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Behind the Movement

Welcome to Breakthrough! We are so happy you are here!

At Breakthrough, our goal is to create a positive and safe space where those who love the art of dance can express themselves and share  their passion. Where kids can be kids and to empower confident adults.

Breakthrough is about discovery and development; about embracing where you find yourself now and pushing yourself to greater heights. 

 

We believe in creating a community of dancers who celebrate their differences and who want to hone their craft. Who respect themselves and the class culture. Who want to enrich the dance community here in Sonoma County and beyond.  

We want to share the beauty of dance and how it can change lives, one step at a time.

We hope you join us in this exciting new journey and we hope you enjoy Breakthrough.

Our Instructors

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Anakarina Swanson

Director

Anakarina, also known as AK, has been dancing for 18 years and has been teaching for 10 years. She is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theatre and hip hop. She has choreographed for Santa Rosa Junior College, both for their dance program and their theater program.

She has won numerous awards for her choreography including platinum and 1st place in dance competitions, The Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Best Theme, Best Costume and Best of Show awards. She was a member of the hip hop dance company Prophecy from Chapkis Dance Studio in Suisun City. With them, she competed and performed in Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Vacaville, and Vallejo and performed at halftime for the Golden State Warriors.

Anakarina has also worked with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria with their youth summer program injunction with Z Space. She helped develop their summer Word for Word youth theater camp for the past three years.

She was also the hip hop director at the Dance Center Santa Rosa for seven years where she directed three competitive hip hop companies. There she choreographed numerous award-winning routines, including large production numbers, coordinated fundraisers, did administrative work and facilitated in-studio shows.

She has held number of master classes both on her own and in numerous schools all over Sonoma County. Anakarina loves teaching, inspiring, and sharing the art of dance with as many people as she can.

 

Her calling is to mentor, create and teach.

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Julian Soto

Krump

Julian started taking hip hop and breaking lessons in kindergarten and joined a hip hop dance company with the Movement Lab at the age of 10, which he is still a part of today. At the age of 12 he started training in the street style dance called Krump.Today, he is experienced in hip hop, jazz, modern, musical theater and krump.

 

Julian has numerous accolades in dance. He has won many scholarships from Monsters of Hip Hop, including kids’ cast nomination and placing 1st place in the hip hop battles a total of 4 times. His company has been invited to dance at multiple dance festivals and shows, and have had paid performances through Exchange Bank. He performs in 2 productions yearly for the Movement Lab, and recently achieved choreographing a production piece with his company TMC.

 

He has trained under the creators of Krump - Big Mijo and Tight Eyex, and many other well known krumpers such as Konkrete, AO, M80, Big Fudd, Rucboi and more. He has been asked to dance in numerous battles from Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Sacramento Arizona and Ohio. He won MVP at the House of Crvwnz Krump event, 1st place in ID Krump Kids Battles and more. He was amongst the top finalists of the KZST Talent Show entering in the dance style Krump. He is a member of the Krump crew called Rosa Buck, in which he helps with teaching and organizing sessions and events. 

 

Julian has a love for dance, performing, battling, teaching/mentoring and leadership. He also has a love for music, including playing the bass guitar, creating Krump beats, and newly DJ-ing. His ultimate passion is anything hip hop - from the culture and fashion, to the music and of course the dance.

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