Jaami Waali-Villalobos, originally from Washington State, has been dancing for over 25 years, beginning with jazz and ballet. She began studying hip hop at the age of 14, and soon organized a school dance team at her high school. After she graduated, she joined AmeriCorps National Service and founded an after school hip hop dance program for teens, to help address the rising teen crime rate. She then moved to San Diego specifically to dance in the San Diego State University dance program. Wanting to dance more, she began teaching hip hop at local gyms and dance studios throughout San Diego. In 2002, she founded Kruciaal Element Hip Hop Dance Company where she directs, choreographs, and organizes numerous performances in San Diego and Los Angeles County including events like Monster Bash and Mardi Gras, sponsored by the Gaslamp Association. Kruciaal Element Dance Company is now parent company to the following businesses: Kruciaal Element Amateur and Foundation Teams, Groove Basics, Visual Stimulus Events, Dancers Who Donate, Jade Dance Competition, Bite Dance Company, KiK Neo-Burlesque Dance Company, KE Casting, StyleMatix Crew, Nucleus Youth Hip Hop, and Catalyst Dance Collective. She has danced with Fusion Force Dance Company, Urban FX Dance Company, and Funkanometry San Diego. She has been represented by Dorothy Day Otis Dance Agency and Bloc Agency. Mrs. Waali has a Bachelor degree in both Fine Arts and Dance from San Diego State University, and her Masters of Arts in Dance from California State University Long Beach. She is also certified in Level I Pilates Mat Training and will undergo Level II next. She has performed with vocal artists Anisha Nicole, La Rain, Jason Brown, Tawny Heath, Juice, whose hit song was featured on the soundtrack for the motion picture Stomp the Yard, and Abrina, who has a new song with recording artist Mims. Mrs. Waali's TV credits include Fox 5 News, Channel 6 News, KUSI News, NBC News, San Diego “Rock N' Roll Marathon,” “Salute to Teachers,” “San Diego Living,” and “LA Special.” Mrs. Waali was also a featured dancer at “Kel and Friends Afterschool Summer Jam,” “Pandamonium Dance” for DreamWorks’ movie Kung Fu Panda, and has judged events such as the Poway High School Air Band Competition, FilAmFest, Armageddon Dance Battle, and Art Official Dance Competition.
Mrs. Waali has been teaching for over 18 years; some of her teaching includes: Coronado School of the Arts, Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego Tech Center, Mesa Community College, and Southwestern Community College, Los Willows Resort, The Neutral Zone and Scriber Lake High School in Washington State through AmeriCorps National Service, Culture Shock Dance Center, University of San Diego, San Diego Dance Center, Boogiezone at Focus Dance Center, Malashock Dance School, Pasadena Dance Festival, Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Center, Lakeside Farms Elementary, Being Fit Fitness Centers, 4 Women Only Fitness Center, K.Y.D.S Inc., Frog’s Club One, Mind Body & Soul Dance Studio, Pure Fitness, Montessori Shir Hashirim Preschool, A Time to Dance Dance Studio, Pacific Arts Dance Studio, Heartlight Aerobics, LA Fitness Center, 24 Hour Fitness Center, Escondido Recreation Department, UTC Ice Town, Lil’ Arts, Cheek 2 Cheek, Champion Ballroom, Ballet Center West, Rubio’s Dance Studio, Royal Dance Academy, Step by Step Dance Studio, Academy of Performing Arts, Dance Consultant for Actresses, Private Lessons, Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, including Quinceñeras (Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz and Salsa), Versant Venture, Aztec Recreation Center at San Diego State University, San Pasqual Academy, All Star Gymnastics, and Camp Get Away. Her current classes at Southwestern College include Jazz and Hip Hop Dance every Tuesday and Thursday. She also runs her own dance studio in downtown San Diego, The Dancehouse.
Her choreography includes works for Kruciaal Element (KEdance.com), San Diego Civic Dance Association, Candy Inc., X-Force Dance Company, Coronado School of the Arts, Los Willows Resort, Fall and Spring concerts for Mesa and Southwestern Community College, A Fundamental Change Musical, Generation F, and for vocal artists such as Abrina, who opened up for Bow Wow, Paul Wall, and Lil’ Rob, La Rain, Jacqueline Grace, Tawny Heath, who opened for Sean Kingston and Baby Bash, and Jason Brown, who performed with Stevie Wonder and John Legend. Aside from dancing, Mrs. Waali has over 10 years experience in social services where she has worked with youths from 2-18, adults with both physical and developmental disabilities, and seniors. Mrs. Waali is incredibly grateful for her wonderfully unique family and friends who have always loved and supported her; they have taught her optimism and laughter. Her belief and faith in God has allowed her to stay focused on her purpose in life: “inspire.” She hopes to spread her love for God, life, and dance to as many people as she can!
CONTACT: Jaami Waali 619-322-1015 or Contact@JaamiWaali.com
Available for choreography, private lessons, birthday parties,
professional performances and more!
You know you want to learn how to do Hip Hop! What better way than to take classes? Jaami's Hip Hop classes are designed to give you an intense full body work-out. You will improve your ability to execute body isolations, move to specific beats in the music, increase your hip hop vocabulary and challenge your stamina and strength. Most importantly, her classes are high energy and fun! Dancing has proved to be an incredible stress reliever and mind energizer. Come and listen to your favorite Hip Hop and R&B music, learn new steps and dance!
TUESDAY and THURSDAY
Southwestern Community College - 5:15pm (Beg.- Adv. Hip Hop - Adult)
Must enroll to participate!
900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Southwestern Community College - 6:40pm (Beg.- Adv. Jazz - Adult)
Must enroll to participate!
900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Per Class: $5-$15 (Depending on location)
Private Lessons: $65/hr (plus studio rental fees). Reduced rates for 4+ lessons.
Vocal Artist Choreography: Negotiable
Master Classes: $100+ and International Work: $300 US Dollars (per Master Class)
Birthday Parties/Corporate Events: $150 per hour.
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Jaami Waali, (pronounced Jay-Me Wall-Lee) considers herself an artist in most aspects of her life. She is a painter, designer and dancer. Miss Waali has been a painter since her early years as a child and has been developing her love for the arts ever since. She currently holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Dance from San Diego State University and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Dance at California State University Long Beach.
Her paintings are a mixture of realism and surrealism. She enjoys taking the human form and distorting it and then placing this form in nature or in a natural setting. She believes that as a race, we humans are part of nature, but tend to forget how much it is closely linked to us and how much we affect it. It�s very similar to a relationship; you get what you give. We are destroying the very thing that keeps us alive. Miss Waali supports all efforts to recycle and conserve. She strives on taking responsibility for her actions to the most of her knowledge and ability.
Originally from Seattle, Jaami, a seemingly outgoing and spirited individual, has a somewhat dark influence from her earthly Seattle surroundings and stemming from her Finnish background as well. She has always used her art to express herself in ways that she couldn�t while growing up. Through painting or dancing, Miss Waali creates art that allows her to release her frustrations and learn from her realizations. For onlookers, it inspires, amuses, relates and entertains. In addition to teaching dance and painting, she also has a history of ten years working in the social services field, providing care to youths, at risk teens, adults with developmental disabilities and seniors.
Jaami has art experience in commission work, murals, teaching classes, and making artistic signs for a large company in Los Angeles. She has since had one solo art show, seven group art shows, and participated in one live art show. She plans to expand her art to the public in the near future! Be on the lookout!!