Tony Tucker, Artistic director
Tony Tucker began his dance training at the age of 18 at Boston University's "Reach" Program, focusing primarily on Hip Hop, Jazz and Haitian Folk. After realizing his love for the arts, he continued his training in ballet, pas de deux, tap, modern & comtempory. Tony now dances with numerous companies in Boston including, The Braintree Ballet Company, Bosoma Dance Company & Deborah Abel Dance Company. As the artistic director of StreetHyPE, Tony's choreography and staging have won countless awards. Tony has been asked to preform for prominent political figures & multiple celebrites on stages all over New England and the Atlantic Coast. As a Master Teacher, he is adored by students all over Massachusetts and continues to push the education that was instilled in him everywhere he goes.
Tina fell in love with dance at age 4 in a pre-k ballet class. She continued her training at Hazel Boone Dance Studio in Canton, MA for the next 13 years where she studied ballet, jazz and street funk. It was at Boston College that Tina honed in on her passion for hip hop, and became a founding member of Synergy Hip Hop Dance Company. She is currently a member of both US Crew and StreetHYpE, grateful to continue growing as an artist alongside such talented dancers and choreographers.
Dork is a Boston native and began dancing at the age of six in an after school program at the Joseph Lee Elementary School when David Vaughan. Under Vaughn's direction, danced with the children’s dance group, Boys To Men Academy, and then Sidekickz, the teenage group. After four years with Sidekickz, Dork had a brief stint with Status Quo before joining StreetHyPE.
In the three years that Dork has been dancing with StreetHyPE, he’s had the pleasure of performing at Prelude Boston, World of Dance, Christmas in the City, and several other venues. Dork is also continuing to learn and grow as a member of Contemporarily Out of Order (COOco), under the direction of Wendy O’Byrne.
Throughout his career, Dork has performed at various events and venues including: The Apollo Theatre (NY), The Strand Theatre (Boston), Beantown Bounce, Foxwoods, Vermont's Urban Nutcracker, World of Dance, Prelude Boston.
Dork is the store manager of Laced, a high-end sneaker boutique which also hosts celebrity meet-and-greets. When Dork is not working or dancing, he enjoys skateboarding and street tumbling (parkour/acro).
Gustavo "Goose" Escobar
Gustavo “Goose” Escobar began dancing at fifteen years old. Inspired by YouTube videos, Gustavo taught himself to breakdance. While attending Waltham HighSchool, Gustavo joined “Dance Theatre”, the school dance program directed by Deb Finnel. It was there that he met Adam Berman, who introduced him to choreographed dance genres. After a brief hiatus from the dance world, Gustavo auditioned for StreetHYpE in 2012.
Gustavo is currently attending Bay State College where he is studying physical therapy, specializing mainly on dancers. It is through his studies that he has become passionate about learning all styles of dance. He has since started training in ballet with Jenifer Stauss, contemporary with Wendy O’Byrne and house with Tony Tucker.
Keon Hill embraced the art of dance at 7 years old, dancing hip hop for a company called DVC where he realized it was his passion. After training extensively in hip hop, he started teaching and became a choreographer for area youth groups and schools. He joined Unyted Stylz the spring of 2012 and has trained in house, krump, contemporary and hip hop under the instruction of his mentor, Ricardo Foster Jr. A.k.a "Papa", and Tony Tucker. Keon is currently a member of StreetHyPE, one of many branches of Unyted Stylz Productions which focuses on various styles of hip hop, including but not limited to house, krump, Vogue, b-boy, all with a feel of HyPE.
Ndaru (Roo) is currently a sophomore at Brookline High School and has been dancing since she learning to walk. She first was trained in traditional dance and ballet while living in Indonesia for 11 years, and began to train in other styles such as jazz and hip hop after she moved to Australia in 2010. While in Australia, she began dancing with a hip hop crew, Tridgy, in 2012. She finally settled down in the United States and is beginning her training in modern and continuing with hip hop and ballet. Ndaru began dancing with Contemporarily Out of Order and StreetHyPE in 2013 and continues to learn and nurture her love for dance through taking classes at The Dance Complex and The Brookline Ballet School. Ndaru would love to pursue a career in dance and possibly science in the future.
Tandy began her dance training at Boston Arts Academy during her high school years. Prior to becoming a dancer, Miss Nurse was a well known strong athlete and gymnast. Jose Sarazen, her Cuban ballet teacher, transformed her ballet technique and gave her the dance award for the Class of 2004. Nurse then attended Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance with a minor in psychology in 2009. She has invigorated her dance career by working with various choreographers such as, Jean Appolon (Haitian folk dance), Danny Swain (Danny Swain Modern Jazz Dance Company), Tony Tucker (StreetHyPE) and Adrienne Hawkins (Impulse Dance). In 2013 she took her talent to a new level by taking on the role of acting at Boston Casting where she continues her career as a dancer, actress and model.
Wendy O'Byrne is a former member of the Seacoast Ballet Company run by Larry and Colleen Robertson. She studied at the Robertson’s School of Classical Ballet for ten years until her interests shifted to musical theatre, where she performed in over 100 different musicals and plays throughout New England. Wendy came to Boston in 2007 when she joined the international Dance Company, MAVI Dance. After having danced with them for a year and a half, Wendy had a brief stint with Unyted Stylz. In 2010, Wendy created an adult, professional company, Contemporarily Out of Order (COOco) and commanded the attention of many as an edgy Contemporary Company to be reckoned with. Wendy is currently directing COOco and is the dance captain for StreetHyPE.
Dez Pittman is a twenty-five year old dancer from Waltham, Massachusetts. Dez began dancing when he was six years old and hasn't stopped since. Working with such dancers as Michelle Jackson and Ernest Phillips, Dez lives to become a better dancer. A former member of Status Quo, Dez now dances with Unyted Stylz Productions' hip hop group, Street HYpE. It was through Street HYpE that Dez began training in contemporary with Contemporarily Out of Order. Dez currently works for a daycare program in the Greater Boston area.
Isobel Souza, apprentice
Isobel Souza is a 14 year old who realized her passion when she took her first dance class at the age of 2. Since then she has studied at the Boston Ballet School, Tony Williams Dance Center (where she is on the present cast of the Boston Urban Nutcracker), and Mass Motion Dance Boston, where she is currently an Intensive student in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop. It was there she took classes with StreetHYpE's Artistic Director, Tony Tucker, fell in love with hip hop, and since 2013 has performed and competed with StreetHYpE as one of its youngest members.
Adam Wertheimer, apprentice
Adam Wertheimer started dancing at the age of six after being inspired by tap dancers on an episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood and watching his grandfather dance. He began his studies at Mass Motion under the direction of Terri Gordon and Irada Djelassi in tap and then quickly added ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. He is an intensive student at Mass Motion and participates in The Dance Project, a community service dance group, performing all over New England and even in Germany and Switzerland! He has also participated in the BU REACH Summer Outreach Program under the direction of Micki Taylor-Pinney bringing arts education to urban youth in Boston. Adam is thrilled to dance with Tony Tucker and Street HYpE and learn from such a diverse group of dancers.