Dancer & Director
Tracy “Ti-en-T” Yang, a Twin Cities native, has been a devoted practitioner of the Funkstyles form of dance known as Popping since 2009. She has been a featured performer at various venues around the Twin Cities such as Intermedia Arts, Patrick’s Cabaret, the University of Minnesota, The Cabooze, and The Guthrie Theater. In addition to performing, Ti-en-T has taught at various locations around the Twin Cities metro area, sharing her knowledge with people of all ages. Along with performing and teaching, Ti-en-T is an active competitor in “jams,” or dance competitions. She loves traveling to not only compete and challenge herself, but to learn new things and meet new people from all walks of life. Her strong passion for the urban street dance culture and the desire to see the world keeps her ambitions high, and her mind open to new experiences as she continues her career as a dancer. Ti-en-T is a part of the renowned all-styles crew, Venus Fly, the Midwest all-styles street dance collective, Digital Nativez, and the Minnesota Funkstyles dance crew, ALL DAY.
Dancer & Assistant Director
Melvina Cha was born in Sacramento, California, but grew up in Minnesota. She became interested in dancing during her middle school years. By the time she reached her sophomore year, where she learned from Jennifer Glaws, Melvina was exposed to other genres of dance such as contemporary, african dance, jazz, ballet, and the choreography aspect of dance. Melvina has also performed in many dance shows and events at her school, and was given the opportunity to learn from Maia Maiden, Tracy “Ti-en-T” Yang, Brian Evans, and from both DeOnna and DesJohnna Gray-Lige. By the end of her sophomore year, she was able to connect with local funkstylists where she continues to grow as a dancer/popper today.
Some accomplishments and activities throughout Melvina’s dancing career are:
Student of the Year for Dance in 2012
Opened for local hip-hop artist, Guante, with MN bboy crew, New Heist
Performed at both Maia Maiden’s Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening as MN Funkstyles, and later as ALL DAY
UW Stout: StageMe Performance
MN State Fair Hmong Day
Tribal Survival (Poppers VS Krumpers)
Show Your Soul 2 (1st Place)
Aint Nothin but a S.H.E Thang (2nd Place)
Uprizing II (2nd Place 2v2 w/ Rhematic)
VersaSound I (R&B Edition) (1st Place)
Meng “Mengo” Lor was born and raised on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. In the early 2000’s when he was in middle school, Mengo started learning how to dance in response to the growing street dance culture in the Hmong community. It wasn’t until he reached high school when he discovered Popping. With the help of the Internet, he was able to learn about the rich culture of Funkstyles and started training in the many styles within Popping, with waving as his first style. After high school, Mengo began battling at events throughout the Twin Cities. He first joined the popping crew “Groove Soul Marvelous” (GSM) with fellow ALL DAY crew members Chozin and Rhematic and later on, Che. In 2014, Mengo was invited to join his peers in the Minnesota Funkstyles collective “ALL DAY” and now competes nationwide.
AnnieUp. A student of Breaking, Rocking, House and Waacking dance styles, she represents The Bronx Boys Rocking Crew, RockLordz, Venus Fly and Soul Steppers. She has traveled often to NYC, and other parts of the country to study the foundations of Breaking and Rocking, to battle, and to learn from as many practicioners as possible. She has had the opportunity to perform in several Twin Cities venues, include the Cowles Center and the Walker Art Center.
AnnieUp is thrilled to be performing alongside these talented and accomplished dancers. Collaborating with, and learning from each dancer in this group has expanded her knowledge and deepened her appreciation for each dance style in this show.
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham
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James "Obi" Gordon
James was born in Nashville, TN but considers MN his home. His musical background is credited to his father who was a Nigerian musician/artist and his mother, an avid listener of all genres of music. In kindergarten he played his first drum in a school play. This led to a life as a percussionist in high school concert bands, marching band and drumming/singing soprano in church choir. Obi continued his music passion, receiving a degree in Music Business & Audio production. Over his years of studying and actively producing, Obi started creating unique tracks that he felt were perfect for DJing. He bought some gear and found himself DJing parties and clubs shortly after. When not DJing, creating music or working, Obi works as a basketball skills developer for all ages. James is delighted to be a part of the FUNKiN' Good Time crew and fits the role of stage manager very well.