STUDIO V AND ITS FOUNDERS
Studio V is a creative space for artists and people that want to build in an environment with endless possibilities and opportunities. With two locations available in Los Angeles and San Francisco, it is home to the world-renowned performance company, the “Academy of Villains” and youth competition team "Young Skull Club". We are 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” Jennings are dedicated in providing a space for people to create and excel.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Krystal “Phoenix” Jennings graduated from one of the most prestigious art institutions in San Francisco, The School the Arts. Her studies and knowledge expand to multiple styles of dance such as Ballet, 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 lead an empire alongside, now husband, Christopher "Pharside" Jennings. She is the proud owner and operator of Studio V LA, CEO of Academy of Villains (AOV), and Founder of Young Skull Club (YSC). She teaches nationally and internationally and takes pride in mentoring the youth of today. She tours all over the US with Velocity Dance Convention as one of their faculty members and judges and headlines for the infamous World of Dance. Not to mention, she and her husband both choreograph for So You Think You Can Dance and have been featured on America’s Got Talent and TruTV’s Fakeoff. She is a creator, choreographer, mentor, and performer that leads by example and has become an icon for strong women in the dance industry.
Christopher “Pharside” Jennings, one of the top soloists in the nation, got his start as a freestyle dancer at the age of sixteen. His mentors include some of the pioneers and innovators of styles such as Bboying, Popping, Housing, and Krump. Staying true to the lessons he learned from some of the community’s finest, he has earned several titles in battles all over the US and has become one of the leading choreographers in the community. 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 2008, his career took a turn when he competed on Season 2 of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew with former company Supreme Soul. Competing on the show inspired him to start his own company with, now wife, Krystal "Phoenix" Jennings. Academy of Villains was created in 2009 and has become on the strongest performance companies in the world.