The Studio V

Studio V is the home and creative playground for the world renowned performance group, the “Academy of Villains.” With two locations available in Redwood City, CA and also Van Nuys, CA, Studio V is proud to have a talented team of choreographers who are an integral part of our mission to open doors for ambitious dancers by providing high quality choreography and instruction to a range of ages, levels, and styles. Owners/founders Christopher “Pharside” Jennings  and Krystal “Phoenix” Meraz are dedicated in providing a space for dancers to excel. Here at Studio V, we encourage everyone to, “Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.”



Christopher ``Pharside`` Jennings

Christopher “Pharside” Jennings, one of the top choreographers, dancers, and soloists in the nation got his start as a freestyle dancer at the age of 16. He took it upon himself to learn from the pioneers of urban styles. Staying true to the lessons he learned from some of the community’s finest, Chris has always believed in educating himself on the origins of the hip hop dance culture and history. He represents elite crews such as the Eyex family in Krump, Mop Top, Renegade Rockers, and is a former member of Machine Gone Funk. In 2009, he founded Academy of Villains. What started off as a freestyle crew made up of twenty people has now turned into an LLC that allows people all over the world to be entertained and creates jobs for aspiring dancers, choreographers, and artists in general. It takes one idea, one person, and one hundred percent faith to be the next innovator. Pharside has proven to be an icon and a true visionary.

Krystal ``Phoenix`` Meraz

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Krystal ``Phoenix`` Jennings graduated from one of the most prestigious art institutions in San Francisco. Attending The School of the Arts allowed her to expand her knowledge and training beyond Ballet. She was introduced to multiple styles of dance including Modern, Afro-Haitian, Salsa, International Latin, Argentine Tango, and a series of Urban styles. She was a member of several dance companies before finally making the decision to pave her own path and take the risk of building her own empire. This decision led to many successes. She is currently the choreographer and director for one of the most sought-after and award-winning entertainment companies in the world, the Academy of Villains. Krystal is a mentor to many and one of the most hard-hitting women in the scene. You can catch her work on hit tv shows, such as So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent. Krystal is not only living out her dream but also empowering women all over the world. Phoenix Rising!