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.
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.
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.