AS SEEN ON NBC'S "WORLD OF DANCE"
MKAM HIP HOP & DANCE COMPANY
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

MKHS DANCE COMPANY BOOSTERS

The Mark Keppel High School Dance Company was formed in 2011 under Mr. Activate Arroyo, who now serves as Dance Instructor/Artistic Director of the MKHS Dance Arts Department. The Dance Company consists of two teams: the Dance Team & All-Male Hip Hop Dance Team. Students enrolled in Dance Company earn high school credits while satisfying their P.E. and/or Visual & Performing Arts graduation requirements. The Dance Team specializes in creating polished concert works in a variety of dance styles and genres. The All-Male Hip Hop Team primarily focuses on synthesizing works in street dance and hip hop styles. Both groups work together each year to produce a culminating dance concert performance each spring. The MKHS Dance Company Boosters was first formed in 2014, and is sanctioned by the Alhambra Unified School District as a school-board approved booster club. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is managed by current MKHS dance company parents and students.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

ACTIVATE ARROYO

As Artistic Director of MKAM Hip Hop & Dance Company since 2011, Activate Arroyo has brought dance education to the culturally diverse Los Angeles County communities of Monterey Park and Alhambra. But he has actually been teaching dance for various high school programs and privately owned dance studios since 1999. From 2009-2011, he served as performing arts department chair and dance teacher at LAUSD’s Grand Arts High School in downtown Los Angeles (Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts). In 2011, Arroyo was hired by Mark Keppel High School as head coach of the Dance Team & All Male Hip Hop.

Among his other theatrical and choreographic credits, Mr. Arroyo is also a former associate producer for MDDTUSA. From 2012-2016, he worked for the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a creative consultant for the opening ceremonies and entertainment village during the festivities.┬áMr. Arroyo’s guidance and creativity led to the eventual development of our award winning MKHS Dance Company program, which has earned over 20 National Championships in a variety of dance genres since 2016. Additionally, he is now the only dance teacher in the Alhambra Unified School District. And Mark Keppel High School is now one of only 15 high schools in California to offer a comprehensive dance curriculum that also includes Honors Dance as a UC-weighted course offering.

Mr. Arroyo’s leadership recently allowed our students to gain international recognition on television shows such as NBC’s “World of Dance” and “America’s Got Talent”. He also recently created & produced the first virtual national dance competition for high school dance programs in U.S. history (in response to COVID-19 cancelling the 2020 dance competition season). Mr. Arroyo has revolutionized the MKHS dance arts curriculum by providing an educational student experience that is unparalleled in our community.

Parent Volunteers

Executive Board

MKHS DANCE CO. BOOSTERS (501c3)
Co-Presidents: Staci Jung-Kamei & Susanna Louie
Treasurer: Gabriela Molina
Secretary: Mellie Yip

Captain (Dance Team)

Jacki Kamei

DANCE TEAM STUDENT LEADERS
Co-Captain: Fiona Chan
Co-Captain: Katie Chen
Co-Captain: Brianna Louie
Lieutenant: Kelly Zhao
Lieutenant: Theresa Wang
Public Relations: Katie To

Captain (MKAM)

Nathan Tran

MKAM STUDENT LEADERS
Co-Captain: Christian Kim
Co-Captain: Evan Nakahara
Co-Captain: Anthony Nguyen
Lieutenant: Andrew Gomez
Lieutenant: Oscar Wang
Public Relations: Dillon Ho Huynh