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THE SOCANOMICS TEAM

SELENA WATKINS

 

 

Selena Watkins is the Founder/CEO of Socanomics, with high credentials as a professional dancer, notable health and fitness trainer, and winner of Miss Black USA 2012. She has changed lives by bringing dance, fitness, and fun virtually to the homes of many during the pandemic!  A leading force in both the entertainment and fitness, her credits include but not limited to performing with Shakira for the Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, Nicki Minaj World Tour, Beyonce's Black is King, Trainwreck the Movie, and the NBA Brooklynettes. Her career began after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a BFA degree in both Journalism and Dance.  She dedicated the following years to public service as a motivational speaker and ambassador for Heart Health. During her time as an instructor at SoulCycle, she was named "Women’s Health Magazine’s Next Fitness Star.  Through these experiences, Selena recognized a consistent lack of diversity in fitness spaces, inspiring her to use her platform to create a huge shift in the industry.

ONEIKA PHILLIPS

Oneika represents Spice Island, and is noted as "The first Grenadian woman on Broadway"

She was an original cast member in the Tony Award-winning musical, FELA!, as well as cast member and asst choreographer in Amazing Grace (The Musical); and the critically acclaimed Violet. She also played Anita in the 50th Anniversary Tour of West Side Story. Her next onstage adventure is the revival of 1776, exploring the founding of America, its flaws, contradictions and consequences.

 

Oneika considers herself an ambassador to her country and region and strives to be a voice of Caribbean representation in the American Arts.

anissa marie folley

Anissa Marie discovered yoga 10 years ago in NYC after injuring her knee in collegiate track and field. After countless physical therapy sessions, she began taking yoga classes at a local studio and before she knew it, she was practicing everyday and even running competitively again. She quickly realized that yoga had the power to not only help one heal physically, but also mentally. 

She deepened  her practice by completing her 200-hr teacher training specialized in Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga. She's also completed Traditional Chinese Medicine Yin Yoga training, which has allowed her to make her classes more accessible to students with chronic injuries and mobility issues. 

"For me, yoga is about the balance between strength and flexibility, breathing and releasing. My classes combine both mental and physical awareness through a Vinyasa Flow style. Expect to move, sweat, breathe and find your focus."
 

Nikeva Stapleton

Hailing from Chicago, by way of New York, NIKEVA works in Los Angeles as an actor, dancer, and model. She began her training as a dancer while growing up in the Chi, and went on to attend The Alvin Ailey School/Fordham University BFA Program in NYC. Since graduating, Nikeva's professional dance pursuit led her across many live stages as well as the big screen while she performed with artists from JLo to Beyonce. She recently took her talents to LA to focus on her acting career. You can currently catch on Hulu’s sketch comedy Sherman’s Showcase.


Nikeva is passionate about her Caribbean roots; she is a citizen of Nevis and her family spreads throughout the West Indies. She shares her love for the performing arts through educational outreach as a teaching artist for Art Saves Lives Foundation in St. Maarten. Soca in meh veins!

Ilana WARNER

A lover of music, dance and culture, Ilana is a small island ambassador that consistently represents her Kittitian roots in whatever way possible. 


In 2019, she performed at Machel Monday with an array of artists including Cima Funk, Ding Dong, Ashanti and Machel Montano. In addition, she's performed on stage with Mr. Killa and in music videos for Voice and Lyrikal's “Rukshun”.


She is also an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

KALEILA JORDAN

Cali native, Kaleila Jordan, is a professional dancer, actress, choreographer, certified personal trainer/nutrition coach, dance fitness instructor, and WBFF Pro Model Athlete.

 

She has danced for Nicki Minaj, T.I., Usher, Pharrell, Sean Paul, and the Soca King, Machel Montano. She's traveled internationally and has performed at carnivals all over the world, allowing her to celebrate art, culture, dance, and fitness in the most authentic and fun way she knows!

PEARL CICCI

Pearl Cicci is a Nutritionist, health and fitness coach with a passion for educating people about taking care of their bodies. Making health and fitness approachable in a way to help people elevate their quality of life. Her goal is to make it easy and simple to achieve optimal health. Taking a very holistic approach, Pearl is focused on the overall well being of a person. Working with boss babes to make them feel good, increase their energy levels and optimize their health, through proper nourishment and movement. Dance is one of her favorite forms of movement and she loves to make fitness fun by combining it with dance. This combination allows them to show up better for their businesses and other areas of life. Everyone can and deserves to experience the life changing benefits of optimal health.

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