Sokeo Ros Co-Artistic Director/Director of Hip-Hop Program
Sokeo was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, arriving in the United States at the age of three. As a sophomore in high school he began performing with the Carriage House Performers, a Providence-based hip-hop group. In 1998, Sokeo joined Everett as a creator and performer and has taught many master classes in universities throughout his touring experience. Sokeo also tours throughout New England in Everett’s educational shows. He is the director of the hip-hop program at Everett’s School and has taught at many Rhode Island institutions including Central Falls High School, Highlander School, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Sokeo also directs the hip-hop based troupe, Case Closed!, which he founded in 2004. Case Closed! has performed at venues across New England including the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Brown University and the Providence Performing Arts Center. Sokeo received a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant to develop a hip-hop theater piece, Culture Shock. Currently, he is a performer and creator of Everett’s new work, BRAIN STORM, and developing the Case Closed! piece called “A Daydream in the Ghetto”.
Laisha Crum Assistant Choreographer/Performer/Artistic Director
Laisha Crum is a passionate dancer who would rather express herself through movement than words. Laisha uses different styles including popping, lyrical, and hip-hop in her dancing. In the fall of 2007, at the age of fifteen, Laisha began taking hip-hop classes at Everett School. This helped her to become a stronger dancer and a more confident person. Her love of and dedication to dance led her to become a member of Case Closed! in May of 2010. In 2017, she began teaching her own Beginner Hip-Hop class with her teaching partner Jemmarie Dupuis, to help young artists gain experience and learn the new elements of dance. This became life changing. Laisha felt like she was finally reaching her goals to her future.
Grace Bevilacqua Managing Director/Performer
Grace performs comedy improv every week in Everett’s Friday Night Live and teaches Story Ballet at Everett’s School. Grace joined Everett’s School at six years old as a ballet student and has trained under Rachael Jungels ever since. She has been a featured actor in the documentary Mama’s Girls (directed by Aaron Jungels) and in her sister Justine Bevilacqua’s movie, Cross Over Blues. Grace also performed in Silas and Silas the Teenager, directed by Aaron Jungels; in Everett’s The Smiling Lady and in Everett’s touring piece, BRAIN STORM. Grace, along with several other Everett Company members, was an artist-in-residence at the 2010 conference, Field of Vision, sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Grace is a member of Sokeo Ros’s dance company, Case Closed!, and performs all over New England mixing her ballet technique with the company’s hip-hop choreography.
Cheyenne Isom Teacher Artist /Marketing/Performer
“Dancing was and still is one of Cheyenne Isom favorite passions. She started out tap dancing around the age 5, then started getting into hip hop and krump dancing with her sister. She wanted to expand her dancing and learn other styles of dance as well. Cheyenne wanted to take it to the next level, so she joined Everett School. She started taking classes at Everett in 2010 at the age 16. Throughout her 2 years there, Cheyenne was recommended by her sister to join Case Closed!; a professional dance company run by Sokeo Ros. She joined Case Closed! in 2011 at the age of 17. Dancing became more advanced for me as she continued using different dance techniques and styles she learned at Everett. She gained experience by performing in front of many crowds and also gained work experience from other members of the company. Cheyenne was able to help others outside of the group also because of what she learned. As a bonus, she became closer with Case Closed! members who she now calls her second family. In the near future, I plan on continuing my dancing with Case Closed! and hopefully pursue a career in choreography to explore other dance options.” Continuing her dancing she also joined everetts video class and became a teacher assistant. The more opportunities the better and when the time comes helping someone who loves working in these fields with Dance or Video Cheyenne feels she can make a big difference in there life by proceeding to them what she had learned.
Sandra Crum Performer
“I began dancing at Everett in 2013. What drove me to dance was seeing my cousins having fun and performing I wanted to do the same. Once I started dancing it was everything to me it became my passion I felt free what a perfect way to express myself,I felt like I mattered. In 2014 I joined Case Closed! which was the best year ever I always wanted to be apart of a dance group, I got a chance to perform in different parts of the state an show my talent. I got to learn hip hop, popping, break dancing and more. Case Closed! became like a second family to me every experience an skill I learned I plan to take it far in life an hope to one day teach my own dance class.”
Jemmarie Dupuis Teacher Artist /Marketing/Performer
Jemmarie Dupuis has been taking hip-hop classes since she was eight years old. In 2007, she came to Everett and watched one of the hip-hop shows. Soon after her first experience at Everett, Jemmarie went to Sokeo Ros, the Director of the Everett Hip-Hop Program, to start taking his classes. The classes were split up by grade. In middle school at the time, Jemmarie couldn’t make it in time to take the middle school hip-hop class so she had to take the high school class. She was the youngest person in the class. In 2014, she joined Everett’s hip-hop crew, Case Closed!, and got the chance to perform throughout New England and show her style of dance. This was such a great experience, gaining more dance skills and creating a bond with each Case Closed! member. During 2017, Jemmarie started her own Beginner Hip-Hop class with teaching partner Laisha Crum. Jemmarie has gained more skills helping these young artists feel their true identity in dance. Having character is always important in dance. Jemmarie’s goal is to give each artist a piece of knowledge that will help them believe anything they want to do is possible. You just have to work hard for it.
Tiana Whittington Performer
Tiana started performing when she 3 years old. Starting with ballet then at 8 moving on to hip hop. During middle school she participated in a lot of plays so she was always comfortable on stage. Around the age of 12 some major things changed in her life and she had trouble coping.About a year later she came to Everett. She then joined Case Closed! were she was able to explore new dancing skills an elements. She now uses her dancing as an outlet and performs all over New England.
A member of Case Closed! for two years, Joseph joined the cast of Friday Night Live and also started teaching dance classes for youth. He had the lead last year in Everett’s holiday show, Santa’s Son, and performed at Brown’s Granoff Center with Everett in the Freedom Café, Dear Mr. President. Joseph is currently in Everett’s student teacher program working in area schools with Sokeo Ros teaching hip hop, and at Everett teaching beginner improv. Joseph founded hip hop group Shweaty Sensation in 2013 from there he took his dancing to the next stage.