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Our VR Instructors

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DustBunny
Creator & Founder & Dance Instructor

The Virtual Reality Dance Academy was created by DustBunny (aka Dusty) on New Years of 2022! Dusty has been teaching dance classes in VRChat since December of 2019. She has 18 years of dance experience and has been a dance teacher in real life over 11 years!

 

Dusty originally started teaching VR belly dance classes and now teaches a variety of dance styles! Dusty is the first known VRChat dance instructor to ever teach Ballroom, Belly Dance, Bollywood and even Hawaiian Hula!

 

DustBunny is featured in the HBO documentary called "We Met in Virtual Reality" that premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2022. 

 

Dusty enjoys sharing her love of dance with others and finds VR technology fascinating! Her VR classes have been steadily growing over the past few years and it has always been her biggest dream to open her own dance studio. 

Dusty finally made her dream into a "virtual" reality and started The Virtual Reality Dance Academy, in hopes to continue teaching and inspiring others to dance in not only the virtual world but also the real world!

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Niqkun
Hip Hop & KPop 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 such as Justin Beiber, Usher, BTS, A.C.E and several others 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!

Mandy (Mycana)
Comedic Movement Instructor

Mandy Canales (aka 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.

MIScellaneous Bowl
Stretching & Strengthening 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!" - Mis B
 

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