@WILLDABEAST_ | @NIASIOUX | @KENSANJOSE | @JANELLEGINESTRA
(New York, NY) For the first time ever, dance superstars and online sensations WilldaBeast (“So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer; 2.6 million followers), Nia Sioux (“Dance Moms”; 5.8 million followers), Kenneth San Jose (685K followers), and Janelle Ginestra (587K followers) will join forces and hit the road in a brand new live dance show #FOLLOWME. Directed by Jennifer Weber (The Hip Hop Nutcracker, BRING IT LIVE!), the show will kick off a 20-city National Tour next month in Los Angeles on July 28, 2017 at The Alex Theatre and will offer fans the once-in-alifetime opportunity to dance alongside their favorite dance and social media stars. Additional #FOLLOWME tour stops include: Phoenix, Atlanta, Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Louis, Denver, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Hartford, Uniondale LI and more.
#FOLLOWME is an electrifying live dance show celebrating the hip-hop dance community – inspiring dancers to step into the spotlight, and get the incredible opportunity to see, dance, and interact with their YouTube dance idols. Each of the headliners will have moments throughout the show to highlight their singular style and performance skills, incorporating their greatest hits with never before seen dances and songs.
Featuring cutting edge technology, fans will get to interact digitally and physically with the headliners prior to and during the show, with the ultimate prize being a featured position in #FOLLOWME’s explosive dance finale. The choreography for the finale will be released over social media for audience members to learn ahead of time, and select lucky fans will be chosen from video submissions to get the opportunity of a lifetime – to dance with their idols on stage.
With over 1.9 million YouTube subscribers, dancer-choreographer-entrepreneur Will “WilldaBeast” Adams started his career as a dancer and quickly became in-demand for recording artists such as Usher, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas and for guests spot on TV (“Glee”). WilldaBeast recently launched his own dance company immaBEAST, which has become one of the leading brands, companies, and influences in the hip hop dance world, and has choreographed for T-Pain, “So You Think You Can Dance” on FOX, Nike, and many more.
Nia Sioux’s career ignited the moment viewers caught a glimpse of her dancing on the smash hit Lifetime reality TV show, “Dance Moms.” Seven seasons later, Nia has earned an immense online following (over 4 million on Instagram) and has flexed her artistic muscles by launching a music and acting career. #FOLLOWME will be the first opportunity for her fans to see her performing all of her skill sets in a live performance tour.
Fifteen-year-old dance phenom Kenneth San Jose has appeared in commercials and videos for Kidz Bop, ABC Mouse, the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, performed live at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards and has racked up a following of over 400k followers on Instagram. He is part of the boy dance group “Boy Squad”
Dancer-choreographer-“creative being” Janelle Ginestra, an executive team member of immaBEAST, has been dancing and performing since she was 2 years old. Nominated for “Best Dance Video” at the BET Awards, Janelle is a rising star in the industry having worked with Beyonce, Jason Derulo, J.Lo and more.
The show features video design and projections by Greg Purnell, produced in association with The Bushnell Institute for Digital Performance Art, and lighting design by 2017 Tony Award winner Bradley King (Natasha, Pierre & THE GREAT COMET of 1812).
WITH ADDITIONAL CITIES AND VENUES TO BE ANNOUNCED, the confirmed touring schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 28: Los Angeles, CA / Alex Theatre
Saturday, July 29: Phoenix, AZ / Comerica Theatre
Monday, July 31: Denver, CO / Bellco Theatre
Wednesday, August 2: St. Louis, MO / Fox Theatre
Friday, August 4: Milwaukee, WI/ Riverside Theater
Saturday, August 5: Detroit, MI / Fox Theatre
Sunday, August 6: Indianapolis, IN / Murat Theatre
Tuesday, August 8: Charlotte, NC / Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, August 9: Nashville, TN / Polk Theater
Thursday, August 10: Atlanta, GA / Fox Theatre
Friday, August 11: Jacksonville, FL / Florida Theatre
Saturday, August 12: Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Au-Rene Theater
Sunday, August 13: St. Petersburg, FL / Mahaffey Theater
Tuesday, August 15: Louisville, KY / Brown Theatre
Wednesday, August 16: Columbus, OH / Southern Theatre
Thursday, August 17: Philadelphia, PA / Merriam Theater
Friday, August 18: Newark, NJ / NJPAC
Saturday, August 19: Hartford, CT / The Bushnell
Sunday, August 20: Uniondale, NY/Coastline Theater at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum
#FOLLOWME is produced by Eva Price, The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Ticket prices range from $35 to a $150 VIP Ticket, which includes a Meet & Greet with the headliners, a premium seat, and exclusive merchandise. Click here for additional ticket information & the most updated touring schedule to #FOLLOWME!
WILLDABEAST Originally from Indiana, Will “WilldaBeast” Adams moved to LA to pursue his dance career. Dancing for artists such as Usher, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, Jason Derulo, Zendaya, 5th Harmony, Demi Lovato, GLEE, X-Factor, Nissan, MTV, Butterfinger, and Madonna, he found a love for choreography. This allowed him to choreograph for artists including T-Pain, DJ Tiësto, GRL, Erika Jayne, ABDC, So You Think You Can Dance, and Nike.
In 2013, Willdabeast created the dance company immaBEAST and dropped the first official video “Dope”. Since then, immaBEAST has become one of the leading brands, companies, and influences in the hip hop dance world.
KENNETH SAN JOSE is a singer, dancer, and actor who was born on April 10, 2002 and raised in Valencia, California USA. He began performing at the age of 5 singing alongside his dad’s gospel group as well as his older brother. At the age of 8 he tested his acting skills with cameo roles in his brother’s high school productions. In February 2014, he decided to take his first formal hip hop class. Since then, Kenneth has found his passion as a performer and most recently, choreographer. Select performances include @go90’s docuseries “BoySquad”, KidzBop, Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock”, “Dance Moms”, RDMA, Natalie La Rose, Dance Video Throwdown and viral videos such as “Juju on the Beat” with choreographer Matt Steffanina and many more. You can see more of his videos through his You Tube account: Ken San Jose, Instragram: @kensanjose, and FaceBook: Kenneth Paul San Jose.
JANELLE GINESTRA has been dancing for 24 years and is currently a working dancer and choreographer in Los Angeles, CA. She has had the opportunity to dance for Beyoncé, P!NK, J-Lo, & Nicki Minaj. Janelle was a recurring dancer on FOX’s hit tv show “Glee,” where she was featured as a cheerio, troubletone, and a vocal adrenaline dancer. In addition to multiple other TV appearances, Janelle has appeared in many movies, including Fired Up, Bring It On 5, BedTime Stories, Honey 2, and, most dear to her, as the Lead Chipette Dancer in Alvin in the Chipmunks 2. Currently, she is teaching and building many businesses next to her life partner WilldaBeast Adams.
NIA SIOUX FRAZIER has wowed audiences as a dancer, singer and actor on the small screen and in live performances, proving to be one of today’s hottest triple threats. Currently, Nia can be seen on Lifetime’s hit series, “Dance Moms” now in its 7th season. Audiences have seen Nia take on the world of music as she released her first single “Star In Your Own Life” which has over 10 million views on YouTube, and her follow up single “Slay,” which quickly hit the 4 million mark on YouTube. Her social media presence continues to grow at a rapid pace, with a highly engaged fanbase.
Being a good role model is important to Nia, and she has found herself diving into charity work. Nia often performs at charity events and speaks to kids about how they can “star” in their own lives, a message dear to her. She is passionate about raising awareness for reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND), pediatric cancer, antibullying, anti-body shaming, and animal rights.
JENNIFER WEBER is an award-winning director-choreographer whose career has spanned concert dance, commercial events, theatre and TV. A physical storyteller at heart, Weber brings projects to life with her unique sense of visual narrative. Weber is the director-choreographer of the international touring hit The Hip Hop Nutcracker, as well as the founder and director of Brooklyn-based hip hop theatre company, Decadancetheatre (for which she was nominated for the “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award). Her concert dance work has toured across the US, UK, Russia and France performing at venues including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Center, The Everyman in Liverpool, New York City Center, Bumbershoot in Seattle, The Music Center, Los Angeles and The Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow.
Weber has choreographed immersive and staged events for brands including American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Philosophy, Marc Jacobs, Hormel and CK2. She is currently the director for the tour of Lifetime’s Bring It Live! With Coach D and the Dancing Dolls.
As a choreographer, her theater credits include the US premiere of Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm at Stageworks/Hudson, PBS’s Odd Squad Live Tour, James Brown: Get On the Good Foot for The Apollo Theater/US Tour (contributing choreographer with director Otis Sallid), Cruel Intentions The Musical, and Ars Nova’s upcoming immersive theater experience, KPOP (Fall 2017)