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Brandon Aiken

Brandon J

Lecturer
bjayaa@yahoo.com

Brandon J was born and raised in Miami, FL where he started his career in Hip Hop performing with the group Live In Color. He attended college at Florida A&M University where he choreographed and performed with the FAMU STRIKERS. Brandon J then moved to Los Angeles to further his career in dance. Since moving to the West Coast he has had the opportunity to perform for a variety of Hip Hop artist, films, and learning institutions. He has gained recognition for his work with the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, including Chaffey College and The University of California, Riverside.

Brandon J has developed an abiding love for the performing arts, and has inspired many of the youth he has come in contact with because of his moving performances.

His performances include a featured role on The Parkers, Jag and Malcolm In the Middle. In theater he has held leading roles in The Mighty Gents and Before It Hits Home. As a Comedian he has performed many live Stand Up shows; some include the stages of The Comedy Union, The Ice House Comedy Club and The Comedy Store. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the professional Hip Hop Company by the name of ENVY Dance Company, which he founded in 2007 for enthusiastic and talented youth. He started this company to give dancers the opportunity to showcase themselves in a positive and professional venue. In addition to Hip Hop he is also trained in tap, salsa, African, lindy hop, swing, Ballet and stepping.

Brandon J currently holds a position as Soloist with Inland Pacific Ballet and teaches Hip Hop at Pomona College and University Of California, Riverside.

To learn more about ENVY Dance Company: www.envydanceco.org

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Dance
121 Arts Building

Tel: (951) 827-3944
Fax: (951) 827-4651

Graduate Program Inquiries: danceadvising@ucr.edu

Undergraduate Program Inquiries: judith.llausas@ucr.edu

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