Angela Paolino-Thompson

Angela has been developing and teaching dance for the past twenty-seven years. She has been dancing since the age of three and trained diligently at the Joffrey School of Ballet, NYU Tisch School of the Performing Arts, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Theatre Dance, Dance Plus and various local studios. She has choreographed and performed on a national level and is also a judge at many world renowned dance competitions. A graduate of NYU Stern School of Business, Angela turned her love of the art into a prosperous dance business. L.A. Dance School of the Arts, established in 1989 and has an enrollment of over 600 students. L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, Lincroft NJ established in 2005 boasts and enrollment of over 250 students. Together the two studios have developed a phenomenal reputation across State lines and throughout the nation. “L.A. Dance School of the Arts” and “L.A. Dance Center of the Arts”, are both state of the art, high tech new facilities offering lessons in dancing, singing,acting, acro and fitness . To ensure that theirstudents receive the highest quality, most well rounded training possible, Angela and her partners Debra, Jeana and Tracey, bring in the best instructors from all over the world.Their students have appeared in: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Madison Square Garden, The Off-Broadway productions “Shake the Floor” and “Red Hot Broadway”, on MTV, has been cast for many movies, commercials and print ads, have appeared in many Broadway productions including “Music Man”, “Annie” and “Big”. Currently are auditioning for “So You Think You Can Dance” and traveling with Dance Conventions throughout the States.

Angela has most recently been seen designing dance wear for her boutique, costuming, running the business end and is now semi-retired from teaching. Her teaching is down to two days a week. She is so comfortable in her position, knowing that her staff, trained under her are incredible and more than capable of bringing L.A. Dance NY a NJ to the top year after year and for generations to come. “The legend lives on through my students and for that I could not be more proud”

Debra Nicolosi

Debra has been a part of L.A. Dance teaching staff for the past 18 years. Debra earned a B.F.A. cum laude in Dance Performance from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College Campus. Debra was a student of the highly respected dance program run by Artistic Director, June Lewis; a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Debra was chosen to become a member of the dance program repertory company, The Brooklyn Dance Theatre. This company performed throughout the tri-state area, giving theatrical dance performances and lecture-demonstrations. It was here; Debra began choreographing theatrical modern dance pieces for the Gershwin Theatre. Debra continues to choreograph today with her influences in dance based in modern and lyrical. Debra was a member of The Brooklyn Dance Theatre for six years. A member of June Lewis & Company for two performing seasons and a member of Joan Miller’s Dance Players through three tours. Debra’s professional credentials include stage performances at The Williamson Theatre in several children’s productions including The Wizard of Oz and Peter and the Wolf. One of her many accomplishments in television are with David Wolper Productions for The Liberty Weekend Closing Ceremonies. Mrs. Nicolosi has also contributed much of her talent and performance experience to local theatre, and was a welcome member to Center Stage Productions performances of No No Nanette. Debra also was the owner/director of her own company during this time. She created, financed and successfully formed SPOTLIGHT DANCERS an entertainment company. Debra also designed the costumes and props for her dancers. Her Spotlight Dancers performed at weddings, corporate functions, and/or social functions/gatherings that would require professional dancers and entertainers. We are so blessed to have Debra at L.A. DANCE. Our very young students are fortunate to have her as an instructor. Our competition students are more than lucky to have her choreograph their solo, duet and trio routines. Debra is also an asset in helping to develop their large production routines. Miss Debra’s forte’s are many. Her driving force however, is her love of dance, her love of life and her love of the children. You will not find a better role model for your child. Miss Debbie teaches tap, jazz, creative movement, lyrical and modern dance.

Alicia Lundgren

Alicia Lundgren

Alicia found her way into her first yoga class over a decade ago, looking for a way to stay active and improve flexibility. Having been a dancer since the age of 2, she was already aware of the importance of alignment within the body, balance, and flexibility, therefore yoga seemed like the right fit! Over time she began to notice that the benefits she received from yoga affected her mind and soul more than her tight muscles. Quickly it became a healthy obsession, seeking yoga as a release from her hectic busy lifestyle.

After she learned that a life without yoga was no longer an option, she found Honor Yoga where she received her 200 Hour RYT Certificate. The process of becoming an instructor has opened her eyes and given her a new outlook on yoga and life in general. Peace and happiness are often things we seek externally, rather than looking within and finding stillness in ourselves.
Alicia’s goal as a teacher is to bring her students a newfound understanding of happiness and peace by searching within, while moving the body in fun, challenging poses. Yoga is all about keeping the body active, allowing the mind to come into stillness. Join her on the mat — you will walk out with a renewed sense of purpose and gratitude.

Amanda Velazquez

Amanda has been dancing since she is 3 years old and has been a part of the L.A Dance family for over 20 years. She has been trained and specializes in many different styles such as tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. She has performed on New York 1 news and Fox 5 news with L.A Dance to perform a tribute dance dedicated to Michael Jackson. She has also performed at Fox 5 studios to celebrate the New York Yankees World Series win in 2009. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center in NYC as well as numerous dance conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop, Pulse, Jump, and Ash. Her unique style has gotten her recognized by choreographers such as Ian Eastwood and Brian Puspos. She hopes to teach her students how to love dance and embrace their own unique style in everything they do. When she isn’t teaching dance, she is working as a full time pastry chef in New York City.

Andréa Fazio

Andréa began dancing at L.A.Dance at the age of 2 years old and has loved it ever since. She became a dance costume model for Shatilla shortly after and continued that journey for 13 years. In 2009 Andréa got accepted into the famous and prestigious “FAME” school. Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music and Art & Performing Arts transformed Andréa into the dancer she is today training in ballet & modern for 3 hours every single day. Minoring in Tap, Jazz, Graham, Horton, Choreography, & vocal. After graduating, Andréa attended a professional semester at the iconic Broadway Dance Center where she was then taught all about professionalism and preparations for Auditions. Being at BDC introduced her to so many well-known choreographers. Andréa has danced in times Square behind singer NE-YO for the x-box Kinect launch party. Andréa is now expressing her talents at LADC & we are so luckyyyyy to have her 💃🏻🎉😍❤️🙌🏼😜🔥

Anthony D’Astoli

Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York. He started training and performing when he was 8 years old. He was exposed to jazz and ballet before being introduced to the style of hip-hop. He was heavily influenced by Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. At a young age, Anthony focused on the ways of becoming a talented, well rounded dancer, and looked up to those who came before him on what it took to make it in the professional industry. He has been trained in hip-hop/urban styles (b-boying, popping, locking, house, 90s social dancing, waacking, vogue), industry styles (commercial street jazz), traditional styles (contemporary, ballet, jazz and lyrical).

 Anthony has toured all over the USA, representing companies such MAC Cosmetics and GAP. He has worked with artists such as, Drake, Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flo Rida, Wizkid and many more. Anthony has recently been featured on NBC’s Blacklist: Redemption and on Fox’s Glee. He has performed at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Hard Rock Live, Gramercy Theatre, House of Blues, B.B.King’s, Terminal 5 and many more. Anthony is inspired by those who love the art of dance just as much as he does, and pushes those to fulfill their dreams.

Dakota

Dakota began dancing at the young age of 2 and has been trained competitively in all styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Standard and Latin. She has trained under many world class professionals and as a former student of LA Dance she is determined to succeed and bring success to her students. In recent achievements she has won the US Under 21 National title in Latin, Placed 4th in US National Adult Latin Championships, and represented the USA in China for the WDSF World Competition with her partner Eric Groysman. In other styles she has been accepted to Complexions Summer Program, the sister program to Alvin Ailey, danced as a Professional Backup Dancer to Ro-Mina in prestigious theatres, attended the Atlantic City Ballet Company, and been a National High Scoring Contemporary Solo Finalist. Along with her competitive career she coaches her students to succeed and grow in their love of dance in the styles of Jazz, Hip Hop and Latin Dance. Dakota enjoys working on the athleticism, and technique of dance with a unique approach to every kind of student. She hopes bring out her students strengths and highlight their talents while diligently improving their weaknesses. You can find her at LA Dance for this Summer’s Latin Dance Intensive! 

Diana Allan

Diana has been a dance instructor at L.A. Dance for over 13 years. She teaches recreational and competitive dance for all ages. Diana is well trained in many techniques and styles of dance including ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, musical theater, and contemporary. She has been dancing at L.A. Dance since it opened its doors in 1989. Diana continues to train with numerous renowned choreographers at dance conventions and master dance classes.

Diana is currently a certified public school teacher in the New York Board of Education. She is an outstanding choreographer and her credits include directing and choreographing the New Dorp High School Dance team, New Dorp High schools’ musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors and Grease; just to name a few. Diana has won numerous awards for outstanding choreography, entertainment and many more at various dance competitions. Diana has always had a passion for
dance and wants to instill that passion among all her students.  She feels it is important to build confidence and strength among her dancers so they will not only succeed as professional dancers, but as independent young individuals.

Erica Russo

 I have danced for L.A. Dance Center of the Arts for over ten years. I have also attended Howell High School as a member of the FPAC Dance Program. As a graduating senior, I received the award for Growth and Improvement throughout my four years. From dancing at L.A. Dance and FPAC, I have studied ballet, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. I was also trained in aerial silk work. I’ve performed in numerous shows with both facilities and have been exposed to a number of workshops with choreographers such as Suzi Taylor, Stacey Tookey, Jason Parsons, Matt Steffanina. I recently danced in and choreographed for Cat London’s music video “The Right Way” and was interviewed with News 12 NJ. I teach various styles at L.A. Dance from tap and jazz to lyrical and hip hop. 

Georgina Miers

Georgina began dancing at the age of 2 and hasn’t lost her passion since. She began as a competitive dancer and continued her studies at Broadway Dance Center (jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop), the Pulse on Tour Convention, Shake the Floor Convention, and modern dance classes at Rutger’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Georgina, being intrigued by the human body and movement from her dance training, then achieved her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She is able to incorporate what she has learned as a physical therapist to aid her dance students in injury prevention, proper body mechanics, and strengthening/conditioning exercises. Georgina enjoys teaching technique, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and hip hop classes.

Jeff Cowans

Jeff Cowans started training for dance later on life but quickly fell in love with hop-hop dance. With the right teachers and drive Jeff began working in the industry. Americas got talent, music videos, Commercials for MTV, Malibu rum, Smirnoff, Apple, backup for Kelly Rowland and a European tour were all setting him up  for more things to come. Now dancing for Crystal Waters Jeff finds the time to do what’s most important in his dance life, training and teaching.
God never gives you more than you can handle.

Jeff Cilento

Jeff has been a part of L.A. Dance for Twenty years.  He began dancing at L.A.Dance when he was 5 years old. He teaches both recreational and competitive classes. His main focus is Hip-Hop but has a background in all different types. Jeff has performed around the country in places such as Madison Square Garden and Disney’s Magic Kingdom. He has performed multiple times at Staten Island Yankee Stadium and College Football games. Over the past few years as a choreographer his routines have been recognized at various national dance competitions. Receiving awards such a Choreography, Entertainment, and High Point Scoring.

Katrina Portagallo

Katrina Portagallo is a native of Middletown, NJ and received her training at LA Dance, The Academy of Dance Arts, and Red Bank Catholic HS where she was a member of the dance company. She has had vigorous dance training in styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop. In her recent training she has developed skills in aerial arts, musical theater, modern, choreography and vocal music.

In May 2017 Katrina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pace University’s esteemed Performing Arts Program earning a BFA Degree in Commercial Dance with minor in Arts and Entertainment Management. She has trained under industry professionals such as Dee Caspary, Rhonda Miller, Lauren Gaul, Jessica Hendricks and Alexandra Damiani. She recently spent time in Los Angeles learning on camera and choreographic techniques from Emmy award winning choreographer Mandy Moore of Dancing With The Stars and La La Land.

Katrina is featured as a principal dancer in The Gaslight Anthem’s music videos for Get Hurt and Rollin’ and Tumblin’ directed by VMA winning director Emil Nava. She has also appeared in the Timeflies music video Worse Things Than Love, commercials for Canon camera and Chobani, and modeled for Dance Spirit magazine.

She is represented by talent agencies CESD and Clear Talent Group and is continuing to pursue opportunities to perform professionally on stage and on camera.

Lauren Miller

Lauren’s love for dance began at the age of 2 ½ and she is a proud member of the award winning “Platinum Dancers” of L.A. Dance. Lauren is trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical and is part of L.A. Dances traveling troupe ensemble which she joined in 1996.

Lauren became an assistant dance instructor in 2002 and is pleased to pursue her love of dance as an instructor at L.A. Dance. Lauren has performed in many charitable events on Staten Island as well as performing at Madison Square Garden and Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She has trained under such noted choreographers as Wade Robson and Brian Friedman. In 2000 Lauren was presented with the L.A. Dance Scholarship Award.

Lauren was a participant in the Miss Staten Island Pageant in 2000 and 2001. In the 2000 pageant she was named Miss Congeniality and was presented with a $500 scholarship. Lauren has earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Michelle Brunetti

Michelle Brunetti is working towards her BFA in Dance with a minor in Business from Georgian Court University and a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.  She attends intensive workshops each year to strengthen her technique such as PULSE Workshops and Parsons Dance Intensive training in New York.  These workshops focused on Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary Modern.  Michelle has also studied abroad in Vienna Austria at the Impulstanz Dance Workshop focusing on modern dance and was selected for several Master Classes in Contemporary Dance.  Michelle has been teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern to all ages for several years.  She started teaching while in high school, started dancing at the age of 3 and has been dancing competitively for the past 14 years.   She performs in several dance ensembles with her GCU class each year at the Strand Theatre for parents, teachers and the community.

Monica Giragosian

Monica Giragosian, originally from Catharpin, VA, received the majority of her dance training at the Maryland Youth Ballet. She received additional training from the Washington School of Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. She also attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. In 2008, Monica placed in the Top Twelve Women at the Youth America Grand Prix regional competition, and in 2009, she was a New York City Finalist. Monica joined BalletMet Columbus as a trainee in 2009 where she performed in productions including Swan Lake, Gerard Charles’ Nutcracker and Cinderella, and David Nixon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2011, Monica joined American Repertory Ballet as a company dancer. With American Repertory Ballet, Monica performed a number of principal roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Juliet in Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet, Emily in Philip Jerry’s Our Town, and Elizabeth Bennet in Douglas Martin’s Pride and Prejudice. Throughout her professional career Monica taught classes at the Princeton Ballet School, as well as Verne Fowler School of Dance where she choreographed a piece that received the choreography award from the Beyond the Stars Dance Competition in 2016. Today, Monica continues to teach ballet to children of all ages, while pursuing a degree in computer science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Natasha

Natasha has been teaching at L.A. Dance for two years and plans to continue her career in choreography while studying dance at The University of the Arts. She has been a part of the L.A. Dance Competition team since the studio’s opening in 2005. Over her years at the studio Natasha has competed in countless competitions. She was named Teen Miss Legacy at a regional competition in 2015 and just recently received a student choreography award at On Stage America dance competition. Natasha loves sharing her Knowledge with her students at L.A. Dance Center, NJ.

Pamela Jacobs

Pamela has been a part of the L.A. Dance family for over 20 years. Pamela began dancing at the age of 3 and has been a member of the L.A. Dance Competetive Ensemble since the age of 9. As a member of L.A.C.E. Pamela has performed at Madison Square Garden for the Maccabi Games, Disney’s Magic Kingdom and for various charitable organizations. Pamela left Staten Island to attend college at the University at Buffalo where she received a B.S. in Exercise Science. While away at school Pamela continued to study modern and ballet with a minor in dance as well as performed in the student choreographed “Dancer’s Workshop.”

From her dance training Pamela was inspired and intrigued by the science of movement has pursued a career in physical therapy. Pamela graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in 2007 with a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. Unable to give up her passion for teaching dance and choreographing, Pamela continues as a member of the L.A. Dance staff. Pamela teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary Dance. Pamela has been honored at several Regional Competitions with Judges choice, Choreography and High Scoring routine awards. Seeing how much dance has positively influenced Pamela’s life, she is excited to pass her love for the art of dance onto her students.

Vincent Harris – Guest Instructor

Vincent Harris has been a professional teacher since 2005. His teaching experience ranges from Middle Schools to local schools such as L.A. Dance Center of the Arts. Performance is where Vincent has had a huge career. His wide variety of talents has afforded him the honor of performing throughout the spectrum of genres in dance. Vincent experiences include but are not limited to: MOMIX Dance Theater, Dancer 2010-2016, Connecticut Ballet Soloist 2009-2010, Manhattan Youth Ballet, classical and contemporary lead dancer; Dancer for Rhianna; Lil’ Mama, Amerie and Choreorgrapher for Tyme Johnson, to name a few. His training spans the globe including the Dance Theater of Harlem, Studio Maestro /Manhattan Youth Ballet School to Boston Conservatory where he studied Ballet, Modern, Choreography and ballet partnering. Vincent was a student of the fabulous Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. where he received his dance diploma. His supporters and references come from the world acclaimed American Ballet Theater, Juilliard and the French Academy Ballet. Vincent’s last success came just this March 2017, when he showcased his very own, Brand New Dance Company in their first performance “The Rahk”. We are so proud of your accomplishments. They are an inspiration to all your students.
L.A. Dance Center of the Arts, is beyond ecstatic to have Mr. Vincent Harris as our current Ballet Master and Hip Hop Instructor.

Anthony Borello- Guest Instructor

Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York. He started training and performing when he was 8 years old. He was exposed to jazz and ballet before being introduced to the style of hip-hop. He was heavily influenced by Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. At a young age, Anthony focused on the ways of becoming a talented, well rounded dancer, and looked up to those who came before him on what it took to make it in the professional industry. He has been trained in hip-hop/urban styles (b-boying, popping, locking, house, 90s social dancing, waacking, vogue), industry styles (commercial street jazz), traditional styles (contemporary, ballet, jazz and lyrical).

 Anthony has toured all over the USA, representing companies such MAC Cosmetics and GAP. He has worked with artists such as, Drake, Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flo Rida, Wizkid and many more. Anthony has recently been featured on NBC’s Blacklist: Redemption and on Fox’s Glee. He has performed at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Hard Rock Live, Gramercy Theatre, House of Blues, B.B.King’s, Terminal 5 and many more. Anthony is inspired by those who love the art of dance just as much as he does, and pushes those to fulfill their dreams.

Conner Phillip

Conner Phillip, a dancer raised in Philadelphia, PA took dance seriously only after auditioning, making it into and training heavily with the I Am Phresh Dance company.  After performing at World Of Dance San Jose, World Of Dance New York, Prelude New Jersey, as well as other competitions he received a scholarship for monsters of hip hop.  Conner was also a featured dancer on Good Morning Americas ‘Evolution of Dance’ Segment.  Teaching many workshops in the tri-state area Conner loves to shape and mold new talent and pass on his knowledge.  

 

Dylan Smith- Guest Instructor

Dylan Smith is a NYC based dancer, choreographer and instructor. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance as well as a strong Liberal Arts education.

Professional credits include: The Japan and North American tours of 42nd St., JUBILEE! at Ballys Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Holland America Cruise lines, Hershey Park, in addition to various regional theater work, industrials, television and film. Other highlights include JUMP JIVE & WAIL! with the USO starring Paris Hilton as well as performing alongside the band Phish to a sold out crowd of 35,000 on New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden.

Dylan is a national adjudicator and master instructor for talent competitions such as Dancers Inc., Starpower, Beyond the Stars and Shine Dance in Canada and has taught and choreographed for countless studios across the US. His choreography has won numerous titles and high scores for his students.

Additional exciting choreographic experiences range from teaching for the Alvin Ailey’s Children’s Program and acting as Assistant Choreographer for Peter Pan at Theater By the Sea.  A true artist, Dylan enjoys writing, photography, painting, designing his own costumes, and conceptualizing and creating works in all aspects of the arts world.

Mikey Dastoli- Guest Instructor

Mikey D’Astoli is a Teacher/Choreographer who is signed to Clear Talent Group agency. He started dancing at age 13 at the FUNKtion dance complex with a strong focus on Hip Hop styles such as bboying, popping, house, locking, vogue, waacking, and industry styles. Performances include opening up for American Idol’s “Jax”, The Red Hot Chili Peppers 2017 Tour, The Cartoon Network Anti-Bullying Tour, showcases at Webster Hall, Monsters of Hip Hop, The PULSE, and many more. Mikey has been featured on Tv commercials such as “Bop it Tetris”, “Juicy Drop Pop”, and “Jenga tetris” as a dancer and actor. You can find him in music videos for artists Jax(LA LA Land), The Red Hot Chili Peppers(Go Robot), and Vita Chambers(What If). He can also be seen in the ongoing Netflix series “The Get Down”(Directed by Baz Luhrmann), where he plays the role of ‘Crash’. Also a principal dancer in the Feature Film “Going in Style”(Directed by Zach Braff). Mikey has taken classes from Hip Hop to Ballet and all in between, he has used what he learned to derive his own unique style. Mikeys pieces are full of storytelling and almost every dance that is made has a meaning or underlying message behind it. Mikey believes that dance is a way to express yourself and heavily incorporates improv(freestyle) into his work and teaches others how to move freely without the fear of being judged or ridiculed for their style of dance. History of Hip-Hop is also taught so students may gain knowledge of how the styles of Hip-Hop came to be and what it is all about.

Victor Kid Glyde- Guest Instructor

Victor “Kid Glyde” Alicea’s credo is “If you can conceive it, you can achieve. it” At thirty years old, Kid Glyde has already achieved much of what he has conceived—and won’t be stopping anytime soon. Hailing from Queens, New York, Kid Glyde is the president of the acclaimed NYC b-boy crew, The Dynamic Rockers, which he not only inherited, but has also revived. He has appeared in acclaimed dance movies such as Step Up 2 & 3, Bumper, Pressure, and the b-boy documentary All Out War. He is also the principal actor in “I Break NY”, a webisode series about Kid Glyde and the Dynamic Rockers’ struggles and triumphs in 2009. He is the son of legendary Glyde of the original Dynamic Rockers and has been breaking for sixteen years, starting with lessons from both his father and Kid Freeze. After his first major battle victory in 2006 at the Universal Zulu Nation B-boy/B-girl Throwdown, he has only continued further with his success as a b-boy. He has taken titles at major battles such as the Rock Steady Crew Anniversary Battles in 2007 and 2008 and won Eurobattle 2009 with his crew. He also represented the USA in the 2009 Red Bull BC One competition, the most prestigious 1 v. 1 b-boy battle in the world. Recently, Kid Glyde and the Dynamic Rockers have been taking battles by storm, winning first place in the Masters of the Art 6 battle in NYC, Funk What U Heard in Connecticut, and representing the USA at IBE (International Breaking Event), the largest international b-boying tournament. Kid Glyde even organizes major events himself, such as the famous B-boy Massacre series and the unique Octagon NYC battles. He also teaches and is the featured b-boy expert for HowCast.com, an online tutorial website. Kid Glyde remains a prominent and inspirational b-boy in the hip-hop community and continues to take b-boying culture to the next level.