors and also to share all his experience and knowledge with fellow dancers and students.
Vanessa “Vlove” Lovell
Studio Administrator; Intro, Inter, Teen, and Crew Hip Hop Instructor
Vanessa has been dancing since she was a child, but began her formal training in Hip Hop and Jazz at the Canadian Dance Factory.
While in Toronto she began to focus mainly on street dance styles such as House, Waacking, Popping which most definitely helped strengthen her Hip Hop training. Since her return to Ottawa she has been very involved in the street dance community from organizing events to judging dance battles. She plans to continue to share her love of Hip Hop dance through teaching classes that focus on a mixture of grooving as well as choreography. Vanessa has also been involved in growing her community through her co produced dance event “Hit That Beat” which highlights freestyle hip hop and even gives Ladies a chance to battle on their own.
Simon “Klassic” Xavier
Popping/ Popping & Locking Instructor
Simon Xavier, is an Ottawa based dancer who has been getting down since the young age of 4. He has a strong appreciation for all genres of music, specifically funk, and having been inspired by Michael Jackson, he was able to fall in love with Popping at the age of 14. In 2008 he gained extensive knowledge of Boogaloo Style (a sub style of Popping) from Frank Boogie (Boogie Brats Crew). Klassic is a member of performance and battles groups, The Bread Crumbs Crew (OTT) and Clean Fresh Air (MTL).
Klassic gave a strong first impression in the dance scene in 2008 when he entered Canada’s biggest street dance event called Bust-a-Move, and become a finalist along with partner Miles Boog (From So You Think You Can Dance Canada) against top international dancers Greenteck (CAD) and Salah (FR).
Klassic has appeared in “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, (Season 3) he has also performed in the 2011 NHL All-Star weekend held in Ottawa, and “Canada’s Got Talent”, just to name a few! His accomplishments are endless including, competing in battles all over Canada and having won Montreal’s Urban Art and Dance Festival, Under Pressure Popping battle 3 consecutive years.
Actively involved in his community and giving back to the youth, Klassic has been teaching at The Flava Factory since 2011. He’s also the Assistant Dance Coordinator for Canada’s biggest Urban Arts and Hip Hop Festival, House of PainT.
Today Klassic’s career has brought him into the international scene sharing his knowledge and teaching students from the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. Klassic has taken part in performances, been invited as a battle guest, judged and participated in battles throughout China such as; Crazy Dancing, Funk in Shanghai, and Dancing with Us, to name a few. He continues to pursue his passion locally, national, and international, with his career taking him to new heights.
Rise and Sarah
House Dancer, B-Girl and designer Tangent has been performing and teaching
dance since the nineties. She got hooked on the underground sounds of house
and breaks in the first wave of Rave culture and never looked back. As
founding member of the all-woman B-Girl Crew DECYPHER CRU, she has been
performing, teaching and studying dance for the last 12 years. She has
performed at Pulp 0 Festival in Singapore, at the Ottawa Fringe Festival,
The Dance Kapitale Festival, Canada Day on Major’s Hill Park, the Lumiere
Festival, The Canada Dance Festival, Cisco Bluesfest and Winterlude amongst
dozens of other high-profile performances. She has competed at Under
Pressure and No Shame in the Game in Montreal, Break and Enter in Toronto,
as well as House of Paint, Capital Skills, Freshest Steps, Last Man Standing
and Stamina competitions in Ottawa, and has performed in nightclubs
alongside Trevor Walker, Lance Baptiste, DJ Pho, DJ Rise Ashen and Jojo
Flores to name a few
She has studied from house and break masters in NYC, Paris, London and
Tokyo. She is proud to have studied under Ken Swift, Whichway Shannon, Tone
McGregor, Ejoe Wilson, Caleaf Sellers, Dazl, Yugson, Aus Ninja, Tyrone
Proctor, Archie Burnett, as well as Jazzy Jay, Poppin Pete, and Melissa
Aguirre. Having an advanced knowledge of structure (she is also a trained
architect), her approach to dance is conceptual and she bears the name
Tangent well, constantly surprising audiences and drawing on artforms such
as Kung Fu and Yoga to inform her art.
Producer, Musician, DJ and Dancer Rise Ashen has devoted his life to the
study of sound and movement. From his early years as a bboy in Montreal in
the 80s, to his studies at Fanshawe College (North America’s Oldest
Recording School) and the Banff Centre for the Arts, his focus has been on
applying hi-fi knowhow to underground music. Since the late nineties, he
has studied dance under Ken Swift, Whichway Shannon, Tone McGregor, Ejoe
Wilson, Caleaf Sellers, Dazl, Yugson, Aus Ninja, Tyrone Proctor, Archie
Burnett, as well as Jazzy Jay, Poppin Pete, and Melissa Aguirre. He has
shared the stage with such varied greats as K’Naan, The Ethnic Heritage
Ensemble, Kid Koala and Jully Black among others. You can check out his
releases on Afroart, Gotsoul, Dub Fu and Defected to name a few (dozens of
singles out now and over 12 full length artist CDs, not to mention countless
mixed CDs and a few CBC radio shows called A NU JAZZ ORDER). He believes
music and dance are essential to human culture and that united, artists can
lead humanity towards a more enlightened way of living. “We need to make a
shift towards long-term thinking”… Quoting Fela Kuti:”when the higher
forces give you the gift of music
it must be well used for the good of
Alea “Di Di” DeCastro
Alea de Castro, also known as Didi, was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. Since she was a child, Didi has always held an interest in music and dance. Didi started her dancer journey through Jazz and Ballet at a young age, and now is involved in the cultures of Hip Hop, Waacking, House and partner dancing. Didi has gained knowledge and experience through training at The Flavor Factory Urban Dance School and cities such as Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Fransisco and New York. Didi has also been involved with several dance organizations and teams such as Youth for Christ Dance Team, 2 The Roots Charity Dance Foundations, Boss Dance crew and Chocoloate Pocky Duo. With her experience, Didi has not only taught several classes and workshops, she has organized and competed at many battles/events in North America. Alea is the only Waacking instructor currently in Ottawa. With her experience, Didi continues to travel the world to share her love for dance and also works as a Registered Nurse at The Ottawa General Hospital.
Brad “SpinBrad” Fitchett
Assistant Youth Breaking Instructor
Brad is an Ottawa born dancer who has been breakin since 2011 when he started at The Flava Factory. He has been assisting teaching the youth Breaking classes with Cee, learning how to become a better teacher. Brad has volunteered at a dance based summer camp for the last two summers, which has provided him with even more experience working with kids. He frequently travels to Breaking battles in Montreal and the GTA. Brad loves the creative aspect of breaking and is fuelled by the family atmosphere of the dance community.
Vogue & Advanced Choreo Instructor
Jonathan started dancing in his late high school days, learning modern and contemporary early on and soon branched out his interests into hip hop and urban styles. Early on, he joined PNL Dance Company (then called Pulse N Limited dance crew), and decided to pursue dance in earnest. Now, as director of PNL, Jon hopes to take the group to new heights, as well as help build, uplift and enrich Ottawas urban dance community.
Jons choreography style is influenced heavily by Dancehall, jazz, and popping/animation.
Youth Hip Hop, Dancehall, & Intermediate Choreo Instructor
Abria Dennis began her journey into dance at the age of sixteen, after leaving Kingston, Jamaica and coming to Canada. Having music and dance as a large part of her culture, she immersed herself in dancehall, reggae and ska at an early age and was always drawn to learning and keeping up with the ever growing dance scene back home. Her style can be attributed to her love for the music she grew up listening to, the now old school Bogle era of Dancehall. In her teenage years she attended St Patrick’s high school where she assisted in founding a new Dance and Step team. She has since graduated and has been coaching the team for 4 years as well as choreographing for competitive dance teams, branching out into video concepts and teaching Dancehall at studios around Ottawa.