LUME CREATORS

“Give light and people will find the way.” Ella Baker

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MARYANN CHAVEZ

(She/Her)

Co-Founder / Co-Director

MARYANN CHAVEZ was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. She has been trained in all styles such as Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Salsa. When she was sixteen she was accepted into the prestigious Alvin Ailey Professional Summer Program and spent the summer studying Modern and Ballet and often hopped over to Broadway Dance Center for her Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical fix. MaryAnn was signed to her first dance agency shortly after graduating high school at the age of nineteen. She is managed by Cassie Breinlinger as a Choreographer and International Teacher.

MaryAnn has overcome many challenges put in front of her as a dancer and choreographer. She fights her autoimmune disease, endometriosis, on the daily and has had to fight through facial paralysis when diagnosed with Bell's palsy. She wants to show her students and mentees that no matter what crosses your path you can get through it and thrive.

At the age of 18, MaryAnn was a company member of Mash Up Contemporary and that is where she learned so much about the benefits of being apart of a group that uplifts each other.

 

MaryAnn has created and developed many dance companies and training programs here in California, now she is venturing out to create one that is one hundred percent her own. She teaches and subs at Millennium Dance Complex LA, Movement Lifestyle, Kinjaz Dojo and often hosts her own pop up classes in LA. She also travels throughout the states to teach master classes and set pieces for competition teams and soloists.

 

MaryAnn has worked with brands and artists such as Forever 21, Disney Channel, Apple Music, Under Armour and Sofia Carson. She has choreographed for live shows and music videos such as RAW Artists Orange County, Club Jete, LA’s Choreographers Carnival, RJ Word, Nico Nieves and Domino Music. In 2017 and 2018 she earned a spot as finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards and presented her work alongside so many other talented choreogrpahers!

 

MaryAnn's style is innovative and blends her contemporary and hip hop background into one. She loves to create movement that tells stories and is relatable to her audience.

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MONIKA FELICE SMITH

(She/Her)

Co-Founder / Co-Director

MONIKA FELICE SMITH is a professional choreographer, director, movement coach, & dancer from NY, currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Having transitioned to the contemporary & commercial hip hop world from classical ballet & pointe, her choreography blends a fusion of both technical contemporary & hiphop vibes.

 

Today, Monika’s credits include choreographing for music videos & live sets for artists such as Olivia Rodrigo (SOUR PROM Concert Film & MTV VMA’s), FINNEAS, Bebe Rexha, Bella Poarch, Alessia Cara, Twenty One Pilots, Ashe, Lennon Stella, Young Thug, Gunna, Sam Fischer, Wengie (Wraya), Woosung, Audrey Mika, Ingrid Andress, Jessie Murph, Sky Katz (Disney), Jvke, Citizen Queen, Brynn Elliott, Waze & Odyssey, Samm Henshaw, Karina Sofia, Cloe Wilder, Stalking Gia, and Adam Melchor.

Her work has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Awardfor FINNEAS’Let’s Fall In Love For The Night for “Best Alternative Music Video”, as well as UKMVA nomination for “Best Choreography in a Video” & “Best Dance/Electronic” for Waze & Odyssey, Tommy Theo, George Michael & Mary J. Blige’s Always. Monika and the production team were winners of the “How The Hell Did They Do That?” for Always MV at SXSW 2021.

Monika has been shouted out by Justin Timberlake as 'One to watch'. Her work can be seen in the feature films The Relationtrip, Pivot, and Lunch Ladies. As a Movement Coach, her work includes ads/commercials such as Lululemon, Spyder Athletics for Milan Virtual Fashion Week, Nike/Jordan Brand for Teyana Taylor, JustFab & Fabletics for Kelly Rowland & Liza Koshy, Flaunt Magazine Cover Shoot for Joey King, Oculus VR, Sift Science Technology, ADAY & MeYou London Sustainable Clothing.

Monika’s dance credits include Paramount Network’s Michael Jackson’s Lip Sync Battle Live Tribute, Spyder Athletics for Milan & NYC Fashion Week 2020 & NY Virtual Fashion Week 2021, music videos with artists such as Meghan Trainor, Jeremih, Jay Rock, Elle King & Sam Fischer, also dancing in commercials such as PRISM for SnapChat and performing at the Staples Center as a member of the WNBA Sparks Crew.

Monika works regularly developing musical artists, choreographing their stage sets, music videos and social content. She enjoys educating and training dancers in her Masterclasses and private training sessions. Monika’s strength lies in storytelling; fusing movement with intention & raw emotion. She enjoys playing with shape, texture and musicality, while grounding her choreography with technical elements. Monika is excited to share and instill her love of movement with all audiences in all forms.