GOLDIE WONG

Goldie Wong is an entrepreneur, artist, and the founder and director of UniverseSoul Dance Inc. With her outstanding vision and passion for dance, Goldie is developing the dance community and enriching lives through music and movement. As a dancer, creator and mentor, Goldie has performed on the same stage as Janet Jackson, won awards for her unique choreography and has helped lead several of her teams to place in well-known dance competitions, such as World of Dance and Artist Emerge. Goldie has traveled around the globe to train from the world’s best, prioritizing growth in order to give back to Calgary’s dancers! Under Goldie’s leadership, UniverseSoul Dance is positioned to be a fixture in the dance community in Calgary for some time!

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

Sky diving, but not willingly.

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

I am in love with the idea of lifestyle design.  I think it’s extremely motivating to know that I am in charge of my own life and can build the life I love!

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

8…..is my favorite number.  It’s also the number that can make the cool face emoji.  C¥l.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

There are so many things! I think I am most proud of taking the leap to pursue dance.  I was a full-time professional engineer before I was a dance teacher so it was a big risk for me to leave stability!  But I said to myself…5-6-7-8-9 and I did it.

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

Mornings….are when I should wake up and also my favorite time of day.

NICKNAME?

DJ Goldstar.  Also my DJ name.  Just kidding. Goldz, Mama G, Mom.

TELL ME THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

Probably 3.  I’ve been into “purging” lately.  I only keep pictures that bring me extreme joy.

INSTAGRAM

@GoldieWong


APPLE SULIT

Apple Sulit is the co-director of UniverseSoul Company and an instructor/choreographer for several UV Competitive rosters. She has danced with UniverseSoul since 2009 and knew it was something that she wanted to grow with as part of her dance journey. Apple has received extensive training, traveling to as LA, Seattle, Vancouver and Edmonton. She has been fortunate enough receive mentorship by established industry leaders including, Kolanie Marks, Antoine Troupe, Alexander Chung, and Carlo Atienza. Dance has also presented her with amazing opportunities along the way such as back up dancing for Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” Tour and performing at the World of Dance Showcase under Lando Wilkins.  Eleven years ago, Apple found dance in the comforts of her own room watching Youtube videos and remembers being so inspired.  Today, she is a full-time dance instructor and is now focusing on her passion for creating choreography, an art form that has given her another platform to share with the community. Being part of the UniverseSoul Dance has granted the opportunity to develop show productions, create video projects, and train students from all walks of life, taking her journey to new heights. She hopes that her experiences can inspire and motivate others to help push for their goals and dreams as she did!

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

Sky Diving.

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

How possible it is for anyone to come from anywhere and achieve amazing things with the right mindset and skill set! As cliché as it sounds, you can do anything you put your mind and heart to, whether I fail or succeed in something I love taking risks and testing the boundaries.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

I would say 9.99 as a dancer and a low 3 as a non-dancer. #dancelife

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

Living life as a full-time dance teacher/choreographer hands down!

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

Noon. My mornings don’t exist and nighttime scares me!

NICKNAME?

Apple or Aps, you can’t get any shorter than that.

TELL ME THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

None! They’re all imported to my photo album now. #slyfaceemojii

INSTAGRAM

@apppleonia


FERNANDO CAMPOS

Fernando Campos is a local grown dancer & choreographer from Calgary who continues to seek growth, inspiration, and motivation to create opportunities for himself and his dancers. Throughout the years with dance he’s been able to travel, compete and take workshops from world class choreographers and street dancers. Some of his accomplishments include Janet Jackson Unbreakable Concert Edmonton 2015, Word of Dance LA 1st place  Champion 2015 and World of Dance Vancouver 3rd Place 2015.

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

Bungee jumping

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

The people that believe in me.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

10.1

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

My journey to get to where I am today. (long story)

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

NIGHT!

NICKNAME?

Fern and Nando!

TELL ME THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

LOL! Probably like 5..?

INSTAGRAM

@fernandoc13


ROCKY AQUINO

Rocky Aquino is a purebred Calgarian, born and raised in Calgary. His love for dance started at the age of 3, being fascinated by the choreography in music videos with artists such as Michael & Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child and the Backstreet Boys. His desire to pursue dance as a career was found through his high school dance program, where he learned about the amazing talents of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Wanting to continue broadening his vocabulary, Rocky has traveled to train in Edmonton, Vancouver and Los Angeles. For the past four years, you can find him training with local dance company, UniverseSoul Dance Inc. both as a dancer and choreographer. Alongside UniverseSoul, Rocky has won the All-Star division at Artists Emerge: Calgary and placed 3rd at World of Dance: Vancouver. He has also been fortunate enough to train under industry professionals such as Alexander Chung, Carlo Atienza, Keone Madrid, Kyle Hanagami and Parris Goebel. Just last year, Rocky performed at the Juno Awards for Alessia Cara in Calgary. Rocky aspires to be an established choreographer and teacher one day, helping put Calgary on the map as a capital for dance. He also strives to create a community for the up and coming generation of talent in today’s world of dance. Through his passion and experience, he hopes to provide valuable knowledge, which in turn will aid in nurturing a positive mindset for all dancers alike. His mission with UniverseSoul is to create an environment for a growing community where hungry movers can continuously progress and fulfill their love for the art.

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

I’ve always wanted to feel what it’s like to fly, so sky diving!

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

My love to create and bring visions to fruition. What motivates me to do so is when I see my dancers become “story tellers.” It’s one thing to be able to move, but it’s another realm of skills to be able to take the audience through an array of emotions.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

I’m pretty cold hearted, so I would say I’m pretty cool. Like a 2.37°C, I’m on that Cruella de Vil type wave.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

I’m proud of carrying out my goal of having my work displayed publicly. It’s a small step, but a step forward none the less!

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

Twilight. Come through dramatic lighting!

NICKNAME?

Reyoncé. Riri. An Icon.

TELL THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

3! I know, I’m super modest.

INSTAGRAM

@rvwky


KATHERINE BAQUIRAN

Katherine Baquiran is a passionate dancer, teacher and choreographer born in Winnipeg and raised in Calgary. Her journey with dance started when she was 15 years old. She had the privilege of dancing back up for Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable Tour Calgary and placing 1st in Artist Emerge with Finesse (2017) and placing 2nd with Universesoul Company in Represent Edmonton (2017). Katherine hopes to inspire the next generation of dancers by embodying passion and hard work.

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

Sky Diving

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

Communicating and sharing my story through my movements to inspire others to express themselves freely without fear.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

10

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

Sharing the stage with Janet Jackson

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

Night

NICKNAME?

Kat, BKat, Kitty, KB

TELL THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

too many to count

INSTAGRAM

@bkatherine


ELESAR NGATEB

Elesar has been a competitive dancer for three years under UniverseSoul and grew from the beginner group Super Nova to dancing side by side with his mentors in the elite group, Company. In the span of three years, Elesar has competed numerous times at highly acclaimed events such as Artist Emerge, Represent, and the international event, World of Dance. Also, he has been trained under the careful guidance of Calgary’s finest instructors the skills and values of teaching, community, and leadership which he shares now by teaching and mentoring at studios, schools, public classes, and UniverseSoul’s senior class Apollo, and beginner class Super Nova. Today, Elesar is still pushing himself to grow, constantly choreographing and learning movement both in and outside Calgary, studying sets, and learning the skills and values of leadership, positivity, and community to give back to his home and city.p>

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?
Bungee jumping!

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

Sic Parvis Magna

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

Well mom says I’m a 10

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

Making dance a career

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

Dusk

NICKNAME?

Ellie

TELL THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

I only have space for missed lectures.


RONALD ATUTUBO

Ronald Edward Atutubo was born in Calgary, Canada. He is currently a student at the University of Calgary while dancing with UniverseSoul Company. Starting at a young age as a singer, Ronald branched out by further exploring music through piano and guitar.  Inspired by the likes of Brian Puspos, Poreotics and Michael Jackson, he came to fall in love with dancing and the art of choreography and performance.  Furthering his passion, he enjoyed dance through seeing the happiness it brought people and himself.  He then joined his high school dance team and fell under the tutelage of Rocky Aquino, where he learned not only to love dance but how to lead a dance team.  Soon after, Ronald would join UniverseSoul in 2014, initially joining Super Nova. Ronald is now a leader in the UV community.  With UniverseSoul, he’s been able to perform on WOD stages and learn from world renown choreographers such as Keone Madrid, Brian Puspos and Scott Forsyth.  Ronald aspires to be a teacher leading the younger generation to new heights. He describes his dancing style as a picture of waves, popping, isolations and fast foot work breakdowns.

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

Sky diving, I’ve always wanted flying as a super power so it’s the closest thing

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

Inspiring other people and making people feel good through anything.  My family and friends motivate me a lot and also that I need to be the best I can be anywhere I go in life.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

A solid 11, give or take a couple depending on the weather

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

Being the first person ever in my family to enroll in university, extended family included! Also, buying my family Christmas presents two years in a row

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

Night owl, right here, maybe it’s from playing too many video games in the dark…..

NICKNAME?

Well I go by Kuya Onay a lot, some of my friends call me Ron, but one time someone called me Roland.

TELL THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

Just a couple, don’t really like to take picture of myself unless it’s with other people.

INSTAGRAM

@reatubes


JESSICA ORMITA

A full-time student and dancer, Jessica Ormita started dancing with UniverseSoul at the age of 16. Finding a passion for dance through her friends and her high school’s dance program, she was further exposed to the dance community through a U18 Choreography competition, where she had first witnessed UV’s elite and junior groups showcase. Without hesitation, she knew she had to be apart for this company to grow as a dancer. Within a span of three years, she had experienced training from the following UV rosters: Critical Mass, Finesse and UV Company.

Some of her accomplishments with UniverseSoul:

  • 3rd Place – WOD Vancouver 2015
  • 1st Place – Artist Emerge Edmonton 2016
  • 3rd Place – WOD Edmonton 2016
  • 1st Place – Artist Emerge Edmonton 2017

For upcoming years, she is striving to expand her creative processes and has set a goal to travel around the world to train with and from different choreographers.  Giving back to the community where her growth began is one of her biggest motives to continue training and exploring the art of dance.

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

I’m terrified of sharks and heights… none.

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

The people I surround myself with will always be my biggest inspirations to keep striving in life.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

Like a 7-ish… It’s my favorite number!

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

I’m super proud of still getting up for those 8AM lectures and labs after late night rehearsals at the studio, but I’m super proud of enduring everything that life’s currently throwing at me.

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

I prefer the early mornings and late nights. Nothing in-between.

NICKNAME?

Jess, Jessie and other Filipino nicknames.

TELL THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

Like.. 3. Gotta save that iPhone storage space, ya feel?

INSTAGRAM

@jessieormita


KAREN GO

Karen is a recent self-employed, worker and student. She dedicates her time to bettering the community. She started her dance journey three years ago with UniverseSoul Dance. In the three years, Karen has accomplished winning 1st place All -Stars at Artist Emerge Edmonton (2016/17), with Finesse. Aside from building herself as a dancer, Karen has been teaching at UniverseSoul as a teacher assistant for Super Nova and Muse and as a faculty member for drop-in classes. Karen has conceptualized performance sets for Father Lacombe High School and Lester B Pearson High School.

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

I can’t swim and I have the biggest fear of heights. But sharks are scary, so skydiving.

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

I love constantly challenging myself and seeing the positive change in me, as a dancer and a person. I also strive to be as selfless as I can be, so working towards supporting and building others up motivates me to become a stronger person physically and mentally.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

Obviously 11. Jk, 10. But honestly everyone is a 10 in their own way.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

I recently won a ten-thousand-dollar grant to make free programs/opportunities for youth.

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

Definitely night.

NICKNAME?

James… I know I’m confused too. Or Joy

TELL THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

The “selfies” album on my phone consists of 28 photos. But literally only 4 of 28 are selfies of me.

INSTAGRAM

@_Takekare


CARMYNE FYNN

SHARK DIVING, BUNGEE JUMPING, OR SKY DIVING?

All of the above. Ill do anything once

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

The passion to share what I love. i feel most alive when I dance.

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 HOW “COOL” ARE YOU?

Ice Cold

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

I find pride in all of my achievements ( As a dancer and Choreographer). But what I’m most proud of is being able to hold my own as a dancer outside of Calgary.

MORNING, NOON OR NIGHT?

NIGHT. definitely night.

NICKNAME?

Nothing im proud of.

TELL ME THE TRUTH…HOW MANY SELFIES DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR PHONE?

not enough

INSTAGRAM

@_carmynefynn_