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MASTER INSTRUCTORS

Selena Watkins

Selena Watkins is a multi-hyphenated master of movement; a world-touring professional dancer, Movement Coach, Choreographer, and the CEO/Founder of this global dance fitness brand, Socanomics.

 

Making her mark as a performing artist, her professional dance credits include: Superbowl LIV Halftime Show with Shakira, Nicki Minaj World Tour, Beyonce's Black is King, Trainwreck the movie, NBA Brooklynettes ('13-'15); She's performed on stage with Rihanna, Alison Hinds, Janelle Monae, and in music videos by Bunji Garlin, Konshens, Karol G, and Nicki Minaj.

 

In 2020, Socanomics experienced a global boom, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Socanomics, now growing exponentially in the virtual space across the globe, is form of dance therapy that inspires women to move their bodies, feel sexy, and stay in shape from the comfort & safety of their own home.

A combined career experience in fitness and entertainment has allowed Selena to teach movement from many different perspectives. From being a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist to performing in front of millions across the globe, Selena has found that movement has been the most common thread of her success and is the greatest give back to her community. 

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!

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!

UMAARA ELLIOTT

Umaara Elliott is a Los Angeles-based professional dancer, actress, swim instructor, and because of her Caribbean culture and love of movement, is a Socanomics instructor.

Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2019, Umaara trained and danced professionally in NYC for 7 years after moving from Atlanta where she grew up. She has performed on stages around the world, as well being seen on many TV and film screens. A few of her recent credits include Beyoncé, Amber Mark, Disney, “Atypical” on Netflix, and “Pose” on FX.

Through a passion for fitness and teaching, Umaara became an official Socanomics instructor in 2019. She loves that teaching Socanomics brings her the  combination of her love of Carnival, Soca music, fitness, and helping women feel sexy, energetic, and rejuvenated.