Welcome to my dance academy! I'm Dusty, a passionate dancer with over a decade of experience in various dance styles. Sharing my love for dance, I began teaching belly dance professionally in 2010. I discovered VRChat at the end of 2018 and fell in love with performing and teaching dance in VR. In January 2022, in response to the pandemic-induced closures of numerous dance studios, and my desire to run my own dance studio, I founded the VR Dance Academy, providing an immersive and welcoming community for dancers to learn and connect in the virtual world. Join me on this exciting journey as we explore VR dance together!
VRDA Founder + Dance Instructor
I'm a programmer, 3D artist, and world creator who walked into my first IRL Salsa class about 4 years ago and instantly fell in love with the community, the culture, and the style. Since then, I've explored IRL Bachata, Argentine Tango, Kizomba, and about 20-30 other styles in VR. Despite distance, latency, and lack of touch, I've found it's possible to translate complex ballroom dancing into a VR form that very closely matches IRL. When not dancing in VR, you'll find me out IRL dancing at ballroom events and I also work with a private ballroom instructor twice a week. You may also notice my name on many of the worlds the VRDA uses. I've worked hard to make sure the worlds run well on both Quest & PC. Please let me know if you run into any issues. See you in class!
Latin Ballroom Instructor
I am a physiotherapist and certified personal trainer as well as a dance enthusiast. I was a professional athlete for 8 years before an injury which made me pursue physiotherapy in university. Got my degree in 2018 in Physiotherapy from Faculty of Medicine and another degree in Applied kinesiology from Faculty of Sports Studies in 2021. I have experience in working with people after injuries and joint replacements as well as teaching classes like yoga, pilates, body weight exercises but also exercising with different equipment (e.g. gym balls, overballs, resistance bands, etc.). I also did personal lessons on working out in gym and working out with weights. I started VRC because of Dusty's dancing streams and got inspired to try dancing in VR. Since I joined VRDA I learned many things. The community is wholesome, amazing and very supporting! I am proud to be a member of VRDA! I care about VRDA members and I wanna make sure you enjoy the classes and dancing injury free. So, making a class on stretching and strengthening is my way of giving something back to you and saying thank you!
Stretching + Strengthening Instructor
NiqKun is an experienced dancer with expertise from Hip Hop, Contemporary, Popping, Locking, Tutting and even the niche “Wotagei/Cyalume”Light Stick Dance! He has over 15 years of dance experience, dancing since the age of 7, been on multiple stages worldwide, even competing in several competitions locally and worldwide, such as World of Dance in 2015, and Super 24 in 2017 . He has performed with several notable artists on their live concerts, music videos and choreographies! He has been teaching Hip Hop dance for beginners and Intermediates at his local Dance Studio in his country for about 3 years before leaving due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. NiqKun is always eager to share his dance knowledge, experience and is always open for new things and advice. He always believes dance is a never ending learning journey and everyone has something new to learn. His patient nature allows him to teach even the absolute beginners who are new to dance! He hopes to keep motivating and teaching individuals of all walks of life that are keen to start dancing!
KPop + Wotagei Instructor
Mycana, she/her, is super excited to be a part of the VR Dance Academy team teaching Comedic Movement! She has over 20 years of experience of being a theatre practitioner, including improv and sketch comedy, and has been performing in XR since 2021. With an interest in how comedy translates in the virtual space, she uses both stand alone VR headsets and full body tracking for exploration. Though mainly focused on theatre, she has also been trained in dance with tap, hip hop, and jazz being her favorite styles. Her work in XR has been performed in OnBoardXR 4, the Phoenix Improv Festival, Active Replica’s Constellation Project, FIVARS, and Raindance Film Festival. She has been interviewed at SF Design Week and Raindance Immersive Festival and completed an artist residency at the Open Online Theatre in London.
Aside from being a goof in VRC, ChocolateWilly (goes by Willy or Chocolate) is a dancer with 20+ years of experience. He started with classical ballet at the age of 5 and has expanded his dance styles to include contemporary/modern, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. Additionally, he has 5+ years of experience as a choreographer and strives to create meaningful pieces that are enjoyable not only for the audience but also for the dancers. Outside of VR he is still a goof, but works in the film industry. He keeps his VRC dancing a secret, but hopes to one day blend his work and hobby. “Anybody wanna make a music video?
Hip Hop Instructor
Hi I'm Cabu, Breakdancer/Hip Hopper
I've been breakdancer for 6 years before VR and when I got FBT most of the moves I polished can't really be done in VR, so I picked up a new dance style, Hip Hop, in order to compete against the other pros in VR.
What I like to teach are the fundamentals to beginners as that is the most important for dancers. There won't be fancy choreographies in my class but there will be simplistic, but important moves that are foundational to the dance style.
After that its up to you, the student, to repeat till mastery. Master the move, modify it, and make it super hype and fancy.
House Dance + Hip Hop Instructor
Yooo, I am FatalZodiac. You can call me Fatal or Zodiac (I have too many nicknames to list to be honest) About me: In terms of experience: I have about 5-6 years of dance. I have started dancing in 2010 with the foundation of Melbourne & Malaysian shuffle for 2 years. After that, I took a break from dancing to focus more on education, work and life. In 2020 when COVID had hit the world globally, that is when I started my VR journey and eventually coming across with PyPy Dance & VRDance. Of course, I had been doing those for quite awhile then I turned my focus more on freestyle dancing which I came across, Street Dancing / Hip Hop Culture. It is where my dance journey has begun to flourish: Learning, self-teaching, practicing and going to dance studios to gain more knowledge and techniques on my dance foundation. I have been doing House Dance along with Hip Hop for 3 years. I am still learning and growing; I am just a student as well like everyone else here, never stop learning! This is what I love doing as a hobby and a form of growth as person. With that, I want to share what I have learned, gained and practiced to everyone because dance is a language that we can have in common! In my classes, I want to ensure that everyone in the same space are to be respectful and kind to each other. I want to us to have fun learning: moves, grooves and techniques plus initiating cyphers at the end of the class to demonstrate what I have taught to everyone. Cypher is a ceremonial circle of dance, to celebrate as a group and to express ourselves within the circle. On top of that, your growth in dance of what I teach is my happiness. I hope to provide a good quality of lessons to everyone. I will see you in my classes soon! I am Co-Founder of UNit Crew and a member of Off Beat Crew