Established early March 2013 in Oakland CA. 1UP Crew was started by two friends (Tarik Rollerson & Hollis Contreras) who wanted to achieve more in dance through their vision. 1UP Crew is a foundation based freestyle and choreography dance crew. Everybody contributes to the performance. The mission as performers is to give you an experience on stage. We strive to live up to our name and level up as a crew with each performance.
Xavier Comeaux age 26 was born in Oakland, California. He started dancing at the age of 13 with Future Shock (of Culture Shock Oakland). Since then he has trained with teams such as Chapkis Dance Family, Academy Of Villains, and Groove Against the Machine. Xavier is a very versatile freestyle dancer. He has trained in styles such as Krump, Popping, and House. Over the years he’s performed with numerous artist such as Zendaya, Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Troyboi. Xavier is one of the Leaders of the 1 Up freestyle team as well as an original 1 Up crew member. He is currently on the Nightwalkers Session tour battle team and looks to continue performing. Spreading the love of dance to past, present & future generations.
Herman Billingsley Jr, age 28 born in Oakland, raised in Fairfield/Vacaville CA. He is a member of 1 Up crew & co-director at Bliss Urban Arts Center. Herman started dancing in 2003 after watching the film cYou Got Served. He began training in choreography and theatre with Bliss Urban Arts Center in Vacaville around 2009, then began training in freestyle as well as choreography with 1 Up crew in Oakland around 2015 to present. He has performed and competed at events such as Prelude Norcal, World of Dance Bay Area, Hip Hop International, DAMSF, DAM OAKLAND, Evolution and Breakthrough. He is also a recipient of multiple dance scholarships from Monsters of hip hop dance convention. Herman possesses three degrees; social sciences, liberal arts and criminal justice.
Hollis Contreras age 26, was born into a life around music with his dad being in a rock band and his mom always dancing. It wasn’t until his freshman year of high school that he started taking dance seriously. Through his high school years he found friends that led him to create a crew (originally “HyPNotik” later changed to “Malfunktion”) and joining another crew called “Jello Tech”. Styles that are within his realm include Popping, Krump, Animation, Tutting, and certain styles of Choreography. Through 2009-2012, he danced with “Academy of Villains”, he was initiated by beating 3 members in a battle. In 2013, he co-founded 1UP Crew with Tarik Rollerson and started producing music. In 2016, Hollis was asked by Bryan Dang to be a part of “Dang Attire” as a freestyler; in which he is still currently involved. He later on became the DJ and official Audio Engineer for the brand as well. Currently, he is a part time free lance audio engineer which includes; making beats, DJ’ing, mixing and mastering, and also making showcase and competition mixes for dance teams. In early 2017, Hollis made a decision to step away from dance to pursue music production. Although having stepped away from the performances and battles, he still includes himself in sessions, supporting the events, and keeps in contact with his roots and family he came from.
Hector “Intricate” Ascencio age 23 s a Bay Area dancer from Hayward, CA. He has been dancing for 11 years. He comes from the T.U.R.F Dance Community and represents 1Up Crew, No Mercy, Tutgodz and Academy of Villains. He’s worked with a lot of humble artists such as Kendrick Lamar, G - Eazy, & TroyBoi. He has also competed and won at WOD Bay 2016 Headbangerz Brawl. Intricate has performed in various festivals and battles such as Great America with AOV, the Life is Beautiful Festival with Troyboi, and Fusion Concept 2017 in Paris, France.
He has also been a judge at Boba Battles, and WDA. Intricate strives to show everyone how you can use dance to better yourself as whole.
Michaela Kimbrough, age 22 has been dancing since she was four years old. She has competed and performed all around the world and is trained in hip-hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and many other styles. She's been teaching hip-hop for five years and wants to share her passion for dance all around. She is also passionate about beauty & fashion. She owns her own business @makbrows doing permanent cosmetics/tattooing. She also designs and coordinates 1up clothing and costumes to keep the crew looking fresh & stylish.
Sam Reidy also known as “Zone” is a Bay Area dancer from Redwood City, CA He is a member of 1UP Crew and Yerb Squad. Zone’s artistic approach is to represent a mix of cultural traditions, while innovating a futuristic and unique style of his own. He is a performer for Turfinc and Co Owner of Wreckenshop.com. He has danced for artists such as Wiz Khalifa, YG, Lupe Fiasco Troyboi, Thriftworks, Jorja Smith, etc. In 2018 he was on the Night Walkers Top 10 Tour and CSK North America Battle Tour.
Ryan Sarakul age 29, is an Asian-American, Bay Area native from Richmond, CA. He is the official photographer/visual content creator for 1UP Crew and founder of visual content brand “I AM exclusv.” which specializes in portrait photography and artist videography.
Ryan, also known as “Pandroid”, represents 1UP Crews freestyle team, bringing 13 years of experience in performing and competing in battles. He has competed throughout the U.S. and internationally including: Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He specializes in Popping as well as engaging and participating within the culture and communities of other genres including Hip-Hop, Funk Styles, and Choreography (1UP FAM). His focus is to constantly expand his knowledge of dance and visual arts to support communities as well as create opportunities for one another.
Joseph “Scarface” Felix age 23 represents 1up crew, East side union, and headhunters crew! Scarface grew up in East side San Jose and began breaking at the age of 12. He has participated in multiple showcases and has even traveled to Switzerland and Hawaii to attend dance competitions. Scarface hopes that the audience can feel his passion and connection with the music while on the center stage.
Natsuna Tateishi age 18, has been dancing for 10 years. She started at the age of 8 learning to new jack swing. She started locking and whaacking at 10 years old and became her dance style of choice She has competed throughout the US and internationally in various countries including Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, Italy, and Netherlands. From these competitions she has won titles such as NOTORIOUS IBE 2018, WOD BAY 2019, Hip Hop International (HHI) world battles 2019, Style Elements Anniversary 2016, 2018, 2019, Vancouver street dance 2019, project x 2018, Groovemekanex ANNIVERSARY Jam 2017 and 2019.