On March 1st, 2011 A-PoPhasis was invited by Case
Western Reserve University's Yi-Hsin Cheng from the Spartan Tappers
to perform at the ExtravaDance hosted by the Spartan Tappers
themselves. ExtravaDance is a fundraiser for the Cleveland Food Bank
that has been held for the past six years now and this year the
event took place on Wednesday, April 20th.
Having it lay on a school night of a school day, near the end of the
semester, some of the members were not able to go due to the fact of
AP exams coming in and other school related reasons. The members
present were Raymond Bondad (CSU), Frank Lu and Brian Cleveland
(Twinsburg High School), Jane Tang (Solon High School), Anna Yeung
(Howland High School), and Judy Ni (Revere High School).
Although we were exhausted from school we still tried to put out our
best foot forward during the performance! And to what avail? I was
approached by a man named Jay J (last name unknown) who handed me
his card. It provided his YouTube channel, his e-mail, and other
contact information. So then I thought to myself, “Who is this guy?”
Turns out, he is a choreographer and a pretty talented one too. He
had a group that was to perform later on that night that we
unfortunately weren’t able to watch since it was a school night, but
his videos on his YouTube seemed to speak out loud.
Jay-J asked A-PoPhasis to work with him in the summer for June 25th,
the audition for America’s Got Talent! He said another person that
we will be working with was Justin Bieber’s choreographer, Chris
Hartley. Although it was really exciting and uplifting to hear this
I also didn’t want to make any rash decisions right away, so I told
him that I will get back to him as soon as I can. He told me just to
send him an e-mail with our contact information, and to keep in
touch. What truly amazed him and his students was that A-PoPhasis
was a dance crew formed from long friendship and far distance.